There are lots of fantastic dog walks in Devon that you and your four legged friends can enjoy together. The landscape is so varied and there’s so much to see and do, we’re sure you’ll never have to search long for somewhere amazing to go.
Whether you want to walk by the coast, through the woodland, round a lake, or through stunning countryside, Devon has it all! You and your pet will have lots of fun exploring this wonderful part of the world, we have no doubt.
As always, the incredible MyPawsOn community have been hard at work finding all the best dog walks in Devon that you won’t want to miss out on.
Coastal walks in Devon with dogs
The coastline in Devon is amazing, so no matter where you’re staying, it’s well worth a trip to the beach with your dog. Get some sand between your paws, splash in the sea and have a spectacular time on these dog friendly beaches.
There are lots of beach walks waiting for you on the south coast. Whitsand bay has steep paths and winding steps down to three miles of glistening sandy beach. If you fancy more of a challenge, try the Salcombe coastal path and beaches for a more varied route with some truly spectacular views.
Branscombe beach is always a favourite with dogs. There are no lead restrictions, so they can enjoy playing in the sea and chasing along the coastline. The beach is more pebbly than sandy and there’s a great stretch to really tire out your pup.
On Devon’s northern coastline, you’ll find lots of excellent beach walks too. Saunton sands have miles of clean sea water and sandy beaches for your dog to run and play on. There are no seasonal or lead restrictions, so it’s a great place for well-trained pooches to get a bit of freedom.
You’ve got a choice to make when you park up for this next walk. The Baggy Point and Croyde Bay routes both provide lots of fun for your dog and wonderful coastal views for you. You’ve just got to decide which route to try first! Left to Croyde Bay beach, or right to Baggy Point?
The Lorna Doon walk gives you stunning views over the coast from up high. This is a challenging walk along the coastal cliffs and through stunning countryside.
If you’d like to give your dog a bit of shade for your walk, there are some fantastic woodland routes you can take. The Cookworthy forest trail is one of our favourites. We love the circular route with wide paths and no lead restrictions so dogs can play and wear themselves out exploring the area.
Eggesford forest is spectacular. You can stick to the paved circular walk or nip in and out of the woodland on trails and paths through the trees to see more of the area. There are lots of signposts around to help you find your way around too.
Bakers Park is a fantastic woodland and open space for your dog to play in, especially if they’re fond of a swim. You’ve got the river on one side and a stream on the other. You can nab some free parking and spend a few hours wandering through the meadows and woodland, and see the impressive Bradley Manor.
Haldon Forest Park is a real stunning parkland and there are lots of fun things for all the family to enjoy as you wander. Route lengths vary to suit your mood and there are lots of activities for children to play with as you make your way around the park.
Ringmore and Bigbury
The Ringmore and Bigbury walk takes you by the beach, through open fields and by the river side. It’s a stunning route, covering between 4 and 7 miles, that gets quite steep in places. It is well worth the effort, as you get to see lots of this gorgeous part of the world.
Stover Country Park
Stover Country Park has lots to offer. As well as 100 acres of woodland, you can enjoy a walk around the lake, through the grassland or across the heathland. It’s a fantastic place to spend the day while you’re in Devon.
Canonteign Falls and Country Park
We think the route around Canonteign Falls really is a must, if you get the chance. There’s over 80 acres of parkland for you to enjoy, with a magnificent waterfall to wonder at. Dogs can also take a dip and cool down in the streams as they go.
By the Teign Gorge, you’ll find the remarkable Castle Drogo. Dogs are very welcome in the estate grounds and will love their time exploring the woodland paths, fields and the long walk down to the river.
Cockington Country Park
Cockington Country Park is brilliant, and lots of fun for dogs. There are lots of woodland to explore, as well as the ornamental lakes and gardens. You’ll also love the wide open areas of grassland that are perfect for letting your dog run free.
In Kingswear, there’s a wonderful route you can take around Waterhead Creek and through the woodland. The circular route is slightly more than a mile and a half and covers really easy terrain. For a longer, trickier walk, you can spend more time in the woods.
For an off lead adventure, you can take a walk around Fingle Bridge. You can choose between the gentler route through the valley on the easy to follow paths, or, for the more adventurous, you can ascend the north side of the valley. Both routes start and finish at the lovely Fingle Bridge Inn.
You won’t struggle to find exciting dog walks in Devon. There are so many fantastic places to explore on your trip that you and your dog will both adore.
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