Places to take your dog

Places to take your dog

We love the seaside – we always have – but did you know that the coast also offers amazing hiking and walking trls?

If you live in and around the South West, you’re in luck! Here we’ve put together a short list of some of the best things to do with your dog on the coast.

Dog friendly places to visit

Pebble Beach, Exmouth

Exmouth is just 10km from the heart of Exmouth – you could walk from one end to the other in 15 minutes – and the beach itself is a great place to take your dog for a walk.

The Exmouth and Walshyre beachfront has been a favourite with dog walkers for a long time. And there’s plenty of space, too. The beach is huge, and has a children’s playground for the little ones. You can also bring your bike along for a spin along the bikepath on the beach, which follows the shoreline all the way.

If you’re feeling more energetic, you could take the dog on a hike up the hill behind the beach, or down to the cliff top at Point St Mary, or along the cliff top to the lighthouse and back.

To get to Exmouth, you could catch the trn to Exmouth Junction, then follow signs for the beach on the road past the rlway station. The journey time is about 12 minutes.

Alternatively, you could catch the trn to Exmouth Junction, and then the bus – number 35 – to the beach. Journey time is about 30 minutes.

For more information about Exmouth, check out the Visitor Information Centre, which is located on the seafront, close to the car park. They’ll be able to help you out with any of your questions.

Dog friendly places to visit

The South West Coast Path

If you live in the South West, you may already know about the South West Coast Path – one of the longest continuous paths in the world – which stretches for nearly 400 miles from Padstow in Cornwall all the way down to Poole, Dorset.

It’s a great way for dog walkers to enjoy the stunning coastline and the views, and to explore the area.

Dog friendly places to visit

Wreck of the Torr

Another thing we love about the South West coast is the number of wrecks that lie off the beaches. The wreck of the Torr is a particularly interesting example.

Built in 1895, the Torr was designed to be used as a torpedo vessel. It was decommissioned in 1939, and then found its way up the River Torr – and out to sea.

Nowadays, the wreck lies about a mile off the coast of Torquay, and you can’t miss it when you’re walking along the shoreline.

It’s certnly one of the most spectacular sites along the coastline. If you’re interested, you can take a look at this video which shows how it’s changed since it was last visited by a diving team.

Dog friendly places to visit

Totnes Castle

There’s something very different about Totnes. You’ll see for yourself if you spend any time there – it’s a bustling and lively place, with a great mix of people and culture. It’s also one of the friendliest towns in the South West – and it’s very dog friendly.

There’s a great pet shop, Petz, which is a great place to meet up with other dog lovers and discuss where you’re going on your dog walking trips. You could also join the dog walking group.

Dog friendly places to visit

Aldborough Manor

Another very interesting place to visit is Aldborough Manor, a beautiful 18th Century manor house, that’s set in the countryside close to the South Devon coast.

It’s a great place for a long walk, with lots of wonderful countryside to explore on your way – and of course, the manor house itself has some fantastic features and history, such as the original Elizabethan frontage. You could take the dog on a guided tour, or just explore on your own. There’s also a great cafe at the manor – you could bring your dog in and have a sit down meal.

Dog friendly places to visit

The Torquay Museum

Torquay Museum is another great place to explore. It’s home to all sorts of exhibitions, but what makes it so interesting is that it’s very dog friendly.

In the foyer area, there are loads of interactive features for kids, and you can also bring your dog in. There’s also a cafe where you can get a bite to eat. The museum is in the former town hall, which is itself one of the most interesting buildings in Torquay.

Dog friendly places to visit

Cotehele House

Cotehele House is another stunning place to visit – and it’s one of the friendliest places in Torquay.

The owners are really welcoming and friendly, and the house itself is beautiful. It’s a great place to explore, and you could bring your dog with you on a tour of the place.

Dog friendly places to visit


You may not be familiar with Brixham, but it’s one of those towns that you’re bound to recognise, just because of the beautiful coastline – and that’s what makes it so great for dog walkers.

There are lots of dog friendly places to visit, including the beach, the harbour area, the beach and pier, the Botanic Garden and the Brixham Civic Centre.

Dog friendly places to visit


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