Forget sitting indoors, one of our favourite things about this time of year is that it's perfect for days out with the dog. Think about it, you get to enjoy all the fun of the Great Outdoors without having to worry about the crowds of summer. So in the spirit of enjoying the South West’s doggie days out, here are a few of our faves…
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
It's safe to say there aren’t many dog walks where you might just stumble upon a giant slumbering lady covered in moss, and that’s why we love The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall. Quirky, beautiful and so big you can wander with your four-legged friend for miles, the gardens are open all year round. You’ll need to keep your dog on his lead during your walk, but he’s welcome everywhere except for the tea rooms and the Stewardry.
We think a break with your dog in tow's a chance to take your time and rediscover how good it feels to spend a few hours seeing what you can see with your dog, and Lulworth Cove is one of the UK’s most photographed stretches of coast. There’s good news too, dogs are welcome to let off steam on the beaches at Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove all year round, so you’ve got the perfect excuse to sit down on the sand and catch your breath for a bit while your dog investigates the waves.
With the kind of looks that could have been made for postcards, Saunton Sands in North Devon is a great big, three mile long stretch of doggie friendly sand…hurray! Dogs are welcome all year round, but because of the zoning system you’ll need to keep him on his lead for the first few minutes of your stroll and then you can release the clip and let him zoom off to explore.
We love the fact that we can take our dogs along to some of the South West’s most popular attractions, and Somerset’s Cheddar Gorge welcomes our four-legged friends along too. With imposing cliffs that loom high against the sky (450 feet to be precise), to the surrounding Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you can take your dog along the breathtaking 3 mile walk across the top of the gorge (on his lead), and the views are incredible.