Dogs on Beaches
Part of a great dog friendly holiday in South Devon is being able to enjoy walking on the beach. Each beach has its own regulations on dog walking, and you’ll find some ban dogs during the summer.
Restrictions for dogs at the beach can be for a variety of reasons: there may be a wildlife reserve attached to it or there may be a ban enforced due to a small number of owners failing to clean up after their dogs.
However, there are many beaches that allow dogs on beaches throughout the year and there are those that provide an area especially for dog walking.
All-Year Dog Friendly South Devon Beaches
- Beesands Beach
- East Portlemouth
- Mill Bay
- Ness Cove, Shaldon
- Salcombe North Sands
- Slapton and Torcross
- Soar Mill Cove
- Strete Gate
- Teignmouth River Beach
- Thurlestone/ South Milton
Restricted Access for Dogs
Many councils do not permit dogs on beaches during the summer months. Here’s a list of South Devon beaches with restricted access and which months those restrictions are enforced:
- Bigbury-on-Sea (May to September)
- Blackpool Sands (March to November 1st)
- Bovisand (May to September)
- Challaborough (May to September)
- Coryton Cove (May to September)
- Dawlish Town Beach
- Dawlish Warren Beach
- Hope Cove (May to September)
- Mothecombe Beach
- Salcombe South Sands (May to September)
- Shaldon Beach (May to September)
- Teignmouth Town Beach (May to September)
Wembury (May to September)
Most South Devon beaches that don’t allow dogs on beaches at all or between certain months have these restrictions displayed on signs close to the beach itself. If you’re not sure whether Rover can spend time playing in the surf, check car park entrances and access points to the beach for information boards before heading for the beach.
It's worth bearing in mind that Blue Flag beaches are unlikely to allow dogs on beaches. If you're a dog-owner, check out thegooddogguide.com, which will tell you just where your pet is welcome.