Dog Friendly Beaches
Devon, Cornwall and Somerset are brilliant places to bring dogs on holiday. They will love the wide open spaces and long stretches of sand where they can run free. The coast path offers miles of opportunities for walks too, whilst many beaches have no restrictions during the season. Most beaches will allow dogs during the off-season or outside of the busiest times. Naturally there are restrictions on some beaches, such as Crooklets beach in Bude, but it is possible to walk your dog on the nearby Summerleaze beach before 10 am and after 6pm, and there are miles and miles of empty sands to walk on at low tide either side of it where there are no restrictions whatsoever. Some beaches, like Westward Ho! are zoned and signed very clearly so you won’t make a mistake.
Other beaches, like Instow, Saunton, Putsborough Sands and Holywell Bay in Cornwall are unrestricted.
So the message is to check before you bring the dog. But in general, the less touristy the beach, the more likely your dog will be able to enjoy a jolly good run among the dunes. If you are staying in a dog-friendly holiday cottage then it may be perfectly possible to ask the owners (or us) about the best places to walk the dog. Just ask us!
Finally, being a dog owner also brings responsibility. So we recommend keeping a dog on a lead at all times when there are livestock or young children.
Enjoy your holiday.