Pawsome activities


There are a number of local beaches that allow dogs all year round.

Beesands Beach
Dawlish Town Beach (dogs are permitted left of the main breakwater up to 100m from Red Rock Beach)
Dawlish Warren Beach ­ (Between groyne 4 to 9 on the main beach)
East Portlemouth
Exmouth (only parts of, check information locally)
Mill Bay
Ness Cove, Shaldon
Salcombe North Sands
Seaton Beach (only part of, check information locally)
Slapton and Torcross
Sidmouth Beach (only part of, check information locally)
Strete Gate
Teignmouth Beach (from Eastcliff slipway to Holcombe)
Teignmouth River Beach
Thurlestone/ South Milton

Eating out

Nearly all the pubs and cafes in Dawlish itself are dog friendly. And there are plenty with outside seating. 

Further afield, you can walk (or train) along the coastal path to Dawlish Warren. The Boathouse is situated by the lovely sandy beach and dunes at Dawlish Warren.  If you want to continue your walk, turn right when you come out of the park and walk about a mile and you come to the beautiful little village of Cockwood which is set around a small tidal harbour, here you have the Anchor Inn and Ship Inn.  All of these pubs serve food.

Doggy days out 

Babbacombe Model Village is well worth a visit and dogs are allowed everywhere except for the cafe (though there is an outdoor terrace for refreshments) and 4D theatre. While you are in Babbacombe you could also go for a ride on Babbacombe Cliff Railway or go to Bygones, an indoor Victorian museum, so even if it’s cold and wet outside you have somewhere to visit.

Stuart Line Cruises offer day trips to the Jurassic Coast and Torbay from Exmouth, in summer you can catch a passenger ferry across the River Exe from Starcross to Exmouth.  Starcross is a short train ride from Dawlish.

South Devon Railway is a little further afield with steam trains which run along the stunning valley of the River Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes. While you are in Totnes you could also visit Totnes Castle a classic Norman motte and bailey castle.  You can always catch a train from Dawlish train station to Totnes if you prefer not to travel by car.

Newton Abbot also has several parks and nature reserves including Decoy Country Park, Bakers Park/Bradley Manor  and Stover Country Park