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

Beautiful dog-friendly walks along North Devon’s sandy beaches

There’s plenty of room for dogs on North Devon’s beaches. 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 by their owner.

Woolacoombe beach
Woolacoombe Beach

Thousands more Brits are taking staycations, weekend breaks, and day trips to our fabulous coastal regions. When it’s sunny this is causing even more local traffic headaches than the normally busy holiday season traffic and some beaches and their car parks are becoming full by mid-morning and being closed for public safety. Other areas are imposing pre-paid car parks to avoid beach overcrowding.

It is advisable to check all local social media before making special trips to avoid disappointment.

Beaches may have special banning notices on the day. Check for these on arrival.

Take short and long dog leads and muzzles. Dogs become unpredictable in busy areas, can suddenly bolt, become anxious, and even nip people being totally out of character. If you see your dog becoming stressed it’s best to move to a less crowded area or another beach.


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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.

Rubbish Don’t forget to clear up your rubbish and dispose of carefully when you leave including dog poo. It’s your responsibility and you can be fined.

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.

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.

Beach Forecasts and Tides Check forecasts and local tides before travelling to any beach. Dog walks are always best about two hours after high tides when the sea is retreating and starts exposing glorious sandy beaches. This will provides hours of low tide beach to enjoy together.

Visit Early Morning Or Evening visits are ideal first thing in the morning before crowds start to arrive and after families have gone home early evening for dog walks on beaches.

Natural Trail An alternative to a very busy day on the beach can be to pick up part of the trail that snakes around the coastal headlands overlooking Devon beaches. Read more about The South West Coast Path.

Tips Biggest doggie tips are to remember to take lots of fresh water and a collapsible bowl for your thirsty dog onto the beach to drink and old towels to clean off the sand before going home.

Sun Shade Provide sun shade for your dog as they too can suffer from sunburn.

Hot sand not only burns your feet but dogs paws. Ensure your pet has room to sit and lie off the sand on old blankets or rugs under shade.

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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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