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Summer can be a tricky time for dog walking holidays. Although it’s a natural time of year to get away, the big summer crowds and seasonal restrictions on access with dogs can mean that finding the right location to holiday with your dog can be a headache.
Although South Devon gets a huge influx of tourists in the summer months it’s ideal for dog walking holidays because many of its beaches are open to dogs 365 days a year, and you’ll find plenty of walking routes that take you away from the crowds. Here are three to get you started.
Slapton Sands And Torcross Beach
This walk is close to both Dartmouth and Salcombe, and takes you on a fairly gentle walk that skirts by the beautiful Slapton Ley nature reserve. When you venture into the reserve you’ll need to keep your dog on a lead as the site is home to many species of birds and excitable canines are liable to spook them.
You’ll start in Torcross, which has a dog-friendly beach (always great on dog walking holidays), so you can let them get a good run around and expend some energy. The beach is open to dog-walkers all year round. Be sure to stop at the Sherman amphibious tank, which stands as a memorial to the men who lost their lives in a German U-Boat attack in World War II.
Bounding From Bantham To Thurlstone
As a year-round dog-friendly beach Thurlstone was made for dog walking holidays. A quiet and secluded beach without the usual summer crowds it’s ideal for enjoying with your pooch.
There’s a nice circular walk that you can take which heads off from picturesque Bantham Sands and follows the coast path down to Thurlestone beach. You’ll find all sorts of birds and other wildlife on the walk before cutting back in land through Thurlestone and back to Bantham.
Trek From Salcombe To Soar Mill Cove
For a more challenging walk try the circular route from Salcombe to Soar Mill Cove. Heading off from North Sands car park you’ll head inland and scout through the woods before coming down to the coast again.
The beach at Soar Mill Cove is another dog-friendly one, but as you come up onto the headlands keep an eye out for the Dartmoor ponies that are used to prevent the grasses and scrub of the cliffs choking out wildflowers. If your dog is prone to chasing wildlife then keep them at heel or on a lead.
Keep an eye out for the buzzards that patrol the area looking for rabbits and other prey. In the summer months it’s not uncommon to see dolphins hugging the coastline, and even the odd basking shark.
The path is clearly marked with National Trust signposts all the way back to Salcombe, taking you past Overbeck’s, a grand National Trust property.
Dog walking holidays always need to be carefully planned, because many areas are restricted, especially in the summer months. The reason South Devon makes such a great choice is because of its abundance of beaches that welcome dogs all year round, and the number of walks that take in the gorgeous countryside and coastline.
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