Walking in Cornwall: how to plan a dog-friendly trip


Visiting Cornwall can be a lot of fun and walking is a wonderful way to explore the county with your whole family including your dog.

What should I take?

We all know that British weather is able to change at the drop of a hat. Although Cornwall is well known for its sunny beaches and higher temperatures, there’s never a guarantee what the weather will be like for your whole stay. Make sure you pack a lot of layers to avoid getting too hot or too cold, and to make your outfits weather and waterproof. Invest in a good hard-wearing pair of walking boots, like these Millbry Hill ones, to make sure your feet are supported, comfortable and kept dry all day.

When the high temperatures set in, make sure you take preventative measures to keep your dog protected against overheating. Petplan’s guide to summerproof fun will help you cover everything worth knowing when taking your dog out for the day.

High-vis jackets are a necessity for all members of your party, including your pet. This will help you to identify each other in dim light but they are also valuable if part of your route is on windy country roads. Head torches will also come in use if you’re staying out till darker hours on longer hikes.

Most importantly of all, make sure you’re equipped with food and drink for the whole duration of your time spent outdoors. Both you and your dog will really benefit from having cold water on hand, so grab a large flask that can keep itself cool for long periods of time, like this one from Thermos, to prevent dehydration and illness. While you should try to drink around 100ml per mile when walking, a dog’s recommended water intake is generally dictated by their weight, with them requiring around 100ml per kilogram per day. Both of you will need to increase your uptake on warmer days.

Where should I go?

If you or your pet have any outstanding medical conditions, stick to the more straightforward routes such as the Sustrans off-road routes which tend to be flatter and have no stiles as they’re also made for cyclists as well as walkers. — you can still get all of the views, but in a more suitable way for you. The South West Coast Path is a very popular walk which stretches around 300 miles of Cornish coastline.

The county is defined by its beautiful views, easily seen from the top of its surrounding high cliffs. However, remember to pay particular attention to where you’re stepping near the cliff edges. It is best to keep your dog on a leash for these parts to keep them and any passers by as safe as possible.

If you’re looking for inspiration on where to plan an excursion, have a look at some of our favourite walks here