Our 4 favourite dog walks in Cornwall

While many visitors head to the beaches, there's plenty of other wonderful places to explore on a dog walk

Winter is a fabulous time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors with your pooch – and Cornwall has a fantastic range of dog-friendly walks for you to enjoy. 

Here are four of our favourites to whet your appetite:


Woodland Walk: Tehidy Country Park

Welcome to doggy heaven! Just a few miles from Landal Gwel an Mor, you’ll find the largest area of woodland in West Cornwall. This lovely country park has nine miles of paths and over 250 acres of woods and lakes to explore. So you can choose between a light walk or something more strenuous. Tehidy Country Park has its own Visitor Centre & Café, where you can buy light snacks and drinks. Beautiful and tranquil, this is a wonderful place to visit at any time of the year and is home to a wide variety of plants and animals.

Beach Walk: Watergate Bay, near Newquay

Watergate Bay is a glorious two-mile stretch of sandy beach which is dog-friendly all year round. Popular with both surfers and family groups, Watergate Bay has lovely surf and outstanding water quality. This is a place where your canine friend can safely run and explore, from waves to rockpools. There is plenty of convenient parking right by the bay, with handy outlets serving takeaway food and drink. The Beach Hut bistro, which is open for breakfast and lunch during the winter months, is also very welcoming to dogs. 

Trail Walk: The Mineral Tramways

These trails are a result of Cornwall’s rich mining heritage. They follow the routes that would have been taken by trams and trains that transported copper and tin ore from the mines to coastal ports such as Portreath. Today, they form a network of over 37 miles of multi activity trails, most of which are level and free of traffic, making them perfect for dog-walkers. Luckily, a stretch of the Mineral Tramways passes right by Landal Gwel an Mor. 

The Portreath Branchline Trail is a 5.5 mile trail which follows the route of the old Portreath Railway, linking Portreath with the towns of Illogan, Pool and Brea. Dog walkers can explore as much of this lovely trail as they wish, to experience a unique view of this historic area of Cornwall.

National Trust Walk: Lanhydrock, near Bodmin

Lanhydrock is a country house and estate in a stunning setting. While dogs are not permitted in the house or gardens there are still hundreds of acres to explore, with beautiful ancient woodlands, scenic parkland and tranquil riverside walks. Lanhydrock’s Stable Tea-room has an outdoor seating area where dogs are very welcome. Lanhydrock provide handy route guides for walks around the estate which can be collected from the gatehouse, reception or shop. This is a very popular venue for dog-walkers.

When you book a dog-friendly break in Cornwall, you will soon discover that you are spoilt for choice for places to take your four-legged friend!

Our friendly team will give you all the advice and information you need to make the most of your trip, helping you and your dog to enjoy a truly amazing winter break in beautiful Cornwall. 

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