The best dog walks in Cornwall

Taking your dog on your family holiday just got even better. That’s because, on a Cornwall dog walk, you can stumble upon hidden gems and undiscovered pathways along the coast. Walking is a great way to boost your mood – the natural stress relief that comes with enjoying nature-filled dog walks, paired with a relaxing UK break, will no doubt make your Cornwall holiday memorable.


Whether you’re looking for a short wander or a day out, a bustling beach or a secluded space – there’s a dog walk in Cornwall perfect for every pooch.

Before you go, remember:

  • Always keep your dog on a lead around livestock and wildlife
  • Check the rules of certain parks and beaches before you go as seasonal restrictions may apply
  • Always clean up after your dog
  • Make the most of Cornwall's abundance of dog-friendly pubs and cafes
  • Be sure each beautiful beach or bay you stumble upon is dog-friendly, you’ll want to scope out some of the best dog-walking routes in Cornwall before you visit

Where to walk

Pendinas circular

If you’re looking for circular dog walks in Cornwall, this one in St Ives wraps comfortably around the mini ‘island’, providing panoramic views of St Ives and the Atlantic Ocean.

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  • Just one mile long, the Pendinas circular is the ideal dog-walking route for shorter legs or those who aren’t up to the usual ups and downs of the Cornish coast near St Ives Bay.

St Ives to Zennor

Starting just a few steps away from The Sail Lofts car park, the pathway directs you all the way towards Zennor. Keep an eye out for seals in the sea on the way there! Plus, on the way back, you can come through beautiuful countryside.

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  • This is a stunning six-mile Cornwall dog walk that will reveal all the hidden secrets the coastline has to offer.

The Gannel Estuary

Capture a glimpse of Newquay’s seafaring past, and enjoy the Gannel Estuary with your four-legged friend. The ideal place for history lovers and birdwatchers, the Estuary now provides a recreation area and nature reserve.

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  • You may need a lead for this route, as the Gannel is a tidal river and there’s plenty of wildlife living peacefully.
  • Travelling from the town, the Estuary is an easy dog walk in Cornwall, but marks the start of the Newquay to Crantock circular walk if you fancied a bit more exploration.

Crantock Beach

Framed by sand dunes, high cliffs and the River Gannel, Crantock Beach was voted Best British Beach by BBC Coast in 2013.

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  • Situated just a 15-minute drive from Newquay town centre, there’s a car park, public toilets, and a seasonal lifeguard station. 
  • What’s more – dogs are allowed to zoom along the golden sand all year round!

Black Rock Beach

Known for its surfer-friendly waves and another dog-friendly beach next door, your pup will be spoilt for choice when you take them to Black Rock Beach. Both Black Rock Beach and Widemouth are the perfect spots for those water-loving dogs!

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  • There’s a ramp leading down to the sand for easy access, with seasonal lifeguards and rock pools to discover. 

Milky Way Adventure Park

Another way to get your dog the exercise they need is by taking them to this family-friendly adventure park. That’s right, your Cornwall dog walks just got taken to a whole new level.

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  • Just 17 miles from Bude, Milky Way Adventure Park is just across the border in Devon, but is the perfect opportunity for your four-pawed pal to help you find your way through mazes, marvel at the sci-fi memorabilia and ride the Milky Way Railway.
  • The only place your pooch can’t go is the Birds of Prey Centre. Aside from that, your sociable dog can make the most of this adventurous day out. 
A dog sat on the beach on a sunny day.

What you need to know

With its rugged coastline and seaside villages, Cornwall sees more sunshine than most of the UK, making it one of the most popular getaway destinations. There’s plenty of dog-friendly accommodation, woodland walks and many beaches where your pooch can roam free.

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