Devon, Dorset & Somerset Beaches

Devon: forms part of the South West (or Cornish) Peninsula of the UK, with Cornwall to the west & Dorset & Somerset to the east. The Bristol Channel lies to the north & the English Channel to the south. Within Devon’s boundaries is a wide variety of scenery, including the Dartmoor National Park & part of the Exmoor National Park. Most of the main resorts, apart from Ilfracombe on the north coast, lie on the south coast & include Torbay, Paignton & Brixham. Devon boasts beautiful picturesque small towns & villages, such as Salcombe, Lynmouth & Clovelly. 

Dorset: borders Devon to the west, Somerset to the north-west, Wiltshire to the north-east & Hampshire to the east. With simply miles & miles of sandy beaches & some of the best UK weather, it makes the perfect holiday destination. Amongst the beautiful country villages, there are also the "buzzing" towns of Bournemouth, Poole, Dorchester & Weymouth, which are full to the brim of places to eat, drink and shop.

Somerset: borders Gloucestershire & Bristol to the north, Wiltshire to the east, Dorset to the south-east & Devon to the south-west, with it's coastline facing south-eastern Wales. Somerset has a large agricultural area, producing two of its most famous products: Scrumpy cider & Cheddar cheese! 

ETK have Holiday Homes within a few miles of the following beaches:

Dawlish Town: This sandy beach is just a short walk from the town centre & is backed by stunning cliffs.  There is a tarin track behind the beach that also runs the occasional steam train.

Dawlish is dog-friendly, with restrictions in certain areas  

Bantham Beach: This beach is part of a designated "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" & has won awards from the Marine Conservation Society + Blue Flag. Bigbury Bay & Burgh Island can be seen from the beach, which are both well worth a vist. The beach at Bantham is shallow & sandy, so it’s ideal for families & at low tide, there's simply loads of shallow pools that are perfect for crab hunting.

Bantham do not allow dogs on the beach between May-September

Breakwater Beach: Although it's a shingle-based beach, Breakwater is close to the mouth of Brixham harbour & is one of the cleanest beaches on the English Riviera.  It has both a Blue Flag & Seaside Awards & is recommended in the "Good Beach Guide." It's a favourite for scuba diving, with some of the warmest & calmest waters in the UK & lots to explore, including rare seagrass beds, seahorses, fish & even a few shipwrecks!

Breakwater do not allow dogs on the beach between May-September

Fishcombe Cove: The beautiful little shingle beach of Fishcombe is beautiful cove, surrounded by cliffs & wooded hillsides. Be aware, that the path leading through the woodlands to the beach is very steep & won't be suitable for some.  

Fishcombe is dog-friendly all year round 

Shoalstone Beach & Pool:  This is a small, shingle & rocky beach, right next door to Brixham’s outdoor sea-water swimming pool. There's easy access to the promenade surrounding the beach & the pool plus a cafe with superb views across the bay. Brixham’s outdoor sea-water pool is one of only a few left in the country, & has large open areas to relax & enjoy the sun. 

Shoalstone is dog-fgriendly all year round

Blackpool Sands: This is a beautiful, sand & shingle, 2/3 mile long cove at the northern end of Start Bay in the South Hams area of South Devon, just along from Dartmouth. With watersports a-plenty, including windsurfing, canoeing & sailing, there is also a cafe & restaurant. This is one of the very best beaches in Devon & is very popular with families.

Blackpool has a dog restricted area

Challaborough Beach: is a sheltered, horse-shoe shaped sandy cove made & is situated in an "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty." At low tide, there are plenty of rock-pools to explore, & is a popular area for surfers. There's a cafe & restaurant, & ample parking. 

Challaborough do not allow dogs on the beach between May-September

Westward Ho!: Is a sandy 2-mile stretch of beach, with a pebble ridge, behind which is Northam Burrows & eye-catching rows of traditional beach huts! The facilities include a cafe, deckchair hire, first aid, lifeguards and lost child centre. It's an ideal beach for families, with access down a concrete ramp from the village of Westward Ho!

Westward Ho! provides a dog exercise area within a restricted area

Woolacombe Beach: This one of the most popular beaches in the county, with a 3-mile stretch of golden sand & dunes. It's very popular among water sports fans & various water-sports events are held over the summer months. It's a safe beach, yet has excellent surfing conditions. Speed boats & jet skis are prohibited in the water, but excellent facilities are available for surfing, windsurfing, sailing & sea canoeing.

Woolacombe have an area of dog-free zones from May-October, but they are allowed in adjacent areas on a lead

Clevedon Beach & Pier: This is long, pebbled beach which runs southwest from the town. It’s probably most famous for its beautiful Victorian pier which has been used in various films & music videos! The beach has plenty of rock-pools to explore & there are numerous cafes and restaurants along Clevedon seafront.

Clevedon do not allow dogs on the beach between May-September 

Uphill Slipway Beach: This flat, sandy beach is on the outskirts of Weston-super-Mare, so is ideal if you are looking to escape all the hustle & bustle of the main beach at Weston. It runs from the Kingston Jetty, to the boatyard, & contains some muddy stretches & salt flats. There is also "Black rock", which is a tiny island accessible via a muddy causeway during low tide. 

Uphill do not allow dogs on the beach between May-September, but provides a dog exercise area

Weston-super-Mare Beach: This is one of the longest, naturally occurring beaches in the UK, & attracts thousands of tourists each year. It has the second-highest tidal rise in the world, which is the main reason that the pier was originally built. The pier hosts a range of entertainment & activities, & the beach also hosts annual events such as T4 on the beach, Enduro, & the Sand Sculpture Festival. 

Weston-super-Mare is dog-friendly all year round

Weymouth Beach: A huge, sandy beach surrounded by the beautiful town of Weymouth. A truly "nostalgic seaside experience", with donkey rides & deckchairs on the promenade! Surrounded by cafes, restaurants & pubs.

Weymouth do not allow dogs on the beach between May-September, but are permitted all year round at the Pavillion end

Lyme Regis: This is a pebble & sandy beach, but sheltered so very child friendly.  It has a long promenade, wiith beach huts  & mackerel fishing boat trips are very popular.  It's a hugely popular seaside town with many pubs, restaurants & cafes.

Lyme Regis do not allow dogs on the beach between May-September