Dog Friendly Holiday Cottages
Many of our holiday cottages are dog friendly and North Devon provides the perfect location for dog owners, Enjoy spectacular walks with miles of footpaths, picturesque woodland walks, moorland and coastal routes without forgetting the various beautiful beaches many of which are open to dogs most of the year. North Devon is quickly becoming the most sought after destination when choosing a dog friendly holiday cottage, We understand that your pet is part of the family!
Taking your Dog on the North Devon Coastal Path
The South West Coast Path is a great place to take your dog for a walk with spectacular scenery at every turn it isnt any wonder why owners wish to bring their pets on holiday with them. Dogs are permitted on the entire stretches of path, and providing that you look after them in a responsible way to avoid disturbing livestock, wildlife or causing a nuisance to other walkers, you will be very welcomed by all in North Devon.
To help you both make the most out of your walks we have a short guide of useful advice on how to stay safe and happy whilst on holiday here. Click More Info for further details.
safety & well-being
The North Devon region is a great place for a dog with lots of exciting smells and things that they would love to chase and play with. However, every year there are accidents here where dogs end up running over cliff edges So for their safety please ensure all pets are kept close to you and fully under control (ideally on a lead)
Like you, on a long walk, your dog will get thirsty. On most sections of the North Devon Coast Paths there are streams & puddles that your dog can drink from, but other sections can be 'dry' for many miles - so take along water and a bowl especially if we have that Indian summer everyone mentions every year!
If you are walking in unfamiliar territory to you, it is very likely that your dog and you will get separated as its unfamiliar to them also. It is a good idea to ensure your dog has a name tag with your contact number on it and holiday properties address. ideally your pet is also micro-chipped.
Being a responsible pet owner on holiday
A well behaved dog is a credit to its owner, But there are three things that still manage to give dogs a bad name:
- Dog fouling: We cannot stress enough how dog fouling is just as bad as littering our area, someone will have to clear up after your pet eventually, wouldn't it be better if we all helped keep Britain tidy?!
- Disturbing livestock and wildlife: Whilst walking the Coast Path you are likely to encounter livestock. please ensure your dog is kept on a lead and under control at all times on its walks...... remember that if your dog is chasing stock, farmers have the right to shoot it.
- Over enthusiastic dogs: Having a friendly dog is great, but few people will appreciate having muddy paw prints on their clean clothes, and children in particular may find a large dog bounding up to them very scary. So to avoid spoiling other people's walk, train your dog to approach people calmly.
Variety of dog friendly walks in North Devon
We are blessed to have plenty of choices when it comes to dog walking in North Devon, with a variety of beaches to choose from and various countryside routes too your spoilt for choice. Here are just a selection:
Tarka Trail - one of the country's longest continuous traffic-free walking and cycling paths, and forms part of the Devon Coast to Coast Cycle Route. Over 30 miles of beautiful countryside is available to cyclists, walkers and dogs between Braunton and Meeth, using the old railways of North Devon.
Baggy Point - Spectacular Coastal and sea views with rugged coastline (Top Tip; Keep dogs on the lead)
Saunton Beach - 3 and a half mile epic stretch of golden sands backed by dunes perfect for the family and dog walking
Putsborough Beach & Woolacombe - Picturesque golden beach that stretches all the way to Woolacombe beach, 1 section outside the beach shop is not dog friendly.
Croyde Beach - October - April dogs can explore Croyde beach and its beautiful dunes.
Crow Point - Lying at the tip of Braunton Burrows, Crow Point is a curved spit of sand which is at the entrance to the Taw-Torridge Estuary. The open views from here are simply stunning!