Wonderful forest walks to explore
In addition to the beach and country footpaths, we have lots of forest trails to explore with your dogs only a short distance from your cottage.
Winkleigh Woods ( 10 minutes drive)
Just on the outskirts of our local Winkleigh village, on the road to Eggsford, is a large forest which is really popular for dog walking. Many well made tracks run through this 500 acre forest, which was is a remnant of the only park in Devon recorded in the Doomsday book. Car parking is limited to the main gateways to the forest.
Eggesford Woods ( 15 minutes drive)
The Forestry Commission manages this forest estate. There are lots of well signposted walks and plenty of parking for visitors, and dogs are very welcome.
Abbeyford Woods (20 minutes drive)
The varied tree species structure and crystal clear river mean wildlife flourishes in Abbeyford Woods, on the edge of Okehampton. If you visit the woods early in the morning or during the evening you might be lucky enough to spot roe or red deer. Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, Nightjar, Buzzard and Raven can all be seen or heard here. Dogs are very welcome and there is plenty of parking for visitors.
Dog friendly Mid Devon
There are lots of places in this area that you can visit with your dog – Dartmoor, Exmoor, Hatherleigh moor, beaches and coves, pubs and cafes.
There are dog-friendly beaches at Instow and Northam Burrows all year round along with Westward Ho! between October to April.
Dog friendly Walks
The South West Coast Path
The South West Coast Path has some spectacular coastal scenery and has the advantage of being able to be done in bite-size chunks.
Try parking at Hartland Quay and walking along the Coast Path for about 2 miles north to Hartland Point Lighthouse for a Devon cream tea. Then on towards Clovelly for lunch at the dog friendly Red Lion Inn before heading back to Hartland Quay for a drink at the Hartland Hotel and taking in the wonderful views.
The coastal path from Hartland south towards Bude is great for the keen walkers, about 15 miles with spectacular scenery. There are dog-friendly pubs/restaurants in Bude where if you don't fancy the return walk you can catch a local taxi back.
After those long walks we supply special towels for your dog and throws for the soft furnishings. We welcome one dog in The Shippon and two dogs in The Farmhouse. Guests with puppies would be required to bring a puppy crate.
There is a weekly charge per dog of £20.