Dog-friendly beaches in Devon holiday cottages

Dog-friendly beaches in Devon

Here at Stay In Devon, we love the beaches that our wonderful county boasts. We also love the fact that our four-legged friends get to enjoy them too during a dog-friendly holiday in Devon!

To make it easy for you to find the perfect stretch for a pootle with your pooch, we've compiled a list of our top 20 dog-friendly beaches in Devon - including award-winning and Blue Flag beaches.

dog-friendly beaches in devon guide

Our Top Dog-Friendly Beaches in Devon!

1. Putsborough

Putsborough Sands is one of the finest beaches in North Devon with long reaching views of the surrounding headlands. Whatever time of year you visit the beach will be packed with surfers making the most of the high-quality waves found here. Dogs will love playing chase on this large expanse of golden sand.

Restrictions: Dogs banned in selected areas from 1st April to 31st October.

2. Saunton

Three and a half miles of golden sand greet you at Saunton Sands perfect for long walks with your pooch. At the back of the beach are dunes that provide plenty more opportunity for activities.

Restrictions: Dogs welcome all year on certain parts of the beach.

3. Westward Ho!

A long stretch of soft sand on the North Devon coastline that is a firm favourite for dog-walkers in the region. At low tide a large expanse of sand is revealed, even at high tide, there is grassland to explore on the other side of the pebble ridge. Your pooch will love splashing about in the waves at Westward Ho!

Restrictions: Dogs welcome at the north end of the beach all year, restrictions apply in the south during the summer months.

4. Croyde

Although not dog-friendly all year round, Croyde is rewarding for those who choose to visit during the spring, autumn and winter. The small bay is backed with sand dunes that dogs will love exploring.

Restrictions: Dogs not permitted between May and September.

5. Woolacombe

Regularly listed in polls of the top beaches in the UK - and it’s easy to see why when you first step on Woolacombe beach! A three-mile stretch of golden sand means that there is plenty of room for everyone to enjoy this natural wonder, particularly your four-legged friend.

Restrictions: Zonal restrictions apply between 1st April and the first Monday in November. Dogs must be on a lead from the stream to Mill Rock but no lead is required in the other direction.

6. Hele Bay

On the outskirts of the popular seaside town of Ilfracombe in North Devon, Hele Bay is the ideal beach for those who like a little peace and quiet. Dogs will love a paddle in the safety of the many rock pools that line the beach.

Restrictions: Dogs welcome all year round

7. Instow

At Instow beach, you’ll find sand dunes and a small stretch of sand on the banks of the River Torridge that offer spectacular views across the estuary to Appledore and beyond. Dogs will love running around on the sand dunes here.

Restrictions: Dogs welcome all year round

8. Rockham Beach

This small pebble and sand beach is popular with walkers who are looking for a break after a walk on the South West Coast Path. Dogs will love the wide variety of landscapes that are found on this beach.

Restrictions: Dogs welcome all year round

9. Wild Pear Beach

This little-known beach near Combe Martin delights all that visit it. A mix of rocks and sand awaits those who make the trip to the beach with dogs sure to love the peace and quiet of this tranquil location.

Restrictions: Dogs welcome all year round

10. Soar Mill Cove

One of the most picturesque beaches in the region is accessed by a mile long walk along the South West Coast Path but is well worth the effort to see the beauty of this small sandy cove. Dogs will love both the walk to the beach and playing on the sand.

Restrictions: Dogs welcome all year round

11. Beesands Beach

A mile-long stretch of shingle beach in South Devon, Beesands beach has stunning views of the surrounding peninsula, with views of cliffs and hills all around. Dogs will love splashing about in the calm waters of this beach.

Restrictions: Dogs welcome all year round

12. Ness Cove Beach

Uniquely accessed through a tunnel, this is one of the most secluded and picturesque beaches in the county. Dramatic red cliffs back the beach which gently slopes into the sea. Your pooch will love the running in and out of the tunnel at this unique location.

Restrictions: Dogs welcome all year round

13. Salcombe

Salcombe has two beaches both equally as beautiful as each other in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The beach is completely submerged at high tide but Salcombe is such a pretty village that there is plenty to see in the area. Both you and dog will love exploring the surrounding area in this beauty spot.

Restrictions: Dogs welcome all year round

14. Blackpool Sands

This privately owned beach has won several awards over the past few years. The beach’s turquoise waters give it a Mediterranean feel, a treat to visit all year round. Dogs will love splashing in the clear water on this beach.

Restrictions: Dogs not allowed on the beach between 1st March and the end of autumn half term

15. Exmouth Beach

Exmouth beach is a long sandy arc with dramatic views of the surrounding coastline. Wander along from Exmouth harbour and enjoy this wonderful two-mile stretch of sandy beach. Your four-legged friend will love long walks along this beach.

Restrictions: Dogs banned between 1st May and 30th September.

16. Wembury Beach

Flanked by rock pools either side, Wembury beach is popular with visitors due to the large expanse of sand that is revealed at low tide. Parking is limited at the beach but why not take a relaxing stroll along the South West Coast Path to reach it? The beach is perfect for a day out with your dog on the South Devon coast.

Restrictions: Dogs banned between 1st May and 30th September.

17. Dawlish Warren

Dawlish Warren beach has the feel of a traditional British seaside location with amusements, shops and ice cream stalls lining the beach. Our four-legged friends will be more interested in the miles of soft golden sand on the beach.

Restrictions: Limited access between 1st April and 30th September.

18. Bantham Beach

Bantham Beach is one of the largest stretches of sandy beach in the county that has beautiful views across the estuary to Bigbury-On-Sea. Rock-pools and sand dunes are found at Bantham Beach making it one of the most complete beaches in Devon. Dogs will love exploring the rock pools and dunes on this beach.

Restrictions: Dogs banned of the main beach between 1st May and 30th September.

19. Strete Gate Beach

Located the start of a coastal spit, Strete Gate Beach is a wide open, shingle beach that dogs will love playing a game of fetch on. The coastal spit is the perfect destination for a long coastal walk in Devon with your four-legged friend.

Restrictions: Dogs welcome all year round

20. East Portlemouth

Nestled on the banks of Salcombe Harbour this pleasant village boasts a stretch of sandy beach that welcomes dogs all year round. A ferry is available across to Salcombe so you experience more than one of Devon’s great beaches in a day. Dogs will love running about on this quiet beach.

Restrictions: Dogs welcome all year round

We have a fantastic range of dog-friendly accommodation available in Devon, including cottages, to ensure that your four-legged friend has a cosy break too. For more great coastal ideas, check out our guide to the beaches in Devon and don’t forget to check the dog restrictions for individual beaches before you visit to avoid disappointment.


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