Devon’s coastline is one of the most impressive in the UK – from the picturesque English Riviera to the fossils of the Jurassic Coast, this rich coastline has something to offer everyone – including plenty of dog-friendly beaches! Devon is ideal for a long weekend away or an extended stay in the sunshine, and there is always something new to discover in this delightful part of the country.
With the charming towns of Torquay, Paignton, and Brixham all within the county, in addition to attractions ranging from Greenway House and the Valley of the Rocks to the family-friendly Crealy Theme Park, you will be spoiled for choice when you visit Devon!
Why Holiday in Devon?
Devon is a tourism-friendly destination, particularly when the scenery really comes alive during the warmer summer months. Whether you and your dog are visiting solo or bringing the whole family for a fun-filled getaway, both two and four-legged visitors alike are sure to have an enjoyable time.
In addition to the county’s stunning coastline, Devon is also home to outstanding scenery and many areas of natural beauty. Take a walk in Dartmoor National Park, the Blackdown Hills AONB, or stay closer to the coast by visiting East Devon AONB or South Devon AONB. This abundance of scenery and walking trails makes the county popular with hikers, cyclists, and dog walkers, so you and your pooch should feel right at home.
With such an impressive, varied coastline, there are plenty of options if you plan to visit the beach with your dog during your getaway. Whether you are looking for a classic, sandy beach where the kids can play, or you prefer a beach that is a little more off the beaten track, we’ve picked out a few of the most noteworthy dog-friendly beaches in Devon for you to explore.
Babbacombe Beach is a pretty, sheltered cove situated at the foot of a heavily wooded cliff. The beach is also a great spot for fishing and diving, or equally, just a relaxing stroll with your dog. If you don’t fancy the walk down to the beach (or more likely, the walk back up again afterwards!) the charming Babbacombe Cliff Railway is on hand to help transport weary legs and tired paws.
The picturesque, chocolate-box village of Clovelly is a must-visit! If you are brave enough to make it all the way down to the bottom of the steep, cobbled street, you will find pebbled Clovelly Beach, providing the perfect place to rest before you tackle the climb back up the cliff again! Charming and sheltered, this small beach and historic town are certainly well worth visiting.
This long, sand and shingle beach is a firm favourite with holidaymakers all year round! There are activities for the whole family at Lynmouth, with rock pools to explore, and excellent surfing conditions if you time your visit right. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of dolphins out in the sea!
This dog-friendly beach in Devon is situated close to the picturesque town of Ilfracombe and is a sheltered, sand and shingle beach. Bear in mind that the best time to visit Wildersmouth Beach is low tide, as the beach is almost submerged by the sea at high tide.
Secluded and removed from the usual tourist trail, Oyster Cove is a real gem hidden on the south Devon coast. Pretty and sheltered, this beach is ideal for walking, sunbathing, or exploring the many rockpools dotting the beach at low tide.
Other dog-friendly beaches in Devon include:
With so much countryside and coastline to explore, it’s no surprise why so many people keep coming back to Devon year after year! With dramatic cliffs and wonderful sandy beaches, Devon is the perfect place for you and your dog to unwind beside the sea.
Make sure to stock up on essentials for your dog before you leave – after all, you want them to enjoy the holiday as much as you do! In addition to food, treats, and toys, one important thing that should not be overlooked is his or her dog tag. Prior to heading off for your Devon getaway, make sure that their tag is up to date with all the relevant information – just in case.
If you’re considering a UK pet-friendly getaway but are still undecided about where to go, check out our guides for travelling to Kent, Yorkshire, Dorset, or Essex with your dog. No matter where you end up going, you and your pooch are sure to have a brilliant holiday!