After the Christmas Day festivities, I can’t wait to get out to stretch my legs and work off all those treats. I love feeling the wind in my fur and mud beneath my feet. And if there are some puddles to splash in, or a chance to make new friends, even better!
Are you ready to put your best paw forward and join me on some of my favourite walks?
Trelissick to Roundwood Quay
This 4-mile walk is great all year round. There are always lots of other dogs here, and I can’t wait to say hello! The walk starts with a stroll through the fields down to the water. My pets, Neil and Sophie, like soaking up the view across the water towards Pendennis Castle, while I play on the beach. The the path follows the River Fal towards Roundwood Quay, with a stream to splash in on the way. It’s a great spot for exploring – the quay dates back to the 18th century, and there’s the remains of an Iron Age fort hidden among the trees.
This easy, circular walk has some impressive views of my home town, Falmouth. I like keeping a close eye on all the boats in the harbour and making sure the seagulls are behaving themselves. The walk takes you past the castle, which was built by Henry VIII to defend the country against invasion. I can see why he chose this spot, as you can see for miles here, right across to the Roseland and out to sea. After rounding the headland, we usually carry on along the coast path to Gyllyngvase Beach. We sometimes stop at Gylly Beach Café for a hot chocolate.
Mylor Bridge to the Pandora Inn
I love investigating the lanes, creekside paths and woodland tracks on this walk. There are new smells around every corner. The Pandora Inn is about halfway round. It’s an historic thatched pub with traditional flagstone floors and low-beamed ceilings. I like it because I always get a warm welcome here – they usually have a jar of dog treats on the bar.
Kennall Vale Nature Reserve
A walk around Kennall Vale is always an adventure! Although it’s a nature reserve now, they actually used to make gunpowder here in the 19th century. I love having a good sniff around all the ruined buildings as we follow the winding paths and walkways. Water is everywhere here – the river thunders through the valley and there are streams and leats to paddle in and waterfalls to run through. It’s another great place to make new friends, as lots of dogs and their owners come here, too. It can be muddy, so you’ll need wellies for this one – Seasalt, of course!
Godrevy to Hell’s Mouth
This five-mile walk is perfect if you really want to stretch your legs. Just make sure you wrap up warm – I’ll be wearing my Dogfolly Coat. The walk follows the cliff top path around the Godrevy headland towards Hell’s Mouth, with sweeping views right across St Ives Bay. Look out for grey seals at Mutton Cove; in December and January, you could see up to 100 of them hauled up in this small cove. I’m not too sure about them, but the humans seem to like them!
So, who’s ready for walkies?