Dogs love Devon just as much as their two-legged companions because there is so much to see and do. Above everything else, the walking opportunities are endless!
Whether with a sociable pooch or one that prefers to explore off the beaten track, the range of moorland, country footpaths and beaches are sure to keep all ages and species amused.
Dartmoor is a great choice of destination when holidaying with the dog because there are so many places where they are genuinely welcome. In fact, dogs are part of the make-up of the moor, whether working dogs meeting for the autumn hunt or rounding up the curious looking moorland sheep, or local pets that are part of the furniture in pub, post office and village shop.
The vast open spaces of Dartmoor as well as the woodland and secluded villages are a veritable playground for dogs. By following a few common sense rules, such as keeping them on a lead when near traffic and livestock, there is many an hour’s walking to be enjoyed.
When legs start aching or if the weather closes in, head to one of the Dartmoor pubs that welcome dogs and let them doze in front of the fire or play in the river while you relax over a meal or a pint of local ale.
Some great examples of dog-friendly pubs in the area include the Warren House Inn, the highest on Dartmoor and reputedly the third highest in England! The Rugglestone Inn in Widecombe-in-the-Moor is an ideal stop-off after a trip to Haytor, a must while on Dartmoor. Further north, the Fingle Bridge Inn near Drewsteignton is right on the river and has some great walking and paddling spots around.
During the autumn and winter months the majority of beaches in Devon allow dogs and even during peak season restrictions, there are many that are still accessible or are only partly restricted. There are also many rivers and streams, both on the moor and towards the coast, that can be an equally fun alternative to paddling and stick-catching in the sea.
Some of the south Devon beaches such as Ness Cove at Shaldon are dog-friendly all year round and, for an extra sense of anticipation, this one is accessed via a smugglers tunnel where the crashing waves echo up to meet you.
Dog friendly hotels in Devon vary from exclusive country houses to friendly local inns. The White Hart Hotel in Moretonhampstead for example is a dog-friendly hotel in Devon and a great base for exploring the area.