Watergate Bay Beach and Coastal dog walk

Watergate Bay is a beautiful dog friendly beach all year round and perfect starting point for great dog walks in Cornwall. Park at Watergate Bay car Park. Turning left takes you towards Newquay and right towards Mawgan Porth. Our preference is to head to Mawgan Porth by following the coastal path signs. The path takes you uphill in front of the Watergate Bay Hotel Apartments.

Circular dog walk through Mawgan Porth

You will enjoy lovely coastal views all the way to Mawgan Porth. Dogs should be fine off the lead but be aware some fields have sheep in them. Once you get into Mawgan Porth there are lots of options for refreshments.Cornish Fresh is good for seating outside and we’ve had pretty good pizza there.

Continue along the main front in Mawgan Porth to a right-hand turn (the only obvious turn). Take this and continue along this road until you come to a holiday park. Walk through the holiday park (there is a small footpath parallel to the road). You will pass through a pretty little wood and cross a stream before heading up a hill towards St Mawgan. 

Pass up this hill, you will see another campsite and arrive at Off the Path Coffee Company.  This is a great place to stop that is very dog friendly and has lovely views and setting. Food was great when we visited and fresh water for Henry. 

From the café, take the footpath that is parallel to the cafes garden and follow signs to St Mawgan. At St Mawgan you can stop again if required at The Falcon Inn. I can’t comment on the food as only stopped for drinks but lovely garden and very dog friendly. 

From St Mawgan there is a footpath at the back of the village (opposite side to the pub) and back towards Mawgan Porth. This path will be parallel to the path you took from the Café into St Mawgan. It takes you to Trevarrian where you have a brief walk along the main road before crossing into the village. 

At the very back of Trevarrian you should pick up another footpath sign which takes you alongside someone’s garden briefly. This path is a straight line all the way to Tregurrian and will pass alongside another holiday park. This is the less picturesque part of the walk…

In Tregurrian head along the main road in Watergate Bay (wouldn’t recommend as narrow and very busy!). I would take the small lane in the village that heads towards the coast. You will pass Tregurrian Camping and Caravan Park on your right and eventually come to a junction. Cross over this junction directly onto a footpath that brings you back on the coastal path you started on.

Eating in Watergate Bay

In Watergate Bay itself there are some decent options for refreshments. The Beach Hut is great for food and coffee with excellent breakfast. This is a nice place to stop for a drink with views across the beach.  A more laid-back alternative is Wax Watergate Bay (very lively when Boardmasters festival is on) Both are very dog friendly. If you just want a takeaway coffee, then No1Cubs  is good (situated on the path down to the beach).

If you are after dog friendly accommodation, then we would recommend the village apartments.

The Camel Trail dog walk (Padstow & Rock)

Parking is in Padstow (Padstow Town Car Park), next to Rick Steins fish bar. From there you ahead away from town. After passing several bikes hire shops you will hit the Camel trail. This is a very flat dog walk (for Cornwall!) that is also very suitable for cycling. Because of the popularity of the route to cyclists make sure your dog is under control.

We walked towards Wadebridge, there are beautiful views of the river and out to Rock most of the way. There are small beaches to stop on (not particularly sandy but good enough if your dog likes swimming). Although busy in the summer, the walk is very peaceful.  You can continue all of the way to Wadebridge (11 miles round trip). If you make it to Wadebridge, then we can recommend Delicia Tapas & Cafe for food.

Alternatively, you can take a ferry from Padstow to Rock. There are lots of dogs walks on Rock and both Rock and Daymar beach are dog friendly all year.

St Agnes to Porthtowan Beach Dog Walk in Cornwall

A relatively short dog walk (just under 2 miles each way). This takes in the stunning coastline of the North coast. Park at the National Trust car park at St Agnes Head or alternatively park in St Agnes taking a stroll around this picturesque Cornish village.

From St Agnes Head you head towards Porthtowan along the SW Coastal Path where you will pass Tubby’s Head and then Wheal Coates. At Wheal Coates you can take in the old fort and surrounding shrubland of heather and gorse. Take in the striking views over the cliffs and remember to keep your dog under close control. 

Further along the coastal path you will arrive at Chapel Porth Beach. Dogs are not allowed in the summer months (1 July-31st Aug at time of writing). Chapel Porth is a beautiful beach and if craving some sustenance then we can recommend the Chapel Porth Beach Café. You will need to check the tide times before setting off across the beach as it can come in fast…

Continue along the SW Coastal path into Porthtowan, the path down to Porthtowan is steep so take care. In Porthtowan you will find a lovely beach popular with surfers and body boarders (you can hire both here should you desire). Once in Porthtowan you should grab a drink or bite to eat at The Blue Bar. We can highly recommend the dirty chips (we had the vegan ones) as well as the pizzas. Alongside the great food you can sample local Cornish beers as well.

The dog walk back is the same in reverse, hopefully with the wind behind your back!

St Ewe to Mevagissey Dog Walk

St Ewe is a picturesque village just a few miles from The Lost Gardens of Heligan. In St Ewe you will find just one road, a church, and a pub. The Crown Inn – this is a lovely traditional pub serving solid pub food). Parking is opposite the pub by the church. 

The dog walk begins to the left of the church where you should see a public footpath sign. Follow the footpath across fields soon arriving at Beacon Cross where you will pick up a small country lane. Walk down this lane and take the first left hand turn. Continue along this lane through Kestle and beyond until you pass Lancallan farm (on your right) and you arrive at a fork on the edge of Mevagissey. Take the right-hand path and continue downhill into Mevagissey.

Mevagissey is a very pretty fishing village with small back lanes for exploring. If you are stopping for refreshments, then there are lots of options. We ate at The Sharksfin which has lovely harbour views and good food. If you just fancy a coffee, then She Sells Cornwall is good. The return dog walk to St Ewe is the same in reverse and you would have covered around 7 miles. You and your dog should be well exercised!

Flushing circular dog walk

Flushing is a pretty coastal village directly opposite Falmouth. Parking in Flushing is on the road if you can find a space. Alternatively park in Falmouth, and get the ferry across (they run frequently).

This pretty circular dog walk takes in views across the estuary to Falmouth and the pretty village of Mylor Churchtown. Set off from Flushing out of the village towards Flushing beach. This is a nice stop for your dog to cool down in the estuary. Follow the coastal path and you will pass through a pretty woodland (Kilnquay Wood).

Continue along the coastal path all the way to Mylor Churchtown. You will be greeted with views to Falmouth and as far out as St Mawes and St Just. There is a pretty church and memorial in St Mylor that is worth passing. If you want a place stop then the dog friendly Café Mylor is a great spot serving decent food.

Leaving Mylor Churchtown you will pick up a footpath towards Trelew where you will turn left past Trelew Farm. Then take the path back towards Flushing skirting past Tregew and then into Flushing. The total walk is approx. 4 miles. If you fancy a well-earned pint at the end then we would recommend the laid back Royal Standard.

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