The Best Dog Walks in Exmouth 

Nestled in the heart of Devon, Exmouth offers a picturesque coastal retreat that is as inviting to humans as it is to our furry friends. With its stunning beaches, expansive parks and charming countryside, Exmouth is a haven for dog lovers seeking adventure and relaxation alike.  
Dog on Exmouth Beach

Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor passing through, there’s no shortage of scenic routes to explore with your canine companion. Here are some of the best dog walks in Exmouth.  

Exmouth Beach 

Stretching for miles along the Jurassic Coast, Exmouth Beach is a paradise for both dogs and their owners. With soft golden sands and crystal-clear waters, this beach provides the perfect setting for a leisurely stroll or an energetic game of fetch.  

Dogs are welcome all year round on the last stretch of beach at the very end of Queens Drive and also west of the Octaogon Cafe. They are allowed on the rest of the beach from the 30th September – 31st March. Take a brisk walk along the shoreline, let your pup splash in the waves or simply relax and enjoy the stunning coastal views. 

The Exe Estuary Trail 

For a longer adventure, consider exploring the Exe Estuary Trail, a scenic route that winds its way along the banks of the River Exe. This multi-use path spans over 26 miles, stretching from Exmouth to Dawlish and offers breath-taking views of the estuary and surrounding countryside.  

Dogs are welcome on most sections of the trail, making it an excellent choice for an extended hike or bike ride with your four-legged friend. Be sure to stop and admire the diverse wildlife that calls the estuary home, from wading birds to seals and insects. 

The Maer Local Nature Reserve 

Located just a stone’s throw from the town centre, The Maer Local Nature Reserve is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. This tranquil oasis boasts a variety of habitats, including sand dunes, grassland and salt marshes, making it a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and their canine companions. Dogs are welcomed here all-year-round but please ensure to keep them under control and to clean up after them.  

There are no designated trails here so you’re free to explore at your own will; keep an eye out for rare plants, butterflies and birds along the way. With its peaceful atmosphere and stunning coastal views, The Maer is the perfect spot for a relaxing afternoon stroll with your dog. 

Woodbury Common 

For those seeking a more rugged adventure, Woodbury Common offers miles of open heathland to explore. This vast expanse of countryside is crisscrossed with footpaths and bridleways, making it an ideal destination for adventurous dogs and their owners.  

 Within the common is Woodbury Castle, an Iron Age hill fort situated on a viewpoint overlooking westwards the villages of Woodbury and Woodbury Salterton and across the Exe Estuary to the Haldon Hills. With its wide-open spaces and panoramic views, Woodbury Common is sure to delight both you and your furry friend. 

Phear Park 

If you prefer a more urban setting, Phear Park is the perfect choice for a leisurely stroll with your dog. This historic park features manicured gardens and shady woodland areas, providing a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  

 Take a leisurely walk around the park’s perimeter, let your dog roam free in the designated off-leash areas, or simply relax and enjoy a picnic in the sunshine. With its tranquil atmosphere and scenic surroundings, Phear Park is a firm favourite among locals and visitors alike. 

Exmouth to Budleigh 

Following the route of the old Avocet railway line, the Exmouth to Budleigh waymarked trail is a wonderful walk to embark on with your canine pal!  

The route is a very pleasant and mostly level walk that takes in views of both fields and woodland along the way. You can also cycle the trail if you fancy something more exhilarating too! By taking this route you can explore the picturesque seaside town of Budleigh where dogs are allowed all year at the eastern and western sides of the beach.  

 Exmouth Dog Field 

Did you know that Exmouth has its own private dog field? Located at Lower Halsdon Farm, the field is set overlooking the beautiful Exe Estuary with views of Starcross and Cockwood.  

The field offers 9 acres of fenced meadow, making it a great option if you’re looking for an enclosed space where your dog can run around freely without worrying about unknown dogs, livestock or any other distractions.  


Whether you’re seeking coastal views, tranquil woodlands or expansive countryside, Exmouth has something to offer every dog lover. So grab your leash, pack some treats and set out to explore the best dog walks that Exmouth, has to offer. With its stunning natural beauty and dog-friendly amenities, you and your furry friend are sure to have a tail-wagging good time. 

We love seeing your pups enjoying their time in Exmouth so be sure to share your photos with us on Facebook and Instagram by tagging @VisitExmouth in your posts! 

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