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Best dog-friendly Devon days out

Give your prized pooch a treat and take them on an adventure you can both enjoy. Here in the South West of England we have plenty of things to do with dogs. In this post we recommend some of the very best dog-friendly Devon days out.

If you are looking for somewhere to stay with your pet take a look at our dog-friendly cottages in Devon.

Days out with dogs in Devon

Totnes Castle

This Norman Motte and Bailey Castle is a worthwhile diversion from the quirky, fair trade shops of Totnes. Climb to the top of the keep for stunning views of the town and Dart Valley.

Dogs are welcome in all areas of the castle.

Find out more about visiting Totnes Castle and see our full guide to things to do in Totnes in Devon.

Dartmoor National Park

Dartmoor is a beautiful place for walkies and outdoor activities. Why not try letterboxing or geocaching across the rugged landscape?

In 2020 the popular Moor Otters art trail will return to Dartmoor, with 80 specially designed otter sculptures to find around the National Park. The Moor Otter art trails are great fun for kids as well as dogs.

Find out more about things to do on Dartmoor with dogs and kids.

Seaton Tramway

If you enjoy vintage transport, stunning views and a cracking cream tea then a ride on Seaton Tramway between Colyton and Seaton seafront is a must.

The line travels three miles along the Axe Valley, past the Seaton Wetlands nature reserve, with a stop midway at Colyford where there are a few dog-friendly pubs. Dogs can ride the tram for a flat fee of £1 each way.

Find out more about riding Seaton Tramway.

Canonteign Falls

Dogs are welcome to help you climb England’s highest manmade waterfall for spectacular views of Dartmoor and South Devon. Canonteign Falls were built in Victorian times and are set in an ancient woodland making it a magical place to explore with dogs and children. You might even spot fairies.

There is a children’s play area, adventure trail and cafe. Dogs are welcome everywhere on a lead. You’ll also find water bowls and treats.

Find out more about visiting Canonteign Falls.

Babbacombe Model Village

Explore the world in miniature at Babbacombe Model Village. There are 4.5 acres of models representing British life over the past six decades. There are nostalgic scenes, a model railway, and locations from the big and small screen.

Other things to do include a children’s trail, 4D cinema and special events throughout the year. On selected evenings the village is illuminated. Dogs must be kept on a lead and can roam everywhere but in the 4D Cinema and tea room.

Find out more about visiting Babbacombe Model Village.


Image credit: ©National Trust Images: ChrisLacey

The 6,400 acre Killerton estate is a treasure trove of walks, den building spaces, woodland play areas and picnic spots with a view.

Find out more about visiting Killerton.

River Dart Country Park

For riverside walks and plenty of outdoor adventures to amuse kids, River Dart Country Park is a great family and dog-friendly day out. You’ll find woodland picnic areas, a high ropes course, canoeing, zip wires and a swimming lake complete with pirate ship.

There’s a £4 entrance fee for dogs in peak season.

Find out more about visiting River Dart County Park.


Image credit: ©National Trust Images: John Millar

Wander through the beautifully landscaped gardens of Agatha Christie’s holiday home on the banks of the River Dart. Dogs are welcome to explore the outdoor areas at Greenway and will find water bowls at the stable cafe.

You can also visit by river boat from Dartmouth or Totnes, or steam train from Paignton. Dogs are welcome to come by boat or train too.

Find out more about things to do at Greenway.

Dartmouth Castle

This 600-year-old fortification is in an enviable position overlooking the mouth of the Dart Estuary. The defences started to take shape in 1388 to protect the town of Dartmouth from attack from the sea. It was last used in the Second World War.

From the top of the battlement you can see views of Dartmouth including Britannia Royal Naval College and across to colourful Kingswear. Dogs can visit all areas of the Castle on a lead and will enjoy a scamper down to nearby Sugary Cove for a dip in the sea.

Find out more about visiting Dartmouth Castle. Also take a look at our guide to things to do in Dartmouth and dog-friendly places to eat in Dartmouth.


Image credit: © National Trust Images: John Millar

There’s 500 acres of parkland to explore at Saltram in Plymouth with paths winding through meadows, woodland and along the estuary. This is a great place to let dogs off the lead but be aware of signs to control dogs when approaching live stock areas.

Many paths are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. If you are visiting with kids there’s a pump track for bikes and woodland play areas.

Find out more about visiting Saltram.

Dartmouth Steam Railway

Go on a tour of South Devon with your dog. Dartmouth Steam Railway between Dartmouth and Paignton connects with a bus and river boat ride to take you full circle while enjoying countryside views along the way.

The Round Robin trip is one you can do at your own pace and easily fills a day with stops in Paignton and Totnes. Dogs on leads are welcome on each stage of the journey. Dog tickets cost £2.

Find out more about the Round Robin and other trips on Dartmouth Steam Railway.

You also need to check out our guide to dog-friendly beaches in South Devon.

Where to stay

We think Devon is the ideal destination for a dog-friendly holiday including our all-year-round dog-friendly beaches, coast walks and plenty of dog-friendly holiday cottages.

If you are searching for the perfect dog-friendly holiday, whether you are bringing the family or looking for a couples break, take a look at the luxury, dog-friendly self catering accommodation on offer from us at Dart Valley Cottages.

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