With so much to explore in Devon, it is hard to narrow down the best dog walks in this county. Given we only write about places we have visited, we have no doubt missed many other beautiful dog walks! 

With that in mind, of the places we have visited in Devon, these are our favourites:

Dartmoor

There are so many places to go on dog walks over Dartmoor. We have selected a few of our favourites. Be aware. Getting to most walks on Dartmoor will involve some very narrow country lanes. Once you get there, we can guarantee there are few other places quite as magical.

Wistman’s Wood

These woods certainly have a magical air about them. There are legends surrounding the woods which are said to have been planted by druids. This explains the name which originates from ‘wise man’. 

To start this dog walk, you will need to park in the Two Bridges Car Park right opposite the Two Bridges Hotel (what3wrds- worms.requires.stitch). You will very quickly pick up signs to the woods and you can see them in the distance. We have previously walked through the woods but that is now forbidden due to erosion. 

You should now follow the signs and stick to the footpaths around the woods where you can still marvel at the moss/lichen-covered trees. It doesn’t take much imagination to visualise fairies and elves frequenting these woods in an evening…

Away from the woods there are streams and paths that cross over and up into the moors. At this point you have options to extend your walk if you so choose. 

Wiseman's Wood
Wistman's Wood view

The Tors

Whichever Tor you pick for a dog walk, you won’t be disappointed. Be prepared - these walks are hilly…. Tor translates to ‘high hill’ usually topped with a mound of rocks. These so call Tors are formed when a valley erodes at the core leaving the mounds of granite rock at the peaks. 

High Willhays & Yes Tor
High Willhays & Yes Tor

High Willhays and Yes Tor are two of our favourites. The former is the highest point in the Southwest (621m above sea level). Parking is at Meldon Reservoir, and you should walk north and uphill! You are spoilt for choice of footpaths. All are obvious and once you are over the brow of the hill you will see the Tors in the distance, how far you go depends on how energetic you or your dog are feeling. Once you reach the very top the views are worth it!

High Willhays & Yes Tor
High Willhays & Yes Tor

Meldon Reservoir and Meldon Viaduct

Parking is at Meldon Reservoir (what3wrds- overture.ulterior.indicated). You will see a map in the car park and a footpath starting at the back of the car park. You can then take a steady walk all the way up to the Dam with amazing views of the viaduct. Around these landmarks you will find an expanse of hilly and streamside walks. 

Meldon Reservoir
Meldon Reservoir
Meldon Reservoir dog walk
Views from the hills

We love this area due to the variation of terrain. One minute you can be navigating a hilly landscape, and the next walking alongside gushing streams. If you go off piste the land can be very boggy and losing a shoe isn’t unheard of….

Meldon Viaduct
Meldon Viaduct
Avon Dam Reservoir
Avon Dam Reservoir

Salcombe Dog Walks

Aside from the shops, restaurants, and bars there is a lot on offer for dogs in Salcombe. If you want to start in the town, you can take a very leisurely stroll to North Sands. Once there the beach is small but great if your dog likes a quick splash. Opposite the beach is The Winking Prawn which we would highly recommend and is very dog friendly. Henry can attest to this! If you want an alternative back in Salcombe then The Victoria Inn serves good pub grub and has a nice garden out back with cover if the weather changes.

Henry shopping in Salcombe
Shopping in Salcombe
Winking Prawn
Henry enjoying The Winking Prawn!
North Sands Beach
A dip on North Sands beach

Just down the road from Salcombe is Hope Cove, a very small village nestled on the coast. From Hope Cove there is a lovely walk along to Thurlestone. The walk starts up some steepish steps on the right as you enter the Cove. Follow the coastal path all the way to Thurlestone and let your dog run freely on the beach (dog friendly all year round). Right behind the beach is The Beach House Café where you will find good food and great coffee.

Thurlestone beach
Thurlestone beach

Further refreshment can be found back in Hope Cove. If you want outdoor eating no matter what the weather, book a pod at The Lobster Pot. Alternatively grab a seat with a view and get great pizza and beer at The Cove. If it's traditional pub food you are after then The Hope and Anchor is a good choice. All these places are very busy during the summer and school holidays so book ahead.

Valley of the Rocks

Just outside Lynton and along the coast of Exmoor is Valley of the Rocks. Stunning scenery and goats! With the coastline in view alongside the jagged rocks this is a beautiful spot to be. There is parking at the valley (what3wrds- blend.transcribes.flying) and if you are looking for refreshments then Mother Meldrums Tea room is the only option. Make sure you check if they are open first. Be aware they only have outdoor seating so go on a nice day!

Valley of the Rocks dog walk
Valley of the Rocks

Croyde Dog Walks

Croyde is a very popular spot for surfers and holidaymakers and is a great place to start and finish a dog walk. Our favourite is to start in Croyde and head towards the coastal path which starts at the end of Croyde beach. Head towards Baggy Point. There are two options. You can head straight up a grass field ahead of you and follow the footpath all the way to Baggy Point. Alternatively, you can follow the coastal path along the cliff edge and take in the sea views (we recommend having your dog on a lead). Doing both routes makes for a nice circular walk.

Baggy Point Dog walk
Henry on route to Baggy Point
Coastal path Croyde
Coastal path Croyde

If you want to continue your dog walk, then you can take the coastal path all the way to Woolacombe and beyond. Be aware, the paths can be muddy and slippery in winter and the wind can be ferocious along the coastline. En route back, if you want a nice lunch or coffee then stop at Cafe Croyde.

If you return to Croyde then there are a couple of decent pubs to choose from. The Thatch serves solid pub food or The Manor House Inn.

To see our other recommended walks visit our blog section here.