As very active puppies we love the word “walkies”, especially when said in a high pitched voice – go on try it….yep just like that! When we hear it we jump around like lunatics until our leads are on and we’re out the door.
We live in the beautiful Devon countryside, and although we’re under a foot tall we still appreciated the great outdoors and the stunning surroundings. There are some great dog-friendly Devon walks, some which we’ve tried and some which we’ve been recommended by our doggy pals, so here are the top walks we think you need to try if in the area.
North Devon walks
Our favourite walk is on the beach – with the sand between our paws and the waves crashing on our legs we have great fun off the lead running in and out of the rock pools. Our local beach, and one of the best beaches in the area is dog-friendly all year around (although there are location restrictions from May 1st to 30th September). Westward Ho! beach has miles of sand to explore and is also backed by the Northam Burrows Country Park, so there is even more space to run around.
The North Devon coastline is home to the Tarka Trail and the South West Coast Path. Where we live we’re just a 5 minute walk from the Tarka Trail, so the flat path along the river and coast is perfect for our daily walks. We’d recommend walking from Bideford to Instow. It’s around 3 miles and Instow beach is dog-friendly all year around at the end. If you feel like doubling it you can walk back to Bideford, or if like us your little legs will be tired, there are four-wheeled contraptions that come past every 10 minutes to take you back to your car in Bideford.
Mid Devon walks
We also love our local nature reserve (pictured above) it’s great to have a run off the lead, there are lots of pretty grass areas to exercise on in Devon, but after doing some research, Haldon Forest Park seems like a popular choice for dog walking in the area. The forest also has a Go Ape adventure centre, so it makes a great day out for the little humans too!
Canal walking in Devon gives you plenty of options. The one we’ve walked with our pal Dilly, is the Grand Western Canal in Tiverton. We only walked a short stretch of the actual canal, as Dilly lives on Canal Hill so we did a loop from her house. The canal was a lovely walk – it even had some big scary looking white birds on the water. I tried to catch one but it was four times my size and I decided I didn’t want to be bird-feed.
South Devon walks
We don’t get to travel to the South of Devon very often (we’ve told you before about hating the four-wheeled contraption) so we’ve taken the advice of some of our other doggy pals on a couple of recommended dog friendly walks in the south. The first is a loop around Kingston on the South West Coast Path. You can read more on that link but we’ve heard it’s very dog-friendly and there’s a dog-friendly pub on route too!
If you’re visit is more towards the English Riviera side of South Devon then make sure you take a less challenging walk around Roundham Head in Paignton. Just under a mile long, but perfectly accessible to all, it makes a great short walk for those with little legs.
If you have any other suggestions we’d love to hear them, then we can get mummy and daddy to help try them out!