North Devon Dog Friendly Days Out

North Devon Dog Friendly Days Out
Woof! I’m Ruby and live at Millbrook Estate with my humans! When I’m not going for a swim in the lake at Millbrook, I like to explore North Devon with my favourite human Louie. There’s so much for us dogs to do, but I only had room for 10 of my favourite North Devon Dog Friendly Days Out.

1. Saunton Sands Beach

Saunton is dog friendly 365 days of the year, there is a zoning system which means dogs have to be on leads for the very first part of the beach but after that there is lots of open space for running and swimming! I especially love it when my humans visit Squires Fish and Chip shop on the way to Saunton as sometimes there is a spare chip for me!

Saunton Sands

2. Exmoor National Park - Tarr Steps

A doggy paradise right on our doorstep! Explore 700 miles of footpaths and bridle ways including waterfalls and rivers. My favourite is Tarr Steps which has plenty of opportunities for a swim, with a shorter circular route or longer route into Withypool village, with tea rooms for the humans too!

Tarr Steps

3. Tarka Trail

The Tarka Trail is a 180-mile route exploring the North Devon countryside, beautiful beaches and seaside towns. There are also lots of great café and pub stops on the way including Fremington Quay which is my next favourite spot! Find out more at

Tarka Trail

4. Fremington Quay Cafe

Fremington Quay Cafe is the perfect spot for a well-earned break after a walk along the Tarka Trail, with a car park and facilities it's also a great place to start your walk. Although dogs can't go inside the cafe, there are lots of picnic benches and grassy areas for us to rest our legs before we head off again.

Fremington Quay

5. South West Coast Path Bideford to Appledore

There's nothing better than a long walk (followed by a long snooze!), the South West Coastal Path has lots of great walks but my favourite place to start is Bideford,walking along the coastal path to Appledore, where if my humans aren't too tired we can carry onto the beach at Westward Ho! for a quick swim.

South West Coast Path

6. Woolacombe Beach

North Devon's Award-Winning Beach! Woolacombe Beach is 3-mile stretch of sandy beach, perfect for a family day out including your four-legged family members. The beach is sectioned into zones, and dogs are welcome in Zone A from October to Easter, Zone B on leads from May-September, and Zone c with no restrictions...but that's ok as it's quieter the further down the beach which means more space for digging holes!

Woolacombe Beach

7. The Boathouse at Instow

Sandy paws are welcome at The Boathouse in Instow, with its rooftop deck looking out over the beach it's the perfect spot for a view of the beach whilst enjoying a pint of local beer, and some lunch.

The Boat House Instow

8. Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway

Dogs are welcome to take their humans for a ride on the Cliff Railway, a great way to explore the twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth. Doggy friends must be on leads and remain in the carriage at all times.

Lynton and Lynmouth Railway

9. Arlington Court

Arlington Court is a National Trust estate, which is a great day out for dogs (and humans too!). There are woodland walks, Victorian gardens, and bridleways to explore, as well as National Trust marked-out walks with different lengths and difficulties. Furry friends do need to be on leads in certain parts of the Estate so we recommend reading more here before visiting;

Arlington Court North Devon

10. Heddon Valley and the Hunters Inn

The Hunters Inn is another great dog friendly pub in the heart of Heddon Valley, a traditional country inn serving locally sourced produce. The Hunters Inn is starting point for great walks including coastal paths and woodland trails.
Heddon Valley Website | Hunters Inn Website

Heddon Valley

Have fun exploring North Devon. Warm Woofs, Ruby 🐾

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