Our favourite dog-friendly coastal walks in the South West

T he South West Coast Path represents a treasure trove for playful pups seeking fun and adventure.

You’ll find perfect paddling waters connected by spectacular dog-friendly walking trails upon every stretch, not to mention glorious beaches and curious coves peppered with rock pools and caves. Here are some of our favourites to tick off across the region.


The Camel Trail

This renowned Cornish trail is a hit among dog walkers and their canine companions. There are 18 miles of traffic-free pathway to amble along, winding from Padstow to Bodmin and beyond. Formerly a railway line, the Camel Trail hosts a wealth of beautiful sights that feature ancient woodland, rolling countryside, and views of the estuary to the ocean beyond. You’ll find plenty of cafes en route for well-earned pit stops.


Beer to Branscombe

Devon’s south coast has many highlights, and this stretch is among the finest of them. The peaceful village of Beer charms all who set sight upon its sheltered harbour and bobbing boats. Begin your adventure with an ascent to Jubilee Gardens, where you’ll be rewarded with a commanding view of the scene. 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.


Tintagel to Trebarwith Strand

This magical corner of Cornwall is steeped in Arthurian legend. Trace mythical footsteps from Tintagel to Trebarwith Strand; a five-mile route that starts at the entrance to Barras Nose. From here, you’ll pass the iconic Tintagel Castle and Tintagel Haven, where a mesmerising twin waterfall tumbles down to the soft sands below. Trebarwith Strand is a surfer’s haven complete with caves and rock pools that will keep even the most inquisitive of canines occupied.


Golden Cap to Lyme Regis

The south coast’s highest point can be found at Golden Cap, a golden-topped hill that, on a clear day, affords far-reaching views towards Dartmoor. These colourful cliffs are forged from two ages of rock that date back to the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. You can either walk along the coastal path to Lyme Regis or park at the National Trust’s Langdon Hill and enjoy a circular walk around the estate, passing through woodlands and the medieval hamlet of Stanton St Gabriel.


Helford to Ponsense Cove 

The Helford River might appear secluded and serene today, but it was once one of the most important waterways of the British Isles. Take a stroll eastward from the village of Helford and enjoy miles of untouched creeks, coves, and wooded walking trails. Walk 30 mins to Bosahan Cove, and a little farther to Ponsense Cove, the jewels in Helford’s coastal crown. Be sure to take a seat on this stretch of hidden sands and soak up the beauty of your surroundings.