Places to Prance
As National Walk your Dog Month is celebrated across the UK, dog owners around the country are being encouraged to grab their coats and leads and see something new with their four-legged friends. There is no better time to explore our classic Cornish coastline than this month.
What makes Cornwall one of the best areas to celebrate this fantastic month? Well, it’s all of our incredible locations of course! Pawfect locations surrounded by sublime scenery, there really is no better location to enjoy some outdoor time with your pet this National Walk your Dog Month. From blissful beaches to woodland wonders, there really is no place like the South West when it comes to walking this winter. Home to some of the most idyllic surroundings in the UK, here’s where you can enjoy a pawfect prance this January.
Fistral Beach, Newquay
As Newquay is one of the top destinations for holiday makers coming to Cornwall, it’s no wonder that Fistral Beach made our list. As a key location for surfers with a stunning backdrop, this dog friendly beach is a perfect getaway with your four-legged friends too. Overlooked by the grand Headland Hotel, Fistral beach is a prime location if you are down here on holiday after the lockdown restrictions, or even just for a weekend of relaxation. A wide expanse of golden, soft sand adds to the beauty of this area and is perfect for your pooch’s paws.
Being dog friendly all-year round makes Fistral accessible to all you animal lovers 365 days a year! So whether it’s a winter walk or a summer stroll, Newquay's beautiful beach should definitely be on your bucket list to visit this decade!
Prussia Cove, Rosudgeon
Formerly called the King's Cove, Prussia Cove is on the coast of Mount's Bay to the east of Cudden Point. It is a small, quiet and intimate place and a gorgeous beach highlighting the best of what West Cornwall has to offer. Amazingly, dogs are welcome all year round at Prussia Cove, so no need to leave your furry friend at home as you bask in the beauty and enjoy that sandy stroll this January.
If you are more of an early morning walker and fancy enjoying watching the sun rise on a crisp winter morning, we recommend visiting Prussia Cove on weekdays and earlier in the day where the pirating and pioneering vibe engulfs the area as soon as you descend from the carpark. With crashing waves, coastal coves and pawfect paths, Prussia Cove is one of our favourite spots to enjoy some quality time with your four-legged friend.
Kennall Vale, Falmouth
Take a walk through history at Kennall Vale; this dog-friendly woodland is filled with rich undergrowth, open glades and remnants of a forgotten history. Scattered through this picturesque reserve are the remains of the 19th century Kennall Vale Gunpowder Works, including several granite mills and buildings.
After walking the first part of the path at the top of the slope you will discover the first of these remains, including the aftermath of a series of explosions in 1838. The river rushes down a valley of moss and over an abandoned weir. Below the canopy of beech trees, the ground is clear of the brambles and flowers that cover the floors of many other Cornish woodlands allowing for pooch friendly frolicks. Filled with wildlife, including the pipistrelle bat, this idyllic location is one of the most beautiful spots in our Cornish county.
Cardinham Woods, Bodmin
Cardinham is a great place to explore with your four-legged friend. It is the perfect location to recharge and relax. These wondrous woods are found in central Cornwall and have everything you could want for an outdoor woodland adventure. This diverse woodland is full of secret glades, allowing you to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of life into this haven of natural beauty. Stream-side paths, fresh air and stunning viewpoints make Cardinham Woods a wonderful spot for you and your canine companion.
In need of refreshments after your walk? Try the Woods Cafe, a centuries-old woodsman’s cottage with a welcoming open fire for the colder months, and outstanding cream teas. There’s a variety of different walks graded by distance and difficulty, and you can download a map of the wood from the Forestry Commission website.
Classic Coastal Paths
Poldhu to Mullion Cove
A highlight of this walk on the Lizard and part of this Cornish Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is a short but delightful walk to the picturesque granite-harboured fishing hamlet at Mullion Cove, meandering past the sandy beach at Polurrian Cove and on to Poldhu Cove.
It is popular with birdwatchers in autumn, when the area's unusual colony of cliff-nesting house martins can attract the attentions of passing birds of prey, such as the rare marsh harrier. But it shows most of its beauty in the summer when the glistening waters of Polurrion Cove can be seen on the horizon alongside a sandy beach, which is dog friendly throughout the year. This gorgeous and gracious coastal path offers everything you need for a glorious walk in the summer sun. With amenities close-by for a spot of food or drink, both The Old Inn and The Mullion Cove Hotel offer dog-friendly accommodation and dining.
Trenow Cove, Marazion to Penzance
Tucked away in the magnificent Marazion lies a small treasure whose beauty has been rarely discovered by many. Located between the beach of Perranuthnoe and St Michael’s Mount, this small, idyllic cove is an ideal spot for those who fancy being somewhere a little quieter than more well-known beaches in the area.
With a stunning view of St Michael’s Mount, this is not just a beach for dog-walking but a picturesque backdrop for any photographers out there. Lined with an array of soft sand and beautiful pebbles, Trenow Cove is a must-see location for any dog walker. Best enjoyed during spring and summer, the glistening waters surrounding St Michael’s Mount can be seen sparkling from any spot around the cove. Embark on your walk from Trenow, head through Marazion and on the coastal path to take you all the way to the picturesque Penzance.