Dog Friendly Holidays in Devon
Think how excited you feel as you step out of the car on the first day of your Devon holiday…and then just imagine the sheer bliss your pet feels as you roll up in the county. With miles of wide open countryside that beckons curious paws, sandy beaches they could sniff for hours and cosy pubs with treats awaiting for the four legged folk, Devon’s got it all if you’re a dog.
Let’s face it, human or dog, a visit to Devon’s all about the beaches – and the good news is many of them welcome dogs to enjoy the sand with us throughout the whole year. Take Saunton Sands for example, this sublime sandy stretch in North Devon rolls on for three beautiful miles, and it’s not only the spot where Robbie filmed the iconic video for ‘Angels’ – it’s also a favourite with dogs and their owners.
Down in South Devon you’ll find more dog friendly beaches then you can shake a stick at, but one of our favourites has got to be Slapton Sands. Perfect for a long walk that takes in some of the county’s most beautiful scenery, this beach is backed by Slapton Ley Nature Reserve and you’ll find the kind of cafes that serve up fresh crab sandwiches along the way.
Speaking of food, you’ll find our beloved county strewn with pubs known for their hearty meals and their ‘dogs welcome’ outlooks. It’s always worth popping in and asking if your pet’s welcome if you pass a watering hole during a day out with your pet, and some of them even go the extra mile and store a stash of treats behind the bar to make your pet feel extra welcome. Many pubs and cafes will have a bowl of water outside during the summer to help keep pets refreshed.
It’s not just about walks and pub gardens though (fun as both are of course!), there are dozens of dog friendly attractions across the country that mean the whole family can enjoy days out to remember. The Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company welcome dogs aboard their steam trains and boats for a small charge, so you’re free to explore South Devon in all its glory with your dog at your side.