Dog walks in south Cornwall

The south coast of Cornwall is home to some of the county’s most stunning scenery, and is often more sheltered than the north coast. Heading slightly more inland you’ll come across woodland valleys and traditional Cornish villages with plenty of character. Here is a list of our favourite dog walks in south Cornwall, offering lots of inspiration if you’re staying in one of our dog-friendly cottages in Cornwall.

Maenporth Beach

For a beach with the ‘Woof Factor’, head to Maenporth just outside Falmouth. This attractive sheltered east-facing sandy beach set between small headlands has shallow water great for dogs wanting to get their paws wet. It’s a beach to keep dog owners smiling too with views over Falmouth Bay towards Pendennis Castle, and a pick of places for a beachside snack; the laid-back beach café or chic The Cove restaurant where dogs can dry off with a well deserved snooze on the outside balcony. Walk from here along the South West Coast Path to neighbouring beaches such as Swanpool, taking in the beautiful costal views and marine activity. Dogs are welcome on this beach except between Easter Sunday and 30 September when a seasonal dog ban is in place.

Polkerris Beach

Detour from the road heading south east towards Fowey and you will find the small village of Polkerris which is home to a sheltered harbour beach overlooking St Austell Bay. Doggie delights here involve jumping from the stone quay, barking at wetsuit clad watersport-lovers trying their luck with a sailing or windsurfing taster session, or drooling at the smell of the delicious food being served from the beachside restaurant, Sam’s on the Beach. There’s a lovely walk from Polkerris around Gribben Head to really stretch those legs. This beach has a seasonal dog ban, where dogs are only permitted on the beach between October and March inclusive.

Kings Wood

This designated County Wildlife Site is one of the most beautiful woodland areas in south Cornwall. Situated in the Pentewan Valley, it boasts scenic views across the south coast of Cornwall as well as a wonderful array of flora. A wide variety of trees such as oak, ash, sweet chestnut and beech stand proud lining the footpath through the woods, which runs from St Austell town down towards Mevagissey. The network of paths are mainly flat, offering a leisurely walk suitable for all abilities. There are some paths which are more challenging as well which run along the river and can occasionally be muddy. This is the perfect place for a dog walk all year round, just make sure you have a towel in the car when you return to wide off those muddy paws.