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. 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
- Dawlish Town Beach (dogs are permitted along the seashore from the slipway adjacent to the railway station until 230 metres before Red Rock at Dawlish Warren)
- Dawlish Warren Beach (Between groyne 4 to 9 on the main beach)
- East Portlemouth
- Mill Bay
- Ness Cove, Shaldon
- Salcombe North Sands
- Slapton and Torcross
- 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:
- Bantham (May to September, No dogs permitted on part of the beach (partial ban))
- Bigbury (May to September, No dogs permitted on part of the beach (partial ban))
- Blackpool Sands (From 2 weeks before Easter until after the October half term)
- Bovisand (May to September)
- Challaborough (May to September)
- Coryton Cove (May to September)
- Dawlish Town Beach (May to September, dogs are not permitted along the seashore from the slipway adjacent to the beach cafe to Coryton Cove)
- Dawlish Warren (April to September between the lifeguard tower and groyne 3) (May to September on a 230 metre section of beach west of Red Rock Cafe)
- Dawlish Warren (all year round, no dogs permitted beyond groyne 9 of the main beach)
- Hope Cove (May to September)
- Mothecombe Beach (Seasonal no dogs policy, please check beach notices for details)
- Salcombe South Sands (May to September)
- Shaldon Beach (May to September)
- Teignmouth Town Beach (May to September)
- Wembury (May to September)
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. Please check the beach signage before taking your dog on the beach.
If you’re not sure whether your pooch can spend time playing in the surf, check car park entrances and access points to the beach for information boards.
For more information on Dogs on Beaches in Teignbridge click here.
For more information on Dogs on Beaches in The South Ham click here.
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.