A Short Circular Dog-Walk From Tredarrup | 1.5 - 2 miles
With a long day out exploring Cornwall planned, a romp around the field, perhaps with some ball-throwing involved, is often enough for most dogs. But, if you fancy taking them out on a walk and exploring the local area around Tredarrup, here’s a quick dog-walk straight from the door of your holiday cottage.
Please note there’s a stile on this walk that dogs have to be lifted over but read on to the end for an alternative route. Also, there may be cattle in the fields you’re passing through.
- From the front gate, shown left, turn right heading up the farm track, passing the farmhouse on your right.
2. Continue past the entrance to the neighbouring farmyard, passing through an open gate with an old granite pillar and stile.
3. Continue ahead through the metal gates into the field (which may have cows). Keep to the hedge on the right.
4. On your right, in the corner of the field is a small gate leading onto a slate and granite stile. This one’s nice and easy for dogs to clamber over! Turn left and follow the hedge to the lane.
5. Pass over the slate stile (again, easy for dogs) onto the lane and turn left, passing the cottage on your right shown in the photo. Immediately after this the lane bears round to the left and you’ll see a right hand turn. Take this lane. You’re now in Michaelstow.
6. Pass the old schoolhouse on your left and you’ll come to the pretty village church. Dating from the 13th Century, the ancient gravestones in the churchyard bear the names of families still living in the parish today. Look out for the 10ft high wheel cross, dating from the 10th Century, to the right of the gates and by the south porch you can explore an ancient holy well.
7. Continue up the lane past the church, with the old rectory on your right. As you leave the houses behind, opposite a farm you’ll see a field gate on your right with a stone and slate stile, marked by a footpath sign. Climb over into the field. *this next section contains a stile that dogs need to be lifted over – scroll to the end for an alternative.
8. With the stile directly behind you, walk straight ahead, keeping the hedge line bordering the old rectory’s garden to your right. Head towards an opening through to the next field. There may well be cows grazing in these fields.
9. As you pass through the opening into the next field, keep to the left, heading towards a farm with a large farmhouse. There are sweeping views from here towards Newquay in the north and the Cornish Alps at St. Austell in the south. Again, keep an eye out for cows.
10. Climb over the stile in the barbed wire fence (dogs will need to be lifted over) and head straight across the field towards the farmhouse.
11. Pass through the wooden gate and head straight across this small field to a little wooden gate.
12. Go through the gate, drop down onto the track and turn left, heading away from the farm.
13. When you get to the junction with the lane you’ll see a small wooded area in front of you. Turn left here.
14. You’ll immediately come to a junction with a cottage. On the right you’ll see the main road from Camelford to Bodmin and on your left is a small lane. Go left down the lane.
15. This area is known as Leathern Bottle. Pass the old smithy on your right and continue down the quiet country lane until you enter Michaelstow again. When you get to the end of the lane turn left and you’ll see the footpath sign into the field heading back the way you came. Alternatively, for a slightly longer walk, you can continue along the lane to the end and turn right onto the lane signposted St. Teath. Continue along the lane bordering our field for approximately 400 yards until you come to the bottom of our farm drive on the right. Walk up the drive to the cottages.
*An alternative, if you can’t lift your dog over the stile*
After passing the church in Michaelstow, don’t take the stone stile on the right into the field. Continue up the lane to Leathern Bottle. As you pass the old smithy on your left you’ll see the main road ahead of you with a small wooded area on the right. By the junction with the road there’s a small entrance to the wood – you can walk through the wood and, when you come out the other end, turn right and head back the way you came.