Dog-Friendly Torquay

Dog Friendly Beaches in Torquay
Image courtesy of Mike Hardisty Photography

Looking to take your best friend on holiday with you? Well, with miles of sandy beach to discover, sprawling green parkland and country pubs galore, self-catering accommodation in Torquay is perfect for those who like to bring their dog on holiday too!

Torquay has more than its share of family attractions, and many of them welcome pets along  – so they can join in no matter what you feel like doing.

Whether you prefer to make the most of the empty beaches out of season, or enjoy tramping the unspoilt countryside together in sunnier weather, you’ll find plenty of mischief to get into with your dog – no matter which season you visit.

The beaches of Torquay attract thousands of holidaymakers every year, so it’s only fair that some of the best ones welcome dogs along too. The secluded Anstey’s Cove lies on the scenic South West Coast Path, so it’s the perfect spot to pause for a dip with your dog as you stroll the famous route together.

Livermead Beach is also dog-friendly, and it’s just a short walk away from the lawns of Torre Abbey – a great area to let your dog stretch his legs. Meadfoot Beach was a favourite with former resident Agatha Christie, and this shingle stretch also welcomes dogs.

Families staying in self-catering Torquay accommodation are often raring to explore the many attractions the town has to offer, but nobody wants to leave the family pet behind for the day…luckily, many of the local attractions are happy to accept dogs too. Babbacombe Model Village allows dogs as long as they remain on the lead, so the whole party to can admire this humorous miniature world with its tiny residents. Bygones, in St Marychurch also permit dogs inside on leads, and this is the perfect attraction for wetter days.

Whilst it’s great to be able to visit the attractions above with your pet in tow, let’s face it, their idea of holiday heaven is always going to be a nice long walk with plenty of new sights and smells to explore! The historic Cockington Country Park was MADE for dog walking! With its water meadows, dog-friendly pub and beautiful lakes, this medieval village is a haven for both owners and pets. The South West Coast Path is also a great way to enjoy the stunning scenery without roaming off the beaten track, simply choose a section to pick up between Paignton and Babbacombe Downs and get walking!

If you’re planning a dog-friendly holiday in self-catering accommodation in Torquay, you’ll need to make note of the following pet-friendly pubs and restaurants! If you’re in the harbour area, try The Clocktower or The Hole in the Wall – two of the most popular traditional pubs in Torquay. The Hole in the Wall serves great food too, so it’s a fantastic spot to finish a days’ exploring with your four-legged friend. In Babbacombe, the Cary Arms welcomes dogs along, and you’ll always find a bowl of water ready at The Drum Inn in Cockington.


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