As a nation of pet lovers, it’s no surprise that people are reluctant to be parted from their four-legged friends especially when planning holidays. Devon, Somerset and Cornwall are lucky to have stunning areas of moorland where there is an abundance of walks, from the relaxing to the challenging!
With 368 square miles of moorland and rivers to play with, it’s no surprise that the Dartmoor National Park is a hugely popular place for our four-legged friends. Whether you choose to follow old railway tracks, well-worn paths that lead to Dartmoor’s most iconic Tors, or grab a guided walk map and go exploring with your dog, you can be assured that a dog friendly day on the moors is fun and enjoyable for all the family.
Click on the following link to see which walk will suit you best: Visit Dartmoor
And of course, you’ll need a dog friendly holiday cottage to stay in. Check out:
Thorn Cottage is a charming detached cottage set in a quiet hamlet just outside Chagford, tucked away in the heart of the Dartmoor National Park. This comfortable and delightful holiday home is the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful surrounding countryside.
Larch View, a modern bungalow, situated in the contemporary village of Moorhaven on the southern edge of the Dartmoor National Park. This unusual village boasts 65 acres of landscaped gardens, tennis courts and a children’s playground, and the property benefits from direct access to the open moor from the rear garden.
Over 300 years old, Laurel Cottage at Horrabridge is the epitome of a traditional Devon cottage. Original beams, oak floors and an inglenook fireplace with woodburner all add to the ambience of the cottage, which is comfortable, welcoming and beautifully furnished throughout.
Teign View is a lovely detached bungalow situated in the small village of Lower Ashton within the beautiful Teign Valley. To the side of the bungalow is a covered walkway, ideal for bicycles or muddy dogs, with steps leading down to the patio and fully enclosed garden.
Whether you are an experienced walker or someone who prefers a short stroll, the Exmoor National Park is the ideal place to explore the outdoors on foot. With over 1000km of footpaths and bridleways, through oak woodlands, alongside tumbling rivers and across open heather-covered moorland, the variety is endless.
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Mulberry Cottage, an attractive former stone barn, is set in a secluded coastal location on the edge of Exmoor, just one mile from beautiful medieval Dunster. The cottage has a cosy and inviting open plan lounge/kitchen/diner, with the lounge area featuring original beams from the mid 19th century.
Station Cottage, a sympathetically renovated mid terrace cottage, was built in the late 1880’s for the railway workers of that time. Situated in the heart of Minehead, surrounded by a vast variety of attractions, shops and restaurants, this delightful property makes an ideal base for families to enjoy all that this popular seaside resort has to offer.
Visitors to Surridge Farm at Waterrow near Exmoor will be stepping back in time when they stay at this wonderful Grade II listed detached farmhouse, dating back to the 17th century. The warm and homely character of this spacious, traditionally furnished property will embrace you the moment you cross the threshold.
Brooklyn is a delightful cosy cottage in the quiet village of Timberscombe, which means wooded valley. The village lies within the Exmoor National Park, not far from the mediaeval village of Dunster, and is an ideal location to enjoy country walks as well as the beautiful North Somerset coast.
The granite tors and rugged landscape of Bodmin Moor lends itself beautifully to walking and rambling and there is something for everyone.
There are family friendly walks which also make good cycling routes, and also the traffic free Camel Trail spurs just outside of Bodmin and goes to the edge of Bodmin Moor. For the more adventurous there’s a 60 mile route – The Copper Trail – that circumnavigates Bodmin Moor and the tors of Rough Tor and Brown Willy.
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Chyandour is Cornish for ‘house by the water’ and is the perfect rural retreat for a ‘get away from it all’ holiday on the edge of the Caradon World Heritage Site. This detached barn conversion is set in four acres of grounds, which includes the owners’ farmhouse, a bluebell wood, a wildlife pond and stream.
Briar Cottage dates back to 1850 and is a charming, detached Gamekeeper’s cottage brimming with character. Situated on the outskirts of the village of Tregadillet, nestled between Bodmin Moor and the spectacular scenery of Dartmoor, Briar Cottage is a perfect base from which to explore the stunning rural landscape of Cornwall and Devon.
Owl Cottage is situated in a quiet, rural village just outside Launceston within a few miles of the Devon and Cornwall border. This attractive holiday home features a blend of traditional and modern styles and offers facilities for guests with limited mobility, including access for wheelchairs at the front door and onto a patio overlooking the landscaped garden.
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