For suggested public footpaths and recommended routes we would highly recommend downloading the iWalkCornwall App or buy the OS Map 102 for Land’s End, Penzance and St Ives. Below are a couple of our personal favourite walks when taking Sheppy and Hops out to stretch their legs during a lunch break.
From the top of this hill, on a clear day you can see for many nautical and land miles across to the other side of the peninsula! The hill overlooks St Ives and can be reached by foot from the heart of St Ives or there is a car park where a gentle stroll can be enjoyed all around the hill. The walk can be over 2 hours long or a quick 30 minutes whatever you have time or energy for. From the top of the hill, on a clear day, you will see the north coast stretch as far as Newquay and also St Michael’s Mount and the south coast of Cornwall. Pack a pair of binoculars with you to take in the enormity of the views and spot some rare Cornish wildlife like the Nightjar which visits from late May. Occasionally there is a herd of cows that graze on an area of the hill but these can be easily avoided by another route if you are shy of cows.
This walk is suitable for most as it’s mainly all on a paved footpath but it can get uneven the closer you get to Clodgy Point. It is an undulating walk from Porthmeor beach past St Ives Bowling Green with a stop off to take in the breath-taking coastal views at Man’s Head. Look back at the beach and St Nicholas’ Chapel on the Island as well as be within 15 metres of the turquoise sea meeting the cliffs. There is a bench half way to Clodgy Point where you can sit and simply breathe in the sea air as well as soak up the sun and views. Once at Clodgy Point, settle on a picnic blanket and lose yourself in the expansive sea views to the West. If your dog is prone to chasing, it may be an idea to keep it on the lead as you relax so as to keep them safe from cliff falls!
Coastal path to Porthkidney beach
Another favourite walk of ours from the heart of St Ives is along the coastal path east towards Porthkidney beach. This has to be one of the best dog friendly beaches in Cornwall! It stretches for over 4 kilometres and it is about a kilometre wide when the tide is out. It’s one of those beaches that offers plenty of beach and sand even at high tide. It’s protected by tall towans (sand dunes) and cliffs so is often protected from strong winds and there are many sun traps along the beach plus the cliffs offer much needed shade and natural source of water on hot, sunny days. The route undulates past Porthminster beach where you pick up the coast path and head into the shade of the trees. It has to be one of the most picturesque dog walks we can imagine showcasing the most gorgeous colour sea and white sands beaches that stretch along the coast. You will cross back over the railway line as you pass through Carbis Bay and the path will lead you towards West Cornwall Golf Course. Drop down onto the beach at the start of the beach and enjoy watching your dog go berserk with the freedom of so much space and sand!
Coastal path walking
Walking coastal paths offers spectacular sea views, awe inspiring headlands with the prettiest of coastal flora and fauna as well as pretty sheer cliff tops to boot! We urge you to take great care when walking coastal paths with your dog. Be sure to keep them on a lead (even if an extendable on) and make sure you have a portable water bottle/ bowl for your dog as it can get very dry and hot walking the cliff paths in the summer with no fresh water along the way. The right foot wear for you is important also as many of the paths mean negotiating granite boulders or stepping stones. For some guided coastal walk routes, try using this super helpful website which is dedicated to walking the coast paths of Cornwall with a dog.