There are lots of pet-friendly places to stay all over the county, from highly-rated hotels and luxury holiday cottages to campsites and holiday parks. Take a look at our list of dog-friendly properties here.
Dog Friendly Devon
If you're looking for a break your dog can enjoy too, look no further than Devon!
Devon's all about the great outdoors, so many of our activities and attractions actively welcome dogs, and days out can include your pet too. Plus, there are lots of pet-friendly places to stay all over the county, from highly-rated hotels and luxury holiday cottages to campsites and holiday parks. Take a look at our list of dog-friendly properties here.
Of course, Devon's also well-known for its abundance of beautiful beaches (quite possibly every dog's favourite place to be). Many set aside special sections of the beach where owners can relax while their dogs run off the lead - and into the surf. Others welcome dogs during the quieter times, whilst some welcome dogs off the lead, everywhere, all-year-round. Find out more about dog friendly beaches in Devon here.
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Walks for the whole family
Of course, one of the main reasons many bring their dogs to Devon is for the many opportunities to enjoy the glorious countryside, coast and views. There are many miles of walks and trails criss-crossing the entire county where pets can roam free and romp with glee - not least on the South West Coast Path, and the National Parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Many of the accommodation offering dog-friendly stays are set in acres of private land allowing your furry friends plenty of opportunity to explore, but if they fancy getting out and about, they are more than welcome to do that too!
One of the greatest pleasures as a dog-owner is seeing your pet's joy as they romp through the surf and jump waves - and avoiding their big shake-off afterwards!
Every beach has its own regulations on dogs some allow them total freedom, everywhere, all-year-round; some ban dogs during the summer and allow them on leads during the quieter months; others have special areas set aside for dogs off the lead. Take a look at these beaches in North Devon and also here for the rest of the coastline.
Rest assured that dogs are allowed in some way on virtually every Devon beach, and that any restrictions will be clearly outlined on signs nearby.
Dog friendly activities
Planning a day out in Devon can also include your constant companion. You could try geocaching - a digital treasure hunt on the trail of any one of hundreds of 'caches' hidden about the countryside which makes a good walk made even better. Or a day at the beach – dogs can enjoy a dip in a rockpool, a swim in the sea or a ride on a body board!
If that isn’t what you had in mind, there's always a ride in a steam train, boat or tram - some, such as Stuart Line Cruises, South Devon Railway, Dartmouth Steam Railway and Seaton Tramway are happy to take dogs on board.
You can try cycling too - some of Devon's cycle hire companies offer trailers that allow you to tow your dog along with you on your ride.
Dog friendly places to visit
A day out at a Devon attraction needn't rule out your dog. Many have lots of outdoor space in which dogs are welcome, and some allow dogs inside too. For a good whole family day out try Babbacombe Model Village near Torquay (outside only), or The Donkey Sanctuary near Sidmouth. Adventure parks are often pet-friendly, like The Milky Way (which allows dogs indoors too), whilst some like Pennywell Farm, The BIG Sheep and Crealy offer day kennels and exercise areas.
Devon also has lots of beautiful National Trust properties and places, which are well-known for welcoming dogs when at all possible, and some even sell home-made dog biscuits in their cafes alongside the scones.
Dog friendly places to eat and drink
Devon's known for its fantastic food and drink - so why shouldn't your dog be able to join in too? Many of Devon's pubs and cafes (and even some restaurants) allow dogs inside, and there are some which are particularly welcoming and most places that offer alfresco dining. Many of the beachside cafes are happy for dogs to join their owners for a bite or two, plus they’re happy to provide water and treats, such as dog-friendly ice cream!
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