Continuing my series on UK dog friendly places, we’ve explored North Norfolk Lake District, Cornwall, Dorset. Today it’s Devon, home to romantic moors, 630 miles of coast and zillions of attractions, here’s a snapshot of some dog friendly places to go and places to stay!
Exploring the Devon Moors
Devon isn’t just coast, there is beautiful moorland to explore across Dartmoor National Park. There countless paths and routes through the park, you can also enjoy cycling, canoeing, trail running, wildlife spotting – great for families, dogs and adventure-seekers.
Dog Friendly Devon Beaches
There are over 40 dog friendly beaches in Devon according to The Beach Guide, a further 50 beaches have some restrictions, but only a handful don’t allow dogs at all.
Dog Friendly Walks in Devon
If you’re a fan of Exmoor set romance, Lorna Doone, then the village of Malmshead is a must-visit. The tiny village is in the heart of Lorna Doone country and provides great walks for you and your dog. Dogs are welcome in the gardens of the Lorna Doone Farm.
The South West Coast Path is a really easy way to explore without having to worry about juggling dogs leads and map reading, simply follow the path around the coast, Devon boasts 630 miles of coastline explore.
Becky Falls Ancient Woodland is a beautiful day out for all the family, the main attraction is the 70ft high waterfall which is over 35ft wide in parts where the Becka Brook runs between the huge granite boulders and onward down the Bovey valley. There are lots of smaller falls along the way too. Dogs on leads very welcome, there is also a reptile house, petting zoo, on site cafe and gift shop.
Dog Friendly Devon Attractions
National Trust Arlington Court
National Trust Arlington Court features a carriage museum in the old stable block. Dogs on leads are welcome throughout, and there are lovely walks through the gardens and grounds of the National Trust estate.
Brixham Heritage museum
This award winning family museum welcomes well behaved dogs.
The Big Sheep
We loved visiting The Big Sheep in Bideford, North Devon, but with lots of baby animals and working collies it is not practical to take your own dog around. But as animal lovers they have provided dog friendly kennels in the car park on a first come first served basis, as well as a dog run and dog walk areas. Just ask at reception for a padlock.
Pretty Devon Villages
Devon has lots of pretty villages to explore too, stop for a cream tea and some shopping…Clovelly, Lee, Croyde, , Cockington, Hartland, Appledore, Beer – even the names are great!
Lydford, Okehampton, Totnes Castles, Hound Tor Deserted Medieval Village, Merrivale Prehistoric Settlement, Grimspound prehistoric settlements, Upper Plymm Valley bronze age and medieval sites all welcome dogs.
Dog Friendly Devon Accommodation
Check out Marsdens Devon Cottages in North Devon who have a dogs go free offer. Some properties also offer extras like dog bowls, treats, crates and showers! For a romantic break without the kids Love Cottage looks dreamy, or if you are planning on a whole family adventure Rookery Cottage (image above) caught my eye, amazing views, only a mile from the beach, log burner and a woodturner for out of season trips.
Picture credits – Shutterstock – images by – MJW, Lolostock, Peter Turner Photography.