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Dog-friendly Beaches

Here in South Devon, we are spoiled for choice when it comes to long, sandy beaches and pebbled coves. Many of our local beaches’ welcome dogs year-round, and their un-matched natural beauty and dog-friendly atmosphere are a must-see during your holiday. Here’s our pick of the best local beaches to explore with your best friend.

Maidencombe Beach

Surrounded by red sandstone cliffs and littered with rock pools, this peaceful beach is within a short walk of the famous Torquay town, birthplace of Agatha Christie, and just 15 minutes away from Devon Valley. Maidencombe is a wonderful place for swimming with safe, clear waters, and a Seaside Award as proof. You and your furry friend will delight in a paddle and a stroll.

This restful stretch of sandy beach is far removed from the hustle and bustle of the town. With great access to coastal paths, why not extend your route along the rugged coastline of Torquay seafront?

Babbacombe Beach

Babbacombe beach is a tranquil shingle beach set beneath the wooded cliffs of Babbacombe downs, just 20 minutes away from Devon Valley. Famed for being the highest promenade in England, a stroll along the Downs reveals dramatic views of the coastline for you to enjoy whilst your furry friend runs about the green.

The beach is accessible down either a steep woodland path or the Babbacombe Cliff railway for a convenient ride and unforgettable views. Only Oddicombe beach (neighbour to Babbacombe, found at the bottom of the railway) bans dogs from 1st May – 31st September, and so a walk along the connecting coves and beaches makes for a wonderful day out with your dog.

The Babbacombe Cliff Railway at Oddicombe Beach Torbay Devon England UK

Man Sands Beach

The lesser-known beach of Man Sands is a peaceful and secluded pebble beach 10 minutes from the town of Kingswear. The closest car park is half a mile away, allowing you and your four-legged friend a walk in the fresh Devonshire air before reaching the coves and rockpools of the beach.

The beach is surrounded by rolling grassland and rocky slopes, as well as a lagoon home to a variety of birds, and a National Trust bird hide. Man Sands can also be accessed via Sharkham Point, along the coastal path. A great beach for nature lovers, and those looking for a quieter day out. Should you wish to go for a swim, be mindful that rip currents can occur on the turning high tide.

Please remember to always do your own research before heading out to any local beaches, to check access routes, facilities, nearby parking, and specific safety instructions. Check out Teignmouth’s RNLI for more information on sea/beach safety! We hope you have a great (and safe) day out with your four-legged friend.

Man Sands Devon Dog Friendly Beach

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