Photography by Annabel Elston
Being a middle aged, childless women, my walks around and about the beautiful county of Cornwall are usually simply avec chien. That said, lots of my friends do have little ones in tow, so when we plan to go out together we’re always on the lookout for pram friendly strolls, which means well laid paths, perhaps a bit of entertainment and, most certainly, an ice-cream outlet or two on route - for myself as much as the kids. Here are just a few Cornish walks that are brilliantly pram friendly.
A favourite spot of mine and the black dogs, whether we’re on our own or with friends and their little-uns. Tehidy Woods is a leafy haven on the north coast, not far from the popular little beach at Portreath. It’s the largest piece of woodland in West Cornwall with over 250 acres to explore and three main entrances. If you’re with kids and prams the South Entrance is your best bet, with a lovely little cafe, toilets, a wildlife area – with ponds and ducks to feed, plus really well laid footpaths that offer up a good network of routes – long and short – right the way around the site.
There’s a great Park Map on the Cornwall Council website.
St Clements to Tresillian
A back and forth walk, but really lovely, along a quiet stretch of river. The tiny, and gorgeously quaint hamlet of St Clements, just a short drive out of Truro, is home to just a smattering of pretty cottages, overlooking the Tresillian River. From here a well laid tow path heads north-east up the river in the direction of Tresillian, past sleepy tidal waters, the Tresemple Pool – a favourite duck feeding spot of ours, and up to the bridge at Tresillian itself. The beautifully refurbished Old Vicarage at St Clements has a pretty little tea room, where they serve refreshments on their south facing terrace.
Pendennis Castle to Gyllynvase Beach
The views from Pendennis Point are spectacular, out over the docks into Falmouth Bay and around the headland back inland over to Gyllynvase and Maenporth beaches. Plus there’s a castle, a real treat for any little pirates. The walk down to Gyllynvase Beach is along the road, on a tarmac footpath, passing beachfront houses you can dream about living in, Gyllynvase Gardens – home to a magical shell grotto, and on to the beach, where there’s a cafe, ice-cream stall and toilets.
The great gardens and house at Trelissick sweep down to Channel Creek on the Carrick Roads, not far from Falmouth and Truro. The gardens are beautifully designed with all sorts of tropical blooms and ferrety little pram friendly paths to explore, whilst the surrounding parkland offers up walks around the lushly wooded river banks, all the way to Roundwood Quay. Our favourite bit though, for children and the black dog, is the walk (which is quite steep) down from the car park over the parkland to the beach at the creek. It’s perfect for summer picnics, with plenty of space for kids and hounds to run free, and the beach is a sheltered little spot to have a paddle. Once you’ve got the buggy back up the hill, there’s a welcome ice-cream stop at the top.
Photography by Annabel Elston
Article by Sian Pickles who spends her time out and about in Cornwall with her black dog – walking, eating, drinking and swimming. You can catch up with her on Twitter @blackdogadventu and follow their adventures on herAdventures with the Black Dog blog.