Explore Exmoor’s Top Dog-Friendly Beaches: A Complete Guide for Pet Owners

Explore Exmoor’s Top Dog-Friendly Beaches: A Complete Guide for Pet Owners

Exmoor is arguably the best destination for pet owners in the UK, offering a vast landscape of 692 square kilometers of moors and a variety of dog-friendly beaches that make it perfect for a holiday with your furry friends. With over 150 pet-friendly self-catering holiday cottages available through Best of Exmoor, your perfect getaway is just a click away.

Discover Exmoor’s Best Dog-Friendly Beaches from Klive to Lynmouth and Beyond

Is Minehead Beach Dog-Friendly?
Absolutely! Recent legislation has introduced dog-friendly areas on Minehead Beach, from the Jubilee Cafe to the Harbour. This sandy paradise becomes a wonderful playground for pets at low tide. Minehead Bay is surrounded by traditional seaside amenities such as fish and chip shops, arcades, and even a pirate ship playground. The beach whole beach is accessible to dogs from September to May. 

Featured Beaches on Exmoor

  • Porlock Weir Beach: This rock and pebble beach with nearby marshland is perfect for dogs, with most local eateries and shops welcoming pets.
  • Watchet West Beach: Known for its tidal pool and abundant beach glass, it’s a great spot for you and your pet. Dogs can join you on a journey on the West Somerset Steam Railway from here to Minehead.
  • Dunster Beach: Offers extensive sandy areas with picturesque views over Blue Anchor Bay, complete with accessible paths for exploring.
  • Woody Bay and Heddon’s Mouth Beach: Under the National Trust’s care, these rocky coves are excellent for dogs and their owners seeking adventure amidst dramatic cliffs.
  • Blue Anchor Beach: This shingle beach has free parking all year, a carboot sale on Saturday’s and a couple of cafes and a pub
  • St Audries Bay: has a 70ft waterfall on the beach which which you can shower under! The beach can be reached via steps at low tide,
  • Doniford Bay and Klive: have incredible iridescent fossils to discover as well as lots of rockpools to explore.

Additional Dog-Friendly Beaches in North Devon

  • Lynmouth: Offers beaches with rocks and coarse sand, close to charming village amenities and natural attractions like Watersmeet and Glen Lyn Gorge.
  • Watermouth: Dogs are welcome at both Watermouth Cove and Watermouth Castle a family theme park housed in a Victorian castle, offering a mix of family fun and scenic coastal views.
  • North Devon’s Coastal Gems: Include Saunton Sands, Rockham Bay, and Speke’s Mill Mouth, with limited access areas at popular beaches like Woolacombe and Westward Ho!

Exmoor Offers More Than Just Beaches

Exmoor is not only about its beaches; the area is filled with opportunities for dog-friendly activities. Explore the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway via the Valley of the Rocks, or enjoy a stroll through the charming streets of local villages like Dunster. Tarr Steps and Watermouth Castle.

Book Your Pet-Friendly Holiday Today!


Ready to experience the best dog-friendly holiday in Exmoor? Visit Best of Exmoor to find the ideal pet-friendly accommodation. Use the discount code PAWSBLOG for £20 off your booking. 

Plan your visit to Exmoor today and discover why it’s a top destination for pet owners. Are you looking for a holiday that caters to all members of the family, including those with four legs!?