Britain has been a nation of dog lovers for years but it seems in the last 5, it has become an obsession. The number of dog owners is increasing and with that so does the dog friendly facilities on offer.
And surely to be able to spend precious holiday time with the whole family including the four legged members, well that is just the perfection. It is now easier than ever to travel with dogs, find dog friendly accommodation, dog friendly activities and even eating and drinking places where they are allowed.
It’s a doubt many owners don’t relish the thought of a holiday destination with a diverse landscape so every day children and their four legged companions can enjoy something different, it is where regions such as North Devon really come into their own. This extremely diverse landscape offers things to do and walks whatever the weather, all too important with the UK’s slightly unpredictable climate!
The stunning beaches have to be the number one attraction in the North Devon area. Woolacombe and Saunton are both dog friendly beaches and the expanse of white sand is simply family heaven. If it’s hot then the sea provides dogs with a much needed way to cool down and there’s endless space for playing ball and Frisbee.
Beyond the beaches are dunes, the craggy moorland of the North Devon coast and Exmoor National Park, all doggy delights. There are many well signposted routes including the South West Coast Path especially around the Combe Martin to Ilfracombe area where the route passes along a dog friendly beach and various dog friendly pubs. This route takes in The Hangman Hills, full of history and intrigue and prehistoric hill fort of Hillsborough.
Dog friendly accommodation can be found is various forms. A recommendation for location and quality of facilities is Stowford Farm Meadows North Devon camping and caravan site at Combe Martin. They have dog friendly camping, caravan pitching and static rentals and the 70 acre site has dog friendly, waymarked walking routes handy for morning and evening trundles out. On top of that the dog day kennel service means even though you love them, a dog free day can be had, handy when wanting to visit an attraction. The site is fully equipped with a shop, places to eat and drink, a heated pool, crazy golf and entertainment.