Kenny’s 3 favourite dog walks in Cornwall
Cornwall has become one of the most popular destinations for UK pet friendly holidays in recent years, which is no surprise when the county offers miles of South West Coast Path across beautiful natural landscape. I’ve been lucky enough to explore the South West Coast Path during my time at John Fowler’s dog friendly caravan parks, so I’ve put together a list of my 3 favourite walks for you and your dog to enjoy…
Bude – Coast & Canal
This is a 5.6 mile circular walk starting and finishing at the Falcon Hotel, Bude. Beautiful sea views highlight the start of the walk, while farmland and the canal path accompany you back to Bude. The walk is perfect for families with dogs as it passes pet friendly pubs and the beach offers a chance for your dog to really stretch its legs. During spring the canal is busy with boats, kayaks, cygnets and ducklings – making it an ideal spot to take a rest with a picnic.
Nearby, Widemouth Bay Caravan Park offers a range of pet friendly accommodation.
Beacon on the Coast
This is another circular walk around the old mining village of St Agnes. At 6.3 miles and with a couple of climbs, it is a little more challenging than Bude, but this shouldn’t put you off. You start with a climb to St Agnes Beacon, a local landmark, and the views are stunning, a real feature of the walk.The descent takes you to the coastal cove at Chapel Porth and then around St Agnes Head to Trevaunance Cove beach – this will be the most enjoyable part for the dog! The path then returns you St Agnes at the point you started. I’d recommend this walk during the autumn when the rusty colours compliment the landscape.
Perran View Holiday Park in St Agnes offers various pet friendly units.
Penzance To Marazion
At 2.1 miles this one of the shortest walks on the South West Coast Path, perfect for my ageing legs! That doesn’t mean there’s nothing to take in – the views across Mount’s Bay to St Michael’s Mount, Mousehole and the Lizard are amazing. The beach gives you an opportunity to tire your dog out on this shorter walk and nearby pubs are very pet welcoming. In autumn the Marazion Bird Reserve attracts a variety of species including rare water rails and bitterns, you may even witness flocks of swallows hunting flying ants.
Kenegie Manor is a local pet friendly holiday park, making it an ideal base to explore from.
For more information on dog walking around the South West visit www.southwestcoastpath.com.