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10 Dog-Friendly things to do in Devon in August.

10 Dog-Friendly things to do in Devon in August.

10 Dog-Friendly things to do in Devon in August 2021. 

With the summer holidays in full swing, August is a busy month here in Devon with lots of dog-friendly activities and places to visit. We have gathered together a few ideas to make the most of your time here.

1. Woofstock UK 

Let's kick off our list with the brilliant award-winning Woofstock UK- an event like no other held in beautiful Dartmouth from Friday 5th August until Sunday 8th August. 

Back for its 6th year, this is a festival for all things dog. Loads for the family to get involved with from fun dog shows, displays and demonstrations, a wealth of dog-related stalls, and with live music, food, and drink galore what is there not to like. You can make a weekend of it too with a variety of camping packages offered.

Set in 25 acres the location is spectacular and situated just outside the town of Dartmouth at Oldstone Farm, Blackawton Devon TQ9 7DG. It is easy to find with ample free parking on site. Check out their website for full details: https://www.woofstockuk.co.uk/

 2. Devon Dog-Friendly Beaches

Here at Cooper and Kitty, we love our time spent at the beach and here in Devon, we are spoilt for choice. Check out our top dog-friendly beaches in Devon- including award-winning and Blue Flag beaches. Many of these beaches you can visit all year round and others may have some seasonal restrictions. 

North Devon

Woolacombe 

A three-mile stretch of golden sand makes this award-winning beach a favourite spot for families. Plenty of space for both the kids and dogs. 

Restrictions: Dogs are welcome all year on certain parts of the beach.

Saunton Sands. 

Saunton Beach in North Devon is a popular surfing beach. It is 3 and a half-mile stretch of golden sands backed by dunes perfect for the family and dog walking.

Restrictions: Dogs are welcome all year on certain parts of the beach.

 

Putsborough. 

One of the finest beaches in the South West. Due to its location on the south side of Woolacombe and away from the hotels and cafes it is usually quieter.

Restrictions: Dogs banned below the beach shop from 1st April to 31st October. North of the shop, dogs are welcome all year round.

Westward Ho

Westward Ho! is a popular family beach. It is a long sandy beach backed by a pebble ridge with Northam Burrows Country Park accessible at one end this beach offers both beach and nature reserve in one visit. 

Restrictions: Dogs welcome at the north end of the beach all year, restrictions apply in the south during the summer months.

 

South Devon

Bantham

A favourite spot for surfers and bodyboarders. With its beautiful views across the estuary to Bigbury-on-Sea and lots of rock pools and dunes to explore it's a great day out. 

RestrictionsDogs banned on the main beach between 1st May and 30th September however they are welcome on the estuary side all year round.

Wembury Beach

As parking can be a little restricted in the season here you could opt to take a walk on the coast path to get to the wonderful Wembury Beach. With a large expanse of beach exposed at low tide and with rock pools on either side it is a popular choice.

Restrictions: Dogs are welcome all year round to the west of the main beach.

Exmouth

Exmouth is a great bucket and spade beach with its wonderful two-mile stretch of sandy beach. There are dramatic views of the surrounding countryside and with lots of rock pools to explore it's a great family day out. 

Restrictions: Dogs are welcome all year on parts of the beach, but are banned between 1st May and 30th September on the main beach.

 

Dawlish Warren

Dawlish Warren is a beautiful Blue Flag family beach resort at the mouth of the Exe Estuary, near Exeter and Dawlish in South Devon. It has a traditional seaside resort feel with amusements and cafes as well as a nature reserve to explore. Get a water taxi over to Exmouth and explore the Jurassic coastline.

RestrictionsDogs are allowed all year round between groyne 3 and 9. Dogs are banned beyond groyne 9. Up to groyne 3 dogs are not permitted from 1 April to 31 September. 

 

 3. Visit Haldon Forest Park.

With its 3500 acres of woodland and just 15 minutes from Exeter, there's a range of walking and cycling trails to suit all abilities. Perfect dog walking terrain. 

 https://www.forestryengland.uk/haldon-forest-park

 

4. Becky Falls- Newton Abbot.

You cannot visit Devon without experiencing Dartmoor's famous Becky Falls. Set within a spectacular ancient valley, Dartmoor’s Becky Falls- a stunning waterfall with its dramatic 70ft drop has been attracting visitors since 1903. With over 50 acres of woodland and streams, there are trail walks to suit everybody. Dogs on leads welcome. 

 

5. Teign Gorge Walk 

One of our favourite dogs walks here at Cooper and Kitty in the beautiful Teign Valley. Start from either Fingle Bridge or Castle Drogo and follow the Hunters Path to get the chance to spot lots of wildlife and amazing views. Also a great spot for wild swimming in the long river pool in woods beneath Castle Drogo. 

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-drogo/trails/teign-gorge-classic-circuit

Fingle Bridge in Devon. Great dog-friendly spot.

 

 6. Dartmoor

Explore some of the 386 square miles that make up Dartmoor with your four-legged friends. With miles of open spaces and a host of trails and walks over hills and tors or easier circular flat walks, you should be able to find a walk that suits. 

Please note, dogs must be on a lead between 1st March – 31st July to protect ground-nesting birds and newborn lambs/foals/calves.

https://visitdartmoor.co.uk/things-to-do/with-your-dog

 

7. Geocaching Devon. 

Fancy taking part in a real-world outdoor treasure hunt....then give geocaching a go. It's a fantastic way for the whole family, including the dog, to enjoy the great outdoors and makes a good walk even better!

Use the official Geocache website - www.geocaching.com for details. 

 

8.South Devon Railway 

Take a dog-friendly train ride from Totnes to Buckfastleigh on the fringes of Dartmoor. A beautiful and picturesque 14-mile return steam train journey along the pretty valley of the River Dart. https://www.southdevonrailway.co.uk/

 

9. South West Coast Path

The South West Coast Path is now Britain's longest National Trail, stretching over 600 miles in total. The Devon part of this path runs for approx 90 miles in the North and115 miles in the South. These walking trails boast some of the most spectacular landscape to be found anywhere in the UK. 

Visit www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk to find out all about this amazing trail. 

 

10. Tarka Trail

The Tarka Trail is a 180-mile traffic-free walking and cycling path and is ideal for families. The trail makes use of a disused railway track in the beautiful North Devon Countryside. Something for everyone- beautiful beaches, wooded valleys, and spectacular moorland views of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Lots of exploring for you and your dog. 

https://tarkatrail.org.uk/

 

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