Five great dog walks in Cornwall

12th Mar 2014

With vast sandy beaches and open moorland, Cornwall is full of inspiration for dogs that like to explore. Here are our top five tried and tested dog walks.


1 . Padstow to Polzeath via Rock and St Enodoc Church
This walk starts with a gentle ferry ride across the estuary from Padstow to Rock. Make your way along the sand dunes and coastal footpath to DaymerBay, before heading up Brea Hill where you will be treated to fantastic views of the estuary. Continue on to the picturesque St Enodoc Church and then follow the footpath beyond Daymer beach around the beautiful cost path to Polzeath.

2. Pendennis Headland

This walk around the historic Pendennis Headland will reward you with fantastic views across Falmouth harbour, Gyllyngvase beach and the Cornish coastline beyond. Take time to explore the heritage of Pendennis Castle and treat yourself to some well earned fish & chips at Rick Stein’s Fish at the end.

3. Polkerris to Readymoney Cove via Menabilly
This walk includes both countryside and coastal views. Start at the Rashliegh Arms in Polkerris and walk through the Cornish countryside and lanes to the old mule trail in to Readymoney Cover. From here you can take in the views from the lookout point over Fowey and then back along the coastal path for a well deserved pint or two at the Rashleigh Arms.

4. Padstow to Harlyn Beach
As you wind your way along the coastal footpath and out of the estuary you can enjoy amazing views across to DaymerBay and Polzeath. On a windy day be prepared to get sprayed from the crashing waves below you. Once you get to Harlyn the dog can run free on the vast beach and if you need to save your legs on the way back you can take a short cut across the cliffs at Trevone.


5. Port Isaac to Port Quin
Starting in the historic and picturesque fishing village of Port Isaac this walk takes you along the dramatic coastline of Lobber Point, Varley Head and Pine Haven – where more often than not you’ll spot a seal hiding in one of the secluded coves. Descend down into the sleepy cove of Port Quin for a run on the beach and then make take a short cut back across the cliffs through pretty woodlands and fields.

Happy dog walking!

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One Response

  1. Theresa Malin says:

    Thanks for these. We’re from Cubert but Ben our collie wants to explore the Stow of the Pad! Our beach (his beach), Holywell, is, of-course the best beach in Cornwall, having featured in many films. However right now there are TOURISTS and no more needs to be woofed.

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