The South Hams is a dog lovers paradise, there are lots of walks & beaches to entertain your four legged friend and you can also enjoy the local cafes at the same time. We have put together the perfect day for Dog Lovers visiting the area.

Starting in Loddiswell, pop into Avon Mill Garden Centre, to enjoy their great selection of plants and also their local artisan retail spaces with a beautiful collection of gifts and treasures to choose from. With a lovely charming coffee shop as well you can always sneak in some delicious cake whilst your there.

A few hundred yards up is the start of a walk through Loddiswell Wood, which used to be the old railway line. As expected it’s a low flat walk for a couple of mile until you get nearer Topsham Bridge the other end. For those who are feeling energetic you can make it a circular walk, but this will require some uphill walking. Click HERE for a good link to show you the available routes.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, you can visit the Valley View Café next to Aune Valley Butchers which is a couple of minutes up the road. With lovely views, outside seating and an appealing menu, it’s the perfect spot to refuel with your pooch for the afternoon.

A 10 minute drive away, we love South Milton Sands beach, with dogs allowed all year round it’s a great beach to watch people enjoying the water or for your dog to cool off in the sea. With car parks either end, one nearer Thurlestone Beach with no facilities, or you can wind down the lanes to the National Trust car park, which has more space and toilets nearby. There is also the award winning Beachhouse café, which has lot of cake, ice cream, hot food and takeaway choices to enjoy.

If you still have lots of energy left, you can stroll over the cliffs for 20 mins and visit the delightful village of Hope Cove, with a bar, pub and village shop. There are a couple of attractive beaches to enjoy and often there is evening entertainment at The Cove to experience in the evening.