Our Guide to the Perfect Dog Friendly Holiday

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Thinking about going on a dog friendly holiday? Our guide will give you the best tips for bringing your dog with you for a holiday in Devon, from travel tips and motorway stops to dog friendly beaches and pubs in North Devon.

BENEFITS OF BRINGING YOUR DOG ON HOLIDAY

  • Keep the whole family together! Everyone is happy when you’re all there to enjoy it together, including your four legged friend.
  • Save money on a dog sitter or kennels and don’t worry about having to cash in favours with friends to look after your pet.
  • Meet other like minded dog owners that you bump into on walks and at the pubs when your dogs want to say hello.
  • Create amazing memories of your dog’s first time in the ocean, playing in the sand or on that long walk they loved

DOG FRIENDLY BEACHES

Croyde Beach – You can walk straight from our beach gate on to the sand dunes of Croyde Beach, dogs can go on the beach itself from the 1st of October until the 30th April and at other times they can be walked on the Dunes which sit above the beach.  

Saunton Beach – Dogs are allowed on most of Saunton beach, they should be kept on the lead through the car park and until you’re passed the main crowds of the beach. They are allowed on all parts of the beach except the part to the right of the slipway, all year round.

Putsborough Beach – Dogs are allowed everywhere on Putsborough except for the far left of the beach from Easter until November 1st.

Woolacombe –  Woolacombe operates a zoning system for dogs starting with one area where there is no dogs during the main season, the second area where dogs are allowed on the lead and the third and furthest area where dogs can run free with no restrictions. There is also plenty of sand dunes for playing on.

Braunton Burrows – This is one of the largest sand dune systems in the British Isles. At the heart of the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) it is a UNESCO designated Biosphere reserve. This is a wonderful place to walk your dogs, even when the car park is busy you can roam for miles and not see anyone.   

DOG FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION

Our WaggyTails cottages and lodges are the perfect dog friendly accommodation in Devon for you and your four legged friend. With attention to detail being paramount, we provide a supply of dog biscuits, a couple of complimentary waste bags & blankets to use in your accommodation to allow your best friend to snuggle up with you on the sofa.

Our WaggyTails cottages sleep up to 5 people and 2 dogs. There is 2 bedrooms and a sofa bed in the lounge. A private decked area allows you all to sit peacefully without needing to have your dog on a lead and is a great area to dry off after a beach walk, with your own outside hose for washing them down afterwards too.

Our dog friendly cottages have an additional laundry room, just for WaggyTails guests in case you need to wash some of those sandy clothes or muddy boots after a hike.

Our WaggyTails lodges have 3 bedrooms – an en-suite master bedroom and two additional twin bedrooms, another family bathroom and a large open plan kitchen, dining and living space. Importantly, there is two areas for your four legged friend to be outside – their own private fenced garden and three metre outdoor decking, which has patio furniture too.

Less than a minute’s walk from even the furthest lodge or cottage is our beach gate which opens out straight onto the sand dunes, where dogs are allowed all year and there’s ample space for them to stretch their legs. The beach is open for dogs from the end of September to the end of April.

We have set areas on the resort which are pet friendly, including one of our restaurants.

BEST NORTH DEVON DOG WALKS 

Four Beaches Walk

Baggy Point

Braunton Burrows

South West Coast Path

Tarka Trail

DOG FRIENDLY PUBS IN CROYDE 

All of the below welcome dogs in the pub section as well as have some outdoor seating.

The Thatch Croyde – Definitely a popular pub for dog owners, where you certainly feel like your four legged friend is welcome. It’s a busy pub so there is often lots of people and lots of dogs, so bear this in mind – there’s also a few good corners to tuck away in too.

The Manor – Another dog friendly pub in Croyde. They have a nice large outdoor area and dogs are welcome in the pub side, though this isn’t the biggest and has entrances from both sides, so if your dog is easily distracted you might need to try and find one of the tables in the corner.

The Kings Arms – Described as a ‘A treasure of a village pub’ by The Independent, they give you a warm welcome after a long walk through the countryside.

The Rock Inn – As well as five cask marque real ale, you’ll find dog friendly locals and a warming fire place in this 17th Century Inn.

TIPS FOR A DOG FRIENDLY HOLIDAY 

  • Plan your journey ahead of time so you can stop in the best rest areas or service stations that have specific areas for dogs. See our list below.
  • Keep your car cool by not travelling at peak times of the day, shade the windows and make sure there is enough water stops.
  • Make a list of local vets wherever you visit, just in case.
  • Make your own packing list of items you use everyday without thinking about, check out some of ours below.
  • Bring a collar tag with phone number and details on.
  • Make sure your pet is microchipped.

DOG FRIENDLY MOTORWAY STOPS – SOUTH WEST

Gloucester Services – One of the best motorway services in the UK with fresh and local produce and hot food, they have a walking trail so your dog can properly stretch their legs and take a bathroom break. This covers both south and north bound.

Gordano – At junction 19 and accessible from both sides of the motorway, Gordano has a grassed area for dogs. This service station gets very busy.

Sedgemoor – Southbound in between junctions 21-22, their website states they’re pet friendly.

Taunton Deane – Between junctions 25-26 with a walk bridge connecting south and north bound sides. Their website states they are pet friendly.

Tiverton – A very small services and not signed from the motorway, but this is just off of junction 27, where you’ll leave the M5 to get on to the A361 towards Barnstaple and Croyde. There is not a dedicated dog area but some small green areas if it’s an essential stop.

There’s quite a few laybys along the A361, so may be better to stop into one of these than in Tiverton if you don’t need fuel or refreshments. The best stop along this stretch of road would be at The Log Cabin Diner around 10 minutes before you get to the South Molton turn off. There is green areas here, public bathrooms as well as the diner.

PACKING LIST FOR A DOG FRIENDLY HOLIDAY 

  • Food – keep your pet’s diet consistent, don’t accidentally forget to pack their food.
  • Treats – Gotta let them know they have been good!
  • Dog Towel – For after those long walks or trips to the beach.
  • Medication – An essential if your pet usually needs any medicine.
  • Waste Bags – Responsible dog owners, should be the only dog owners.
  • Bed – Make sure your best friend’s sleep is uninterrupted, so you can a get a good sleep too.
  • Collar ID Tag 
  • Crate 
  • Water for Journey 

Well time for a holiday isn’t it? Find out more about our WaggyTails cottages and lodges here – https://www.croydeunison.co.uk/dog-friendly/

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