My knowledge of the Cornish coastline from Newquay upwards is pretty poor, and during this walk I couldn’t believe I’d never been to Constantine Bay!
It’s a beautiful stretch of beach, that reminds me a lot of Gwithian (my usual haunt) due to the sand dunes and soft white sand. Plus even better as it’s dog friendly all year round!
Anyway, I’ll rewind a bit and start from the beginning of our adventure…
On a beautiful sunny (yet chilly!) winter day, we headed to the North coast to start our walk at Treyarnon Bay. It’s a few coves up from Bedruthan Steps and Porthcothan, and I’d never been here before either! We parked up and released the dogs, rambling towards the coast path to the East of the beach.
It’s a really pretty little bay, and looks great for surfing! It’s also known for having a nice and deep natural tidal pool at low tide, but we weren’t able to spot it due to the tide and waves as we walked past sadly.
Between this bay and Constantine bay is a really nice, flat grassy walk along the cliffs with plenty of benches to stop at for a picnic (we did this on our walk back). I say the cliffs, but actually you’re not that far above sea level, and the ‘cliffs’ are really just rocks that you can climb down to to reach the ocean. It’s hard to explain, but basically this makes it a really safe walk for dogs (off lead) because there are no steep cliff drops at the edge!
Treyarnon Bay, as with Constantine Bay, is dog friendly all year round, making this the perfect area for a pet friendly stay with your pooch! Maizy and Pepper loved it, especially as we got to the sandy beach stretch of Constantine Bay, with rockpools on one side, and plenty of dunes to run around on the other.
We walked all the way along the beach, and up some steps at the other side, which then brings you to the next cove, known as Booby’s Bay. Before you laugh, a ‘booby’ is actually a type of seabird (similar to a gannet), which the beach is named after 😉.
Both beaches has a few surfers in the water; I don’t blame them as the sun was beautiful and the waves were crisp and clean. Much too cold for us though!
We walked across this bay too, across to the start of the coast path up to Trevose head. Again, this stretch is pretty ideal for dogs as there’s no steep drops until you get much closer to the headland.
Walking up to Trevose head, we put the dogs back on the leads as the cliffs get pretty dangerous around here. It’s a long old walk so you could definitely turn around before this bit and head back if you didn’t want to take the dogs or young kids up there, but just be mindful that if you do go up there, there’s a huge hole in the cliffs with a drop all the way down to the sea that you don’t notice until you’re quite close, and there’s no fencing around it!
Again, it’s hard to explain but does look very epic!
We carried on up the headland to check out Trevose lighthouse, before circling around and walking back down towards the bay.
Some of the views from this headland are absolutely breathtaking; the way the cliffs have formed here is so cool and unique. I’d definitely recommend a hike up here, but again just be mindful of kids and dogs being loose!
The walk back was equally as beautiful, and overall I’d say it took around 3 hours from Treyarnon Bay car park to Trevose lighthouse and back, and again it was a great one to do with dogs (though I would recommend leads at the very end).
Will you be adding this to your Cornwall coast path wishlist?