Finding a beach to enjoy with your dog is easy in North Devon. We often take our own dog for a lovely beach walk.
Our favourite beaches are Woolacombe, Saunton Sands and Putsborough although there are many others which we list below.
Putsborough Beach – This beach is a fabulous expanse of sand which extends round to Woolacombe 3 miles distant. A lovely long sandy beach backed by Woolacombe Down. There is an area where dogs are not allowed immediately adjacent to the car park below the beach hut betwen the 1st April to 31st October. Walk down the slipway at the back of the car park, however, and the beach opens up before you.
Woolacombe – Woolacombe beach is 3 miles long. It is a lovely long stretch of sand. Walking along the beach at low tide you can feel like you are in another world looking at Baggy Point in the distance. Enormously relaxing. It has wonderful sand dunes behind the beach. Dogs are not allowed between the rocks at the north end of the beach and the stream from Good Friday or the 1st April, whichever is the earlier, to the first Monday in November. Dogs must be kept on the lead from the stream to Mill Rock for the same dates. Betwen November and April you can roam wherever you like.
Saunton Sands – Is 4 miles of sand backed by sand dunes, the famous Braunton Burrows Nature Reserve. It has completely open access for dogs for the whole year. Your dog has to kept on the lead for the first 500 yards when accessed from the Saunton Sands Hotel end. After that the beach is all yours for doggy fun. You can gain access from The Saunton Sands Hotel end or via Crow Point along the old military road.
Braunton Burrows – Dogs must be kept under strict control because of the ground nesting birds and the sheep.
Westward Ho! – Dogs are allowed on any part of this sandy beach between 1st October and 30th April. Between the 1st May and 30th September dogs need to be kept on a lead on the promenade. They are allowed at the north end of the beach between Sandymere Bridge and the Taw/Torridge estuary and you can return via the sand dunes.
Northam Burrows – Situated at the far end of Westward Ho! beach with access gained through North Burrows Country Park. This is another large sandy beach with the car park immediately adjacent to the beach.
Instow – Instow is a sandy beach. Dogs are not allowed betwen the quay and Lane End Road betwen the 1st May and 30th September.
Lynmouth – Dogs are allowed on this beach all year. Great for fish and chips purchased at the Esplanade Fish Bar and eaten sat on the beach.
Croyde – Dogs are not allowed on the beach between the 1st May and 30th September. A great place for autumn and winter walks.
Lee – A small cove filled with fascinating rock pools just around the headland from Morte Point. Dogs are allowed on the beach between 1st November and Easter.
Clovelly Beach – You are free to take your dog with no seasonal restrictions. It has diverse marine wildlife in the bay and is well worth a visit.
Capstone Beach at Ilfracombe – Unlimited access for dogs all year.