The Best Cornwall Coast Path Walks for Dogs

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Cornwall is such a perfect place to take canine friends out for long dog walk, come rain or shine, with so many options to choose from it’s almost a tricky decision where to head each day! The south west coast path is a very dog friendly stomping ground, but some routes are better or more spectacular than others. We have picked out 3 of our favourite, tried and tested, coast path walks from across Cornwall.

1) Poldhu Cove to Gunwalloe. 3.3 miles one way

This lovely little walk starts off at the beautiful little spot of Poldhu cove. Kick off with one of Cornwall’s finest hot chocolates at the beautiful little Poldhu cafe, naturally a dog friendly cafe as it’s situated amongst the dunes on the beach itself. Set out from there along the coast path to the right of the beach and take in the stunning views of the sea and the coves. If you have a particularly over excitable pup there are two routes, one further set back from the edge. Lots of room around the path for nervous dogs or less sociable pups. Keeping the ocean to your left the path naturally leads you down to another dog friendly beach; Gunwalloe cove, with a beautiful little church to one side. Note that although Gunwalloe beach is dog friendly year round Poldhu cove enforces a dog ban between 7am and 7pm from Easter Sunday to 30th September.

iWalk Cornwall has some more detailed instructions for this walk here.

2) Polzeath to Daymer Bay. 1.7 miles one way

This walk is easily started off from either Polzeath or Daymer but parking is easier to come by and rod easier to navigate from Polzeath. This is another good walk for venturing dogs as it doesn’t veer too close to the cliff edge until you reach Daymer bay itself. There is no fencing up however so be careful if throwing balls or other toys. The path can be accessed a short rock climb from the left hand side of Polzeath beach or if that sounds a bit too adventurous for you there is a small path from behind George’s Surf School.

It’s an easy coast path to follow with wide open spaces and lots of dog friendly passing places, but a few rabbit warrens so be warned. We tend to walk from Polzeath to Daymer and back to tire the dogs out and then have lunch in Polzeath as there are more dog friendly cafe options that end. Our favourite is surfside for some great grub from Easter through to November and lots of outdoor dog friendly space. Most Cafes in Polzeath have some dog friendly areas.

3) Perranporth to St Agnes. 3.6 miles

This is the trickiest of paths from our selection as its quite narrow and close to the edge so probably only a great choice if you have a sociable dog that understands the perils of the cliff edge. That said this walk is worth it for the breathtaking views all along the path. You will pass lots of mining history along this walk but make sure to keep an eye on your four legged walking companions venturing too close to marked areas or open mine shafts etc. There is lots of info on the mining history along this coast path, if you want to read up before you head off there is loads more info here.

It’s a fairly tiring walk, especially in the winter months, so we tend to walk Perranorth to St Agnes and then catch the bus back. To find out bus times if you choose to go one way take a look at timetables here.

There are so many coast paths in Cornwall to be explored and so much information to find online to gauge if its suits yours and your dog’s ability level and distance etc as well as great stops en route.

We find southwestcoastpath.org.uk a really helpful website on everything from car parks to dog friendly beach info.

Happy stomping.

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