Devon Date Ideas for Dog Lovers

With warmer weather and the promise of spring on the horizon, we thought we’d share some of our favourite Devon date ideas for dog lovers. Whether you’re looking to celebrate Valentine’s with your partner and pups or treat your dog to an extra scenic adventure, there’s so much you can enjoy right here in Devon!

A Hike to High Willhays, Dartmoor

High Willhays is the tallest point on Dartmoor National Park and southern England, standing proudly at 621m above sea level. It is situated on the north moor, near Okehampton and is surrounded by smaller tors including Yes Tor, Black Tor and Steeperton Tor. The circular walk up to the top of High Willhays via Yes Tor is just under 9 miles (14 km) to complete. If you’re planning to go hiking with your dog, please remember to wait until their joints are fully formed, which will be when they’re around 12-18 months old!

You’ll need to check the Dartmoor Firing times before heading up to High Willhays. There will be red flags up by day or red lamps at night if the range is active. However, there is an alternative (and much flatter) route around Meldon Reservoir you could enjoy together instead.

Paddle Boarding at South Milton Sands, South Hams

Paddle Boarding (also known as SUP) has surged in popularity in recent years, especially in seaside counties like Devon and Cornwall. In fact, our very own The Pet Carpenter pups are all partial to a SUP adventure with their owners, especially on warm, calm summer evenings.

You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to SUP locations in Devon. We highly recommend testing the waters at South Milton Sands, near Kingsbridge in South Hams. The water here is often calm and there are long stretches of sandy beaches to walk on if your pup prefers to keep their paws on dry land. Once you’ve finished your adventure we highly recommend stopping by at Beachouse for a bite to eat. They offer a wide range of seafood dishes and lighter snacks, both to eat in or takeaway. Booking a table in advance is a good idea, as it’s a popular eatery for locals and visitors alike!

Discover the Whitelady Waterfall, Lydford Gorge

Devon is home to a nine waterfalls, scattered across the county’s moorland, woodland and coastal locations. They’re all shrouded in myths and legends of course and are absolutely stunning to experience in person. Whitelady waterfall is found in Lydford Gorge, between Okehampton and Tavistock.

Whitelady is renowned for its enchanting mist and silk-like appearance. The surrounding gorge is full of life, with bright green flora that feels otherworldly. The site is managed by the National Trust and there are amenities including a car park, cafe and public toilets nearby.

Enjoy a Picnic with a View Along the South West Coast Path

Devon is the only county in England to have two separate coastlines, one to its north and the other to the south. These coastlines vary dramatically but both offer incredible panoramic views and walks that are accessible to a wide range of walkers and their dogs. Remember to keep your dogs on leads when walking any stretch of the South West Coast Path, as there are a variety of hazards including steep cliff drops, uneven surfaces, wildlife, livestock and mineshafts scattered across the route.

Fortunately, the South West Coast Path offers routes for all types of walker. Whether you’re looking for a rugged, dramatic cliff scene with plenty of steep hills, or something more gentle and scenic, with parking and amenities nearby. There is also seating dotted about the route, making this path the perfect for enjoying a scenic coastal picnic with your loved ones.

The Golden Retriever Experience, West Somerset

While technically not in Devon, we couldn’t not mention the famous Golden Retriever Experience over the border in West Somerset. Perfect for couples who don’t yet own a dog themselves. The Golden Retriever Experience essentially involves a 2 hour minimum play session with a pack of impeccably well trained golden retrievers (up to 30 in fact!)

Of course you have the choice of what size pack to interact with but it’s a great way to experience what elements of owning a dog would be like without the full commitment. The Golden Retreiver Experience also offer a wide range of accessible sessions for people with disabilities, fears of dogs and other requirements.

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