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Dog Friendly Days Ot in Devon

5 dog friendly days out in Devon

This coastal county of Devon in southwest England is beautiful all year round, but a particularly popular Summer holiday spot due to its wealth of beautiful beaches. These beaches are also a pull for dog-owners, because the walking potential is off the charts. But you don’t just need to find coastal stretches or peruse the Dartmoor National Park paths to have a great day out in Devon with your dogs. Here are the most paw-friendly destinations.  

Arlington Court & the National Trust Carriage Museum

Arlington Court

You can always assume great facilities for both yourself and your dogs when visiting a National Trust property, but Arlington Court, which has been owned by the Chichester family for more than 500 years, and the National Trust Carriage Museum is particularly special because dogs are welcome in a number of places – the museum, garden and wider estate… provided they remain on their leads. The wider estate is the perfect spot to take a walk and admire the Exmoor area, and the museum itself is a great spot to brush up on your knowledge of the Regency period and carriages throughout the area. 

Visiting with dogs:

Dogs on leads welcome in the gardens and carriage museum.

Website: Arlington Court & the National Trust Carriage Museum

National Trust

Address: Arlington, near Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 4LP

Becky Falls

Becky Falls

Becky Falls in Dartmoor are so beautiful and a trip to Devon would be wasted if you didn’t take the opportunity to admire these stunning waterfalls, family and dogs in tow. Though you’re advised to be careful during the rainy season, as the water flow gets quite forceful, dogs can enjoy splashing about in this fresh water, surrounded by woodlands on all sides. There are free animal shows to enjoy, though if you want your dog to remain a spectator rather than included, it’s worth keeping them on a lead. There are a number of beautiful walks around and leading to the waterfall itself, all worth a visit – you won’t be able to resist taking a million photos!

Visiting with dogs:

Dogs are very welcome at Becky Falls should be kept on a lead at all times. Dogs are also welcome in the Cafe and Gift Shop. 

Website: Becky Falls

Becky Falls

Address: Manaton, Newton Abbot, TQ13 9UG

The Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary

As some may have seen on TV, The Donkey Sanctuary sits in Devon, offering safecare for sick and injured donkeys. The donkeys are in varying shape, and though your friendly-fur-pal is unlikely to hurt anyone, they can be quite stressful for the donkeys, so though they are welcome everywhere and will enjoy the scenic routes and new smells, they need to remain on their leads. If you are particularly moved by what’s going on over at the Sanctuary, you can donate or adopt a donkey, giving them a chance at a better life in a world that often undervalues their importance. Admission and parking is free, encouraging you moreso to make a donation when meeting the hundreds of donkeys and mules waiting to make your acquaintance.

Visiting with dogs:

Dogs are welcome in all areas of the sanctuary as long as they are kept on a lead.

Website: Donkey Sanctuary

Donkey Sanctuary

Address: Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 0NU

Berry Pomeroy Castle

Berry Pomeroy Castle

This romantic ruin is the perfect spot to learn and experience more related to English heritage, especially that of this southern gem of a county. Walk through the 15th-century defences of the Pomeroy family castle, and learn how though it was intended to be the most spectacular house in Devon, it soon became a topic of ghost stories after it was abandoned and left incomplete in 1700. There is a nearby Woodland to explore as well as beautiful grounds. All of this can be enjoyed with your four-legged friends in tow – and that’s for everything, though they are required to remain on their leads inside the castle. Otherwise, there’s plenty of room for them to roam.

Visiting with dogs:

Dog on leads are welcome in the castle, gift shop and café.

Website: Berry Pomeroy Castle

English Heritage

Address: Berry Pomeroy, Totnes, TQ9 6LJ

Babbacombe Model Village

Watchers of BBC TV will probably have jotted down Babbacombe Model Village onto their family day-out bucket list as soon as they heard of it, and those who haven’t will be doing so by the end of this paragraph. This is one of Torquay’s finest destinations for the family to enjoy together, grandpa and family pet included. It has been open longer than half a century, and 424 miniature buildings. You walk through four acres of woodland, which are scattered with buildings throughout six decades of life in England. It’s the perfect active activity that also incorporates a bit of history and culture in the mix. Dogs must remain on leads and are not allowed in indoor attractions, like the tearoom or 4D Theatre. But there is plenty to do outside so if it’s a good day, you’ve got nothing to worry about.

Visiting with dogs:

Dogs are welcome throughout the gardens, indoor displays and the gift shop.

Website: Babbacombe Model Village

Babbacombe Model Village

Address: Hampton Avenue, Babbacombe, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 3LA

So when visiting Devon, remember there is a lot to do – like the things listed above – on top of exploring the beaches and national parks. Kids (and dogs, for that matter) love an activity-centered day out while still exploring nature and scenary, so these are the perfect combinations of the two.

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