Here are a few really beautiful walks with lovely cafes and pubs for bracing winter walks on Cornish beaches with your best friend.
Godrevy (near Hayle)
Miles, and miles, and miles of smooth sand for your dog (and you?) to run on and if it is a bit blowy, you can wander through the Towans just behind the beach and discover all the WWII ruins.
Poldhu (near Helston)
No matter how hard the winter storms are blowing, this beach has a cafe which is open 363 days each year, offering hot chocolate and snacks, every day bar Christmas Day and Flora Day.
Dog friendly hot chocolate? The fabulous Poldhu Beach Cafe, www.poldhu.com
Freathy (near Torpoint)
Up on the beautiful Rame peninsula facing west is the long and glorious stretch of sand of Freathy beach, stretching down towards Polhawn Fort. Wonderful place for a long stroll in dramatic and beautiful surroundings.
Dog friendly hot chocolate? No cafes but a short drive to Kingsand where the Halfway House pub by the beach and car park is very dog friendly. www.halfwayinnkingsand.co.uk
There are very few places which boast incredible wide sandy beaches, dramatic coastline and all the fabulously dog friendly eateries her at Watergate Bay. If you love wide open spaces but value a little civilisation this is a good place to head.
Dog friendly hot chocolate? The Beach Hut if you want to sit in and have a snack, or Venus Cafe if you want a takeaway.
Mylor, near Falmouth
This sheltered beach on the upper reaches of the Fal estuary is often a calmer place for a winter walk when the weather is a little wild, tucked as it is in the millionaires bolthole of Mylor Yacht Harbour. It also boasts a fabulous and very friendly beach cafe Cafe Mylor which even has a special social dog walking session on Wednesdays with coffee, a breakfast bap, scenic walk and dog treats for £5.50
Dog friendly hot chocolate? And so much more… cafemylor.com
It is a pebbly beach, rather than a sandy beach, but there a many reasons to go to Charlestown for a winter stroll . Poldark was filmed here (both the first and the new series), there are tall ships often docked here, intriguing tunnels and history all around the picturesque port, along with galleries, cafes and the Shipwreck and Heritage Centre.
Dog friendly hot chocolate? The Rashleigh Arms, www.staustellbrewery.co.uk/pub/charlestown/rashleigh–arms