Ultimate Guide to Dog-Friendly Woolacombe & Mortehoe

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Woolacombe and Mortehoe are renowned for their dog-friendly atmosphere, providing a variety of exciting walks and activities for you and your four-legged companion.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the best dog-friendly beaches, walking trails, and tips for enjoying a fantastic holiday with your four-legged friend.

Dog-Friendly Beaches

Woolacombe and Mortehoe are home to several dog-friendly beaches, each with its own unique charm and character. Below is a summary of the most popular options:

Woolacombe Beach

A map of the dog zones is below.

  • Dog-friendly all year round
  • Restrictions apply during the main season (Good Friday or April 1st to September 30th)
  • The on-lead area from the stream to Mill-Rock
  • Off-lead area from Mill Rock onwards

Dogs on the Beach at Woolacombe

let’s let them roam free at Woolacombe Beach!

Barricane Beach

  • Dogs are allowed but must be on leads when the cafe is in operation (usually March to September)

Combesgate Beach

  • Dogs are not allowed from April 30th to September 30th

Grunta Beach

  • Dogs allowed all year round

Rockham Bay

  • Currently inaccessible to people and dogs

Putsborough Sands

  • Zone A (south of steps): No dogs allowed from April 1st to September 30th
  • Zone C: Dogs allowed

Lee Bay

  • Dogs allowed all year round

Croyde Beach

  • No dogs are allowed during the main season on the beach, they are however allowed on the sand dunes
  • Dogs are allowed from October 1st to April 30th

Saunton Sands

  • Dogs are allowed, with certain designated restrictions in the main season, similar to Woolacombe

Scenic Dog Walks

Apart from the beautiful beaches, Woolacombe and Mortehoe offer numerous picturesque dog walks. Here are some top recommendations:

South West Coast Path

  • Accessible in both directions from Woolacombe
  • Leads to Croyde via Baggy Point, and to Lee and Ilfracombe via Morte Point
  • Managed by the National Trust
  • Dogs must be kept on leads due to livestock and cliff edges

Potters Hill and Woolacombe Downs

  • Offers stunning views of Woolacombe Bay, Baggy Point, Morte Point, and Lundy Island
  • Dogs must be kept on leads due to Exmoor Ponies, sheep, and cattle

The Old Railway Line

  • Starts at either Willingcott or Lee Bridge and leads to Ilfracombe
  • Perfect for hot days, as parts of the walk are shaded by trees

5 Top Dog-Friendly Walking Routes in Woolacombe & Mortehoe

Here are the top 5 dog-friendly walking routes n the area. These trails are perfect for exercise and mental stimulation for your four-legged companion while allowing you to enjoy the breathtaking scenery.

Morte Point Circular Walk

Starting from the Mortehoe car park, this 4-mile circular walk takes you along the stunning coastline with panoramic views of the Bristol Channel and Lundy Island.

Morte Point, known for its rugged beauty, offers a fantastic opportunity to spot seals and seabirds. Dogs should be kept on a lead due to the presence of livestock and steep cliffs.

Woolacombe Sand Dunes Walk

For a more relaxed walk, explore the Woolacombe sand dunes, which stretch along the back of the beach.

The dunes offer a unique habitat for various plants & wildlife and are perfect for letting your dog roam and play. Dogs are allowed off-leash but should be under control to avoid disturbing wildlife.

Baggy Point Coastal Walk

This 3-mile walk starts from the National Trust car park in Croyde and takes you along the stunning Baggy Point headland.

Enjoy breathtaking views of Woolacombe and Morte Bay, as well as Croyde Beach and Saunton Sands. Dogs should be kept on a lead due to the presence of livestock and cliff edges.

Woolacombe to Putsborough Beach Walk

A perfect beachside walk for you and your canine companion, this 2.5-mile stroll along the Woolacombe to Putsborough Beach takes you on a scenic journey with magnificent views of the coastline.

Check the tide times before setting off and keep your dog on a lead if required by beach restrictions (see above, the Northend of Woolacombe beach).

Bull Point Lighthouse and Rockham Beach Walk

Starting from the Mortehoe car park, this 3.5-mile walk takes you along the dramatic coastline to the Bull Point Lighthouse, with panoramic views of the sea and surrounding landscape.

You can also go down to the secluded Rockham Beach, where dogs are allowed all year round. Keep your dog on a lead due to livestock and steep cliffs.

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Dog-Friendly Places to Eat in Woolacombe

It seems that the further you enter into Devon and especially then further down into Cornwall, the more relaxed and the more dog-friendly places become.

Our personal favourite dog-friendly place to eat is the “The Beachcomber Cafe” which is right on the beach at Woolacombe. The pancakes are amazing and the family loves it there. Just be warned, it gets very busy, very quickly so expect to queue during the summer months.

Oh and we like this place so much, we have put their latest Google reviews, opening hours etc.. and details below.

Another place to note that is dog friendly and has equally yummy food is “The Captain’s Table” (7 Woolacombe Rise, Woolacombe EX34 7BW) we’ve eaten there twice and both times the food has been good and the service friendly.

The Beachcomber Cafe Reviews

Below are the latest reviews of The Beachcomber Cafe.

