Dogs in Woolacombe: Woof Guide

We Love Dogs in Woolacombe

As dog owners ourselves, we understand dog owners. And part of the reason we live and work in Woolacombe is that it’s great for dogs. Or is that part of the reason that we have dogs? Either way, here’s a taste of what we can offer you and your best friend.

We welcome dogs on all our Holiday Parks; Golden Coast, Woolacombe Bay, Twitchen House and Easewell Farm. They are also welcome on Woolacombe Beach (more details below), voted Best Beach in England in the Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice awards 2020.

Dogs with child at Woolacombe Bay

Golden Coast

Situated at the head of a picturesque valley, Golden Coast offers everything from a fantastic Surfing Simulator to a 17th Century Inn. The Old Mill is fantastic for a few drinks or some delicious food out on the heated patio, and dogs are welcome on the ground floor, conservatory and terrace areas. Take a stroll down to our dog walking area to stretch yours and your furry friend’s legs afterwards. Visit the beach bar and Harry’s bar too when noise is at a minimum, please check with our on-Park team.

Our dog-friendly accommodation at Golden Coast includes lodges, apartments and villas.

This Park is situated just 5 minutes drive from Woolacombe village and our fabulous beach. Give your dog a good run on 3 miles of sandy beach and enjoy some of the delights the local, dog friendly, cafés, bars and restaurants have to offer.

Dogs with family at Woolacombe Bay

Woolacombe Bay

South facing with stunning views across the bay, to Lundy Island and the magnificent Atlantic Ocean. Almost 200 metres above sea level with nothing between us and North America, this Park is breathtaking.

We welcome dogs on the outdoor terrace at the Bait Ball Bar & Restaurant, you’ll find plenty of water out for them too.

There are walks to suit all tastes and activity levels. Three footpaths lead to and from the Park, surrounded by miles of spectacular National Trust parkland, quaint villages and dramatic coastline. Boundaries don’t exist here so you can walk to your heart’s content or take a stroll to the beach in about 15 minutes, it’s not too far away!

The Park has glorious views over the valley and its own 11-acre exercise area full of young trees and rabbits. That’s pretty good doggy entertainment!

Dog with Boy overlooking Woolacombe Beach

Twitchen House

The name means ‘meeting of paths’ and it lives up to the name, as the Park is criss-crossed with them. Set amid a stunning countryside setting and mature woodland, it’s a magnet for those who enjoy country walks.

We welcome dogs in our accommodation and camping & touring areas. All our dog-friendly accommodation is situated within easy access to trails, paths and walks.

Walks here are endless, head inland or take our footpath down to any of Woolacombe’s finest beaches and grassy headlands and meet up with the breathtaking South West Coastal Path.

It’s a lovely trail to the beach through the woods, emerging into the gorse and bracken covered Twitchen Valley.

Easewell Farm

Originally a working farm, now the home to Mortehoe & Woolacombe Golf Club, and one of the most beautiful touring Parks in the country.

We welcome dogs across the Park and inside The Easewell Arms, a quiet and friendly bar, open daily.

Easewell Farm is perfect for those looking to unwind, with unforgettable rural and sea views as well as unhindered access to coastal paths and glorious countryside. This includes Kinevor Valley, Mortehoe, Rockham Bay, Bull Point Lighthouse and footpaths to Lee Bay and beyond.

Boy being pulled by dog

Dogs are Welcome

Dogs are welcome in selected accommodation and must be pre-booked for just £30 per pet per booking. Pets are also allowed in designated Camping & Touring areas at Golden Coast, Twitchen House and Easewell Farm at a cost of £1.50 per pet per night.

Dogs are only permitted in designated pet-friendly Holiday Homes and Camping & Touring pitches. If you arrive with a dog into accommodation or onto a pitch area which is not pet friendly, then we’ll have to ask the dog to leave the Park immediately and there will be a fee for deep cleaning the accommodation.

Public footpath sign in woods


Make the most of all the outside space Woolacombe and the surrounding areas have to offer, explore it on foot!

From Golden Coast, walk a short way to reach the Tarka Trail. This stretches all the way to Ilfracombe, allowing you and your pooch to walk safely on a tarmac pedestrian and cycle path, and removing the worries of motor traffic when enjoying a stroll.

