We love having well-behaved dogs to stay at Bosinver – and we know how much they love it here too (cue much tail-wagging). There are lots of dog friendly walks in Cornwall to choose from. While some are on our doorstep, others are a little further afield.
Who’s ready for walkies?
Top 5 dog friendly walks in Cornwall
1. Woodland Walk at Trelissick (near Truro).
Park in the National Trust car park then follow the signs for the Woodland Walk. This circular walk is popular with dog-walkers and their owners alike. It offers fantastic views across the Fal and is particularly lovely in the autumn when the trees change colour.
2. Cardinham Woods (near Bodmin)
Cardinham is a great place to explore with your canine companion. If you’re 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 Forestry Commission website.
3. Tehidy Country Park (off the B3301 bewteen Hayle and Portreath)
Tehidy Country Park has over 9 miles of well-kept, signposted woodland walks to explore. There are beautiful views throughout the park with plenty of water to splash through – and new friends around every corner!
This is a lovely walk ideal for those with dogs and children (approx 3 miles). The trail follows the route of the old narrow gauge railway along the River Winnick to Pentewan. To get to the start of the trail, turn left out of our drive, first left through Polgooth village to the junction of the B3273. Turn right and then first left (signposted Mount Caravans), where you can park your car. Follow the river downstream through the woods to the sea (approx. two miles).
5. Luxulyan Valley (just off the A390 St Blazey – Lostwithiel)
The Luxulyan Valley was designated part of the World Heritage Site in 2006 and is simply stunning. Listen to the sound of the River Par thundering down the valley as you take in the views and discover the area’s industrial past. Lots to see, do, smell and explore!
Toby’s Dog Friendly Dog Walks
We’re big fans of Toby’s Dog Friendly Dog Walks (Scriven House Books). Written by Toby the Dalmation, the guides have everything a dog and their owner could want to know. They include step-by-step directions, maps, photographs, and other essential information (like water to play in, whether you’re likely to meet farm animals or other dogs, and information about car parking). The Cornwall edition has 14 dog-friendly walks across the region, from woodland walks to coastal capers, which is more than enough to keep even the most active dogs and their owners happy.
We’ve got a copy in the office which you’re welcome to borrow. There are several other editions covering locations across the south west, so look out for one covering your area if you’re looking for inspiration.
Dog friendly holidays in Cornwall
Until Easter, dogs are welcome on Cornish beaches that operate a seasonal dog ban, and there are lots of opportunities for exploring.
Have you tried any of our favourite dog friendly walks in Cornwall? If you have any ideas for great places to explore with your pooch, we’d love to hear your suggestions. Leave a comment below, post on our Facebook page or tweet @Bosinver. Happy trails!