We’re sure you’ll agree; your dog is a part of your family, and an important one at that! So why would you want to leave them behind when you go on holiday? Having your dog with you can make your holiday just that little bit more special; from getting to explore the local area on dog walks, to being able to cosy up and relax with them in the evening.
While having your pet with you can make your holiday, it can also take a fair amount of research to make sure you know where your four legged friend is welcome, so they have the best holiday too. Luckily, we’ve done all the work for you.
Here is our rundown of the best dog-friendly activities, in the Devon area, for 2019. Weather you’re going on holiday as a young group of friends, a retired couple, or a family, there’s so much to do in the South you’re bound to find the perfect activities for you, and your dog! Just make sure you dog-ear this page, so you can come back to it when you’re on holiday!
1 Beautiful walks for all ages
Whatever size or age your dog, they’re going to want to go on numerous walks while on holiday. So why not take the opportunity to experience the glorious Devon countryside and coastal views while you’re at it.
Devon is essentially made up of miles and miles of walks and trails, no matter where you’re staying, it’s a guarantee that you won’t be far from a famed walk where your dog can roam with excitement. Our favourite places to walk are the South West Coast Path and the incredible National Parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor.
2 Picturesque Beaches
One of the greatest things to watch is your dog play and jump in the waves of the sea. It’s one of the most joyful sights you can experience, even getting caught in the crossfire of their shake off after isn’t bad. Devon is well known for having some of the most picturesque beaches in the world, let alone the UK!
Every beach has its own regulations when it comes to dogs (some allow total freedom, while others request they stay on leads), but rest assured that in some way, dogs are allowed on basically every beach in Devon. Any restrictions will be clearly outlined, just keep an eye out and enjoy!
3 Exciting ways to get around
The great thing about everything being so close together in Devon is that there are plenty of unusual and exciting ways to get around, rather than just the car. The most famous of these unique modes of transport is the steam train, there are so many different railways to choose from in Devon and the best part is, all of them are happy to let dogs on board. Just think, if your dog gets excited getting in the car, how much will they love watching the countryside fly by in a train? All you’ll have to do is sit back and enjoy your journey.
4 Historical Attractions
Devon is a country steeped in history, you can’t visit here without taking in some of the incredible stories, myths, legends that have been passed down through the generations. You don’t need to leave your dog at home to experience the many attractions Devon has to offer. Many places, such as the beautiful National Trust houses, have lots of out-door space and warmly welcome dogs. Some even sell home-made dog biscuits in their cafes, which they can enjoy while you tuck into a cream tea and soak up the Devon culture.
5 Michelin Star Worthy Food and Drink
After you’ve completed everything above, you’re going to want to re-fuel! Sometimes though, the places that served the ‘best’ food are reserved for humans only. Luckily, there are loads of pubs in Devon that embrace dogs, and also serve food that you could easily find on the menu of a 5 star restaurant. Pretty much all of them say on their website if dogs are welcome, so just have a quick check first so you’re not disappointed.
A holiday in Devon is probably one of the most dog friendly places your can go, you won’t want to leave at the end and nor will your dog!
Why not check out our list of dog friendly Devon holiday cottages. We’ve got a huge range of beautiful places to stay that we’re sure you, and your dog, will love like it’s your own home.