Top tips for a 'Pawtastic' Devon holiday

Published: Monday 29th Aug 2016

Written by: Sarah Dullaghan

We are probably biased but we always think Devon is a fantastic place to visit, whatever the season. But we are sure you’ll agree that North Devon is also a ‘pawtastic’ place to bring your four-legged friends. You will definitely be surprised by how many local attractions, cafes, restaurants and pubs warmly welcome your dogs.

As over half our Marsdens cottages take dogs, many have enclosed gardens and some provide extra ‘doggy’ treats in your arrival pack, there really is no excuse not to treat your four-legged friend to a well-deserved break too.

So, here is the first of our suggestions this week for a ‘Pawtastic’ break in Devon and Exmoor: 

#1. Award Winning Beaches

Obviously, the star attraction of any visit to North Devon is the beach. You really are spoilt for choice but did you realise that many are pet friendly beaches too.

Dogs are welcome on the award winning beaches of Woolacombe and Putsborough. There are restrictions in place over the summer but you’ll still find there is plenty of space for your pooch to enjoy a good run (and paddle). And, on Barricane Beach, a lovely secluded sheltered cove, hidden between Woolacombe and Combesgate, bring your four-legged friend and enjoy a delicious home-made Sri-Lankan curry served from the beach café whilst the sun sets.

The popular beach at Croyde is also an ideal spot in Autumn and early Spring to let your pooch off the lead for a good run – (as Dogs are not welcome between May and September). However, an enjoyable walk in this area, at any time of the year is a gentle saunter up and around Baggy point to view some of the most amazing views in North Devon.

Saunton Sands offers three and half miles of glorious sands and dunes a, all year around as the clever zoning system means that your dog will only be on a lead for the first five minutes of your walk.

Dogs are also welcome all year round at Hele Bay, a lovely cove, just outside Ilfracombe.

And of course, when you have had enough frolicking on the sands, there are miles and miles of coastal paths to explore.

Why not check out our great range of dog friendly cottages HERE to discover the 'Pawfect' property for you and your four-legged friends?

Jinx ”Jinx”

Sarah Dullaghan



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