Cornwall has taken quite a battering this winter. Bitterly cold coastal winds combined with endless rain has caused many of Cornwall’s best loved dog walks to become muddy sludge underfoot. The coastal path from Swanpool to Maenporth is fast becoming one of my go to winter dog walks, particularly in this weather. With the much anticipated Beast of the East approaching, promising a blanket of snow across the county, we decided to explore our favourite stretch of the path in Falmouth.

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The coastal path from Swanpool to Maenporth is a 1.7 mile walk, so 3.4 miles if you walk there and back. The terrain is mostly even, with a few small hills along the way. The path itself is rugged and rocky underfoot, a similar composition to that at Carwinion Woods. The path is wide enough for two people to pass by safely, without having to dive into the hedgerows! Woody, of course, enjoys running ahead and exploring but the walk itself is always peaceful. There are plenty of views along the way, from the seaside town of Falmouth to the secret beaches and coves along the way. It’s the perfect place to observe the changing weather and is absolutely stunning in storms and sea mists.

Both Swanpool and Maenporth beaches have amenities close by, including toilets, parking and cafés. The beaches themselves operate a dog ban during the high season but the coastal path remains dog friendly all year round. Likewise, it’s free to park during the winter months. It costs a couple of pounds in the spring and summer months!

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Woody was kindly sent his Little Woofs bandana from Jenna at Little Loves Cornwall. She creates handmade baby and toddler clothes, hand cut and sewn in Cornwall. Woody’s new wardrobe addition provided the perfect opportunity to style a matching outfit while we were walking. I love how his cactus print matches my dinosaur tshirt from Dizzy in Falmouth.

The walk from Swanpool to Maenporth is quiet and away from busy roads. This gives me confidence as an owner, because I know Woody can explore freely without coming to much harm. If your dog is obsessed with water, keep them away from the cliff edges. The tides rise and fall quickly and I’ve had to rescue a dog from the bottom of the rocks before now!

The walk took us about half an hour each way. The perfect amount of time for Woody to adequately stretch his legs. There are plenty of hedgerows, gorse and wildlife for your pooch to explore along the way. I can’t wait to revisit this stretch again when the flowers are in full bloom in spring!

Swanpool to Maenporth is a popular stretch for local dog owners and walkers alike. We often pass a number of pooches when out walking. From collies to spaniels, labradors to dalmations, there’s always plenty of opportunities to make friends!  Along with the main coastal path, there are plenty of dog friendly fields at Swanpool. When the dog beach bans are in full swing during summer, I imagine this walk will be the place to be in Falmouth.

Where would you like to see us walk next? We’re always looking for new places to explore!

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