dog friendly beaches in devon

Let’s face it, we all love to visit the beach during our holiday, and your family dog is no exception! The beach offers vast expanses of sand to play fetch on, places to dig, and the sea is ideal for a little doggy paddle.

Best of all, they are available year round and the majority of them are free! Here is our run down of the best dog friendly beaches in Devon!

Top Five Dog Friendly Beaches in North Devon!

1) Putsborough Sands
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Set in a picturesque location between Croyde and Woolacombe on the North Devon coast you will find the wide Putsborough Sands beach. One half of this sandy beach does have a restriction at times during the year for the benefit of families and surfers. However, the other half of the beach has plenty of space for your four-legged friend to run amok and tire themselves (and you) out.

Restrictions – Good dogs welcome all year round, however dogs are banned in selected areas from 1st April to 31st October.

Facilities – Toilets and showers, lifeguards in summer, cafes and shops nearby, close parking.

2) Saunton Sands

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Located just around the coast from Putsborough is the far-reaching Saunton Sands beach. The three and a half miles of sand that is found here are extremely popular with those looking for a refreshing amble and your pooch will love sniffing around here and plunging into the water. There are dunes that back the beach that are great for chasing sticks and balls or a little game of hide and seek!

Restrictions – Good dogs welcome all year round south of the red dog bin in Zone C.

Facilities – Toilets and showers, lifeguards in summer, cafes and shops nearby, close parking.

3). Westward Ho!  
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The resort town of Westward Ho! is a favourite for dog-walkers as the two mile sandy beach is extremely accessible, and for the majority of the year is entirely dog-friendly. At the northern end of the beach you’ll find large rocks to climb over, a pathway around the edge of the golf course, and an informative visitor centre. The beach is also backed by a large area of grassland, but be aware of lead restrictions when there is livestock grazing.

Restrictions – Good dogs welcome all year round at north end, restrictions enforced at southern end during summer months.

Facilities – Toilets and showers, lifeguards in summer, cafes and shops nearby, close parking.

4). Croyde
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Croyde is a small bay found between Saunton Sands and Woolacombe and while it is not dog friendly for the whole year, it is still a great place to visit during the spring, autumn, and winter months. Croyde is a sandy beach backed by dunes so our advice is to take a ball or find a stick and enjoy a run around. Baggy point is also found close to the beach, a stunning location owned by the national trust, follow the path here and indulge in the spectacular views across the sea.

Restrictions – Dogs not permitted May to September

Facilities – Toilets and showers, lifeguards in summer, cafes and shops nearby, close parking.

5). Woolacombe
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Woolacombe is constantly being voted as one of the top beaches in the UK, in part due to this three-mile long stretch of golden sand has winning both the blue flag and Premier Seaside Beach awards for its cleanliness, water quality and facilities. The sand here is ideal for running about, and there are rock pools to cool you paws off, or take a dip in the sea!

Restrictions – Dogs are not allowed between the rocks at the north end of the beach and the stream from Good Friday or 1st April (whichever is earliest) until the first Monday in November. They must be on leads from the stream to Mill Rock from the same dates but may be exercised without restriction from Mill Rock onwards.

Facilities – Toilets and showers, lifeguards in summer, cafes and shops nearby, close parking.

Top Five  Dog Friendly Beaches in South Devon!

1). Soar Mill Cove

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At the other end of the county, near the seaside town of Salcombe, you’ll find the pretty Soar Mill Cove beach. This sandy cove is the perfect place for fun, games, and swimming after a short stint along the South West Coast Path or for exploring the small rock pools nestling at either end of the beach.

Restrictions – Good dogs welcome all year round!

Facilities – Parking nearby.

2). Beesands Beach

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Situated near the South Devon town of Kingsbridge is Beesands Beach. As you stroll along this shingle beach you will be able to watch the boats roll in with the catch of the day and find a new favourite stick nestling among the rocks on the beach. Allowing dogs for the entire year, Beesands beach is a mile in length and backed by fields so there is plenty of space to stretch legs.

Restrictions – Good dogs welcome all year round!

Facilities – Toilets and showers, cafes and shops nearby, close parking.

3). Ness Cove Beach

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You will find Ness Cove beach at the foot of the Ness Headland and is accessed through an original Smugglers tunnel. The shingle beach gradually slopes down to the water and is generally quiet as it is away from the main estuary beach front in Shaldon. Due to the tunnel and steps, access is limited so please bear this in mind.

Restrictions – Good dogs welcome all year round!

Facilities – Toilets and showers, cafes and shops nearby, close parking.

4). Salcombe North Sands Beach
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North Sands beach in Salcombe nestles between two headlands and sits in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The South West Coast Path is nearby and so the beach can be a great stop off point during a longer walk. The large sandy area is perfect for families to run around while the tide is out, but be aware that the beach is totally submerged at high tide.

Restrictions – Good dogs welcome all year round!

Facilities – Toilets and showers, cafes and shops nearby, close parking.

5). Blackpool Sands Beach
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Blackpool Sands beach is a gem on the southern coast of Devon and is an award-winning privately managed ‘Blue Flag’ family beach with glistening blue water. Although the beach has strict restrictions in place during the summer, from November – March, Blackpool Sands is popular with dog owners due to the magnificent beauty of the area and different nooks and crannies to explore!

Restrictions – Dogs are banned from the 1st March to the end of the Autumn half term

Facilities – Toilets and showers, lifeguards in summer, cafes and shops nearby, close parking.

If you need a comfortable place to lie down after all that running around on the best dog friendly beaches in Devon, look no further than at our fantastic selection of dog friendly holiday cottages in Devon.

For places to quench your thirst, check out our blog about great dog friendly pubs in Devon.

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