Here is our guide to the very best dog-friendly beaches in Devon, open year-round to your furry friend, where you will both be able to enjoy seaside fun on some of the best beaches the UK has to offer…
With around 100-miles of fabulous coastline, there are more than 33 dog-friendly beaches in Devon, some where you can walk your dog on the beach year-round. Many of the beaches are long and sandy with a backdrop of stunning cliffs, others are delightful coves where your dog can enjoy running free, playing catch and dashing in and out of the sea. Whilst some beaches have sections of the beach that are dog-free in the summer months, we feature five of our favourite all year-round dog-friendly beaches where you will find our best PetsPyjamas’ dog-friendly cottages and hotels in Devon.
Salcombe North Sands Beach, Salcombe
In an Area of Outstanding Beauty, North Sands dog-friendly beach is situated between two gorgeous headlands with the South West Coast Path close by. With a great section of sandy beach there is plenty of space for you and your dog to run around when the tide is out. There is a nearby car park as well as dog-friendly cafés and shops close by. And after you have enjoyed time on the beach, pop along to the charming town of Salcombe for a well-deserved cream tea.
Babbacombe Bay, Babbacombe
Another lovely dog-friendly beach, a mix of sand and shingle, near Torquay. A gorgeous little cove – it is backed by thick wooded cliffs dotted with little houses and above it lies one of PetsPyjamas’ favourite dog-friendly hotels, The Cary Arms. There are fabulous coastal walks along the cliffs to Babbacombe itself or enjoy time on the little sheltered beach where your dog is free to run and play and can swim in the sea year-round.
Slapton Sands, Slapton
Close to Kingsbridge in South Devon, Slapton Sands is a mainly shingle beach, the beach is nevertheless enormous and is backed by Slapton Ley – a freshwater lake. You can access this dog-friendly beach from the car park at Torcross or from the car parks near Strete Gate Beach or the central monument. A lovely year-round dog-friendly beach with a three-mile walking route to enjoy – it also has plenty of history attached as the beach was used for rehearsals for the D-Day invasion.
Thurlestone Beach, Kingsbridge
About eight miles from Salcombe is the lovely unspoilt beach of Thurlestone. Its wonderful clear water has won this dog-friendly beach a Marine Conservation award and because the beach shelves very gradually it is particularly popular with families and coastal canines that enjoy a dip in the sea. There is a lovely walk that leads all the way to Bantham and we also suggest popping into the Beach House at South Milton where you can enjoy delicious dressed crab or mussels with Fido by your side.
Beesands Beach, Salcombe
Another lovely South Devon beach near to Kingsbridge is Beesands – a long pebble beach looking out over Start Bay where your furry friend is free to run year-round. Parking is right by this delightful dog-friendly beach and with a mile-long beach backed by fields and a freshwater lake, this is unspoilt Devon at its best. You can also watch the fishing boats come in with the catch of the day. Sample some yourself at the dog-friendly Britannia Beach Café for a catch of the day lunch or a Devon cream tea.
Explore our best dog-friendly accommodation in Devon below:
Dog-friendly Cottages in Ashburton
Dog-friendly Cottages in Bideford
Dog-friendly Cottages in Hartland
Dog-friendly Cottages in Holsworthy
Dog-friendly Cottages in Paignton
Dog-friendly Cottages in Torquay