Cornwall is doggy-heaven. Open expanses of sandy beaches, all the sticks in the world to play fetch with, plenty of rivers and shorelines to splash around in and best of all most of the shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants openly welcome and look after our furry friends – from dog treats on the bar to bowls of water at every doorway. Below we’ve narrowed it down to our top 5 favourite dog walks in the area for you and your best friend to explore and enjoy.
At the mouth of the Camel estuary you’ll find beautiful Tregirls, a long, peaceful expanse of soft sand that meets calm waters, overlooked only by a small collection of cottages at Hawkers Cove. Park at the top of Tregirls and walk down the stoney track, through the woodland and across little bridges until you meet the sand. From here you can either walk along the beach or through the dunes where you’ll find the cliff path to Padstow. On sunny days when the tide is high this beach is the perfect place to swim and on big low tides it’s a great place to run the dogs around.
We love Tregirls because it’s dog friendly all year round, it’s a beautiful haven to escape the summer crowds and the coast path that runs beside it leads straight to our front door!
2. Trevose Head
There are so many reasons we love walking our doggies around Trevose Head. The coastal footpath reaches Mother Ivey’s, Constantine and Booby’s meaning sand and sea loving pooches can splash, skid and swim to their hearts content, whilst the footpath itself is a beautiful route with stunning views in all directions, as far as the eye can see. There’s plenty of parking in both the Trevose Head and the Booby’s Bay National Trust carparks and all the beaches in the area are dog friendly. The beaches are best enjoyed at low tide and Trevose Head is only around a 10 minute drive from Padstow.
We especially like to treat ourselves to an ice cream and a coffee at Enid’s Ices, a retro blue ice cream van situated at the top of Booby’s Lane.
3. Bedruthan Steps
The dramatic coastline of Bedruthan makes it a favourite of ours. The sunsets are incredible, the dawn is dreamy and quiet and it’s a lovely place for a clifftop picnic or beach ramble. If you are up to the mission, tackle the winding stairs cut into the cliff that will take you down to Bedruthan Steps beach, where you can explore the many little coves at low tide. If you don’t fancy the climb back up you can park in the National Trust car park, where there’s a little cafe and toilets, and take an amble along the coast path in either direction; to Mawgan Porth or Porthcothan.
We normally choose to head north towards Porthcothan as there are some beautiful little secrets bays along the way, all of which are dog friendly.
4. Harlyn to Trevone
The clifftop walk between Harlyn and Trevone is exceptionally mellow with no inclines or steps at all, and a beautifully peaceful place to take a morning stroll. Harlyn beach at low tide is an amazing place to exercise your dog as it’s huge and the sea is calm most of the summer, whilst the rocky pool at Trevone is a great swimming pool for dogs and owners alike! Just watch out for the dog ban on the sandy beach at Trevone between Easter and October.
There’s plenty of parking and amenities at both beaches, making it a lovely place to grab a coffee and wander between each bay.
5. The Camel Trail
During the summer months the trail is little bit crazy for dog walking as there is no end of toddlers on trikes and twins on tandems whizzing around, but come spring, autumn and winter we love to walk our woofers on the sheltered Camel Trail. The beautiful walk follows the estuary towards Wadebridge and dogs love swimming at Old Town Cove, about a 15 minute walk from Padstow. You’ll often see people cycling and running with their dogs here (if they are well behaved enough to stay close!) as there’s no danger of roads or vehicles.
Best of all, we overlook the trail up the estuary! So, why not pop in for a spot of lunch pre-dog walk? Or treat yourself to a glass of something chilled on the terrace afterwards!
There are so many reasons we love Cornwall; the incredible scenery, the fantastic locations to eat and drink and the awesome activities, but one of our favourite things about The Duchy is just how happy it makes our furry friends. We hope you enjoy these walks as much as we do, and if you have any more faves – we’d love to hear about them! Happy hikes everyone.