Based on 259 reviews
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Opening Hours:
Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Phone: 01271 871644
Address: The Esplanade, Woolacombe EX34 7DJ, UK

Delivery: No
Dine In: Yes
Price Level: 2
Serves Beer: Yes
Serves Breakfast: Yes
Serves Brunch: Yes
Serves Dinner: Yes
Serves Lunch: Yes
Serves Vegetarian Food: Yes
Serves Wine: Yes
Takeout: Yes

Andy avatarAndy
5 months ago
Stayed in Mortehoe for the week off peak popped into the beachcomber for food as most places was shut for winter. Food first class one of our party had gluten free cream team it was first class. Great food great view over the beach and sea. Staff polite and very attentive. This is a little gem in Woolacombe and a credit to the owners. Will definitely be back. Dog friendly as well.
Luke & Maeva Evans avatarLuke & Maeva Evans
8 months ago
Just stopped here for a bite to eat as literally next to the beach. Had some cream and jam scones along with fresh crab and salad and also the crayfish baguettes with salad too. Everything was freshly made including our 2 smoothies. When we come back to this lovely seaside town, we'll be back to have another lovely special.
Jol avatarJol
2 months ago
OMG, amazing find! We live in North Devon, we are always on the beach or in the sea at Woolacombe, and this is the first time we've been in. Such a lovely atmosphere and the food and drinks are so good, the whole family commented on how amazing their brunch was. Very friendly staff, so relaxed. Beautiful start to my wife's birthday. Thank you!
Simon avatarSimon
5 months ago
Great place to sit and watch the waves. Food brilliant, excellent coffee and service. Will definitely come here again
Helen Dormer avatarHelen Dormer
9 months ago
Beautiful location, great food. Child and dog friendly! Ticked all of our boxes and had a lovely ciabatta and a cream tea! Iced latte was also spot on 👍🏻
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Tips for a Dog-Friendly Holiday

To ensure a memorable and hassle-free experience for both you and your dog, follow these simple tips:

  • Always keep your dog on a lead in designated areas
  • Be mindful of beach restrictions and obey posted signs
  • Carry poop bags and clean up after your dog
  • Provide fresh water and shade for your dog during hot days
  • Keep an eye on your dog’s behaviour and ensure they are not disturbing wildlife or other visitors
  • Make sure your dog is up-to-date on vaccinations and flea/tick treatments
  • Research dog-friendly accommodations, restaurants, and attractions before your visit
  • Consider packing a dog first aid kit for emergencies

You can also see our top 7 pet-friendly cottages in this recent post.

Woolacombe & Mortehoe Tourist Information

For further assistance and information about dog-friendly activities and more, feel free to contact the Woolacombe & Mortehoe Tourist Information Centre:

Address: The Esplanade, Woolacombe, EX34 7DL

Phone: 01271 870553

Email: [email protected]

Dog-Friendly Accommodation Woolacombe

Pretty much ALL of the campsites in Woolacombe and Mortehoe are dog friendly. This includes the three Woolacombe bay campsites, Damage Barton and North Morte Farm Caravan & Camping Park.

Also there are way over 50 separate cottages, farms and apartments to stay in and around Woolacombe, the complete directory of where to stay in Woolacombe is here.

Dog-Friendly Pubs & Places to Eat

We have a dedicated guide to the dog-friendly pubs in Woolacombe that covers all the top pubs in a locals guide.

In Summary

Whether you’re exploring breathtaking beaches or venturing on scenic walks, Woolacombe and Mortehoe offer an unforgettable dog-friendly experience.

Follow our guide to ensure a fantastic holiday for you and your dog(s). Happy travels!

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the top questions about dogs and pet-friendly Woolacombe and Mortehoe

Q: What is there to do at Woolacombe with dogs?

A: In Woolacombe, there are many dog-friendly activities for you and your furry friend to enjoy:

  1. Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway: Experience a scenic ride on this historic cliff railway.
  2. Baggy Point to Woolacombe Circular Walk: A lovely coastal walk with breathtaking views.
  3. The Tide Inn: A dog-friendly pub offering good food and a welcoming atmosphere.
  4. Woolacombe Sands Beach: A beautiful beach with designated dog-friendly zones.

Q: Is Woolacombe Bay dog friendly?

A: Yes, Woolacombe Bay is dog friendly. All three of the North Devon Holiday Parks – Woolacombe Bay, Twitchen House, and Easewell Farm – welcome dogs. Woolacombe Sands Beach also has designated dog-friendly areas for your pet to enjoy.

Q: Can dogs go on Woolacombe Beach in the summer?

A: Yes, dogs are allowed on Woolacombe Beach during the summer, but there are zonal restrictions in place between May and October. Dogs must be on a lead and are only allowed in designated areas during this time.

Q: Does Croyde Beach allow dogs?

A: Dogs are allowed on Croyde Beach between October 1st and April 30th. Outside of these dates, dogs can be walked on the sand dunes that sit above the beach.

Q: Can I walk my dog on Woolacombe Beach?

A: Yes, you can walk your dog on Woolacombe Beach. Dogs are welcome all year round, but there are some restrictions during peak season (May to October). During this time, you must stay within the clearly marked dog-friendly zones.

Q: Are there any dog-friendly accommodations in Woolacombe and Mortehoe?

A: Yes, there are a variety of dog-friendly accommodations in Woolacombe and Mortehoe, including hotels, cottages, and holiday parks. Make sure to confirm with the property when booking to ensure they can accommodate your furry friend.

Q: Are there any dog-friendly cafes or restaurants in Woolacombe and Mortehoe?

A: Yes, Woolacombe and Mortehoe have several dog-friendly cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy a meal with your pet. These establishments typically offer outdoor seating and may provide water bowls and dog treats.

Q: Are there any dog walking or pet-sitting services available in Woolacombe and Mortehoe?

A: Yes, you can find dog walking and pet-sitting services in Woolacombe and Mortehoe. Local businesses and individuals offer these services, which can be helpful if you need someone to take care of your dog while you explore the area or participate in non-dog-friendly activities.

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