Head to Budleigh Salterton Beach for a taste of the Jurassic Coast. Tucked around the corner from Exmouth, this 2.5-mile pebble beach is flanked by red sandstone cliffs. While there is a seasonal dog ban in place during the summer on the main beach, dogs are welcome on the sands adjacent to the Lime Kiln car park and at Steamer Steps throughout the year.
You’ll find plenty to see and do here. The waters are popular for bathing, while coastal trails offer miles of seaside bliss to explore. There are also beach huts and three cafes. This is where the River Otter meets the sea, with the rocks at Ottermouth providing plenty of nooks for playful pooches to navigate. Budleigh Salterton itself is a charming town, and one of Devon’s most unspoilt. Wander the streets and admire an enviable collection of independent shops and cafes.
We’re just a 15-minute drive from Haldon Forest Park – a spectacular 3,500-acre expanse of woodland that offers walking trails to suit all abilities, with plenty of resting points. The Discovery Trail will take you through the forest, passing breathtaking views over serene hills along the way.
Admire the calm waters of the River Exe at your own pace by walking the 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.
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.