Quaint seaside towns, and beautiful landscapes of Devon are a perfect getaway for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of every day life. For dog lovers, the trip becomes even more special when you have your furry companions along for the adventure. Join us as we recount our unforgettable holiday in Devon with our two beloved dogs, Indie and Willow, as we explored the charming towns of Teignmouth, Slapton Sands, Dartmouth, Fistral Beach, Haldon Forest, Sidmouth, and Budleigh Salterton.
Day 1: Teignmouth
Our adventure began in the picturesque town of Teignmouth. The long sandy beaches were perfect for the dogs to run freely and enjoy the sea breeze. Teignmouth boasts a dog-friendly atmosphere with many cafes and pubs allowing pets in their outdoor seating areas.
Day 2: Slapton Sands & Dartmouth
Slapton Sands, offered a unique coastal experience for Indie and Willow. We took a long walk along the beach and explored the beach and played for hours with the ball!
In the afternoon, we continued our journey to the charming town of Dartmouth. The historic town is nestled on the banks of the River Dart and is renowned for its picturesque streets and vibrant waterfront. Most of the shops are dog friendly and we sampled some amazing Devon ice-cream.
Day 3: Fistral Beach
Our holiday in Devon was filled with adventures, but the highlight was our planned reunion with friends at Fistral Beach. It was a fun-filled day of playing ball on the beach enjoying delicious fish and chips from Rick Stein chip shop. Indie and Willow had a blast meeting new doggie friends and playing on the beach and behaved fantastically whilst having dinner!
Day 4: Haldon Forest
For some woodland adventure, we ventured to Haldon Forest. The dogs had a blast running through the trees and discovering new scents. The forest’s numerous walking trails were perfect for long hikes and peaceful nature encounters. We had the best chocolate muffin and coffee from the cafe whilst sat in front of the log burner.
Day 5: A Day in the Cottage
Sometimes, Mother Nature has other plans. Our fifth day in Devon was marked by torrential rain and very high winds bought in by Storm Babet, forcing us to spend a cozy day in our cottage. Thankfully, we had purchased DVD’s from the charity shop in preparation and we enjoyed the day watching films, ready and I did do a little work on the website as I just could not resist!
Day 6: Sidmouth & Budleigh Salterton
Sidmouth, with its stunning red cliffs and a pebble beach, was a doggy paradise. We spent the day exploring the South West Coast Path, which offered spectacular views of the coastline. The town’s elegant Regency architecture and beautifully landscaped gardens made it a delightful place to explore. In the afternoon, we headed to Budleigh Salterton for a relaxed afternoon by the pebble beach which is where the pink beach hut photograph was taken.
Day 7: Dawlish
We wrapped up our unforgettable holiday with a visit to Dawlish, known for its scenic railway line. Indie and Willow joined us for a leisurely walk along the coastal path that offers breathtaking views of the sea and countryside we even managed a few hours without our coats on BUT soon retreated to shelter after a huge downpour.
As our holiday came to an end, we reflected on the unforgettable memories we had created in Devon. With the promise of Christmas on the horizon, we were excited to return home and prepare for a busy season ahead. Alongside all the festive plans, we were also eagerly anticipating the launch of our Christmas dog accessories, which were sure to make the season even more special for Indie and Willow and hopefully all your dogs as well.
Devon had given us cherished moments of relaxation, exploration, and quality time with our furry friends. It’s a destination we would gladly return to for more seaside adventures and beautiful memories in the years to come.