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Dog Friendly Accommodation and Walking Holidays

Dog Friendly Accommodation South West Coast Path Walking Route

We are all walkers here at Encounter Walking Holidays and several of us are dog owners so you are talking to people that understand that if you go on a walking holiday, you want your faithful friend alongside you sharing the experience, not left at home in a kennel. Trails like the South West Coast Path and The Dartmoor Way can be ideal for walking holidays with dogs having virtually no road at all, just mile after mile of scenic doggy heaven as you wander and your dog will relish the variety of beach, woods and moor as much as you will.

Dog Friendly Accommodation

The key issue if you want to walk with your dog is finding the right dog friendly accommodation. With much of the South West Coast Path running through popular holiday areas, many of the B&B’s just won’t offer 'dogs allowed' accommodation – and if you have tried to organise things yourself you will know that finding a route with dog friendly accommodation night after night can be a frustrating affair in these areas.

Holidays with dogs on the Cornish Coastal Path UK Hiking Route

However, with years of experience organising walking holidays with dogs for our customers, we’ve been through all the options many times before.  We are therefore able to offer several routes where using a mix of dog-friendly B&B’s, small hotels and inns we can provide anything from a short break to a two-week walking expedition.

The following options are tried and tested holidays with good dog friendly accommodation based along the some of the regions' main trails. Read the route descriptions to see which you find most inspiring and send in a quote request. Please just advise us what size of dog you will have with you.

Dog Friendly Walking Holidays that work!

Trebarwith Strand Cornish Coast Path Walking Holidays with Dog friendly AccommodationDog Friendly Route 1 - South West Coast Path -  Cornwall -   Falmouth to Plymouth

Up to 7 days walking along one of the most inspiring and varied sections of the Coast Path through the Roseland Peninsula and into the "Harbours and Coves" route with overnight options for two-legged and four-legged walkers. A good route if you want to take a variety of dogs-allowed accommodation options, with a good mix of welcoming small hotels, B&B’s and a couple of luxury options if desired in places like Portloe and Fowey. The walking includes cliffs and coves, beaches, little ferry crossings, castles and fishing villages.   More details.....

Woody Bay South West Coast Path  Dogs Allowed AccommodationDog Friendly Route 2 - South West Coast Path  - Somerset and Exmoor – Minehead to Westward Ho!

Up to 7 days walking with your dog using a mix of B&B’s, small hotels and Inns along a stunning section of The South West Coastal Path. Passing through the edge of Exmoor National Park, the sands and dunes at Woolacombe and the dramatic coastal cliffs of Lynmouth, this is the best option for those looking for both value for money, a longer dog walking holiday and a wide variety of scenery. More details.....

Two Moors Way Dog Friendly Walking Holidays Exmoor and Dartmoor National ParksDog Friendly Route 3 -  Devon - The Dartmoor Way

Pefect walking holiday in partnership with your dog circling the National Park over mysterious Dartmoor with its Hound of the Baskervilles connections!  Wild open moorland mixes with hidden gorges and dense woodland and forest.  Options for side trips to climb the mighty tors on the way with cosy overnight stays mainly in moorland village inns where the locals are all dog owners and there is a warm welcome for four legged visitors.  More details.....

Saints Way Walk Cornwall Dog Friendly Accommodation Dog Friendly Route 4 - Somerset and North Devon The Coleridge Way 

Walk this superb route over 5 days with an average of around 10 miles a day and stay in pubs, hotels and B&B's with your dog all the way. On route pass through the Quantock Hills, climb Dunkerry Beacon highest point in Exmoor National Park and traverse the remote Lorna Doone Valley at Brendon. Great mix of woodland, moorland, coastal views and gorges and with virtually no road walking at all your dog will be in heaven!  More details......

Lands End Way Dog Friendly Accommodation Self Guided Walking RouteDog Friendly Route 5 -  South West Coast Path - Padstow to St Ives

Six days walking along the North Coast beach path route to St Ives staying in small hotels, B&B's and Inn's with your dog. Bedruthan Steps, the Gannel Estuary and Perran Sand Dunes are all highlights on this walk between two of Cornwall's premier good food harbours. Popular during high season so book early if you want to look at walking this route with your dog.  More details.....



Valley of the Rocks near Lynmouth on the South West Coast PathWhat about other routes and sections ? -

If the route you want to walk is not listed above then it's likely that it's not dog friendly all the way along the route. Contact one of our Walking Staff who will advise where the problem is on that route and we can then give you realistic and reliable advice on how you might be able to get around the problem and the likely effect on the costs. 

Other routes have dog friendly options in many of the overnight locations but in a few key places there are gaps, so they are not options that can work in the usual way. If you are desperate to walk a route that is not on the dog friendly list then it will involve transfers to and from the trail at the sections where there is no dog friendly lodgings. That will mean 2 night stays in the previous or following location and depending on the route you want to do this may happen more than once.

Sometimes those journeys to and from the trail are possible using a local bus but more often it's something we need to set up for you with private transfers. This does mean more flexibility and costs at your end but if you are ok with this then we will establish the options, advise on how and at what cost you can do the route and if you go ahead we will be able to organise it for you by working out the logistics. You will need to be flexible but at least you won't miss out any of the trail and can get to walk the route in full with your four-legged friend.

Book a dog walking holiday with us and you can expect:

  • Accommodation with a dog Walking Holidays Devon and Dartmoor National Park- Dog friendly accommodation where dogs are actively welcome (not just tolerated).
  • - Extra luggage allowance for your dogs bedding.
  • - Links to websites from our quotes so you can view the accommodation offered and its suitability for you and your dog BEFORE you book
  • - Options for transfers to and from the trail with taxi operators happy to take you and your dogs
  • - A mix of dogs allowed accommodation – options from basic B&B’s up to 4* rated Hotels, where dogs are welcome with you in your rooms
  • - A complete service – if there is no dog friendly accommodation we arrange transfers so neither of you misses out on any of that walk!
  • - Realistic and reliable advice – if the walking route you are interested in is just not possible with a dog, we will tell you and save you a lot of fruitless time searching! One centre breaks or holiday cottages for instance may still be an option to achieve the walk you want to do.
Dog Friendly Accommodation Book Review South West Coast Path Travels with Boogie

Dog Friendly Walking Literature!

'Travels with Boogie - 500 Mile Walkies' by Mark Wallington 

You won’t normally find us trying to push books onto you via any page of this website - but this is a rather special read for those about to go dog-walking through the South West. Anyone going to walk the Coast Path route on a holiday with dogs, should try and read 'Travels with Boogie - 500 Mile Walkies'. A very amusing story from the mid 1980’s of a totally unsuited pair - a London-based non-walking adult who borrows a streetwise mongrel from Stockwell as a companion to a summer escape on the South West Coast Path.  

Dog Walking Holidays on Dartmoor and Exmoor Two Moors Way and Devon Coast Path On a diet of Kennomeat and pasties, the two navigate the whole path on a series of humorous adventures and interactions with the region's rather bemused locals. The book takes you faithfully through all the locations on route, along with the author's trials and tribulations as he passed by. Full of humour, it is an inspiring pre-walk read.... and we laughed a lot at it!

You can order '500 Mile Walkies' through most High Street stores and on Amazon.



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