This far west, you’re only a short drive from miles of coastline and the South West Coast Path. Drive north to the wide sandy beaches of Hayle, West to the rugged cliffs of the Penwith peninsula and Land’s End, follow the coast along past St Michael’s Mount and head south to take in the coves of the Lizard peninsula and east takes you to the picturesque Helford River on the south coast. If you’d rather leave the car at home, there are plenty of walks on your doorstep:

Helston to Porthleven

For an easy five mile stroll to the coast, head through the Penrose Estate over Loe Bar to Porthleven. At the bottom of Helston town is the boating pond (Coronation Lake) is a large car park. Follow the path in the far corner along purpose-built paths, past the remains of the 18th-century Castle Wary lead and silver mine, through the wooded Cober Valley to the strip of sand that separates Loe Pool from the sea, and on to the harbour town of Porthleven. Dogs are allowed on leads through the Penrose Estate, but you can‘t take them on the sand between Easter and September.

Lowertown – St Johns Mill

Follow the river between Lowertown and Helston for a lovely dog-friendly woodland walk. If you continue following the river once you reach Helston, you will end up following the Helston to Porthleven route above. There’s plenty of points of interest along the way, with mill leats and stepping stones across the waterways.

Tregonning Hill

Just four miles north west of Helston in the village of Balwest, is the historic mound of Tregonning Hill. It’s only a short, mild incline to the top, but the views make it a perfect picnic stop if you’re walking through the area. Perch on its peak by the Germoe war memorial and survey the lush green patchwork of fields leading out to Mount’s Bay. There’s also the Preacher’s Pit and china clay pit to discover.