From coast to countryside: North Cornwall’s best dog-friendly walks

Whether you are looking for coastal hikes or inland romps across rolling countryside, north Cornwall has footpaths and trails for everyone and their dog. Dogs are so well catered for in this corner of Britain, you’ll find many pubs and cafes enthusiastically welcoming them in with open arms, too, so you can end your walk with a well deserved pint or a cream tea, while the dog gets a gravy bone under the table. From walks with spectacular views to wheelchair- and pram-friendly trails, here are six of the best walking routes in North Cornwall.

Written by Lottie Gross

Dog walking with view of Trebarwith Strand, Tintagel

Chapel Porth to St Agnes

Start point: Chapel Porth Beach car park
Type: There-and-back
Distance/time: 10km/3hrs
Directions: AllTrails

If it’s glorious sea views and a little mining history you’re after, this walk on Cornwall’s north coast is one the money. You’ll track the cliff tops from Chapel Porth Beach, heading northward to St Agnes along undulating coastal path. The ocean views and glimpses of the dramatic coast ahead of you are spectacular, but most enchanting of all is the old mining ruins around Wheal Coates, where the Towanroath engine house stands tall above the sea. The halfway point for this walk is at Trevunance Cove, where a couple of dog-friendly pubs make great pit stops before the hike back.

Stay at: Appletree Cabin near Newquay >

Pentire Headland walk

Start point: Pentireglaze car park
Type: Circular
Distance/time: 5.5km/2hrs
Directions: National Trust

Glorious coastal views abound on this romp around a National Trust-managed headland, as well as the chance to spot grey seals out at sea and peregrine falcons in the sky. The walk begins at Pentireglaze and heads north to the South West Coast Path, then tracking northwest along the cliffs. The first impressive viewpoint is The Rumps, where an Iron Age hillfort can be seen on the edge of the coast – it’s thought this was built in AD 200. Continuing west you’ll reach Pentire Point, where the views stretch across the Camel Estuary and Trevose Head lighthouse. There’s a lovely National Trust cafe at Pentireglaze for refuelling at the end of your hike.

Stay at: Appletree Cabin near Newquay >

Carnewas at Bedruthan coast walk

Start point: Carnewas at Bedruthan car park
Type: There-and-back
Distance/time: 7km/2hrs
Directions: National Trust

This there-and-back walk is another coastal adventure with spectacular views. The most impressive is the view of the beach at Bedruthan Steps, where rocky stacks are scattered about the sand when the tide is out. There’s no access to the beach here currently due to a rock fall that damaged the route in 2019, but it’s still worth coming for the cliff top views alone. This route has all manner of intriguing history – look out for Bronze Age barrows and prehistoric Redcliff Castle – and the wildflowers are a riot of in spring and summer.

Stay at: Appletree Cabin near Newquay >

Rough Tor & Brown Willy, Bodmin Moor

Start point: Rough Tor Car Park
Type: Circular
Distance/time: 8km/3hrs

This circular walk is easy to follow simply by using Google Maps in satellite view. There are several well-trodden paths up and around the 400-metre-high Rough Tor, and from there it’s an easy walk to Brown Willy (420 metres). Once you’ve scaled both of these lofty mounds, you can either go back to the way you came without scaling Rough Tor, or head along the south side of Rough Tor via the Fernacre Stone Circle. The views from both tors are wonderful, stretching right across Bodmin Moor.

Stay at: Hercules near Launceston >

Lanhydrock Great Wood & Beech Avenue, Bodmin

Start point: Main Car Park at Lanhydrock House
Type: Circular
Distance/time: 4km/75 mins
Directions: National Trust

This gentle trail around the 1000 acres of grounds within the Lanhydrock estate is perfect for those seeking something a little more sedate. The paths are generally easy and flat, and while wheelchairs might struggle, all-terrain mobility vehicles are suitable and can be borrowed if booked in advance. You’ll wander through native woodland and parkland, and eventually finish by walking along the pleasingly symmetrical Beech Avenue to the 17th-century gatehouse. There’s a dog-friendly cafe on site for a scone and tea afterwards.

Stay at: South Priddacombe near Bolventor >

The Camel Trail, Wadebridge to Padstow

Start point: Piggy Lane car park, Wadebridge
Type: Point-to-point
Distance/time: 9km/3hrs
Directions: The Camel Trail

It’s impossible to get lost on this point-to-point walk thanks to the excellent signposting for the Camel Trail. The route follows a disused railway line between Wenfordbridge and Padstow, which totals almost 30 kilometres of smooth-surface track suitable for anyone on wheels, be it bikes, buggies or wheelchairs. This section of the trail passes through beautiful Cornish countryside before ending at Padstow, where dog-friendly pubs and cafes abound for a little fuel before you take the bus back to Wadebridge.

Stay at: Trengayor Farm near Bude >

Written by Lottie Gross

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