All the world is a beach…if you’re a dog in North Devon! There are many to choose along the North Devon and North Cornwall coastline, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
The nearest beach to Robin Hill Farm Cottages is just 4 miles away at Westward Ho! and it has a Blue Flag award for cleanliness. Either side of high tide it is a vast, level, firm sandy beach and very popular with dog walkers (and horse riders too!). For year round dog walking, head through Northam Burrows Country Park and walk along the beach towards the estuary of the Rivers Taw and Torridge. The return via the sand dunes gives great views of the area. Westward Ho! town end of the beach is available from 1 October and 30th April.
A more sheltered walk can be had on Instow Beach which is a very popular local dog walking haunt, 6 miles from us. Running along the River Torridge and bounded by big sand dunes this is easily accessed from road-side parking. The Tarka Trail runs parallel with the beach giving options for an extended, car free walk.
Considering a beach day out? There are two great options heading north/eastwards around Bideford Bay through Braunton. First up is Saunton Sands (18miles drive) with 4 miles of sand backed by sand dunes. The sand is always exposed on this beach which has a large carpark, summer lifeguards, cafe and toilet/shower block too to clean up sandy paws.
Further on and through the honey pot village of Croyde (dog friendly beach, but incredibly busy in high season), follow the signs through twisting country lanes to get to the local’s favourite – Putsborough beach (22 miles drive). At the Croyde end of Woolacombe beach and sheltered by Baggy Point this is a fantastic place for a day out. The car park can get full quickly but there is a shower/toilet block , cafe and shop to sustain you through the day.
Heading west and around the Hartland Peninsula are a vast number of pebbly beaches and coves. Access always involves a walk of various length and there are plenty of circular walks incorporating the South West Coast Path and network of local paths. If walking, rock-pooling and fewer people is your thing, grab a map and/or walk guide from our information room and take off. We recommend the Brownsham circuit to Mouthmill Beach. Bucks Mills is a delightful little place. The twists and turns of the waterfall down to Welcombe Mouth are mesmerising and our absolute favourite is Duckpool (which has a loo!).
One of the best beaches for a day out to the west is Sandymouth beach (22 miles drive). This is National Trust land with a big carpark, summer lifeguards, loos, cafe and shop. At low tide this cliff bound sandy beach is vast, however, keep an eye on the incoming tide as it is easy to get cut off which could mean a lengthy wait to get home!