Our favourite dog-friendly beach walks across Devon and Cornwall
Guest blog by Luxury Coastal
We’ve caught up with the team at Luxury Coastal who have shared their favourite dog-friendly beach walks across Devon and Cornwall.
There is nothing more exhilarating than a windswept walk on a deserted beach, your canine pal bounding happily by your side, before tumbling into a beachside café to warm cold fingers and paws. As the summer season draws to a close and we welcome the change of season, we are looking forward to our four-legged friends setting paws on beaches once again.
The enchanting English Riviera boasts a sweeping coastline peppered with glorious sandy beaches, hidden coves and picturesque villages making it a mecca for holidaymakers who long for a seaside escape with their canine pal in tow.
Broadsands in Paignton is a long sandy beach where dogs can run and play during winter months. From here, you can pick up the South West Coast Path and within 15 minutes find yourself at Elberry Cove, a sheltered pebble beach that welcomes dogs all year. This is a wonderful spot for water sports with kayaks and SUPs launched from the shore. Continue inland following muddy paws through Churston Woods and you will find yourself in the pretty village of Galmpton, on the River Dart, where two local pubs offer a welcome rest for weary limbs.
Back on the coast, the north section of Goodrington Sands is dog friendly all year and provides a true taste of the Great British seaside with bumper boats and go-karts adding to the list of family activities. For a beachside refreshment, we recommend a bite to eat at Cantina Kitchen and Bar where you can sample the bay’s catch of the day. Striking vistas are never far away and a short walk around Roundham Head delivers uninterrupted views of Torbay and out to sea.
Moving around the coast to Brixham, you will be treated to some of the best views in South Devon. Berry Head National Nature Reserve is a favourite walk of ours; a stunning headland with an iconic lighthouse, Napolenic Fort and 170 acres of beautiful nature and wildlife to explore, not to mention panoramic views of the scenic coast. The Guardhouse Café welcomes dogs as warmly as it does its owner and is the ideal retreat to enjoy the captivating views over a scrumptious cream tea.
With over 130 dog friendly beaches, it is no surprise that Cornwall has become a mecca for sojourns with our four-legged friends. You can discover Fistral Beach with its famous rolling surf and year-round dog friendly credentials or uncover secret coves off the beaten track that will have your pooch’s tail wagging before you even set foot (or paw) on the sand.
Long Rock beach forms part of Mount’s Bay and offers spectacular views of one of Cornwall’s most iconic landmarks. You will also be treated to safe, shallow waters where you can watch your pooch bouncing in the waves, and a long sandy beach perfect for a good leg stretch for dogs and humans alike.
Heading across to the north coast, Gwithian is a sweeping 3-mile stretch of sand forming part of St Ives Bay. Backed by dramatic cliffs and sand dunes, the beach is popular with walkers and those looking for a day in the waves. The dramatic coast path meanders around the headland where you can look out to Godrvey Lighthouse and across turquoise water towards St Ives and, if you’re lucky, catch a glimpse of the residents seals lazing on the beaches below. Follow the path around and you find yourselves back at the car park and the delightful Godrevy Café, the perfect pit-stop for you and your pooch.
Luxury Coastal offers the finest collection of cottages, lodges and apartments in the South West’s finest locations. Like us, they know that a holiday just wouldn’t be the same without our four-legged friends bounding along beside us, so you’ll find over 100 homes that welcome dogs as warmly as they do their owners. Find out more here.