5 dog friendly walks in Cornwall

Credit Victor Osborne

5 beautiful walks recommended by our friends at southwestcoastpath.com. Bring your dog to Cornwall this Easter and enjoy a #TopDogWalk on the South West Coast Path. The Coast Path is dog friendly all year round and many beaches that have seasonal restrictions on where you can take your dog are still open till the end of May. Here’s a selection of our top dog walks in Cornwall.

Padstow to Harlyn Bay 6.9 miles
This walk takes you around the harbour and out to the headland at Stepper Point before reaching Harlyn Bay. Dogs are allowed on the beaches at Harbour Cove and Hawker's Cove all year round, and at low tide there are acres of sand for them to play on. This is one big sand pit playground for pooches!

Be aware that sheep graze the fields around Stepper Point and ground-nesting birds nest in the areas of rough grassland, so please keep your dog on a lead at this point, particularly in the spring and early summer.

King Arthur and the Slate coast 5 miles
This is a great dog walk that starts right next to the main car parks in Tintagel. It takes you past the Tintagel Old Post Office, which is one of Cornwall’s most interesting buildings dating back to the 15th Century. The route follows part of an old donkey track from the village of Treknow to the cove at Trebarwith Strand, both of which are great for dogs to run around and enjoy the sea breeze. Trebarwith Strand is dog-friendly throughout the year. 

The Port William Inn nestles in the cliffs just above the sandy cove and offers great pub food as well four star accommodation. Dogs are welcome throughout and there’s outside seating on the beach, so you can keep a close eye on your pooch while letting them run free.

A twirl of the cape 4.8 miles
Take in parts of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and great views of the coastline out towards The Brisons and the Longships Lighthouse. This entire route is dotted with some of the iconic coastal mines perched precariously on the cliff face; these are the remains of the much-photographed Crowns mines.

A walk onto the Cape is highly recommended. A cape is generally defined as a headland dividing two seas, and Cape Cornwall was thought to mark the division between St George’s Channel and the Irish Sea on the one side and the English Channel leading to the North Sea on the other. 

Past the Cape, you reach Priest’s Cove (dog friendly all year round) where there is a natural swimming pool revealed at low tide, a safe area for wave shy doggy paddlers.

Poldhu to Mullion Cove 4 miles
Enjoy a walk along the Lizard peninsula, part of Cornwall's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it truly is spectacular, with amazing geology to look out for along the way. At Mullion Cove, a sandy beach, which is dog friendly throughout the year, you can see the serpentine rock formation in the cliffs. A diversity of wild plants line the cliff tops.

The Mullion Cove Hotel in Cornwall offers dog friendly accommodation with no extra charges during low season, a free dog friendly welcome pack, outdoor washing facilities and a sea view lounge where man’s best friend is welcome too.  

Cawsand to Whitsand Bay 5.2 miles
This route takes in the Rame Peninsula and Rame Head, which offers plenty of wide open spaces for dogs to run around, leading to the sandy sweep of Whitsand Bay, a dog friendly beach, all year round. Near to the start of the walk in Kingsand is the Rising Sun, serving food and being dog-friendly.

Do you know any other great dog walks around Cornwall? Let us know by commenting in the box below.

For more ideas about where to take your dog on the coast and top tips for dog owners visit www.southwestcoastpath.com/topdogwalks