The North Coast
We highly recommend the north coast with its lovely sandy beaches, cafes and restaurants.
Saunton Sands is a wonderful beach about 1.5 hours away from us (well it is actually just over 1 hour, but you have to allow for holiday traffic). Then a little on from Saunton is Woolacombe and Croyde which are also worth a day trip.
Take a dip or surf/bodyboard (although please note Saunton have imposed a ban on the cheaper polystyrene bodyboards) and enjoy your time at these dog friendly beaches. You can hire surfboards and equipment from Saunton Surf Hire if needed.
Then retreat back to the calm of The Orchard Retreat after a lovely day at the beach.
Please don’t forget to bring beach towels for your day trips to the coast – thank you!
The South Coast
Whilst we love the North coast – there are plenty of lovely beaches to visit in South Devon. Some of which are actually much closer to get to than the North Coast.
For a quick trip, about 50 minutes, you can be in Exmouth, with its sandy beach, cafes and your classic seaside resort offerings. Pretty fun for children and adults alike. But please note not all of the beach is dog friendly.
We also like Salcombe and Dartmouth and the many beaches and coves in the area.
See the web link for some South Devon beach inspo and get planning your day out.
Again, please don’t forget your beach towels for your beach trips – thank you!
Dartmoor National Park
Dartmoor is a real must visit during your stay. Located in the heart of Devon it has something for everyone, with a wealth of history including old ruins, Tors, family attractions and wonderful walks for all abilities.
There is also a visitors centre at Princetown, which you may enjoy.Website
Haldon Forest Park
Just 15 minutes outside of Exeter, Haldon Forest has lots of fun things to do, including walking, cycling and mountain biking trails. There is also Go Ape and Segway tours making this the perfect place for an adventurous day out.
Plus a Gruffalo trail for little ones, play park and on site cafe.Website
If adventure is your thing – then take a 50 minute drive to Wimbleball Lake where you can hire paddleboards, canoes and kayaks and have a lovely time paddling around the beautiful lake. You can also take your own equipment, perfect.
Have a picnic at the edge of the water or buy lunch at the cafe and while away the day taking in your surroundings. Dogs are allowed and there is plenty of parking. However, swimming is not permitted in the lake so if you are looking to swim as well, we recommend the North or South coasts.
Booking is a must (whether you are hiring or taking your own equipment) and is easy to do online!Website