Dog Friendly Winter Walks

Conor Fletcher

With the beach restrictions now lifted and our four-legged friends able to roam the sands all day every day, we are looking forward to days out with our four-legged friends in tow, so there really isn't a better time for a dog-friendly holiday in St Ives.

With a vast amount of countryside and coastal walks to discover, heading out along the South West Coastal Path this winter offers the perfect opportunity for days out exploring St Ives and the Cornish coastline. We have put together a short list of ideas for the perfect winter walks for you and your dog.

St Ives – Carbis Bay

Stay local by walking to Carbis Bay and explore this wonderful stretch of coastline on foot and enjoy some beautiful views of the bay. This route will take around 40 minutes each way.

Beginning in St Ives, you will leave Porthminster Beach along the coastal footpath. This path is the perfect walking spot winding its way through the tree hugged coastline, with blankets of colourful leaves, squirrels and birds feeding alongside stunning views through the trees.

St Ives - Clodgy point

If you like wave watching and don’t mind a bit of wind, Clodgy Point is a great place to take a walk. Just around the corner from Porthmeor beach, along the South West Coastal Path, Clodgy Point offers a wilder walk that dogs will love. There is also the chance of spotting wildlife too. As a Site of Scientific Interest, Clodgy Point is a haven for wildlife and plants, with visiting and nesting birds, butterflies and wildflowers. The best part is the view of the sea from the headland, making it a great spot for spotting marine life and seabirds or just watching the swell as it rolls into Porthmeor.

Godolphin Estate

The Godolphin Estate and historic gardens offer a mass of walks and places to explore, all only 30 minutes from your dog-friendly cottage in St Ives. If you enjoy exploring gardens, there are many to choose from at Godolphin including; The Paddock gardens, home to a project currently working towards saving the Cornish remnants of the native black honey bee or The Orchard gardens which are a great spot to take in nature, as the garden is a safe home for wildlife. You may be lucky enough to enjoy watching birds and squirrels feeding on berries and seeds.

On the Godolphin grounds, there are several walks including to Godolphin Hill, which can be taken from the estate's reception. Once at the top of Godolphin Hill you will get amazing views of West Cornwall - if you are lucky with the weather, you can see both St Michaels Mount and St Ives Bay from the top of the hill.

Trencrom Hill

Step away from the beach for an afternoon, by taking a short 15-minute drive from your self-catering apartment to Trencrom Hill which at 550ft, gives you an amazing vantage point to take in views of the amazing Cornish countryside. Also, a National Trust site, Trencrom Hill is a great spot to admire the Cornish wildlife.

From the car park, you will take a steady climb uphill until you reach the grassy summit, where you can look all the way down to St Ives Bay and Godrevy.

Tehidy Woods

Tehidy woods is just a 35-minute drive from you dog-friendly apartment and is the largest woodland in West Cornwall offering around 9 miles of walks for you and your dog. With a cafe and picnic area too, enjoying a cosy hot drink after a nice stroll is the perfect end to an afternoon.

Godrevy Head

Just a 30-minute drive from your luxury apartment, Godrevy Head at any time of year is truly lovely, with its amazing views of both St Ives Bay and Godrevy Island. Dogs will enjoy exploring Godrevy too with both the coastal path and beaches to roam.

Whether you are looking for a short stroll around the headland or extending round the coast towards Hells Mouth, Godrevy head offers a great vantage point for spotting wildlife and watching the waves.

With dog restrictions long since lifted, there’s plenty to do on holiday with your four-legged-friends. Why not book a getaway in one of our dog-friendly apartments? View out dog- friendly apartments and availability on our website.

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