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Dog friendly self catering in croyde

29/11/2015 by holidaysincroyde

We love our dogs, so we understand that many families want to holiday with their four-legged family members. That’s why we ensure that the majority of our self catering holiday homes are dog friendly.

dog friendly self catering croyde

Croyde beach and dog walking

Croyde beach is privately owned and between the months of April and September, dogs are not permitted on the beach unfortunately. However, there are paths leading up to and around the dunes that are dog friendly. Luckily, there are several other beaches nearby such as Saunton sands, Putsborough and Woolacombe beach that do allow dogs.

Most beaches have some kind of restriction. Zones are marked where dogs are not permitted, need to be on leads, or are free to run off-lead.

Dog walking around Croyde

Dog walking around Croyde

The village of Croyde sits in a bay surrounded by beautiful, natural countryside. The vast majority of the North Devon coastline that passes through Croyde is owned by the National Trust which offers a great deal of public access. Following the coast is the South West Coast Path, which travels from Somerset in the north of the region to Dorset in the south. A large section of the South West Coast Path shares its route with the Tarka Trail, both of which pass through Croyde and Woolacombe in the north through to Braunton in the south.

The majority of the countryside surrounding Croyde is working land. There are a network of public footpaths that criss-cross the entire area. Most of the paths around the village are well maintained and form loops, enabling a pleasant walk of one or two hours, around the village. Other paths that go further afield are less well maintained and can be challenging, making for a more adventurous and longer walk.

Many public footpaths cross private land where livestock are grazed. Paths cross fences using step ladders and often there is no alternative for your dog other than to climb the ladder or be carried over. Often the landowners will leave gates open to indicate there are no livestock in the field, but otherwise, you must assume there are livestock and keep your dog on a lead. Bridleways tend to be between fields so are usually safe to allow your dog off the lead, but they can be difficult to walk in winter months due to excessive mud, water or ice. Guidebooks and OS maps are available.

braunton burrows dog walking

Braunton Burrows

One of the most popular dog friendly walking locations in the area is Braunton Burrows. This is the name given to the range of dunes that sits behind Saunton Sands beach and can be accessed from Saunton Sands beach car park or Sandy Lane car park which is 1 mile off the main road.

Hundreds of paths twist and turn in amongst a variety of sandy dunes, grassy planes, marshy wetlands and small wooded copses. A great place to let your dog run free.

Braunon Burrows is split into three zones and some of the zones are sometimes occupied by cattle, where the landowners recommend you put your dog on a lead. However there is usually at least one of three zones free of cattle. Braunton Burrows is occasionally used by the military for training purposes. This could be off-road vehicle training or troop exercises involving blank bullets. Activity is often contained to one of the three zones though.

Adders are native to Devon, as a rule, they keep themselves well hidden and out of the way, but in the spring months when they are waking from hibernation, they can be slower to react, so can get caught by inquisitive dogs. Bites to paws and noses are fairly common. Once into late June, early July, it is fairly rare to see an adder.

dog walking Tarka Trail

Tarka Trail

The principle village in the area is Braunton. From here you can pick up the Tarka Trail. The entire Tarka Trail is a 180 mile, figure eight loop traversing the majority of North Devon’s finest scenery. The stretch between Braunton and Meeth is a 30 mile section of old railway track that travels from Braunton, through Barnstaple, Fremington, Bideford, Torrington and down to Meeth. This stretch is off-road and perfectly safe for dog walkers, except there are quite a few cyclist who share the trail too. There are fantastic views along the way and plenty of cafes for afternoon tea and cake.

The starting point is at Station Road in Braunton, near to Caen Street car park. From here Barnstaple is a 6 mile walk on the flat, making a 12 mile round trip which would take approx. 5 hours. If you were looking for a shorter walk, then there are several places along the route that you can park to walk shorter distances.

For more information, check out dog friendly routes around the Tarka Trail.

Here are some walking routes you might like on the Tarka Trail website: