A dog friendly walk around Polperro, Cornwall

Polperro is a beautiful fishing village on the south coast of Cornwall near Looe. This is a lovely three mile walk to explore the village which takes in the picturesque harbour, coast path and nearby woods. Allow about an hour and a half (without stops), and do read our post on keeping your dog safe on the cliff path if you’re not regular walkers along the coast path.

  • Starting at the car park  on the road that leads into the village, walk along to road and down to the harbour.


  • Bear  left heading towards the old bridge and follow the signed route along the coast path the Talland Bay. From here you make your way above the harbour along the coast path and continue until you come to six benches.


  • At this point you come to Reuben’s Walk, a path which leads to the coastguard lookout and lighthouse. The path is named after one Reuben Oliver, a local magistrate, who as an old man, though blind, used to walk out to the lighthouse whenever he could. Continue  along the coast path, passing the small white lighthouse and back into the harbour to the Roman Bridge.


  • cottage-bed-and-breakfastCross the bridge and go past the Three Pilchards and Blue Peter pubs, both of which have excellent reputations for being dog friendly.


  • Carry on from here out along the permissive paths out towards the the coast path bearing right (west) along Chapel Cliff.

South West Coast Path At Lantivet BayThe views here  are spectacular. At first you can see out towards the Rame to the east and then, when you leave the wooded stretch of path, enjoy views west towards the Dodman.

  •  Continue until the path turns right, continue up the steps over the spring and then follow the pathway back towards Polperro. From here you can descend through the woodland on Brackenside above Polperro and make your way back into the village, over the Saxon bridge and back up the road to Crumplehorn car park. The Crumplehorn Inn is nearby, another dog friendly stop off with a good reputation for food.

Dog friendly stop-offs: The Three Pilchards www.threepilchardspolperro.co.uk, The Blue Peter, thebluepeterinn.yolasite.com, The Crumplehorn Inn, www.crumplehorn-inn.co.uk

Dog friendly beaches: Dogs are allowed on Polperro beach, but it is covered at high tide. Talon Bay, Lantic Bay and Lansallos beaches are year round dog friendly beaches within walking distance along the coast path.