our must-do walks for 2015

black dog on beachHappy New Year! It’s the very first day of 2015, we’ve already been out to blow the cobwebs away with a walk in the wind at Perranporth Beach, and now the Black Dog and I are totting up a must-do list of walks for 2015. And for starters this is what we’ve got:

St. Ives to Gurnards Head
The South West Coastal Path from St. Ives winds its way west around the craggy headland of West Penwith and I’ve been told by many people that – in their opinion – it’s one of the most beautiful stretches of the path. Not only does it hang out, right on the edge of the country, with views out into the vast expanse of the Atlantic, backed with romantic moorland and ancient farmsteads, but there’s also a few really good places to eat on the way. This year we plan to walk it from town to the Gurnards Head pub, for lunch or dinner, and then catch the open top bus back. Perhaps with a stop at Moomaid in Zennor for an ice-cream desert.

Penjerrick Gardens
The number of tropical gardens in Cornwall is staggering, so much so that it’s easy to get star struck by all the big names, which tend to be busy, expensive and not necessarily dog friendly. There are however lesser known titans on the scene – and Penjerrick, on the outskirts of Falmouth, is one of them. We’ve been meaning to go for years, after a friend described it to us as ‘wild, romantic and remote’. It’s stuffed to the gills with ferns, bamboos, tree palms, magnolias, rhododendrons – there’s even a giant Redwood. And it’s also dog friendly.

Porth Kidney to Porthminster Beach
Porth Kidney Beach is brilliant – it’s dog friendly all year, rarely busy and the South West Coastal Path backs the beach, running alongside the St. Ives branch line, through the dunes and onwards, west past Carbis Bay, into St. Ives, Porthminster Beach, and the famous Porthminster Beach Cafe. Over the years we’ve heard brilliant things about this Cafe, one person in fact reputed that they serve the best squid in the world. We visited the place on an errand a month or so ago, on a very wet and windy day, and even then it was absolutely beautiful. A sandy, sheltered cove, with views stretching out to the Towans in the east, with the embrace of St. Ives headland to the west.

Treen to Pednevounder Beach
This gem of a beach is a bit of trek down a rocky cliff path, but the beach itself is staggeringly beautiful – it’s also worth noting that it’s a renowned naturist spot. It’s dog friendly all year, with a fresh water stream that runs down from the cliff and mixes with the sea in huge tidal pools on the beach. And whilst it might be just next door to the famous and popular Porthcurno Beach (quite possibly one of the most beautiful beaches in the country) it rarely gets busy. Carry on west on the coastal path and you’ll find yourself at the Minnack Theatre, an amphitheatre cut into cliffs, backed with tropical gardens and a cafe that boasts one of the best views in the west.

So, this is just the beginnings of our list – if you’ve got any great recommendations please do give us a shout and leave a comment below :)

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