Pet-friendly cottages & accommodation in Ilfracombe, Devon
Treat your four-legged friend to a trip to the North Devon coast with a stay in this seaside town. Walk down to see Damien Hirst’s famous statue, Verity, that stands at the end of the harbour and drop into a dog-friendly pub for lunch. Near the centre of town you have Bicclescombe Park for walkies, the steep grassy area of Capstone Hill and Parade to run around on, and Harbour Beach, a sheltered stretch of sand where your pooch can splash around in the sea.
One of the favourites among dogs and their owners is Hillsborough Nature Reserve, known locally as ‘The Sleeping Elephant’, which is a fantastic protected area where you can discover the remains of an Iron Age hill fort, over 2000 years old. A circular walk around Hillsborough is 8 miles long and a great day excursion if you are prepared for a few steep climbs, or you can head straight to Rapparee Cove and Beach, popular with dog-walkers but beware of letting your canine companion in the water in bad weather. Nearby you'll also find the seaside resorts of Woolacombe and Croyde to the west, as well as Exmoor National Park to the east.
You may travel here simply to explore the fantastic nature reserve, yet the old resort of Ilfracombe is very dog-friendly with beaches and plenty of pubs and eateries who’ll welcome you and provide a bowl of water for your canine companion.