Dog Friendly Things to do in Dartmouth

Dog Friendly Things to Do in Dartmouth 

Dartmouth offers a rich variety of dog-friendly things to do, ensuring that both you and your four-legged friend can have an enjoyable and memorable visit. Whether you’re exploring historic sites, taking scenic walks, or enjoying local cuisine, there are plenty of options to keep both you and your dog entertained. 

Dartmouth Castle  

A visit to Dartmouth wouldn’t be complete without exploring the historic Dartmouth Castle. Perched on the edge of the Dart Estuary, this impressive fortress provides breathtaking views of the surrounding coastline. The good news for dog owners is that dogs on leads are welcome to join you as you wander around the castle grounds and explore the scenic paths. While the interior of the castle itself is not accessible to dogs, the expansive outdoor area offers plenty of space for a leisurely walk and a chance to soak up some history. 

Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company  

For a unique and memorable experience, hop aboard the Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company’s services. Dogs are welcome on the steam trains and the riverboats, making this an excellent way to explore the region’s stunning scenery. Enjoy a leisurely ride along the coast from Paignton to Kingswear, followed by a delightful ferry crossing to Dartmouth. Your canine companion will love the fresh air and the opportunity to explore new sights and smells. 

Sugary Green and Sugary Cove 

If you’re looking for a beautiful spot for a dog walk, head to Sugary Green and Sugary Cove. This peaceful area is perfect for a scenic stroll with your dog, offering lush green spaces and panoramic views of the Dart Estuary. The path leading to Sugary Cove, a small, secluded beach, is particularly enchanting. While dogs need to be kept on leads in certain areas, the beach itself is dog-friendly, providing a great spot for a game of fetch or a splash in the water.  

Dartmouth Town Trail 

Explore Dartmouth’s rich heritage with the Dartmouth Town Trail, a self-guided walking tour that takes you through the town’s historic streets and landmarks. Many parts of the trail are dog-friendly, allowing you and your furry friend to discover the town’s history together. The trail includes highlights such as the Butterwalk, Bayard’s Cove Fort, and St. Saviour’s Church. It’s a great way to immerse yourself in Dartmouth’s past while giving your dog plenty of exercise.  

South West Coast Path 

For the more adventurous, the South West Coast Path offers miles of stunning coastal walks, with many routes starting from or passing through Dartmouth. This National Trail is renowned for its breathtaking views and diverse wildlife. While some sections can be challenging, there are plenty of dog-friendly paths suitable for all levels of fitness. Ensure your dog is well-prepared for the hike, bring plenty of water, and be mindful of the coastal cliffs.  

Royal Avenue Gardens 

 In the heart of Dartmouth, the Royal Avenue Gardens is a delightful spot for a leisurely stroll or a picnic with your dog. The beautifully maintained gardens feature vibrant flowerbeds, serene water features, and ample seating areas. Dogs are welcome on leads, making it a perfect place to relax and enjoy the town’s ambiance. The gardens often host events and festivals, adding an extra layer of enjoyment to your visit.  

Greenway Estate 

Once the holiday home of Agatha Christie, Greenway Estate is now managed by the National Trust and welcomes dogs on leads in its extensive gardens and woodland. Take a leisurely stroll through the picturesque grounds, enjoy views of the River Dart, and explore the estate’s rich history. Don’t miss the chance to visit the quaint boathouse and enjoy a picnic by the water’s edge. 


A short ferry ride from Dartmouth lies the picturesque village of Dittisham, nestled on the banks of the River Dart. Dogs are welcome on the ferry, making it easy to explore this charming riverside community together. Take a leisurely walk along the waterfront, stop for a pint at the local pub, and soak up the tranquil atmosphere of this hidden gem. 

 Blackpool Sands 

 Treat your dog to a day of fun in the sun at Blackpool Sands, a stunning Blue Flag beach just a short drive from Dartmouth. Dogs are welcome at certain times of the year, and it makes the perfect spot for a game of frisbee or a paddle in the sea. Afterward, relax with a coffee from the beach café while your furry friend dries off in the sun. 

Coleton Fishacre 

Explore the stunning gardens and elegant house of Coleton Fishacre, a National Trust property located near Dartmouth. Dogs on leads are welcome in the gardens, allowing you to enjoy the lush plantings, tranquil ponds, and breathtaking views of the coastline. With its Art Deco design and Mediterranean-inspired landscape, Coleton Fishacre is a unique and enchanting destination for both humans and dogs alike. 

Dartmouth to Kingswear Lower Ferry 

Take a scenic ride on the Dartmouth to Kingswear Lower Ferry with your canine companion by your side. Dogs are welcome on board the ferry, which provides a convenient link between the two towns across the River Dart. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the panoramic views of the river and surrounding countryside as you make your way between Dartmouth and Kingswear. 

Dartmouth Museum 

Discover Dartmouth’s rich maritime history at the Dartmouth Museum, located in the heart of the town. Well-behaved dogs are allowed inside the museum itself, and they are welcome in the museum’s courtyard and garden area. After exploring the exhibits and artifacts inside, take a break in the outdoor space and enjoy the views of the River Dart with your furry friend by your side. 

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