You and your dog will be spoilt for choice when it comes to exploring the miles and miles of diverse footpaths in Devon. Discover picturesque fishing villages, beautiful beaches and stunning coastal scenery along the 630 mile South West Coastal Path. Or immerse yourself in the wilderness on Dartmoor. Spot wildlife and discover archaeological artefacts as you explore this beautiful and rugged National Park. Dogs are welcome at Becky Falls, an ancient woodland park in the heart of Dartmoor. Be wowed by the 70-foot waterfall, enjoy one of the beautiful walks or let the kids get back to basics with their own explorer backpack.
The abundance of dog friendly beaches in Devon means it is no easy feat to decide which one to visit. The mile-long beach at Beesand, which also has direct access to the South West Coastal path, is perfect if your four-legged friend needs to burn off some energy. Seafood lovers should visit the Winking Prawn at North Sands beach, near Salcombe. Enjoy a hearty breakfast or a bucket of prawns before exploring the rockpools and building sandcastles on this popular sandy beach. If you want to get away from the crowds, head to the sheltered bays in East Portlemouth. Fishermans Cove, Smalls Cove and Mill Bay are the perfect spot to let your pooch go for a swim or a paddle in the shallow waters. If you would like something a bit more rugged and remote visit Lannacombe Beach or Mattiscombe Sands in South Devon where you will find unspoilt sandy coves, rocky headlands and plenty of fresh sea air.
Devon also doesn’t disappoint when it comes to canine friendly castles. Climb to the top of the motte and bailey castle in Totnes for fantastic views across the River Dart. Alternatively, hop on a ferry to visit the impressive Dartmouth Castle. Whilst situated in the most picturesque setting on the edge of Dartmouth Estuary this fairy tale looking castle has a darker history for you to discover. Dogs are welcome to explore the castle with you and there are plenty of coastal and woodland walks nearby to stretch your legs afterwards.
For a completely different historic and cultural experience take your dog back in time to the Victorian era at Bygones in Torquay. Any thrill seekers should head to The Milky Way Adventure Park where you can fly, bounce and whizz through the air on a number of exciting rides and activities (well-mannered dogs on lead are welcome in much of the park but obviously not on rides!). The large number of dog friendly pubs and cafes means there is no excuse to head home before you have sampled a traditional cream tea or a pint of the finest Devon ale. At the Victoria Inn in Salcombe dogs have their very own menu including chicken and beef flavoured dog beer!
You and your four-legged friends cannot fail to fall in love with Devon. Whether you are looking for a large family house, a cosy bolthole for two or a coastal retreat with walks from the front door, our large number of dog friendly cottages to rent is sure to get those tails wagging!