PUBLISHED: 18:17 22 September 2015 | UPDATED: 12:57 30 August 2017

"Romping along the path" at Kingsand. photographer Malcolm Tabberer, Torpoint.

Recommendations for walking your dog along the South West Coastal path and keeping your dog safe

Millions of visitors come to walk the South West Coast Path every year - and thousands bring along their dogs to enjoy the 630 miles of spectacular scenery with them. Dogs are permitted on the entire length of the path, and welcomed by many places to stay, eat and drink at along the way.

To celebrate the best of the west’s dog walks, the South West Coast Path, with the backing of Your Dog Magazine, are asking dog owners for the third year running to vote for one of 18 special walks all around the path.

One lucky voter will receive a complimentary stay at one of Toad Hall Cottages 300 dog friendly cottages to the value of £500. To enter the competition visit The deadline for the competition is January 30 2015.

To get the most out of dog walking on the UK’s best and most loved National Trail, the South West Coast Path has produced a great short video with top dog walking tips from the Kennel Club’s Access Advisor Stephen Jenkinson to advise them.

Top tips for keeping your dog safe on the coastal path

  • Stephen’s top three tips are to always keep your dog in sight; use a lead if you don’t have a reliable recall.
  • Carry water for your dog – they can easily get dehydrated in summer. Collapsible travel bowls are available, but he uses a clean poo bag!
  • Keep your dog away from cliff edges – they are often loose and home to rabbits.
Other tips can be found at

Top picks for dog walking along the South West Coastal Path

The South West Coast Path, with Toad Hall Cottages, have picked out three of their favourite walks and chosen dog friendly cottages where you can stay nearby.

James Norton of Toad Hall Cottages says: “We recognise that dogs are an important member of the family and a holiday in the West Country wouldn’t be the same without them. With over 300 dog friendly properties, many with front doors opening directly onto the South West Coast Path, our cottages are a cosy base to come back to after a day out walking or exploring the area.”

In Devon, head to Beesands. In the South Hams, this pretty coastal village sits along a lovely stretch of coast between Plymouth and Dartmouth. Here you can take a moderate stroll of 3.5 miles taking in beautiful coastal views, inland green lanes while finding out about the rich culture and history of this area.

Nearby there is a lovely cottage, right on the beach, that sleeps 8

Further along the coast in Cornwall, in a little known area west of the River Tamar lies Looe and Polperro. For a more challenging walk try a 7.3 miles plod from Looe. This varied walk takes in the beautiful wooded estuary before crossing the coastal plateau to join the Coast Path and follows it back from Talland Bay.

At Talland Bay this fantastic property has access to hot tubs and an indoor pool as part of a luxury estate. The nearby views need to be seen to be believed! Sleeps 6

Heading over to the North Devon Coast between Bideford and Ilfracombe, Croyde, a well known spot for surfers is also a great place for dog walkers. There is a headland walk around Baggy Point that is easy access, perfect for all the family, of 2.7 miles.

Sunrise Cottage in Berrynabour makes a great base to explore this area. It is also very cosy in winter with a log burner in the sitting room. Sleeps 6

Join the conversation on Twitter @SWCoastPath and share your favourite walks and doggy pictures on Facebook and Pinterest with the hashtag #TopDogWalk

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