Well-known for its dramatic scenery, peaceful way of life, and beautiful coastline, Devon is one of the most stunning places to visit in the UK. It’s not just our human guests who love Devon’s beautiful views and fresh country air – dogs love it too! So, we have shortlisted the best dog walks in Devon.
In this blog, we’ll explore our favourite walks to do with a furry friend, whether that’s easy beach strolls or adventurous hill trails.
The best part is that they’re all within easy reach of our dog-friendly hotel. At Northcote Manor, we’re lucky to be close to some of the best walking spots in Devon. After you’ve enjoyed a long walk with your four-legged friend, you can enjoy some rest and relaxation on us.
1. Halsdon Nature Reserve
If you’re looking to enjoy picturesque woodland and even some local wildlife, then Halsdon Nature Reserve is perfect for you. Just under 20 minutes drive away from Northcote Manor, this area is hugely popular with our guests and locals alike.
It’s safe for dogs to be off lead and there’s lots of undergrowth, rivers, and open space to explore. You can complete a loop of Halsdon in about 5.5km.
There are some steep hills in places, but for the most part, this is a flat and easy walk where you can simply relax and enjoy the Devon countryside.
If you’re lucky, you might even spot some otters!
There is ample parking available.
2. Eggesford Forest
Around 20 minutes away from Northcote Manor by car is Eggesford Forest, which has a great 2-mile circular walk on paved forest tracks.
This walk is completely safe for dogs off the lead. Follow the paths down to a picturesque stream at the bottom – which is often a good swimming and drinking point for dogs!
The forest is full of stunning natural beauty and is a popular place for all sorts of walkers.
Parking is readily available.
3. River Taw, Umberleigh
A short, 15-minute car journey can bring you to the River Taw walk. This walk is perfect for those short on time or those who don’t want to go as far, as the riverside walk only takes around 20 minutes.
You can park near Umberleigh station and walk down the track which winds alongside the river.
There are even little pebble beaches that you can stop off at on the way.
4. Torrington Commons
For those who want a longer walk or are simply more adventurous, you can take a 25-minute car trip to Torrington Commons.
Here you’ll find over 20 miles of footpaths, which means you can take a different route each time you come. You’ll love taking in the beautiful surroundings, and there are lots of accessible water sources along the river for dogs who enjoy getting their paws wet.
If you’re looking for some inspiration, Torrington Commons’ website has lots of maps and different walking trails to try, including a fantastic 3k tree trail.
Aside from having lots of parking nearby, other useful amenities include a children’s play area, a burger van, and an ice cream van. Perfect for a day out!
5. Tarka Trail
The Tarka Trail is one of the country’s longest continuous traffic-free walking and cycling paths, covering a whopping 180 miles in a figure-of-eight route around North Devon. The easiest way to join it would be to drive to the Puffing Billy Café in Torrington, which is under 30 minutes from Northcote Manor, and walk from there.
The Tarka Trail meanders its way alongside the Rivers Torridge and Taw, offering plenty of scenic views and lots of pubs and cafes along the way. Whilst you might not want to walk all 32 miles of the trail at once, even a short walk around some of the trail is enough to take in the beauty of North Devon – and tire your dog out!
The paved walking and cycling track are loved by both locals and holidaymakers. Perhaps one reason for this is because it’s mostly flat – perfect for a leisurely stroll!
If you’re planning a getaway with your dog, get in touch with us today. We have lots of dog-friendly hotel rooms that will keep you and your four-legged friend comfortable, plus doggy perks like water bowls and treats.