One of the best things about a holiday in Devon is the abundance of beautiful country walks, particularly if you’re planning a UK holiday so you can get away with your dog.
Whether you and your pooch prefer a trot down a pretty winding country lane, a picturesque woodland trail, a bracing cliff top hike, or free-run chasing a ball along one of Devon’s many dog-friendly beaches, there are so many lovely walks to choose from, you’ll discover a new favourite stroll every day.
Take time out with your four-legged friend to make the most of the stunning scenery, enjoy some quality off-lead time, and perhaps pop into a dog-friendly pub at the end to reward your efforts.
Here’s our pick of the best dog walks in Devon…
Fingle Bridge, Dartmoor
Known as one of the most enchanted spots of mid-Devon, a walk around Fingle Bridge features unspoilt oak woodland and magnificent views across the picturesque Teign Gorge.
There are two different walks to choose from. For an easy route, simply wander up the less steep side of the valley where there are no lead restrictions.
If you’re after more of a challenge, the other side of the valley is much steeper, with many twists and turns. Speedy walkers will take around 90 minutes to complete the circular walk, but if you’re taking a more relaxed approach, it’ll take around two hours.
End your walk with some well-earned refreshments from the dog-friendly Fingle Bridge Inn.
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Beesands to Hallsands
From the seafront carpark in Beesands, take a stroll along this scenic stretch of coastline to the ‘Village that Fell into the Sea’, where you’ll learn all about the history of Hallsands and see the village ruins from a special viewing platform. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a seal sunbathing on the rocks beneath.
On a windy day it’s easy to appreciate the massive power of the ocean, and how it came to destroy this village, as the waves crash noisily on the rocks below, dragging the shingle back and forth.
With some steep climbs, this is a moderate difficulty walk, but your exertions will be rewarded with simply stunning sea views.
Back in Beesands, visit Britannia @ The Beach for delicious breakfasts or freshly caught fish dishes, or try the popular Cricket Inn, both of which have dog-friendly areas.
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If you’re planning a break near Exeter, both you and your dog are sure to enjoy this easy, 3 mile circular walk along the Exeter Canal, starting at the Double Locks pub.
This popular meander through a very interesting, old part of Exeter passes the historic ruins of what was once a prosperous paper mill, as well as thriving wetlands where you’ll spot an abundance of birds and wildlife. The walk finishes back at the dog-friendly Double Locks pub.
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Gara Rock to Mill Bay, East Portlemouth
Experience the South West Coast Path in all of its glory with this fantastic 4-mile circular walk, taking in beautiful views, gorgeous sandy beaches and a couple of great places to stop for a picnic or a hot drink.
Starting at Gara Rock, walkers are greeted with stunning, far-reaching views down to Gara beach and beyond towards Prawle Point. The walk sets off in the other direction, turning right and taking the coastal path due west towards Salcombe.
The winding track is carved into the headland and takes in some breath-taking scenery as it descends to the beaches of Sunny Cove and Mill Bay. These two charming little dog-friendly coves are perfect spots to stop for a refreshing dip or a midway snack.
There is an inland path that goes directly uphill back to the start of the walk, or if you can’t get enough of that sea air, head back the way you came from and take it all in from the other direction.
There’s a great, dog-friendly cafe/restaurant with a beautiful sun-terrace located at the end of the walk for well deserved refreshments.
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