Dog-friendly beaches in Devon

TOURISTS and residents head to Devon’s beaches in their millions every year to soak up the sun and enjoy its waters.

There is somewhere for everyone in the family, even your dog – but where are canines allowed to go?

Which beaches can I take my dog to in Devon?

  • Anstey’s Cove, Torquay
  • Babbacombe Beach
  • Bantham Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Barricane Beach, Woolacombe (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Batten Bay Beach, Plymouth
  • Beacon Cove, Torquay
  • Beer Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Beesands Beach, Kingsbridge
  • Blacklands Beach, Lynmouth
  • Blackpool Sands (dog restrictions from Easter to November)
  • Bovisand Beach (dog restrictions on main beach from May to September, dogs allowed all year round on Crownhill Bay Beach)
  • Branscombe Beach (dogs forbidden from parts of the beach all year round)
  • Breakwater Beach, Brixham (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Broadsands Beach, Paignton (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Budleigh Salterton Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Burgh Island Beach (dog restrictions from April to August)
  • Castle Cove Beach, Dartmouth
  • Challaborough Bay Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Churston Cove, Brixham
  • Clovelly Beach
  • Combe Martin Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Coryton Cove, Dawlish (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Croyde Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Dawlish Warren Beach (dog restrictions from April to September)
  • East Portlemouth Beach
  • Elberry Cove, Paignton
  • Exmouth Beach (dog restrictions on the main beach from May to September)
  • Fairy Cove, Paignton
  • Fishcombe Cove, Brixham
  • Gara Rock Beach, East Portlemouth
  • Goodrington Beach, Paignton (dogs allowed on North Sands, but banned on South Sands)
  • Great Mattiscombe Beach
  • Greysands Beach, Northam
  • Grunta Beach, Mortehoe
  • Hallsands Beach
  • Hartland Quay Beach (dog restrictions from April to October)
  • Heddon’s Mouth Beach
  • Hele Bay Beach, Ilfracombe
  • Holcombe Beach, Teignmouth 
  • Hollicombe Beach, Paignton (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Institute Beach, Torquay
  • Instow Beach (dog restrictions near to the town from May to September)
  • Jacobs Ladder, Sidmouth (dog restrictions on the main beach from July to August)
  • Lannacombe Beach
  • Leas Foot Sands Beach, Thurlestone
  • Lee Bay, Ilfracombe 
  • Livermead Sands, Torquay
  • Maceley Cove, East Prawle
  • Maidencombe Beach
  • Man Sands, Kingswear
  • Meadfoot Beach, Torquay (dogs banned on southwestern part all year round)
  • Mill Bay, Salcombe
  • Moor Sands, Salcombe
  • Mothecombe Beach, Plymouth (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Mouthmill Beach, Clovelly
  • Mouthwell Sands, Hope Cove (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Ness Cove Beach, Shaldon
  • Newberry Beach, Combe Martin
  • North Sands, Salcombe
  • Oddicombe Beach, Babbacombe (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Oyster Cove, Paignton
  • Paignton Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Peaked Tor Cove, Torquay
  • Peppercombe Beach, Parkham
  • Petitor Point, Torquay
  • Preston Sands, Paignton (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Putsborough Beach, Croyde (dog restrictions apply in certain areas)
  • Rapparee Cove, Ilfracombe
  • Rockham Beach, Mortehoe
  • Row Cove, Netton
  • Saltern Cove, Paignton
  • Sandy Bay Beach, Exmouth (dog restrictions from April to October)
  • Saunton Sands, Braunton (dogs must be kept on lead by the beach huts)
  • Scabbacombe Sands, Kingswear
  • Seaton Beach
  • Sedgewell Cove, Bigbury-on-Sea (dog restrictions between causeway east to Sedgewell Cove from May to September)
  • Shipload Bay, Titchberry
  • Shoalstone Beach, Brixham
  • Sidmouth Beach (dog restrictions on the main beach from May to September)
  • Sillery Sands Beach, Lynton
  • Slapton Sands
  • Soar Mill Cove, Soar
  • South Milton Sands, Thurlestone
  • South Sands, Salcombe (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • St Mary’s Bay, Brixham
  • Strete Gate Beach, Strete
  • Sugary Cove Beach, Dartmouth
  • Sunny Cove Beach, East Portlemouth
  • Teignmouth Beach (dog restrictions on the main beach from April to September)
  • Teignmouth Back Beach
  • Torre Abbey Sands, Torquay (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Tunnels Beach, Ilfracombe (dogs banned from the beaches but allowed on leads through the tunnels)
  • Watcombe Beach, Torquay
  • Watermouth Bay
  • Welcombe Mouth Beach, Welcombe
  • Wembury Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Weston Mouth Beach, Weston
  • Westward Ho! Beach (dog restrictions to Sandymere from May to September)
  • Wildersmouth Beach, Ilfracombe
  • Wild Pear Beach, Combe Martin
  • Wonwell Beach, Kingsbridge
  • Woody Bay Beach
  • Woolacombe Beach (dog restrictions apply in certain areas)
  • Wringcliff Bay, Lynton
  • Yarmer Beach, Thurlestone
Teignmouth is a spectacular place to visit for the seaside with two beaches allowing dogs
Teignmouth is a spectacular place to visit for the seaside with two beaches allowing dogs

Why are dogs banned from going onto beaches?

The main reason for not allowing dogs on to beaches at certain times is for health and safety purposes.

Although most owners will clean up after their pets when they are out, some fail to pick up their dog’s poo. 

Due to a dog’s diet being largely meat-based, leaving their faeces on the beach runs the risk of humans contracting toxocariasis – or zoonosis. 

And during the busy months, this becomes even more dangerous – especially for children – with potential problems including blindness and breathing difficulties.

Things to consider when taking your dog to the beach

Dogs love a nice trip to the seaside, just like their human companions. 

But there are a number of rules and tips to consider when heading to the beach.

These include: 

  • Check with beach management to see if dogs are allowed
  • Take poo bags to clear up their mess
  • Bring a lead – dogs have to be on a leash on some beaches at all times
  • Avoid the big crowds
  • Consider some people may not like dogs
  • Take plenty of fresh water and a bowl for your dog
  • Take a first aid kit in case your dog becomes injured
  • Check for local vets in case of emergency
  • Make sure your dog is wearing their collar and ID tag
  • If they are wear a GPS tracker, make sure it is fully charged
  • Take spare towels to dry them
  • Keep an eye on your dog at all times

Devon is not the only county with countless coastal hubs that welcome pooches with England having dog-friendly beaches from Land’s End to Druridge Bay.

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