Cornwall LivingIssue #136

10 best walks in Cornwall for dogs

Cornwall is a great destination for those with their hounds travelling in tow, with plenty of dog-friendly walks to choose from. Whether you’re looking for an easy stroll or a more challenging hike, Cornwall has something for everyone. In this blog, we will highlight ten of the best dog-friendly walks in Cornwall.

  1. The South West Coast Path
    Stretching 630 miles along the coastline, the South West Coast Path offers breathtaking views of Cornwall’s rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, and turquoise waters. Dogs are welcome on most parts of the path, but it’s important to keep them on a lead near cliffs and livestock.
  2. Cardinham Woods
    Located near Bodmin, Cardinham Woods is a delightful forest with several walking trails suitable for dogs. The trails wind through ancient woodlands, passing by babbling streams and beautiful scenery. Dogs can explore off-lead in designated areas and enjoy a dip in the river.
  3. Tehidy Country Park
    Tehidy Country Park, near Camborne, is Cornwall’s largest woodland park. It features over 250 acres of beautiful countryside, including lakes, ponds, and meadows. Dogs are welcome on all paths and can even take a refreshing swim in the lakes.
  4. Godrevy Head
    Situated on the north coast of Cornwall near Hayle, Godrevy Head offers a stunning coastal walk with views of Godrevy Island and its resident seal colony. Dogs are welcome on a lead and can enjoy the sandy beach at Godrevy Towans.
  5. The Camel Trail
    This popular multi-use trail runs along the banks of the River Camel from Padstow to Wenfordbridge. The trail is mostly flat and provides a scenic route through wooded valleys and open countryside. Dogs can walk off-lead, but be mindful of cyclists and horse riders.
  6. Porthcurno to Pedn Vounder
    This dramatic coastal walk in West Cornwall takes you from Porthcurno to Pedn Vounder, a secluded beach known for its crystal-clear waters. Dogs are welcome, but it’s essential to keep them on a lead due to the steep cliffs and sensitive wildlife.
  7. Trelissick Garden
    Located near Truro, Trelissick Garden offers beautiful walks through landscaped gardens and woodland, with stunning views of the River Fal. Dogs are welcome on a lead and can explore the extensive grounds with their owners.
  8. The Lizard Peninsula
    The Lizard Peninsula is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with a variety of dog-friendly walks to choose from. Explore the coastal path, visit the picturesque village of Cadgwith, or enjoy a stroll around the Helford River. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead in certain areas during the nesting season.
  9. Lanhydrock Estate
    Situated near Bodmin, Lanhydrock Estate boasts beautiful gardens, parkland, and woodland to explore. Dogs are welcome on leads and can enjoy the extensive grounds, including the riverside walk and ancient woods.
  10. Golitha Falls
    Tucked away in the southern part of Bodmin Moor, Golitha Falls offers a tranquil woodland walk along the River Fowey. The path meanders through ancient oak woodland, passing by a series of picturesque waterfalls. Dogs can roam off-lead and enjoy a dip in the river.

Remember to follow the Countryside Code and respect other walkers, wildlife, and livestock while enjoying these dog-friendly walks in Cornwall. Always keep your dog under control and clean up after them to ensure these natural treasures remain accessible to everyone for years to come.