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Best Places to Explore With Your Dog

Best Places to Explore With Your Dog

We love dogs here at Great Hills Lodge — so we’re lucky that there are so many dog-friendly places for our guests to visit in the nearby vicinity! More and more places are becoming more welcoming to dogs than ever before; with so much choice, it can be tough to know where you should go first on your stay with us!

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of dog-friendly places for you and your four-legged friends to visit while you’re enjoying a stay here at Great Hills Lodge. You’re spoiled for choice!

Bude’s beaches

We’re only a ten-minute drive from the fabulous beaches at Bude; the gorgeous sands and welcoming waters are a huge draw for visitors and luckily, most of the beaches in the area are happy to welcome dogs. There are a few caveats for some beaches, but our list below spells out any restrictions or bans.

Fully dog-friendly beaches:

  • Duckpool Beach
  • Sandymouth Bay
  • Black Rock Beach (at Widemouth Bay)
  • Millook Beach
  • Northcott Mouth Beach

Doggy-friendly but with restrictions:

  • Summerleaze Beach — Dogs are welcome on Summerleaze Beach all year round, but from 21st May to 30th September, dogs must be on a lead between 10am and 6pm. If you’re going for an evening stroll though, they can roam lead-free!

Dogs banned from Easter Sunday to 20th September, but welcome in autumn and winter:

  • Crooklets Beach
  • Widemouth Bay

South West Coast Path

We’re so proud to be a short distance from the South West Coast Path; dogs are permitted on the entire path, providing that their owners look after them responsibly to avoid disturbing livestock, wildlife and other walkers. Any section of the path is worth a visit, but some sections are more challenging than others.

The stretch on the north coast near Great Hills Lodge is renowned for being spectacular, though there are sections that are among the toughest of the entire 630 miles of the path. The 15-mile section between Hartland Quay and Bude is said to be the toughest of the whole path, but views from Higher Sharpnose Point and Steeple Point make the entire challenge worth it.

Bude Canal

Once you’ve gotten your fill of sea air, we recommend going into Bude and walking along the hidden gem of the Bude Canal. It’s unique; constructed between 1819 and 1825, it was built to carry sand from the beach to enhance the poor-quality agricultural land nearby.

A flat tarmac two-mile path follows the line of the water up to Helebridge, making a great dog-friendly walk any time of year. The path’s also pushchair and wheelchair friendly, so it’s a walk the whole family can enjoy.

Local attractions

Many of our local attractions now allow dogs so it’s worth checking with an attraction before you set off as to whether they allow dogs. Everywhere has their own rules, so they’re worth checking before you go, but here’s our list of some dog-friendly attractions in the area worth checking out:

  • Clovelly Village
  • The Eden Project
  • Pencarrow House and Gardens
  • Docton Mill Garden & Tearooms
  • Bodmin & Wenford Railway
  • Hartland Abbey’s Gardens

Woodland walks here at Great Hills Lodge

If you fancy a day where you don’t want to venture too far from the comforts of Great Hills Lodge, the woodlands surrounding our property are perfect for a walk; all we ask is that guests are considerate of our free range hens, two cats and the sheep that are sometimes in the field directly to the rear of the property.

There are plenty of places off-site to walk dogs locally too, including into the village of Week St Mary, which has dog waste bins conveniently located on the village green at the top of the lane.