Nestled around the corner from Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton Beach is a 2.5-mile pebble beach flanked by the Jurassic Coast’s unmistakable red sandstone cliffs. There are seasonal restrictions on the main beach, but dogs are welcome on the sands adjacent to the Lime Kiln car park and at Steamer Steps all year.
There’s a wealth to enjoy here, from the safe bathing waters to the adjacent coastal trails, beach huts, and three cafes. The River Otter meets the sea here, with the rocks at Ottermouth providing plenty of rocks for curious canines to explore. Budleigh Salterton itself is one of Devon’s most unspoilt towns. The charming streets, independent shops and cafes are well worth checking out.
Powderham Castle rests on the banks of the River Exe, along the western side of the 16-mile Exe Estuary trail. This 600-year-old property is home to beautiful grounds and gardens, not to mention a magnificent fortified manor house. Dogs are welcome on leads for what promises to be a fascinating day out with plenty to see and do. Uncover history on every turn as you step through a patchwork of elegant rooms, each with its own story to tell.
Haldon Forest Park lies just 15 minutes from Exeter. This gorgeous area of woodland spans 3,500 acres and boasts a range of walking trails to suit all abilities. Check out the Discovery Trail which carves a picturesque path through the forest, passing far-reaching views over rolling hills. You’ll find resting points along the way to kick back and take it all in.
Admire the calm waters of the River Exe at your own pace by charting the newly-constructed Exe Estuary Trail. It’s almost entirely traffic-free and flat-surfaced, wrapping around the river from Exmouth, through Topsham, Powderham, and finishing in Dawlish Warren. Ferries are available to take you across the water, and there are plenty of cafes and toilets dotted along the route.