Devon is the perfect destination
With its miles of moorland, beaches and woodland just waiting to be explored, Devon is the perfect destination for you and your dogs. Your dogs will love the freedom of the moors and playing in the wide-open spaces. They can paddle in the rivers, frolic on the beaches, and run to their hearts content.
The landscape offers everything a dog could wish for, including a wide range of dog-friendly pubs and cafés. After wearing out your dogs (and yourself!) you can stop for a pub lunch or perhaps treat yourself to a cream tea. Devon makes everything easy for you to relax with your canine companions at your side.
Bowerland’s location on the edge of Dartmoor is the ideal retreat for you to make the most of what the county has to offer. Devon is a special place and we know that your dogs will love it as much as you do.
Visit Dartmoor advises visitors with dogs to be mindful of the wildlife and livestock: “Spring and Summer are extremely important times to make sure that your dog is under extremely close control at all times. On most areas of open country and common land, dogs must be on leads between 1st March and 15th July for the safety of ground nesting birds.”
Places to explore
Stunning Dartmoor is on your doorstep offering endless opportunities for adventure. Okehampton is the starting point for the Granite Way, an 11-mile traffic-free route perfect for dog walkers and cyclists alike. It offers spectacular views of Dartmoor and beyond, and from it you can take in the Meldon Reservoir and Viaduct or visit the breathtaking Lydford Gorge.
Not only can you discover Devon’s industrial history along The Granite Way, but you delve further into Devon’s past with the Two Castles Trail, which links the Norman Castles of Okehampton and Launceston. This 24-mile route can be walked in 4 stages and the end of each stage is well served by public transport.
Okehampton is a traditional market town situated in the northern foothills of Dartmoor. Known as the walking centre of Devon, visitors can discover the wild side of the moors on foot or explore forgotten villages by bike. Make the most of the farmer’s market which takes place on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month.
Tavistock is a charming and historic market town, full of character and interest sitting on the western edge of Dartmoor. The River Tavy flows through the centre of the town and the area surrounding Tavistock is an area of outstanding natural beauty. There is a bustling indoor pannier market with many fascinating stalls selling a range of goods, and the town boasts many individual cafés and shops.
Hatherleigh is a short drive away and hosts a weekly farmer’s market. There is an arts festival in July and a carnival in November, with one of the highlights being the Tar Barrel Run where two lit barrels are pulled ablaze through the town.
Princetown is an atmospheric village situated in the heart of Dartmoor. Home to both Dartmoor Prison and Dartmoor Brewery! From Princetown you can walk to Yelverton on the disused railway track or embrace your inner explorer and set off in almost any direction to enjoy wild and wonderful scenery.
Bude If a day at the coast takes your fancy then why not travel to Bude and experience one of its peaceful, unspoiled beaches. It will be the perfect treat for your dogs who will love playing in the sand. It is a small seaside resort town in north Cornwall, England, UK, in the civil parish of Bude-Stratton and at the mouth of the River Neet (also known locally as the River Strat). It was formerly sometimes known as Bude Haven. It is a charming town with plenty to see for tourists – a wonderful place for a day trip to the coast with your dogs.
Places to eat and drink
Devon has plenty of dog friendly pubs and cafés serving excellent beer and food, many of which we have tried and tested! The Taw River in Sticklepath is a traditional pub serving delicious homemade food. There is a pub garden and dogs are more than welcome indoors too. The Tarka Trail runs through Sticklepath so this is the perfect stop off for walkers. If you want to break your walk with a coffee, then there are lots of coffee shops where dogs are welcome. Nearby is Coffee at Grants in Okehampton, and slightly further afield – but one of our favourites – is the Fox Tor Café at Princeton. There’s a wide variety of options so take a look at our list of eating options. If you prefer to eat in, why not order a Waitrose delivery before you arrive? Book your delivery slot for the afternoon of your arrival and we will put away your food so that you can relax as soon as your holiday starts. Book online at Waitrose for free delivery, giving our postcode of EX20 4LZ. Okehampton is served by 3 supermarkets, several takeaways plus it hosts a farmer’s market on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month where you can treat yourself to some local produce.