When I first got my puppy, Rigby, I started to see the South Devon coastline close to my house in Brixham with new eyes, I started looking for nice beach walks with plenty for an eager-to-explore Jack Russell to discover, and that’s how I stumbled across our new favourite place for a walk - Oyster Cove.
If you follow the South West Coast Path from Goodrington, near Paignton, you’ll find Oyster Cove just a few minutes from the pathway (down some steps), and although it’s one of the lesser known spots for some time out on the shore in the area, I quickly realised that makes it great for dog walkers.
Rigby may have seen the coast as a great big adventure playground, but as the owner of an energetic puppy who let’s think how to say this nicely…doesn’t quite have the hang of dog walking etiquette yet, I needed somewhere to get him used to being off the lead where he couldn’t get too far and there were no crowds to worry about, and Oyster’s just right.
Without the crowds you’ll find on some of Torbay’s more popular coves and beaches, Oyster Cove is small enough that I can keep a close eye on Rigby while he finds his feet (or paws), and as dogs are welcome on the beach all year round I’m going to be able to take him for a little wander here without worrying about beach bans once Easter’s been and gone.
It’s not only become our favourite spot for a weekend walk because it’s great for Rigby though, with panoramic views across Torbay it feels like we’re a world away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, and when I pull up a seat on one of the rocks for an hour or so and watch Rigby have his fun nosing about in the rock pools, I’ve got uninterrupted views out to sea all to myself.
Now, I should point out that Oyster Cove sits at the foot of a flight of steep steps down from the coast path, so if you’re going to visit wear sturdy shoes and take care when you’re making your way down to the sand and shingle beach.