Dog Walks – North Devon – England

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North Devon Dog-Friendly Beaches

Clovelly Hartland Quay Beaches

Croyde – Saunton Sands – Westward Ho! Beaches

Woolacoombe – Putsborough – Barricane – Coombe Martin Beaches

There’s room for dogs on North Devon’s beaches, but dog walking restrictions are in place particularly for the more popular beaches, differing between beaches, starting from Easter time each year.

What are the all-year-round popular dog-friendly beaches in North Devon?

Saunton Sands – owners are asked to keep their pets on leads in front of the beach hut area at the start of the beach.

Clovelly Beach

Woolacombe – Zone C

What beaches are restricted to dogs from 1st May – 31st September?

Combe Martin – Dogs are banned

Croyde – Dogs are banned


Westward Ho! – Must be walked northern end of beach, to the right of the Pebble Ridge.

Barricane – Dogs must be kept on leads

Woolcombe – Zone B Dogs to be kept on leads

What beaches are restricted to dogs between 1st April and 1st November?

Lee Bay

Woolacombe – Zone A

What beaches are restricted to dogs from Easter to 1 November?

Putsborough Beach – Far left of the beach only

What beaches are banned for dog walks all year?

Woody Bay – All out ban

Hartland Quay Beach – Temporary ban

Other beaches where there are no bans in place for dogs 365 days a year

Wildersmouth, Ilfracombe, Other Ilfracombe (The Cove, Raparee, Larkstone, Cheyne), Watermouth, Hele Bay, Lee Bay, Crow Point, Rockham, Wild Pear, Lynmouth, Mortehoe.

Assistance dogs are always welcome accompanied with their owner.

Woolacoombe beach
Woolacoombe Beach
  • If you’re travelling making a special journey, do check local social media that beaches are operating for dog-walking before leaving.
  • Signs are visible at all beaches stating what the restrictions may / or may not be.
  • Take a lead, both long and short with you and a muzzle to use can be useful when walking on more popular beach areas.
  • Check the RNLI local pages for beach and tide safety.

Holidaying 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 across North Devon as do Rural Retreats.

Vets There are ample veterinary practices along the North Devon coast in case of any emergency including locations of practices at the towns of Bideford and Barnstaple.

Tips 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.

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Read more about dog-friendly beaches in North Devon

Clovelly – Hartland Quay

Croyde Beach – Saunton Sands – Westward Ho!

Coombe Martin – Barricane Beach – Woolacombe – Putsborough Beach

Prices and information correct at time of writing. Beach images courtesy Visit Devon

Prices and information correct at time of writing. Images courtesy Visit Devon

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