Devon really is a tale of 2 halves, during the summer it’s all systems go as everything opens and the tourists ascend. It’s part of the reason I rarely go away high season (other than the usual holiday price hike) as you can entertain the family quite easily. Come the winter, however, places like my own little village on the east Devon coast, turn into a ghost town.But this is when the holiday hot spots turn into a dog walkers dream.
Along the stunning Jurassic Coast, I’m starting with Beer beach, a sheltered cove sandwiched between the towns of Seaton and Sidmouth which, for half the year, allows dogs on the left hand side only. It’s not too much of a compromise though, as you can still pay a visit to the two beach cafes for breakfast, lunch or cream teas. Then from the 1st October through to 1st April its all systems go on this pebbled beach. And no sand means no sandy dogs! There’s a small car park on the beach but you’ll have more luck finding a spot in the larger one behind the Dolphin Hotel.
If sands your thing though, then pop over to Jacobs Ladder in Sidmouth where the kids can explore the rock pools and you can grab a takeaway cuppa from the cafe or lunch out at the dog friendly Clock Tower Cafe. (They do awesome sized slices of cake.) Parking is nearby on the road or there’s a large car park opposite giving you the chance to explore the beautiful Connaught Gardens.
And to really get the sea air in your lungs, why not check out the tide times and take a walk from Exmouth to Ladram Bay. This sandy beach is a dog walkers paradise and if you’re lucky, the kite surfers with be out too, they’re amazing to watch. Park on the road right by the beach, towards the far end or there are a couple of seafront car parks, as well as a dog friendly beach cafe.
I’ve been a Devon living lass for 31 years this month so I think I can safely say that I’m a Devonian and equipped to offer local advice. It’s a huge county with an equally huge variety of things to see and do, some of which have been collected and reported back in the Go Euro blog which you must check out if planning some Devon days out. You really can’t get bored down here!
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