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Tried & tested dog walks: the Pentire loop

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

The lowdown

A medium length, circular walk starting at the Pentire Farm car park and taking you across beautiful National Trust farmland and onto the South West Coast Path. Enjoy breathtaking views from Pentire Point out to sea and towards Polzeath and discover the little beach of Pentire Haven.

This is a fantastic spot to spend a moment taking in the view

Location: Pentire Farm near New Polzeath, a five-minute drive from Polzeath and ten-minutes from Rock (grid reference SW936802, nearest postcode PL27 6UQ).

Distance: 2.1 miles.

Time: 1.5 to 2 hours (including time to take in the scenery).

Difficulty: moderate (some of the paths are steep and stony).

For you: tick off one of the area's most beautiful local landmarks; Pentire Point and take in the breathtaking panoramic views from the top taking in Stepper Point, the Camel Estuary and Polzeath. Time it right in the evening and there are some fantastic places to stop and take in the famous Polzeath sunset.

For your dog: lush green fields to run in (providing they are free of livestock) and inland sections of footpaths to safely explore.

Lead? if there is livestock on the land, dogs are required to be under close control or on a lead. Please close all gates behind you. Dogs will also need to be kept on the lead for the section of coast path that runs close to the cliff.

Parking: small National Trust car park with a donation box.

Pack: your binoculars for wildlife spotting, wellies in the winter months as the footpath can get muddy (walking shoes or trainers in the summer), warm clothes if you are doing the walk in the evening and some refreshments to enjoy on the way round.

The route

The route is all off road and is just over two miles
Once you have parked, head through the gate at the far-left corner of the car park
Head up the track and at the first gate, keep going along to the left
There are gateways along the way with lovely views out to sea (and sometimes some curious cows too!)
You will come to a five bar gate leading into a field (dogs on leads if livestock)
Follow the track up through the field
At the top corner of the field you will reach another gate
Head through this second smaller field to the next small gate
This will take you onto the South West Coast Path, turn left
If you look to the right, you can take in the landmark of The Rumps
Head long the coast path which hugs the clifftop and takes you up to Pentire Head
This is a fantastic spot to spend a moment taking in the view
The coast path then winds downhill towards Polzeath
If your dog likes chasing rabbits, then you will want to put them on the lead here
Enjoy the view out to sea towards Stepper Point and Trevose Head
You will reach a little bridge that crosses a small stream
The tide floods the rock pools below
The views inland are equally beautiful with Cornish stone walls and windswept trees
Watch the sun sink behind Stepper Point
You will pass the tiny beach of Pentire Haven
The footpath forks at the bottom of the hill, take a left
This footpath is safe for dogs to be off leads
The footpath takes you up to a gate that opens to Pentire Farm car park

Want to stay nearby so you can explore more of the coastline? We have over sixty dog-friendly properties to choose from in and around Rock, Daymer Bay, Polzeath and Port Isaac.

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