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Dog Friendly Days Out in North Devon

by Jill Turner Attractions Dog Friendly

Dog Friendly Days Out in North Devon

We know that your dog is part of your family and so do quite a few of North Devon’s attractions too which is great if you fancy a day out during your holiday.

Here are some of the places in North Devon you can visit with your dog:

Heading west from Robin Hill Farm Cottages, one of the first family attractions you will encounter is The Milky Way. With rides, shows, a superb Birds of Prey centre and the recently launched Little Stars soft play area for toddlers. This is a great day out. Dogs are welcome in the park although not permitted in shows, on rides or in the Birds of Prey aviary.

Clovelly Harbour North Devon A mile or two further brings you to the historic, privately owned, village of Clovelly – built into the cleft of a 400ft cliff, the cobbled high street, fishing quay, maritime museum, pubs and tea room, craft shops and infamous Clovelly donkeys are a must stop on your North Devon explorations.

Further on, is the Hartland Peninsula. Here you will find Hartland Abbey. A stately home with stunning walled garden and extensive grounds leading to a privately owned beach. Look closely, you might recognise a few scenes from BBC drama series not to mention Antiques Road Show.

The Abbey tea room is excellent, but you might wish to explore nearby Docton Mill Gardens and Tea Room – we can heartily recommend crab sandwiches and cream tea here and the gardens are absolutely beautiful with some well established specimen trees.

A little way inland and still to our west is The Gnome Reserve – possibly England’s quirkiest day out. Take your sense of humour and be prepared to wear the obligatory Gnome hat!

Heading east from Robin Hill Farm, along the A361 at South Molton is Quince Honey Farm where you can get up close with the Honey Bees and learn much about conservation of this wonderful creature. Dogs allowed in all areas except the playground.

Broomhill Sculpture Park North Devon If art is your thing, Broomhill Sculpture Gardens have an extensive collection set dramatically in a wooden valley north of Barnstaple. There is a delicious cafe too serving ‘Slow’ food. Dogs are not allowed indoors so if you plan to eat, go on a fine day and sit on the terrace.

North Devon is blessed with a range of beautiful gardens. Both Tapeley Park, Instow and Marwood Hill Garden, Barnstaple are dog friendly.

NT Knightshayes Those of you familiar with National Trust properties will be aware that they always welcome dogs. Nearby we have Arlington Court, Knightshayes, Killerton, Castle Drogo and Lanhydrock AND miles of National Trust managed cliff tops with carparks for easy access. Baggy Point, Croyde is one of the most visited with a superb tea room at the carpark.

Of course, with the Tarka Trail, South West Coast Path, Exmoor National Park and Dartmoor National Park and many dog friendly beaches, there are lots of options for a countryside or beach day out too - just grab a map or walking guide from our information room.

In researching, all of these venues request that dogs are kept on leads.