Getting out and exploring the many beautiful parts of Cornwall with your four-legged friend(s) is – in our opinion – one of the best ways to spend a day! With that in mind we’re going to be sharing some of our favourite dog walks around the county, starting with those in or around Falmouth.
Mawnan Smith to the Ferry Boat Inn
A stunning out and back walk that offers stunning views down the Helford Passage – this route takes you through many hilltop fields (some of which may contain livestock so please be aware that your dog(s) might need to be on a lead), through a variety of quiet coves that offer a great opportunity for furry friends to cool off, before reaching the delicious refreshments on offer at the Ferry Boat Inn – which is dog friendly.
We tend to start the walk at St Mawnan and St Stephen’s Church, where you can join the footpath.
Mylor to Flushing
One of our firm favourites, this beautiful route starts at Mylor Harbour and follows the coast path along the Carrick Roads to the picturesque village of Flushing. Simply head off along the beach and join the footpath that runs along the fields at the end.
On reaching Flushing you can decide to make your way back along the same path, or alternatively enjoy a circular route which takes you through the village and up the hill the other side before heading back down to Mylor Creek through pretty woodland and Mylor churchyard.
We recommend ending your walk with lunch or a drink at either Castaways or Mylor Café – delicious!
Gyllyngvase to Swanpool
A lovely short walk that only takes around 10 minutes; you’ll enjoy stunning views over the sea as you make your way around to Swanpool Beach.
To begin, simply follow the path that runs behind Gyllyngvase and join the coast path at the end of the beach. Reaching Swanpool you’ll be greeted by the sight of the colourful beach huts, the fantastic café and for those feeling adventurous, a variety of water sport to try!
If you’d like to extend your walk, why not enjoy a stroll around Swanpool Lake too?
A true hidden gem, this woodland walk is tucked away behind a housing estate in Ponsanooth.
If you’re looking for a peaceful walk, this is a great choice with the noise of the river, birds and wind rustling through the trees likely to be the only things you hear (a far cry from days gone by when a gunpowder factory called the woods home! You’ll find various ruins from that industrial past as you explore).
Another shorter and easier walk – but still one that offers fantastic coastal views and plenty of history – this popular circular route takes you around the perimeter of the castle walls.
For those looking to stretch their legs a bit further, we recommend heading to Pendennis Point from the castle for an ice cream before following the coastline down to Gyllyngvase Beach.