Dog walks in Cornwall that end at a pub

W e’re spoiled for choice when it comes to dog walking routes in Cornwall and Devon.

Explore the very best of Cornwall with your canine companion at your side.

You’ll find incredible sights and trails along every stretch of coast, as well as inland, but there’s one way to narrow down your options – tie your trail in with a proper pub.

The following dog-friendly walks tick off all the essentials: alluring beaches, vistas, woodland trails, you name it. Once you and your canine companion have let off steam, the highlighted pubs and inns will ensure you’re revitalised for the journey home.

 

TINTAGEL TO TREBARWITH STRAND

Navigate the coastal path that winds along land and seascapes steeped in Arthurian myth and legend. Tintagel to Trebarwith Strand spans roughly 5 miles and begins at the entrance to Barras Nose. This eye-catching starting point will take you towards Tintagel Castle and Tintagel Haven, where a twin waterfall cascades down to the beach below.

At the surfing paradise of Trebarwith Strand, stop for a treat at the Port William. The view from this perfectly perched pit stop never fails to impress. Inside, the crackle of a wood burner is just what’s required during the colder months.

SUGGESTED ROUTE: Barras Nose to Trebarwith Strand

DIFFICULTY: 2/5

DISTANCE: 5 miles (approx. 2h)

 

THE CAMEL TRAIL

If you’re yet to experience this renowned Cornish trail, you’re missing out. Choose your own starting point along the 18-miles of traffic-free pathway and make your way anywhere from Padstow to Bodmin and beyond. The Camel Trail is a hit with dog walkers, families, cyclists, and horse riders. This disused railway line meanders through ancient woodland and scenic countryside, boasting beautiful views, cafes, and more.

A charming traditional pub, with historic links to the trail, is found at Dumere, Bodmin. The Borough Arms dates back to the 1850s when its original purpose was to service trains taking china clay from the moor down to Padstow’s bustling port.

SUGGESTED ROUTE: Wadebridge to Bodmin

DIFFICULTY: 2/5

DISTANCE: 5.75 miles (approx. 2h 30)

 

THURLESTONE TO HOPE COVE

The golden beach at Thurlestone, known as South Milton Sands, is an ever-changing stretch of golden shoreline adorned with a maze of rock pools. Once you’ve scoured the terrain and admired the pleasing view out to sea, encompassing the iconic Thurlestone Rock archway, chart your way south to Hope Cove. This 2.5-mile path passes over mesmerising clifftops with views towards Bolt Tail.

Once you reach your destination, the Hope & Anchor awaits. This charming pub takes an enviable front-row position in one of South Devon’s most cherished seaside villages. It’s a dreamy place to relax. Dine indoors or out on the suntrap terrace, looking across one of Hope Cove’s two beaches.

SUGGESTED ROUTE: Thurlestone to Hope Cove

DIFFICULTY: 3/5

DISTANCE: 2.5 miles (approx. 2h)

 

ZENNOR TO ST IVES

The stretch of coastal path between Zennor and St Ives is among the most visually spectacular in the South West. Begin your trek in the old-age village of Zennor, which enchants visitors with its tales of mermaids, and wind along the clifftop trail towards Porthmeor Beach. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for seals, dolphins, and secluded coves that shine white against turquoise-green waters.

Once you arrive in St Ives, head to the harbour and grab a drink at the Lifeboat Inn. This traditional pub overlooks the boats, beach, and surrounding ocean, framing the harbour that has been captured countless times by artists far and wide. Sink into a window seat and drink it all in.

SUGGESTED ROUTE: Zennor to St Ives

DIFFICULTY: 4/5

DISTANCE: 6.5 miles (approx. 4h)

 

BRIXHAM TO PAIGNTON

Follow the South West Coast Path from Brixham’s famous port, approximately 5.4 miles to Paignton. You’ll pass a number of beaches, sheltered coves, and stretches of woodland – plenty of ground for loveable canine friends to stretch their legs. Be sure to look out for a stunning view of Dartmouth Steam Railway from Broadsands Beach.

There are great pubs at either end of this trail. Paignton hosts Harbour Light, a go-to for memorable drinks and get-togethers that occupies an enviable position on the waterfront. In Brixham, you’ll find the Old Market House; a stylish two-floor restaurant and bar with views over one of the country’s largest fishing fleets.

SUGGESTED ROUTE: Riviera Line

DIFFICULTY: 3/5

DISTANCE: 5.4 miles (approx. 3h 15 mins)

 

BEER TO BRANSCOMBE

The quaint village of Beer is sheltered by towering white cliff faces. Down below, a neat collection of working fishing boats rest beside a beach that’s popular with families and tourists in the know. Don’t forget to check out Jubilee Gardens, where a commanding view of the scene can be enjoyed. Then, walk along the coastal path to Branscombe, passing historic landmarks along the way that include an old bakery, manor mill, and a historic forge.

Branscombe is equally appealing and welcomes you with a small beach of its own. Tucked at the heart of this peaceful rural idyll is the Masons Arms. This authentic country pub boasts a thatched roof, low beamed ceilings, and the cosy warmth of a roaring log fire. 

SUGGESTED ROUTE: Beer to Branscombe Loop

DIFFICULTY: 3/5

DISTANCE: 6 miles (approx. 3h)

PLAN A DOG-FRIENDLY STAYCATION THIS AUTUMN

If you've got a pooch in need of a bit of pampering this season, treat them to a South West escape at one of our dog-friendly pubs, inns and hotels.