Wet Woodland Walks
As the wintery weather this year is growing wetter and wetter, each walk in the wilderness wouldn’t be joyful without our wellies and waterproof jackets. With wild winds forcing what feels like gallons of rain onto ourselves and our four-legged friends, finding a splendid spot to walk our canine companions can feel like a troublesome task.
However, the team at Natural Cornish Pet Shop are here to help. Surrounded by an array of amazing woodland wonderlands, we have a list of our top spots for walking your dog this winter.
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 from an outdoor woodland adventure. The diverse woodland is full of secret glades, allowing you to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of life into a 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 in 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.
Situated behind the beautiful Roskilly’s farm in Helston, lies some of Cornwall's forgotten woodland. After enjoying a warming hot chocolate in the parlour of the farm, explore the plethora of picturesque paths throughout the Old Withy Woods and through the gorgeous meadows down in the valley, which have been left to grow wild.
There is at least a mile of easy walking around these wild meadows and would be easy to while away an hour or two exploring the luscious twenty acres. The farm does graze a few of their younger heifers here during the summer and they may well come up to say hello so please make sure dogs are on leads at all times. In the Croust House, you will also find maps for walks you can do to see some of the spectacular coast line and Cornish villages in the area. On foot is really the best way to really see the spectacular farm land and scenery in an area that is of outstanding natural beauty alongside its sites of special scientific interest due to the rare plants and wildlife found here.
Tehidy Woods, Camborne
As the largest woodland in West Cornwall covering over 250 acres, Tehidy Woods is an idyllic location for you and your furry friend. The country park here features over 9 miles of paths and trails, a lake and café (pawfect for picking up a warming cuppa on those rainy days).
With an array of woodland wonders to explore, a wander around this fantastic forest is an ideal getaway for you and your pet. With dogs welcome all year round, there are no restrictions when it comes to your furry friend. All you need is your wellies, a lead and your dog to have a wonderful walk in this woodland wonderland.
Kennall Vale, Falmouth
Take a walk through history at Kennall Vale; as this dog-friendly, picturesque woodland is filled with rich undergrowth, open glades and remnants of the old gunpowder works. Scattered through the 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 beneath a canopy of beech trees, allowing the ground to be clear of brambles and flowers that cover the floors of many other Cornish woodlands. Filled with wildlife, including the pipistrelle bat, this idyllic location is one of the most beautiful spots in the county.
Lanhydrock Respryn Ramble, Bodmin
This walking trail provides an amazing adventure alongside the River Fowey featuring a semi-natural ancient woodland within the grounds of the National Trust’s Lanhydrock estate. Breath-taking scenery and nature await on this wintery walk into a secret garden of botanical beauty. Admire ancient oak trees and keep your eyes peeled for elusive kingfishers and otters enjoying a bathe in the nearby river.
Wander through this woodland wonder and find yourself immersed in the managed Higginsmoor Wood that was previously used for tin mining. On closer inspection, you can still see the waterways in which workers used to stream for tin all those years ago. Your walk finishes at the gates of Lanhydrock House which is mesmerising in its own right. With canopies of tremendous trees keeping you sheltered from the drizzle and the damp, a walk in Respryn will be one woodland walk you or your pooch will not forget.