Visiting Cape Cornwall with your dog
Cape Cornwall, part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, is a great place to visit with your dog. You and your canine companion can explore miles of the South West Coast Path, taking in ocean views and the mining remains of an industrial past.
Our pawprint rating system
We’ve been working on making it easier for you to find out how dog-friendly your visit will be before you and your four-legged friend arrive. To help with this, we've created a new pawprint rating system and given all the places in our care a rating. You can find this information in the National Trust members’ handbook.
Cape Cornwall is a one pawprint rated place.
Dogs are welcome here, but facilities are limited. They’ll be able to stretch their legs in the car park and walk in the nearby open spaces, depending on the season. Read on to discover exactly where you can take your dog.
Where can my dog go at Cape Cornwall?
Dogs on a lead are welcome along the footpaths around Cape Cornwall. The South West Coast Path stretches for miles in both directions.
Where can't my dog go?
There is a seasonal dog ban on the beach and slipway from Easter Sunday to 30 September.
What do I need to be aware of?
Cape Cornwall was part of a mine, because of this there are old mine shafts and adits (horizontal mine shafts) across the landscape. There are steep and unguarded drops. The terrain can be very uneven and there are some very steep routes and narrow and informal paths. Cattle or ponies graze many of our sites at different times of the year. Please don’t approach or feed livestock, keep dogs on a lead (unless cattle come close in which case you should release them) and try not to get between animals and their young.
What facilities are available for dogs?
There is a dog waste bin in the car park.
Keeping control of your dog
Our definition of close or effective control is:
- Being able to recall your dogs in any situation at the first call
- Being able to clearly see your dog at all times (not just knowing they have gone into the undergrowth or over the crest of the hill). In practice, this means keeping them on a footpath if the surrounding vegetation is too dense for your dog to be visible
- Not allowing them to approach other visitors without their consent
- Having a lead with you to use if you encounter livestock or wildlife, or if you are asked to use one
The Canine Code
We’ve worked with our partner Forthglade to come up with this Canine Code, which helps to make sure everyone can enjoy their day:
- Keep them close: using a short lead helps to keep your dog from disturbing ground-nesting birds and farm animals. It's essential to use a short lead around sheep. But if cattle approach you, it's best to let your dog off the lead, and call them back when it's safe to do so.
- Pick up the poo: please always clear up after your dog. If you can't find a bin nearby, take the poo bags home with you.
- Watch the signs: keep an eye on local signs and notices wherever you're walking. They'll tell you if a beach has a dog ban, for instance, or if a path has been diverted, or if you're in an area where dogs can run off-lead.
- Stay on the ball: remember that not everyone loves dogs, and some people fear them. So make sure your dog doesn't run up to other people, especially children.
From Brisons Rocks to the iconic chimney stack, coastal walks and variety of wildlife, there is lots to see and do at Cape Cornwall. See the waves of the Atlantic crash into the Tin Coast or seasonal wild flowers and meadows. Part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.
If you’re bringing your dog to the places we care for, here’s information on the Canine Code and pawprint rating system to plan your visit.
After a good dog walk in the fresh air, find a place to sit and relax with your dog in a dog-friendly café.
Explore the wild Tin Coast, part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and see the iconic engine houses clinging to the cliff face.
Discover old mine buildings and a working steam-powered beam engine. See the wider natural landscape and wildlife that lives here.
Discover miles of coast paths, countryside and woodland trails winding on your next dog walk in Cornwall. Stride out through the countryside and explore in the fresh air with your dog.
We've partnered with natural pet food maker Forthglade to create the Dogs Welcome project, helping you and your dog to get the most out of the places in our care.