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The Quay Harbour and Larkstone Beach

  • Ilfracombe, Devon EX34 9QG

In the shadow of the recently installed Damien Hirst installation Verity (an eye-grabbing 66-feet-high brass statue of a pregnant woman, spearing the North Devon sky with a sword held aloft in her other), you will find Ilfracombe’s lovely little fishing harbour, as traditional as Verity is modern.

Depending on how high the tide is, you can walk your dog across the sands of Quay Beach, with stranded boats and old lobster pots providing plenty of interesting sights and smells for your buddy to run around and investigate. At low tide you can then continue out through the heads of the harbour and onto Larkstone Beach, where the landscape opens up beautifully and your dog will be able to properly stretch its legs. All around the harbour you will find dog-friendly pubs and cafés, and on the hill behind, the Larkstone Café and Leisure Park, with six acres of gardens with sea views, is open to dog owners year round.

Beach type: Sand

Dog information: No restrictions. Year-round off-lead access.

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