North Cornwall has many incredible walks for you and your four-legged friends to enjoy. Still, sometimes it can be annoying having to go back on yourselves. We’ve compiled a small list of circular dog walks in North Cornwall, many of which are all within easy walking distance of our cottages.

Rock to St Minver (6.7 miles)

This walk involves adventuring up the sand dunes towards St Enodoc Church, which was once buried in the sand. Then across the fields to the medieval church of St Minver, on the return you’ll pass three pubs and Sharp’s Brewery where ‘Doombar’ is produced. 

Rock to Polzeath (5.8 miles)

This walk starts at Rock and takes you across the dunes, across Daymer Bay and past Greenaway Beach. At the end of the cliff walk, you’ll arrive at Polzeath. After a quick pit stop at the Beach Box Cafe, make your way back up the hill towards Trebetherick and return via St Enodoc Church.

Daymer bay is a beach on the north coast of Cornwall. This is a dog friendly beach all year round that will be part of the Rock to Polzeath coastal dog walk.
Daymer Bay located between Rock and Polzeath beach. Credit: Andrew Foster

Cardinham Woods

  • Callywith Wood walk – 2.5 miles
  • Lady Vale walk – 1.5 miles
  • Deviock Walk – 4 miles
  • Wheal Glynn walk – 2.5 miles

Cardinham woods, located just outside Bodmin, is owned by Forestry England and offers a variety of different level walks as well as mountain bike trails. There is also a lovely cafe serving homemade cakes and yummy food, with picnic areas around. It can get very muddy, so be prepared for dirty paws – and please bear in mind that you’re required to pay for parking, so bring some change.

A dog making a splash in one of the streams that runs through the woods at Cardinham. Cardinham is a local favourite for circular dog walks.
Enjoying the stream at Cardinham. Credit: Tom Meldrum

Tintagel to Rocky Valley (4 miles)

Arguably one of the most beautiful circular walks in North Cornwall, this walk follows the cliffs starting at Rocky Valley car park (which sometimes is home to a classic ice-cream van). Walking down the road towards Trethevy, you head to a wooded public footpath through some holiday cottages and to Rocky Valley where you pass a series of small waterfalls leading to the sea. Carrying along, you head past Benoath Cove and Bossiney Haven (a dog-friendly beach). The route then follows the coastal path towards Tintagel, passing King Arthur’s Great Halls and through the village until you arrive back at the carpark.

All of our properties are pet-friendly lettings, making them the perfect location to base a short break in Cornwall with yourself and the pooch. Make use of some of our list of the best dog walks in North Cornwall next time you come and visit.