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Tried & tested dog walks: the St Enodoc loop

In part three of the series, Marketing Manager Katy and her dappled Dachshund Luna share their favourite dog walks.

The lowdown

A short circular walk starting at the Daymer Bay car park taking you across the famous St Enodoc Golf Course, past the picture perfect St Enodoc Church, around the scenic coast path that hugs the side of Brea Hill and down onto the golden sand of Daymer Bay beach.

Location: Daymer Bay, a 5 minute drive from Polzeath and 10 minutes from Rock (grid reference SW928776, nearest postcode PL27 6SA).

Distance: 1.5 miles.

Time: 1 hour (including time to take in the scenery).

Difficulty: Easy to moderate (some of the paths are stony).

For you: Tick off one of the area's most beautiful local landmarks; St Enodoc Church, discover the picturesque St Enodoc Golf Course, take in views of the Camel Estuary from the South West Coast Path and enjoy Daymer Bay beach.

For your dog: Sand dunes to explore, the beach to run on and the sea to splash in.

Highlights: St Enodoc Church, one of the most picture perfect churches in Cornwall and the resting place of Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman. From the church you can enjoy beautiful views across the golf course and out to sea.

Lead? If there are golfers on the golf course you may want to put your dog on a lead if they are likely to chase balls! There are a couple of areas along the coast path that run close to the cliff edge, so dogs might need to be put on a lead for these sections.

Parking: Private car park. Winter tariffs start from £1 for one hour and summer tariffs start from £3.50 for up to three hours.

Pack: Your camera to capture the sights and change for the car park. Walking boots aren't necessary.

The route

Head to the Daymer Bay car park which can be found at the end of Daymer Lane.
Walk a little way back up Daymer Lane and you will come to a right hand turning signposted 'Footpath to St Enodoc Church'.
Take this turning and the path will take you down through some trees and across a litte stream.
You will come out onto the St Enodoc Golf Course. Keep walking straight and you will see the church spire in the distance.
Take in the beautiful views as you walk over the golf course. From here you can see across the Camel Estuary to Stepper Point.
As you near the church, head up the path on the left. Here you can take a seat to catch your breath and take in the stunning views.
Take in the history of this 12th century church open daily from 7.30am until dusk. Services are usually held on Sundays.
Look out for the headstone of Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman who is buried here.
Once you have taken in the beautiful church, head back to the footpath. When it comes to a fork, take the path on the left.
This will lead you over a pretty bridge. This is a nice spot to pause and take in the tranquil surroundings. Then head up the path and take a left.
Keep going and you will see a small footpath to the right next to the colourful sign.
This path brings you out higher up on the golf course, an excellent vantage point to take in the scenery.
Take the path that leads across the golf course, towards the estuary.
You will come to the edge of the golf course and onto the sand dunes.
Head along the path to the right that slopes up hill.
From here if you look left, you can see down to the end of Rock beach and across to Padstow.
The footpath takes you around the base of Brea Hill. Here you can enjoy views across the Camel Estuary and watch boats passing by.
As the footpath winds its way around to the right, you will have a fantastic view of the estuary meeting the ocean. Look out for the waves breaking on the famous Doom Bar.
The coast path opens out to the sand dunes to the side of Daymer Bay. Your dog will love exploring the network of paths here.
Head down the dunes to the golden sands of Daymer Bay.
Here your dog can stretch their legs and cool down with a splash in the sea.
Head across the beach to the car park. From here you can look back and take in the view of Brea Hill in its entirety.

Want to stay nearby so you can explore more of the coastline? Take a look at our Daymer Bay properties below.

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