At Woolacombe Bay you can use the designated sea-view and conservation areas to exercise your dog to your hearts content. This Park is just a short walk from Woolacombe Beach, 3 miles of glorious golden sand for your dog to explore.

Twitchen House is surrounded by woodland footpaths and is a healthy 25 mins walk to the beach. There are numerous different walks from site, out into the open countryside or to various local villages to sample the local delights.

Ideally placed for exploring North Devon, Easewell Farm is in a great location, nestled amongst glorious National Trust Parkland and overlooking the spectacular coastline. For those who fancy enjoying the site itself and what it has to offer there is a dog exercise area available for use on site.

Please ensure all dogs are on a lead.

Refreshments & Attractions

Why not treat yourself and your furry friend with a treat along the way; there are numerous Pet Friendly pubs, restaurants, cafés and quaint cream tea houses to satisfy your craving.

  • Woolacombe: The Red Barn, Captain Jacks, Fortescue Arms
  • Mortehoe: Chichester Arms, Smugglers Restaurant, Ship Aground
  • Croyde: The Thatch, Billy Buds
  • Braunton: The Williams Arms
  • Exmoor: Hunters Inn
  • North Devon: Broomhill Sculpture Gardens, The Cranford Inn

Dog Friendly Holidays

We try to pick self-catering Holiday Homes that are situated with easy access to footpaths or exercise areas, we also include all the little extras we hope will improve your stay:

  • Healthy dog treat & toy
  • Comfy dog bed
  • Feeding & water bowls
  • Pooper-scoopers and unlimited refills
Dogs against sunset on Woolacombe beach

Beach Guide for Dogs

Please pick up after your dog and, where available, use the dog waste bins provided. ‘The Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996’ applies on all beaches.

Always read beach notices on arrival as amendments are made from time to time.

Beach map
Saunton beach map

Woolacombe: rules apply 1st April (or Good Friday if earlier) until first Monday in November.

ZONE A: No dogs

ZONE B: Dogs on a lead

ZONE C: No restrictions

Barricane Beach: dogs on leads 1st May – 30th September

Putsborough (see map): rules apply 1st April – 31st October

Saunton: rules apply throughout the year

ZONE A: No dogs

ZONE B: Dogs on a lead

ZONE C: No restrictions

Croyde: No dogs on the beach at any time. Rules apply throughout the year.


Wildersmouth, Larkstone, Harbour and Raparee: No restrictions.

Tunnels Beaches: No dogs on the beach at any time.

Combe Martin, Lee & Lynmouth

Newberry Beach: No restrictions

Combe Martin Beach: No dogs (1st May – 30th September)

Lee Bay, Lynton: No dogs (1st May – 30th September)

Lynmouth: No restrictions

We have further information and blogs about our local beaches here.

Assistance Dogs

Registered Assistance Dogs

We welcome registered assistance dogs; not just in our adapted wheelchair friendly Holiday Homes but in all our accommodation too for no extra charge. Make your booking online without selecting any pets and once you’ve booked contact our Reservations Team – when they’ve received a copy of your dog’s registration certificate they’ll add it to your booking, free of charge.

Everything Else

All dogs staying with us must be up to date with their flea, worming and tick treatments plus reasonable measures must also be taken to check your dogs upon return from walks while staying with us to ensure parasites are not brought into our accommodation.

Dogs must not be left unattended in your accommodation and any damage made to soft or hard furnishings will be chargeable. At all times dogs must be on a lead around the grounds of our Parks.

Dogs are permitted in selected designated areas of our central facilities but this does not include any swimming pool and spa areas, amusement arcades, entertainment venues and convenience stores.

Another scruffy dog in caravan

Vets & Grooming

Argyll Veterinary Clinic, 24 Highfield Road, Ilfracombe, EX34 9LZ, 01271 867711

Mullacott Veterinary Hospital Ilfracombe, Bickenbridge Farm, Ilfracombe, EX34 8NZ, 01271 866770

Grooming Dogsmart, Unit 5c, Mullacott Cross Industrial Estate, Ilfracombe, EX34 8PL, 01271 879748

Big dog paw print on sand

Sorry, These dogs aren’t welcome

We’re sorry but for the safety and comfort of all our guests we can’t welcome any dogs listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 – no ifs, no buts, no exceptions:

  • Any dog known as Pitbull type
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Dogo Argentino

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