T he nearby Paignton is home to Goodrington Sands, a popular and highly accessible stretch of the South Devon coast. The beach here shines a gorgeous red-gold colour and is washed by shallow, clear bathing waters. Dogs are welcome on the north part of the beach all year round, while the southern stretch operates a seasonal ban.
We’re a 30-minute drive from Slapton Sands, a coastal gem that offers plenty to see and do with your canine companion. The three-mile stretch of beach is dog friendly throughout the year. It’s bordered by the South West’s largest natural lake which, residing in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, takes centre stage in a beautiful nature reserve. There are two equally pleasing dog-friendly beaches just beyond Slapton in Torcross Beach and Beesands Beach.
You’ll find two beautiful dog-friendly beaches close to Dartmouth Castle, at the mouth of the River Dart. Both Castle Cove and Sugary Cove are secluded and welcome pooches all year round.
Well behaved dogs on leads are allowed to explore the grounds of Totnes Castle. This landmark attraction is a classic Norman motte and bailey castle with far-reaching views over the town’s rooftops to the River Dart. Climb to the top, take a picnic, and admire the scenery.
You can’t go wrong ambling along the River Dart and the Dart Valley Trail. Ferries can take you along the water, unlocking banks that lead to tranquil avenues and secluded coves.