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Clovelly is a small resort in North Devon, facing north eastwards towards the western limit of the Bristol Channel and the Atlantic Ocean flanked by spectacular high cliffs.
Clovelly is a quaint 14th century traditional North Devon fishing village with original timber-framed houses and cobbled paved ways leading down to the harbour. It has been in private hands for more than 300 hundred years and continues today.
The beach is mainly shingle with patches of sand flanked by the stunning vegetation and cliffs surrounding this region and a great tourist destination for the family. Clovelly maintains restrictions on visiting in order to keep this unique area and charges for access. There is no car access to the beach, where visitors must park cars and walk about 400 yards down the hill. There are hotel and pub facilities and shops to visit.
Clovelly Beach is a dog-friendly all year round beach.
Hartland Quay is positioned on the other side of the headland from Clovelly Beach, with a stunning rocky cliff backdrop.
Hartland Hotel and pub is perched upon the cliff overlooking the beach and 16th-century quay and provides breathtaking views of the beach and out to sea with a live-cam. There is easy access to car parks available.
Currently, there is a dog walking ban in place on the beach, but do check the Visit Devon website for information lifting this.
The beach is smaller, a mixture of shingle, rocks and patches of sand flanked by the cliffs.
There’s room for dogs on North Devon’s beaches, but with restrictions differing between the areas of the beaches starting from Easter time. Visit Devon provide a list of the North Devon dog-friendly beaches with dates and it’s wise to double-check these dates before making a special journey.
If you’re planning to stay in the area, then Sykes Holidays holiday cottages rentals offer a number of holiday lets in a variety of quality and differing dog-friendly properties at Clovelly and at Hartland but these do get booked very quickly. There’s a range of modern and traditional properties, some close to the coastline.
There is a pet veterinary practice available near by at Hartland and about 11 miles away at Bideford.
Before you travel you may like to use our useful guides particularly if you are a new pet owner.
Biggest doggie tips are to remember to take lots of fresh water and a collapsible bowl for your thirsty dog and old towels to clean off the sand before going home! Don’t forget to clear up your rubbish and dispose of carefully when you leave. Take a short and long lead and consider using a muzzle on busy beaches if you think you’re dog needs this.
Prices and information correct at time of writing. Images courtesy Visit Devon
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