Autumn has begun and already the weather is changing
& trees are turning. North Devon's natural beauty is set alive
during Autumn, highlighting its rugged and dramatic coastline. For
visitors wishing to explore the area with man's best friend, now is
the time as many beaches will now allow dogs through the Autumn and
Winter. This means there's no better time to get your wellies
on and get out exploring North Devon's best beaches with your
Starting off our list is Saunton. This beach is one of few that
allows dogs all year round. The long stretch of beautiful golden
sand is famous for both its gorgeous beach but also its extensive
sand dune system which is registered as a UNESCO Biosphere reserve
and a SSSI (site of special scientific interest). This is a beach
worth visiting for those looking to explore a unique beach in North
Devon with their dog.
Croyde beach is popular all year with holidaymakers and locals
alike looking to surf and enjoy this picturesque Village & Bay.
Croyde beach is known for its golden sand, spectacular views of
Lundy & amazing surf! Now is the best time of year to
visit as Croyde Beach allows dogs from 1st October
through to 31st March each year. Make sure you do
not miss out on the opportunity to walk your dog along this
beautiful beach, its well worth the visit, especially as it has
great access to Baggy Point as well.
Just a short trip from Croyde, is Putsborough beach. With great
access and a large car park this is the perfect spot to walk your
dog this Autumn. The beach itself allows dogs all year round, with
the exception being the far left of the beach which does not allow
dogs between Easter and October. This means the beach is fully open
to dog walkers in the Autumn and for those people looking for a
longer walk it is perfect as you can go all the way down to
Woolacombe beach is a very dog friendly
area. Allowing dogs year-round on certain stretches of the
beach. The prohibition on dogs covers the stretch of beach
between the rocks at the north end and the stream from Good
Friday or 1st April (whichever is earliest) until 30th September.
This means that in the Autumn, dogs and owners can walk freely
along its entire length. This beach is also worth visiting as the
village caters very well for those looking to stop for a bite to
eat and a hot chocolate as well.
Across the estuary and into the Torridge district of North Devon
is Instow beach. This beach is popular with dog walkers as the
village is extremely pet friendly. In fact, most of the culinary
establishments allow dogs to enter and are welcomed. Although the
beach is smaller than most mentioned previously, it is worth a
visit for the fantastic views of Appledore and the estuary. Dogs
are allowed on the beach all year round on or off the lead.
Lastly, we have Westward Ho! Beach, famous for being the only
place in the world with an exclamation mark in its name. The
village also boasts a long stretch of golden beach and pebble ridge
used as sea defence for the wider area. Similarly, to Instow the
beach is dog friendly all year with the only restriction being
between May 1st and September 30th where dogs
are only allowed on the northern end of the beach. This means dogs
and owners have the entire beach for Autumn and winter. The village
itself is also well catered for visitors and dogs, with many
establishments being dog friendly.