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Are you visiting the South West with your dog soon and looking for some nice dog-friendly days out in Devon? You’ve come to the right place!

Devon is one of the most dog-friendly destinations in the UK. From the cute seaside towns, walking paths to some National Trust properties, there are so many things you can do with your dog in Devon.

In this article, you will find the best places to visit for a day with your furry friend.

1. Salcombe

Street in salcombe
South Sands in salcombe

Salcombe is a seaside town located in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s on the Kingsbridge Estuary and is a popular destination for the summer holidays. It’s also a great place to visit with your dog.

The town centre is walkable and there are a lot of cafés that are either dog-friendly or have an outdoor area where you can be with your dog.

You can also go on the South West Coastal walk to Soar Cove. It’s very scenic! 

In terms of beaches, dogs are allowed all year round on North Sands Beach and during the low season on South Sands Beach.

2. Hope Cove

Hope cove bay
cottage in hope cove

Hope Cove is another cute village by the sea, not far from Salcombe. It’s such a nice destination and a much more peaceful option than Salcombe.

You can walk around the village and stop for a meal or an ice cream in one of the dog-friendly cafĂ©s. 

You can also take the South West coastal path from there. The views over the coast are simply stunning and dogs are always allowed.

Harbour beach is dog friendly all year round so you can take your pooch there whenever you want but on lead. 

If you are visiting off-season you can also go to Mouthwell Sands at Outer Hope.

Hope Cove is known as a good SUP spot so if you have a bit of an adventurous dog and want to take your paddleboard, you can!

3. Bigbury-on-the-sea and Burgh Island

burgh island in devon
dog on the beach to burgh island

Bigbury-on-the-sea is a popular coastal town for water sport lovers and is also famous for being home to Burgh Island, a tidal island that was referenced in some Agatha Christie books.

It’s a great place to visit for book lovers since you can walk in Hercule Poirot’s footsteps.

You can cross to the island during low tide (and dogs are allowed) but you can also take the sea tractor which is quite a unique thing to do.

Once you get to the island, you can walk around and to the top for fantastic views of the sea and Bigbury-on-the-sea.

Make sure to check out the Burgh Island hotel (even if it’s from outside) because it’s a great example of art deco building in the UK.

4. Clovelly

dog in main street clovelly
main street in clovelly in devon

Clovelly is by far one of the most unique seaside villages in the UK and you can visit it with your dog!

There is an entrance fee to visit the village because it’s privately owned but it’s well worth it.

You can drive to the top of the village or take the coastal path to the entrance.

Once you are at the top, you can walk all the way down to the harbour. It’s very scenic and the white cottages are simply gorgeous.

Most pubs and shops are dog-friendly as well which is very nice.

5. Ilfracombe

park in ilfracombe in devon
dog in ilfracombe in devon

Ilfracombe is a bigger town in North Devon. You can walk around the town centre but make sure to go down to the harbour where you can find the Verity statue.

This is where the ferry to Lundy Island departs but unfortunately that’s not dog friendly.

Also make sure to walk up to Capstone Hill for fantastic views.

The tunnel beaches is also a famous landmark in Ilfracombe and your dog is allowed in the tunnels but unfortunately not on the beaches.

6. Lynton & Lynmouth

dog taking Lynton Lynmouth railway
Lynmouth coastlin

These two connected villages are not only incredibly cute but also one of the most dog-friendly destinations in Devon.

I recommend parking your car at the Valley of Rocks and taking the coastal path to Lynton. The path is dog friendly but please note that it’s on the edge of the cliff so it’s not ideal if your dog pulls.

Once you reach Lynton, you can take the stairs down to Lynmouth, walk around the town centre. Again, a lot of pubs are dog-friendly here. 

You can also get a pasty and walk along the river. There are benches in the park so your dog can walk around and you can eat.

After that, head to the Cliff Railway to go back up. It is dog-friendly but they charge a small fee per dog depending on the size.

7. Woolacombe

dog friendly beach woolacombe
dog on woolacombe beach

Woolacombe beach is one of the rare beaches in Devon that is dog-friendly all year round and best of all? It’s also one of the best beaches in Devon altogether!

You can easily park near the beach, there is a large car park behind the dunes. They charge a daily fee but you can come and go as you wish.

There are some restrictions during the peak season but it’s only in some parts of the beach and it’s such a long and wide one that it shouldn’t be an issue.

The great thing about Woolacombe beach is that it’s very large which means your dog can run around a lot.

8. Baggy Point

dog at baggy point in devon
baggy point in devon

Baggy Point is a natural site managed by the National Trust near the town of Croyde.

Croyde Beach is a famous spot for surfers and for this reason, it’s not dog-friendly during the summer, however, if you are visiting between October and April, it’s also an option.

Otherwise, you can park in the National Trust car park (free for members) and walk to Baggy Point.

It’s very scenic and the views of the coastline are fantastic. You can even see Woolacombe beach from there.

9. Westward Ho!

beach huts in westward ho
beach in westward ho

Famous for being the only town in Britain with an exclamation mark in its name, Westward Ho! Is also a great place to visit with your dog.

You can walk in the town centre, go to the beautiful and colourful beach huts but also go to the North End of Westward Ho! Beach.

This is also a popular spot for surfers. You’ll find a lot of surfing schools here but if you keep walking north, you can go on the beach with your dog. It’s a wide beach so it’s very pleasant.

Northam Burrows Country Park is also dog friendly and a great place for a walk.

You can even go all the way to Appledore from there.

10. Appledore

dog in appledore
street in appledore

Appledore is a seaside village near Westward Ho!. You can get there by car or walk through the Northam Burrows Country Park to get there. 

The town is of course dog-friendly but so are a lot of cafés. You can also get a fish and chips or a delicious ice cream from the van on the Quayside and sit on a bench while admiring the scenery.

The streets are full of colourful cottages which are very pretty.

11. Arlington Court

dog at arlington court
arlington court in devon

This is a National Trust property near Barnstaple in North Devon. It consists of an estate with woodlands and a mansion.

Dogs are not allowed in the mansion but they are allowed in the gardens, the estate and the museum.

It’s a great place to go for a walk. It’s very pretty and even if you don’t go to the mansion, it’s worth seeing.

You can also get something to eat from the café, they have a lot of outdoor seats.

12. Dartmouth

Dartmouth in Devon
dogs in dartmouth

Dartmouth is also a very dog-friendly town. You can walk around the town centre and by the harbour. Most cafés are dog-friendly so it’s a great place to get a cream tea (cream first!).

A lot of the shops also allow dogs so you can do some shopping.

You can also visit Dartmouth castle as long as you keep your dog on lead. It’s a site managed by English Heritage so if you are a member you can enter for free. Otherwise there is a fee.

You can also take the SW coastal walk from Dartmouth if you want to go for a stroll with your dog.

13. Plymouth

lighthouse in plymouth
the barbican in plymouth

Plymouth is the largest city in Devon and if you like to do some urban exploration, it’s also a great place to visit with a dog.

The best place to start is the historic Barbican district. It’s full of narrow and cobbled streets and is so cute!

You can also go to the harbour, the waterfront and the beautiful Smeaton’s Tower which is white and red lighthouse.

Map of the best dog-friendly days out in Devon

dog friendly day out devon

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