Want to bring your dog on a getaway to Cornwall but aren’t sure which are the best spots for dog friendly days out? We’ve rounded up the most recommended dog walks in Devon and Cornwall so you can make your furry friend a part of your next family adventure. Here are our top picks…
A short 20 minute drive from our location at Deerpark is Ethy Woods. A great option if you’re looking for a short walk. With free parking and off lead areas, your four legged pal will love having a short paddle across the famous man made stepping stones. This circular walk lasts around 30-60 minutes, depending on your pace.
This pretty town in Devon is a 1 hour 20 minute drive from Deerpark and makes for a fantastic day out at the Great British seaside. Complete with bright beach huts and a cheeky cone of chips. Take your pooch and embark on its circular walk where you can soak up the sights of the harbour and its famous pier. During your stroll you’ll also glimpse stunning views of Torquay (nicknamed the English Riviera) and the Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway. There’s loads of dog friendly cafes and pubs on route too.
Respryn Ramble Near Lanhydrock House
This circular walk is just 15 minutes away from Forest Holidays Deerpark and is near the National Trust’s Lanhydrock House Estate.
This spot offers fantastic scenery along the River Fowey, over Respryn Bridge and through semi-natural ancient woodland. Parking is available with a suggested donation of £2 to preserve the area, but National Trust members can park for free.
The river is home to otters but that doesn’t mean your dog can’t have a paddle. Just stick to the three dog designated bathing areas to keep everyone safe. These areas are located on the bends in the river, with plenty of space to paddle or deeper waters where they can swim.
The area is vast - you can complete the route in 30 minutes or treat yourself to hours of adventure by taking a leisurely pace with your dog by your side.
Branscombe to Beer
This long walk in East Devon is renowned for its stunning scenery along the famous Jurassic Coast Path. It’s further afield from your cabin door (just under a two hour drive) but this epic trek is its own reward. Start in Branscombe village, pass through the historic forge and arrive at Branscombe beach for a quick pitstop. Then follow the Jurassic Coast Path up Hooken Cliff, a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting panoramic coastal views. Your final destination is the village of Beer, a charming spot where you can relax in one of the many dog-friendly pubs. Head back along the South West Coast Path, for scenery teaming with wildlife. The ultimate day out.
A 20 minute drive from your cabin doorstep, Cardinham Woods has a variety of routes with most of them on flat or paved land. Some routes follow a fairly shallow river, which your pup will love cooling off in during the warmer months. Dogs are allowed off lead in certain areas, so be sure to check the signs. And at the end of your walk, visit the dog-friendly café. We recommend the Cornish cream tea, freshly baked to perfection.
Seaton Beach is just 25 minutes away from Deerpark, with plenty of parking available. Here your dog can be completely free and off lead throughout the year. And with various access points to the beach you’ll be spoilt for choice for walking trails.
Don’t forget to stop off at Seaton Beach Café for a warm welcome. Inside is a dog friendly conservatory and towels and treats for your pup. Perfect if you’re in need of a drink and a bite to eat.
Mount Edgecumbe Country Park
This beautiful area has so much to offer and is worth the slightly longer 45 minute drive time. Park up and pay then head out on your adventure. With lush parkland and fields leading to the beach along the coastal path this is Cornwall at its most authentic.
Dog walking holidays Cornwall: a few handy hints and tips
For the best doggy day out, read through the Countryside Code and keep in mind our top recommendations: check signage so you know when to pop your dog on a lead. Help keep Cornwall clean by tidying up after yourself (and your dog). And keep your pup in view at all times to keep wildlife and livestock safe.
If you’re after some more ideas for your Cornish holiday, delve into the Forestipedia blog. Here you can discover guides on hiking trails, beauty spots and dog-friendly beaches - all in the heart of Cornwall.
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