We’re lucky to have some dog-friendly walks right on the doorstep. But if you’re looking to explore some of the local area or a little further afield, there are so many great places to visit. Here are our top five places to walk our four-legged friends, which are great for the whole family too!

Trelissick

There are several options for walking at Trelissick. The first and often busiest option is to use the National Trust car park and begin walking from the estate towards the beach and woodland beyond. This is the most popular route, so expect to find others with the same plan! You’ll find a café serving food and drinks near the car park for a post walk treat.

The other option is to park in the layby on the approach to the estate and take a fairly steep path down into the woods below. This is usually much quieter and it’s possible to do one of the several loop options without seeing many other people.

Distance from the cottage: 15 minutes’ drive

Free limited layby parking: https://w3w.co/changed.amps.crunch

National Trust parking (free with membership, otherwise paid): https://w3w.co/weeps.version.overhaul

Kennall Vale

Steeped in history and tucked away at the edge of the village of Ponsanooth – it’s the site of a former gunpowder works which is now managed by Cornwall Wildlife Trust. The remains of many of the old buildings can still be seen, surrounding the often fast flowing River Kennall.

You won’t find miles of trail to follow here, instead a good-sized loop where you’ll need to navigate several flights of uneven steps whilst weaving around the old gunpowder ruins. To continue enjoying this wonderful place, please park considerately and not on the narrow road leading to the reserve.

Distance from the cottage: 15 minutes’ drive

Nature Reserve: https://w3w.co/changed.amps.crunch

Perranporth Beach

For those days when you all need a good blast along a sandy beach (cold and crisp with blue skies please) Perranporth is perfect! Make sure to check the tide is low or on the way out before heading to the north coast, otherwise you’ll find a much smaller stretch of sand. When the tide is low, Perranporth beach merges with neighbouring Perran Sands to form 2 miles of glorious golden sands.   

The more adventurous might want to explore the coast path up above the beach – it can be accessed via a set of steps just along from the RNLI station. Just be careful to keep dogs on leads near the cliff edge.

The Watering Hole is a great place to stop for food and drink before heading home.

Distance from the cottage: 25 minutes’ drive

Public car park (paid): https://w3w.co/changed.amps.crunch

Mylor Yacht Harbour

With a beach and easy coast path walking to choose from, there’s plenty to explore down at Mylor Yacht Harbour. Head on an out and back to Flushing or longer circular walk, before visiting either Castaways or Mylor Café for refreshments.

Even in the winter the harbour is usually a hive of activity, so the car parks can get busy. If you’re lucky there are sometimes spaces free along the road or further up the hill – perfect if you fancy a stroll through the pretty churchyard.

Distance from the cottage: 20 minutes’ drive

Car park (paid): https://w3w.co/changed.amps.crunch

Penrose

A great flat (by Cornish standards) walk or somewhere to ride bikes and scooters! With a large, free car park at the head of the path, this is a good spot to choose if meeting a larger group. Around a mile and a half away there’s a café which is great for a pit stop, before returning along the same path.

For those looking for a longer (and often muddier) walk, there’s also a circular route which takes in Loe Bar too. More challenging at just over 6 miles, but explorers are treated to some lovely views!

Distance from the cottage: 30 minutes’ drive

Free car park: https://w3w.co/changed.amps.crunch