Newton Abbot is the ideal destination if you’re looking for a dog friendly holiday in South Devon. With a plethora of parks, easy access to Dartmoor National Park and just a short drive away from some fantastic dog friendly beaches, it’s the perfect place to base yourself for a pet friendly staycation. Learn more about what you can enjoy with your dog in Newton Abbot below.

Walking

The Templer Way & The Stover Canal

The Templer Way is an 18 mile walking route from Dartmoor National Park all the way down to the docks at Teignmouth. It traces the historic route that granite would take from the quarries on Dartmoor to the boats awaiting in the coastal resort of Teignmouth. This trail passes through Newton Abbot and is a great place to head for a dog walk. You can join up with the walking route at Teigngrace where you will follow the Stover Canal and eventually you will come to Newton Abbot Quay. Find out more about the Templer Way by clicking here and the Stover Canal here.

Stover Country Park & The Ted Hughes Poetry Trail

Situated on the outskirts of Newton Abbot, Stover Country Park is made up of 114 acres of heathland, grassland, woodland, a lake and marsh, all perfect for exploring with your family, friends and furry pal. Within Stover Country Park, you’ll find the Ted Hughes Poetry Trail, created and opened in 2006 to celebrate the authors long standing links with Devon and of course his fantastic poetry. Visitors can enjoy sixteen ‘poetry posts’ which all relate to the natural world and were chosen with the park in mind. For further details about Stover Country Park, please click here and for more information about the Ted Hughes Poetry Trail, please click here.

Decoy Country Park                                            

Decoy Country Park rests on the edge of Newton Abbot and is the ideal place for a lovely dog walk. The main focal point of the park is its large lake which provides opportunities to try your hand at a variety of watersports, surrounding it is woodland with a charming walk which you can enjoy with your four legged friend. To learn more about Decoy Country Park, please click here.

Bakers Park

Within walking distance of the centre of Newton Abbot, Bakers Park is a popular park with dog walkers due to its vast green space and lovely walks. To the west of the park you’ll find a gate leading through to woods and meadowland, part of the grounds of the National Trust property, Bradley Manor. Additional details about Bakers Park can be found here.

Courtenay Park

Courtenay Park can be found in the centre of town just opposite Newton Abbot Train Station. If you’re looking for a quick spot to take your dog for a walk whilst staying in Newton Abbot, this is the ideal place. There’s a fenced off children’s play area if you’re bringing little ones along too and an attractive bandstand which hosts events and concerts throughout the year. Please click here for more information about Courtenay Park.

Hackney Marshes

A Local Nature Reserve, Hackney Marshes is located on the Teign Estuary by Kingsteignton. A rich collection of meadows, grassland, ponds and more, it is a popular spot with wildlife watchers and makes for somewhere a little different to take your dog. Discover more about Hackney Marshes by clicking here.

Dartmoor National Park

Dartmoor National Park is an extremely popular area for visitors to the South Devon region and if you’re based in Newton Abbot during your stay it’s ever so easy to reach. With tors to climb, ancient woodlands to explore, views that will take your breath away and plenty of native wildlife, we can guarantee you’ll want to enjoy a trip there at least once during your holiday. All the vast open space and myriad of walks is heaven for your furry friend, however we do ask that you remember Dartmoor is home to lots of other animals so please do respect the environment. For guidelines and advice on visiting Dartmoor with your dog, please head to the Dartmoor National Park website here and for more general information about Dartmoor, please click here.

Beaches

Although Newton Abbot of course doesn’t have any beaches of its own, there are a few just a short drive away in the towns of Dawlish, Teignmouth and Shaldon as well as Dawlish Warren if you’d like to let your dog enjoy a paddle or a swim! Dog friendly beaches near Newton Abbot include Dawlish Town Beach, Dawlish Warren Beach, Teignmouth River Beach, Ness Cove Beach, Holcombe Beach, Teignmouth Town Beach and Shaldon Beach. Some of these beaches do have restrictions so make sure to check the local council website and signage for current information. Find out more about dog friendly beaches in the Dawlish area in our blog post here and for further details about dog friendly beaches in the Teignmouth and Shaldon area, please click here.

Attractions

House of Marbles, Bovey Tracey

House of Marbles is situated just a short drive from Newton Abbot in the town of Bovey Tracey. If you’re travelling with little ones they’re sure to enjoy this popular South Devon attraction where they can explore marble runs, museums and a shop to purchase some fun treats to take home. It’s free to visit with free parking and your four legged friend can join you too! They’re welcome everywhere on site except from the restaurant, with the exception of assistance dogs. Find out more about House of Marbles by clicking here.

Accommodation

B&Bs

Bulleigh Barton Manor, Newton Abbot

Bulleigh Barton Manor is an AA Five Star rated bed and breakfast located about a 10 to 15 minute drive from the centre of Newton Abbot. With glorious countryside views and a stunning location, this gorgeous dog friendly B&B is perfect for those looking for a relaxing break in South Devon. Quiet, well behaved dogs are invited to join their owners in two of the rooms available for a charge of £7.50 per dog, per night and even receive their own doggy hamper! To find out more about Bulleigh Barton Manor, please click here and for further details about dog friendly stays at this B&B, we recommend contacting the accommodation directly.

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