Things to do in Cornwall with dogs

Miles of coast paths and woodland pathways winding through Cornwall's secret beaches and stretching countryside are waiting to be explored both on and off the lead. Help keep the countryside a safe, healthy and enjoyable place for you and your dog, other visitors, wildlife and livestock. Keep pooch in sight and and use a lead if requested. Look out for local notices and use the dedicated dog bins.

Adults and two children taking an autumn walk amongst the trees

Which places are open and what you need to know before you visit 

More than 100 gardens and parks and hundreds of coast and countryside places are open in England and Northern Ireland. Many historic houses are open in England. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at weekends and school holidays. In line with Welsh Government legislation, all places in Wales will close from 24 October to 9 November. Please check the property webpage of the place you wish to visit before you travel. Read this article to find out how to book and what to expect from your visit.

Lanhydrock Respryn bridge

Lanhydrock Respryn Ramble

This gentle walk is a great introduction to the mature, mixed woodland and impressive parkland of the Lanhydrock estate.

The footpath near Lantivet Bay

Lantivet Bay circular walk

This trail offers the chance to explore coves and play on the beautiful beaches of Lantivet and Lantic.

A view across a beautifully rippled sandy beach

Amazing beach walk at Holywell

A flip-flop friendly walk across Holywell beach and towering dunes.

View to Loe Bar and open sea from Bar Lodge, Penrose, Cornwall.

Silver dollars, shipwrecks and scenic views walk

Discover a medieval settlement, the silver coins washed ashore from the San Salvador Spanish ship wreck and the Gunwalloe Marsh birdlife as you follow this Cornish trail.

Lifeboat station at Polpeor Cove, Lizard Point

Lizard Point - the most southerly walk

A scenic walk around Britain’s most southerly point and a chance to find rare plants, see Cornish choughs and enjoy a cream tea to finish.

View over towards the sea from St Agnes

Look out St Agnes (Carn Gowla) walk

Have a go at this scenic walk which will take you on a historical journey including Mesolithic hunters and Second World War ammunition lookouts.

Gribbin Daymark tower in the distance

Gribbin Head walk

Follow in the footsteps of Daphne du Maurier on this National Trust trail that visits sites featured in her books.

Looking at the footpaths along Whitsand Bay, Cornwall

Whitsand Bay Circular Walk

Explore ancient routes and medieval green lanes, wander through woodland and heathland, walk past wetlands and discover a natural reservoir full of wildlife.

The footpath at Nare Head

Nare and back again

Walk through the wooded valley taking in beautiful views and exploring the highlights along the way on this walk in Cornwall.

The beautiful parkland at Penrose

Plantations and parkland

Enjoy a wild winter ramble through the woods at Penrose, followed by a gentle stroll through the Victorian parkland.


You can find exotic gardens, ancient houses and mining history encircled by a much-loved coastline.