One of the many reasons people choose to holiday in Cornwall is that their dogs love it here, too! Cornwall is a dog-friendly county, and there are so many beautiful places for walkies around here.
Here are some of the best dog-friendly walks in Cornwall – and many of them are just a few paw steps away from our hotel.
Woodland Walks in Cornwall
We’re really lucky in The Cornwall to have King’s Wood on our doorstep. This beautiful mixed woodland is dotted with inviting paths, and is home to a huge array of native flora and fauna. Dogs are welcome in the woods; however, leads are required during the nesting season and in certain parts of the woods.
The Pentewan Valley Trail passes through the woods; and as it runs along a former railway line, is a nice, flat piece of pathway. It’s a short walk from The Cornwall to the Trail; and you can break your journey with a pint at the Ship Inn Pentewan, a pleasant, dog-friendly pub.
If you don’t mind a short drive, the Forestry Commission-managed Cardinham Woods near Bodmin also welcomes dogs.
It has a car park and a choice of four waymarked walks, which wind between towering trees and lush countryside. There’s also a tearoom, serving irresistible Cornish cream tea at outdoor picnic tables, alongside a large outdoor play area, ideal for little ones to let off steam while you enjoy your cream tea.
Dog Walks on the Coast Path
The South West Coast Path has plenty of beautiful stretches where you and your pooch can stride out. A lovely local stretch runs between the Pentewan Valley and Mevagissey, and you can return via an inland footpath to make it a circular walk. The coast path has some steep bits; however, a lot of it runs along the smoother cycle path, making it suitable for all ages.
Find out more about our favourite Cornish coastal walks.
Dog-friendly Beach Walks
One of the best dog-friendly beach walks again follows the coastal path to Mevagissey. Just before you reach Mevagissey's quaint harbour, you pass Polstreath Beach - it isn’t the easiest place to reach, with 200 steps down to the cove – however, once on the sand, it’s a lovely, peaceful place with gently lapping waves, ideal for doggy-paddle.
If your dog really wants to be let off the leash and feel the wind in their ears, it’s worth driving out to Harlyn Bar near Padstow. This sandy beach is dog-friendly all year, and there’s a handy car park in the village.
Have a look at Cornwall Council’s guide to dog beach restrictions before heading out for a sandy scamper. We’ve also put together our own guide to dog-friendly beaches in Cornwall.
Cornish Country Parks for Pooches
If your four-legged friend prefers to feel grass under his pads, there are plenty of country parks near St Austell. One of our favourite dog walks is in the National Trust property, Lanhydrock. This beautiful house is near Bodmin, 12 miles from The Cornwall. The house is set in 900 acres of historic parkland, where your doggy is more than welcome. Please pop on the lead in livestock areas.
Other good National Trust places for walkies include the wooded Penrose Estate near Helston (30 miles, but so worth it) and the countryside around Trelissick near Falmouth (although not in the actual gardens themselves), or take a National Trust trail around Lansallos near Fowey, where there’s a dog-friendly beach.
Holidays with Your Dog at The Cornwall
And of course, there’s our own 43-acre parkland at The Cornwall for you and your doggy to explore. We love our four-pawed guests, and you can reserve a dog-friendly hotel room, or if you prefer a holiday cottage, book into one of our luxury Woodland Lodges, where your dog will feel really at home.
With all those lovely dog walks on our doorstep (and who knows, maybe the odd treat or two…), this is the perfect place for a pooch-perfect holiday.