Top dog friendly beaches in Devon

14 Dec

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Devon has been a popular destination for holidaymakers for many years, and part of that is down to the stunning 450 miles of coastline it offers. The sandy beaches and crashing waves in both the North and the South attract those who want to lie in the sun all day or build sandcastles as well as those who prefer to spend their time in the water and explore. However, for dog-owners, despite the vast miles of coastline, not every beach is possible to enjoy when you bring your dog. It can be disheartening to see the no dogs sign, but fortunately, there are dog friendly beaches in Devon that welcome canines of all kinds to stretch their legs, cool themselves as they splash in the water, and dig in the never-ending sand. 
Dog friendly beaches Devon has to offer
The great thing about booking a holiday to Devon is that there isn’t just one beach you can enjoy. There are more than 60 beaches to explore in this popular holiday destination, so when you book one of the dog friendly cottage stays in Devon and search for beaches with the addition of “dog friendly near me,” you will be able to find multiple options.
 To help you choose the ideal destination to book your trip, we have put together a list of the dog friendly beaches Devon has that you and your pup can visit to make your next UK getaway that much easier.
Ness Cove beach
Ness Cove isn’t just popular with tourists; it is also very popular with locals, especially dog owners. Dogs are allowed all year round, so you won’t have to worry about any dog restrictions (other than making sure you clean up after them) or staying in a permitted area. Tucked just underneath the cliffs of the Ness Headland, you can sit back and take in the magnificent views above, build sandcastles and hunt in the rockpools while your dog enjoys splashing or digging beside you.
The nearest town to Ness Cove beach is Teignmouth. If you want to stay in or near this town, you can also visit Teignmouth River beach, which allows dogs all year round, and Teignmouth Town beach, which allows dogs at the extreme ends of the beach only.
Fairy Cove
If you want to escape the main beach near Paignton harbour, you can head to Fairy Cove. Dogs are allowed on this relatively unknown little beach, which makes it the perfect place for your canine to run around or chill out on the sands and cool shingles.
Mill Bay
Dogs are allowed all year round on Mill Bay, which offers golden sand and safe swimming for your furry friend and children alike. With fascinating rock pools to explore and a nearby café and toilets, you can spend the entire day on the beach and then head into the nearest town called Salcombe for a little explore.
Salcombe also has other dog friendly beaches you can enjoy:
  • South Sands – Dogs are allowed but are banned between May and September
  • Hope Cove – This beach is seasonally dog friendly
  • North Sands – You can bring your dog here all-year-round
  • Soar Mill Cove Beach – Dogs are allowed, but you must always pick up after your dog
Sunny Cove
Sunny Cove is as pleasant as it sounds. Dogs are welcomed all year round to enjoy and can be easily accessed from the Mill Bay beach, which allows you to shake up your holiday experience a little.
Woody Bay
There is nothing better than hearing that there aren’t any dog restrictions on a beach, as this allows you to relax more. Woody Bay offers exactly this. Dogs are allowed, and there are no restrictions in place. You can spend the day exploring the rocky beach, looking in the rock pools, or spend a few hours swimming in the waters.
Maidencombe Beach
Torquay is a popular family destination in Devon, but it should also be popular with dog owners as well. This is because they have several places that allow dogs on Devon beaches. Maidencombe Beach is one such beach. It takes about ten minutes to walk from the nearest car park, but your dog will love the walk. When you reach this small sandy cove, you will be able to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and sandy beach.
Other beaches located near Torquay that allow dogs include:
  • Beacon Cove
  • Institute Beach
  • Oddicombe beach – Dogs are not allowed between 1st of May and 30th of September
Beaches with Restrictions
There are some beaches that allow dogs with restrictions, depending on when you visit.
Westward Ho!
As one of the most popular beaches near Bideford, Westward Ho! allows dogs all-year-round with some restrictions on which part of the beach you can go to during the summer. Between the 1st of October and the 30th of April, you and your four-legged friend can explore every inch of Westward Ho! However, between the 1st of May and the 30th of September, dogs are only allowed on the beach in front of Sandymere. Westward Ho! is the perfect beach for swimming and surfing and has a lifeguard on duty.
Woolacombe is considered to be one of the best beaches in the UK, offering plenty of opportunities for water sports such as kayaking, sailing, and kitesurfing. With the huge sand dunes and more than 3 miles of beach, dogs are allowed to enjoy these perks between the winter months. Between May and October, dogs are allowed in adjacent areas as long as they are on a lead.
Blackpool Sands
Many people head to Blackpool Sands as it provides vibes of a holiday abroad thanks to its secluded location. Scented pine trees and evergreens surround the privately-managed beach, and is the perfect beach for canoeing, diving, or bathing in the water. Dogs are allowed on Blackpool Sands in the off-season, but as this beach is on the South West Coast Path, it makes it the ideal starting location for walking along the coastline with your pooch. Blackpool Sands parking is a breeze with plenty of options so you can travel from your cottage near Blackpool Sands Devon or other accommodation by car without the worry of how to get here. 

By Nicole Dredge