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Dogs are a very important part of many families. For us, being able to enjoy your holiday with them makes it all the better. Luckily, Woolacombe has to be one of the most dog-friendly locations in the UK!

useful information

Nearest Vets 

Charter Vets – 01271 866770

Mullacott Veterinary Hospital, Bickenbridge Farm
EX34 8NZ

5 minutes drive out of the village on the B3343.

Dog-friendly Taxi 

You are advised to book in advance.

The Beach Runner – 07825 163284

Ezee Taxis – 07966 548303

Dog sat in outdoor area of a North Devon restaurant

Restaurants and pubs

Woolacombe offers some of the best restaurants in North Devon, and many of the restaurants and pubs in the village are dog-friendly – here are some of our favourites:

Your stay at Byron

The nearest area many owner’s dogs use for a late-night trip to the toilet is the gravel path that runs along the rear of the property both behind the Putsborough and Challacombe blocks. This is accessed by either; turning right out of the car park onto Sandy Lane, and right again; or via the leisure deck. Please pick up any poop and don’t forget your key fob to get back in. Place any waste in designated dog poo bins. There’s plenty of grassy areas and bins down Sandy lane before the beach.

You can also make use of the outdoor shower when coming back from the beach to clean those paws with the handy doggy shower handle!

We ask that you please keep your dog off your apartment’s beds.

Dogs exploring Woolacombe beach
Dog lying on blanket on a beach in North Devon

dog guides

With a host of dog-friendly beaches to let your hair down, get sandy, chase balls and frolic in the waves from sunrise till sunset Woolacombe must be one of the most dog-friendly locations in the UK!

To read about the host of local dog-friendly beaches available to you in North Devon and for tips on useful pet-friendly information see the guides below!

pamper your pooch

You can now buy a Doggy Hamper for your arrival, the PAW-FECT treat for dog lovers!

From our friends at Koola Life, with a choice of small and large breed hampers, why not treat your furry friend to something special on their next trip to the coast?

All hampers are sourced from local Woolacombe partners and are environmentally friendly and sustainably made, even the toy floats so it won’t get lost at sea!

Local Beach details and restrictions

Map of Woolacombe beach showing zones with dog restrictions
Woolacombe beach zones showing where dogs are allowed

Woolacombe Beach

Dogs are welcome on most parts of the beach. Parkin Estates ask that you follow their regulations to ensure everyone can enjoy the beach. The map above shows the zones and dates where dogs are allowed.

Putsborough Sands 

Located at the far end of Woolacombe Bay, Putsborough Sands has a restriction on part of the beach from April-October, but the rest of the beach is dog-friendly. Owners usually walk along the dunes and back along the beach, a lovely 5 mile round trip with a buttie from the beach café which is open throughout the year. There is a toilet block in the car park.

Barricane Beach

Barricane Beach is a small beach next door to Woolacombe which allows dogs between October and April, but they must be on a lead between the months of May and September. It has an excellent café open from Easter until September and they regularly have curry nights. Check Facebook for details.

The Coast Path 

The Coast path is fabulous to walk along. Dogs will need to be on the lead occasionally for cattle, road walking and caution near the cliffs. You can walk from Ilfracombe back to Woolacombe – a 4 hour walk of 7.5 miles with some strenuous hills, well worth it for the views. There’s a regular bus service between Woolacombe and Ilfracombe.

Dog on the beach
Two dogs on a beach blanket
Dog sitting on a beach

pooch approved lodgings

Your pooch will love their stay at Byron Woolacombe Holidays and visits to Woolacombe Beach and all the beautiful walks in the local area.

The Local Area

A spectacular coastline of cliff, coves, beaches, dunes and headlands, but that’s not all…

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