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Dog-friendly things to do in Devon

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Dog-friendly holidays to Devon conjure up images of sinking your toes into soft golden sand and taking in the rugged coastal views. From quaint villages to dramatic historical landmarks, there’s plenty to see when you’re staying at Devon Cliffs Holiday Park. 

Ready to get out and explore? Here are our recommendations for things to do in dog-friendly Devon.

Stover Country Park, Newton Abbot

Stover Country Park, Newton Abbot

This dog-friendly Devon spot in Newton Abbot is a special place for nature lovers, spanning over 114 acres and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The nature reserve is filled with woodlands, lakes, marshes, heathlands, and grasslands - perfect for spotting wildlife. 

Take a stroll along the aerial walkway or relax in the bird hide to observe the local birdlife. The park offers various walking routes, and there's a car park available for visitors. Feel free to bring along a picnic to enjoy in the peaceful surroundings. If you fancy a hot or cold drink or a snack, keep an eye out for the coffee van that often frequents the area! 

While dogs are welcome in the park, it's important to keep them on a lead, especially around the lake and outlet channel. There's a map available to help you find your way. Dog bins are conveniently located throughout the park for clearing away mess. 

Becky Falls Ancient Woodland Park, Manaton

Becky Falls is a stunning waterfall nestled in the Devon countryside, surrounded by striking granite formations. It stands at an impressive 70 feet and stretches 35 feet wide in parts! Surrounded by ancient woodlands, Becky Falls is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. When you visit, stick to the designated paths and keep your dogs on leads to protect the area. 

For walkies, there are three circular trails of varying difficulty. On your journey, you’ll be able to visit an array of creatures including snakes, goats, and ponies. All that walking is bound to work up an appetite, so stop by the cafe to sample burgers, paninis, and pasties. Before you leave, don't forget to check out the gift shop, where you can pick up souvenirs and toys to remember your visit.

The Golden Hind, Brixham

The Golden Hind, Brixham

If you’ve come off the South West Coastal Path and are looking for something to do in the Brixham area, visit this full-size replica of Sir Francis Drake's famous exploration ship. It’s been permanently moored in Brixham Harbour since 1964 and is a faithful reproduction of the original Golden Hind, which sailed between 1577 and 1580. If you're planning a visit, rest assured that the Golden Hind welcomes pooches -but keep them on leads while exploring the ship. 

After you’ve made your stop, set sail into Brixham - it’s got plenty of dining options, from fish and chips to fresh seafood - something to satisfy every appetite.

Buckland Abbey, Yelverton

Speaking of Sir Francis Drake, a visit to Buckland Abbey in the village of Yelverton is a must if you love medieval architecture and Tudor charm. On your visit here, you can explore the abbey's fascinating transformation from a monastery to a Tudor house, complete with the barn they once used for storing grain. 

Enjoy the ancient woodland and circular walks that wind through the estate, as well as the natural play area crafted from wood sourced on-site. After your stroll, refuel at the cafe! It provides outdoor seating and dog-friendly snacks. Before you leave, browse the gift shop for souvenirs to remember your visit.

The Post Inn, Okehampton

The Post Inn, Okehampton

Fancy a chilled pint and a bite to eat? Head on over to The Post Inn in Okehampton. They've got proper home-cooked grub and local ales. Your four-legged friend is more than welcome in the bar or outside - just remember to keep them on a lead. The friendly staff will sort out water bowls and even throw in a few dog treats! 

Outdoors, there's a neat lawn with paths for a casual stroll, and picnic tables for those sunny days out. The view's a belter, with rolling hills and farmland stretching out as far as you can see. Sitting snug right by the main road, The Post Inn's an easy find - just a hop off the A30. Public transport's sparse around these parts, so you'll likely need to drive over when you're visiting from our Devon Cliffs Holiday Park. 

Singing Paddles canoe tours

Singing Paddles offers outdoor adventures with guided canoe tours along the waterways of South Devon. Bring your dog along for free! The tours are designed to be leisurely and safe for all guests, with stops at a deserted beach for a relaxed cup of tea. It's more about enjoying the moment than seeking high-octane thrills. It's a family-friendly event, and the staff are well-trained, licensed, and qualified to ensure your safety.

Singing Paddles works in partnership with the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Wildlife Trust, and the National Trust, so you know that you're exploring these beautiful waterways responsibly. Grab a paddle and bring your furry friend along for the fun!

Paint Pots of Devon, Crediton

Paint Pots of Devon, Crediton

Looking for a laid-back activity to enjoy with your folks and your furry friend? Pop by dog-friendly Paint Pots in Devon. It's a laid-back, family-run spot where you can unleash your inner artist on some pottery—the items you can paint rotate throughout the year.  

Fancy a cuppa while you're there? Their café has everything from a hearty breakfast to delightful cakes and spuds, not to mention lush milkshakes, blended by hand. And yes, your dog can tag along for the fun! You'll find it right on the high street in Crediton.

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