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Enjoy this five-mile circular coastal path walk to and from St Just picked out to enjoy with your dog


Walking with your four-legged friend along Cornwall’s stretch of the South West Coast Path is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Dogs are permitted on the entire length of the path, and welcomed by many places to stay, eat and drink at along the way.

tarting and ending in St Just this marvellous five-mile circular route takes in Cape Cornwall’s stunning scenery and passes two beaches and two pubs where dogs are very welcome.

You will walk through a tumbledown landscape of old mines and mills, as well as ancient forts, barrows and a fifth-century oratory.

The walk joins the Coast Path at Kenidjack Castle, the site of an Iron Age fort. From here it travels on around Cape Cornwall, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the English Channel, to Porth Nanven, also known as Dinosaur Egg beach.

St Just has cafes, pubs and shops on the route of the walk there are seasonal refreshments (hot and cold drinks, cakes, pasties at Cape Cornwall (grid ref: SW 353 318).

Near to the start/end of the walk in St Just, The Commercial and the King’s Arms are recommended as serving good food and being dog-friendly.

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From Market Square car park (Sat Navs: TR19 7EZ) in St Just walk down Church Street, with the parish church on the left, to Venton East Square.

Carry on along the path, bearing slightly left, to New Road, at the bottom.

Turn left to walk along the road, following it around to the B3306 at Nancherrow.

Cross the main road to go along the lane opposite. Ignoring the tiny path after the houses, leading to the engine house on the skyline, fork right beyond it to walk past more buildings on the left.

Fork right again beyond them.

Staying on the main track as it bears right, and ignoring the small paths on both sides, carry on to the South West Coast Path.

On the coast path turn left onto the the grassy lane and follow it to the ruins of Kenidjack Castle, on the promontory.

From the left of the ruined mine building descend to a quarry track and turn left.

Staying on the Coast Path, fork right to the valley bottom and turn left here to take the next path on the right. Cross the footbridge to climb the other side, turning right at the top and bearing right at the junction of paths, to follow the Coast Path towards the road.

Immediately before the road, take the path to your right to go through the field, past the ruins of St Helen’s Oratory. Cross the stile at the far end onto the path.

Turn left uphill at the outcrop to walk to the top of the hill.

Descending towards the car park, turn right on the track before it. Turn left at the bottom, then go sharp right and back, still climbing. Go ahead on the lane then fork right opposite the trig point to follow the coast path along the cliff and down onto the road in Cot Valley.

Detour right to the tiny boulder-strewn beach at Porth Nanven; otherwise turn left up the lane, climbing steadily through the lush sub-tropical vegetation along Bosorne Road back up to St Just.

Past cliff falls here have piled the large round boulders on the beach today, giving it its nickname of Dinosaur Egg Beach’ and making it an important geological site

At West Place turn left, turning right a moment later to follow Lafrowda Close, past the car park and fire station and back up to Market Square. n

Dog friendly walks mean they take in a beach or pub that welcomes them or there’s plenty of room to run free. For other great dog walks in Cornwall and elsewhere along the South West Coast Path visit

This article first appeared in Cornwall Life February 2015.