Ten Best Dog Friendly Days Out in Devon
Devon needs little introduction as a first-class tourist destination. It’s one of the UK’s holiday hotspots, attracting millions of visitors to its beautiful beaches, coastal towns and glorious countryside each year. There are endless opportunities for fabulous things to do, ranging from sightseeing walks to scenic train rides. It’s all there waiting for you and your four-legged friend to visit.
Coronavirus update: many of these suggestions are outdoor attractions and remain open at the time of writing. But see their websites before your visit to check if they have any new restrictions.
Here’s our list of the ten best dog-friendly days out in Devon.
1. Hound Tor, Dartmoor
Appropriately named Hound Tor is one of the most popular attractions on Dartmoor. At 414 metres it’s not the highest tor, but it’s one of the most spectacular. The hill is topped with the iconic stacks of towering rocks, which are popular with climbers and sightseers. Take your dog for a stroll from the nearby car park or drop in as part of a longer hike for stunning views of the surrounding moorland.
This traditional village features rows of fishermen’s cottages on a steep hillside leading to the sea. Clovelly’s steep cobbled streets are car-free so it’s safe to take a dog on a lead through this picturesque village down to the historic fishing harbour. There are many fine cafés and tea rooms for refreshments during the strenuous walk back up the hill.
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3. Morwellham Quay
Located on the banks of the River Tamar, this award-winning museum and visitor centre tells the story of this Victorian port that served as a transportation hub for local mines. As well as learning traditional crafts and skills, you can ride the underground railway to explore the inner workings of the copper mine. Dogs are welcome at Morwellham Quay but must be kept on a lead at all times.
4. Babbacombe Model Village
Your dog will feel like Digby (the ‘Biggest Dog in the World’) at this model village near Torquay. Babbacombe Model Village is a wonderful family attraction where you can see miniature replicas of classic English scenes such as thatched villages, Stonehenge, fishing harbours and railways. Babbacombe also happens to be the area’s top garden attraction, thanks to its award-winning miniature gardens.
5. Saltram House
Saltram House is a National Trust property near Plymouth with a huge estate with some wonderful walking trails for you and your pooch. The paths lead through parkland, woodlands and meadows filled with colour, especially when the spring flowers bloom. See the beautiful stately home and enjoy great views over the Plym estuary.
6. Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway
Take a trip on the Victorian cliff railway that connects the village of Lynton with Lynmouth, located at the base of the precipitous 500ft hill. The Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway is the highest and the steepest water-powered railway in the world. At the bottom, take time to stroll around the pretty seaside village or along the tree-lined riverbank, before returning on the funicular railway to the top.
7. Soar Mill Cove
This lovely sandy cove near Salcombe is a beautiful place to spend a day on the beach with your dog. The beach at Soar Mill Cove is only small but it’s a great sheltered spot for swimming and is best combined with walks on the South West Coast Path. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can paddle from Salcombe by canoe!
8. Dartmouth Steam Train & Riverboat Company
Explore some of Devon’s most picturesque coastal towns and countryside on a scenic train and riverboat ride with the Dartmouth Steam Train & Riverboat Company. Dogs are welcome on-board for a nostalgic day trip on a steam train from Torquay to Kingswear, via Agatha Christie’s former home at Greenway Halt, followed by a paddle steamer across the river to Dartmouth.
9. The Milky Way Adventure Park
Pets may not enjoy the amusement rides at this theme park but your other family members will. The Milky Way Adventure Park has rides and attractions for all ages, including a rollercoaster, large slides, indoor play area and birds of prey. This day out is more child-friendly than dog-friendly, but well-behaved pups are more than welcome at Devon’s ‘best large visitor attraction’.
10. Woolacombe Beach
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a simple day out at the beach during your holiday in Devon. Woolacombe Beach is a favourite with dog owners because it’s a three-mile stretch of sand where you and your four-legged friend can roam free. Most of the beach is open to dogs all year round, except a small section at the northern end which is off-limits from April to early November.
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