The best way to explore Exmoor is on two - or four - feet. Take a gentle stroll in an ancient forest or enjoy a hike across open moorland. If you are looking to combine a day of walking with a bit of wildlife and history then head to Tarr Steps on the River Barle. The impressive medieval bridge, originally crafted in 1000 BC, consists of 180 feet of flat stone. Dogs will love an off-lead gallop along the river and wildlife lovers can look out for otters, red deer and the rare Barbastelle Bat. Enjoy a gentle circular walk meandering along the riverside, or explore one of the many footpaths in the wooded valley.
If you are after some sea air there are a number of stunning walks and dog friendly beaches along the North Devon coast. The pretty coves and heady cliffs at Heddon Valley is a great place to head for a fun family day out. Little legs will enjoy one of the short family friendly trails, whilst those looking for a longer walk can enjoy some breath-taking scenery on one of the exhilarating longer hikes. On a warm summers’ day, the dog friendly beach is a great spot for a picnic and a paddle in the sea, or if the weather isn’t on your side you can visit the dog friendly Hunter’s Inn. Don’t miss the amazing ice creams at the Heddon Valley Shop. They even sell doggie ice creams too! If you are looking for a secluded beach and a stunning countryside walk head to Lee Bay, near Lynton.
For any historians, no trip to Exmoor can be complete without visiting the impressive Dunster Castle and its’ amazing gardens. Or enjoy the peace and tranquillity at the Cistercian Abbey of Cleeve. From here you can hop on board the dog friendly West Somerset Railway to explore a number of other fantastic attractions, or simply enjoy the ride and admire the stunning views.
Whether you are looking for a large family house with sea view, countryside walks from the door, or a cosy retreat for two, we have a large selection of dog friendly cottages to rent in this ruggedly beautiful National Park. We also have lots more suggestions for dog-friendly days out in Exmoor.