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Why We Love Canicrossing in Cornwall

Canicross is a sport we’re all wagging our tails about across the UK. We invited Lara from Let’s Go Canicross to give us the scoop on just how exciting the sport is and what dog friendly places keep them going.

You may have been hearing more about the sport of Canicross recently. It’s a fast-growing sport here in the UK, one that all breeds of dogs can get involved in. Essentially, it’s trail running with your dog whilst working as a team. It’s fun, social and allows you to explore more locations safely with your dog.

Canicrossing in Cornwall opens up so many possibilities. From stretches of the South West Coast Path through to moors and woodland trails, there really is something for everyone. From local hikes right through to multi-day adventures, the region has so much to offer you and your canine companion.

Cornwall is renowned for great dog friendly trails. Best of all, your hike or run can finish in gorgeous eateries so you and your dog can refuel and hydrate at your leisure.

Oh the places you’ll go!

The best part about canitrekking or canicrossing with your dog is that you can walk or run hands-free. No more shoulder jolts, no more aching arms. All whilst your dog is able to follow the Countryside Code and be under your control.

The specific kit allows any pull from your dog to come through your core/hip area and doesn’t impact the lower back at all. A bungee line absorbs any sharp jolts for both you and your dog. The canicross harness for your dog ensures their shoulders have full mobility. It is not restrictive in any way, as this could cause possible long-term injuries when running.

Tilly in Canicross harness

Once kitted out, our favourite route takes in coast and country trails. It heads over from Bude towards the gorgeous stretch of beach at Widemouth Bay. The South West Coastal path stretches past Compass Point over towards Widemouth. A local community group are currently saving this path from coastal erosion.

The views are far-reaching and with very steep cliff drops, you’ll be glad you have your dog under your control. Too many dogs require rescue on these steep, rugged sections of the North coast. This is one of the reasons canicrossing works for so many runners and hikers.

Canicross is not just my dogs dragging me along, it’s about working as a team. Following the commands they’ve been taught means we reach our destination together. It enables them to be physical but also uses their brain. Listening to their human and working in partnership with them engages the work element that many dogs need to fully enrich their lives.


Worked up an appetite?

This route not only offers stunning views and trails but it takes you to a variety of eateries that we have within the Bude area. If you are walking the Bude – Widemouth loop, you’ll find many dog-friendly places to eat in Bude. From The Barge, situated on the canal itself through to Rosie’s which overlooks Crooklets Beach.

If you plan to stop off mid-way at Widemouth, you have the Widemouth Beach Café or the Bay View Inn. Both of which overlook the Atlantic. The trails heading inland towards Whalesborough bring you to The Weir Bistro. Alternatively, pack yourself a picnic and make use of the many vantage points along the way for food with a view.

Remember, if you want any company on your adventures, Tilly, Reggie and I would be happy to show you around our favourite routes in the area.

Happy exploring!

For more great places to visit and activities that will get your tail wagging head to Dog Furiendly and start planning your next adventure.


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