We love dogs and our dog friendly accommodation is perfect. Walking is one of the very best ways to discover the beauty and variety of the Cornish landscape, in every season. Cornwall is very well geared to catering for dogs, with lots of pubs, restaurants and attractions being actively dog friendly.
After October half-term until the start of the Easter holidays, dogs are allowed on all beaches (with very few exceptions). Here are a few suggestions as to where dogs would love to explore during their stay.
1 – Coastal Path Walk
A circular around Tintagel covering the coastal path, Bossiney, and Tintagel itself. This 3.6 mile (5.8km) route through what is always one of the UK’s most popular spots to visit is also great for children, who will love the views of King Arthur’s famous castle and Merlin’s Cave on Tintagel Island, not to mention the stunning coastline. A moderate level walk including some steep bits.
Check out the route here
2 – Bodmin Moor Walk
At Golitha Falls you will find a variety of walks through this ancient woodland set on Bodmin Moor. The area is home to a series of falls as the River Fowey cascades through the trees. With landmarks to discover such as King Doniert’s Stone, a memorial to the last King of Cornwall, Golitha Falls is a great place for a picnic, especially during bluebell season. Along the river are a series of little beaches which dogs (and children!) love. It is a top choice for dog walking, and there are many well signposted circular walks of varying lengths. On a hot day it provides good shade, and on a wet day the trees provide good cover. It’s a fun and engaging walk, often over fallen logs if you are feeling brave. It is definitely not flat ground …don’t take a buggy!
3 – Beach Walk
The Coombe Farm sheepdogs love Widemouth Bay (Porth an Men, in Cornish) the best. You can always have a great walk whatever the tide is up to. Dogs are welcome off season and the south side of the beach, known as Blackrock, is dog friendly all year. There are rock pools to check out and a mix of sand and stones to walk on, and great views of the beautiful North Coast to enjoy. It’s a long, wide beach, which you might have guessed from it’s name, so good for a decent leg stretch. There are also dog friendly pubs and cafes here.
4 – Woodland Walk
Cardinham Woods is an area of mixed woodland. It is beautiful all through the year, and a great place to enjoy the marked trails for walking, cycling or horse riding. The walking trails (kept separate from the biking) include clearly marked loops of 1.5 miles, 2, miles, 3 miles or 4 miles through the peaceful woods which are humming with birds and insects. Stop to make the most of the amazing views and to find the evidence of time gone by for example the old mine, and the clapper bridge.
5 – Local Village Walk
Starting at Coombe Farm Cottages, follow the public footpath sign up past the vegetable garden and over the stile, head up the hill to Trekenner Court. The route (maps are available on request) then heads over land to Trespearne, on to Gimblet’s Mill then Trethinna. The road here will then lead you back via Trewen Mill, through the village and left back to the farm. Great for dogs and walkers to have a walk which doesn’t require any travelling to. Grab the lead, get active, get fit, enjoy nature, enjoy North Cornwall, get out, let yourself off the lead, and get walking!
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