Voting opens for the Top Dog Walk in the West competition

The second annual competition to find the best dog walk along the South West Coast Path has been launched this week backed by the Kennel Club’s access advisor Stephen Jenkinson, an expert on where dog owners can go and what they can do in the countryside. One lucky voter will receive a complimentary stay at one of Holiday Cottages’ 800 dog friendly cottages in the region to the value of £400.

Says Stephen, who writes a monthly column for Your Dog magazine: “I've always had a soft spot for the South West and its glorious coastline – it’s great for dogs with miles of golden sands to play around on as well as woodland paths and green pasture. One of my personal favourites is the walk from Padstow to Trevone, where the scenery is as delightful as the refreshments and the dog-friendly-welcome you get along the way is one of the best”.

Stephen has worked alongside the South West Coast Path team to advise on dog walking issues such as responsible dog walking through farmland and helped produce an introductory video for dog walkers on the Coast Path, which can be viewed on the dogs page of the South West Coast Path website or via the Youtube channel.

Last year’s winning walk, Heddon Mouth in Somerset, was described by Alison Moreland who nominated it, as “an easy section of the path with a great stream, a small beach for doggie paddling, and a dog-friendly pub for refreshment".

Having dog friendly establishments to welcome man’s best friend is one of the essentials of a good walk and if you’re a visitor to the area, you want a really dog friendly place to stay too. Holiday Cottages have made it their priority to ensure dog owners and their pets receive a warm welcome.

How to enter
Dog owners are invited to nominate their favourite walk from 630 miles of stunning Coast Path, stretching from Minehead in Somerset to Poole in Dorset. It could be a two-mile stroll with your four-legged friend through a fishing village in Devon, a longer trek across open fields in Cornwall, or a short scamper across a dog-friendly expanse of sandy beach in Dorset – one thing’s for sure, you won’t be short of options. What’s more, one lucky winner will be chosen from the nominations to win a dog friendly stay in the South West with Holiday Cottages.

To see some of the walks we've highlighted as particularly dog friendly, view the selection on this map and select the name of your favourite walk from the drop down menu on the sign-up form for your chance to WIN! The deadline for the competition is 28th February.

If you think we've missed any great dog walks on the Coast Path near you, please let us know and we'll endeavour to add it to the map. Email [email protected] 

We'd love to hear about your favourites too so please post us your pictures on our Facebook page or Twitter and we'll highlight some of our favourites.

Happy walking!


Published on: Jan. 6, 2014