As a country of dog lovers it’s only natural to bring the dog when you go on holiday and Bude offers so much choice for dog owners. Gone are the days when you were scratching your head trying to find places that welcomed you and your dog.
We’re extremely lucky in Bude to have a mix of completely dog friendly beaches and also those with restrictions. Frequent visitors to Bude may notice some changes to previous years…
Dog Friendly Beaches in Bude
- Northcott Mouth Beach
- Sandymouth Bay
- Duckpool Beach
- Black Rock Beach (south of Widemouth Bay)
- Millook Beach
Seasonal Dog Restrictions apply to:
- Summerleaze Beach (dogs on leads between 10am and 6pm 1st July – 31 August)
Seasonal Dog Bans:
- Crooklets Beach from May 15th to September 30th between 10am and 6pm.
- Widemouth Bay (main beach) from 15th May to 30th September between 10am and 6pm
Outside of these times they are free to roam. Nothing beats walking along the shoreline as the sun goes down watching, your dog playing in the waves or chasing in circles around the beach having a wonderful time.
In addition to the beaches, there is the hidden gem of Bude Canal You may not come to Bude because of it, but once discovered will be another reason to come back!
Unique to Bude, the canal was constructed between 1819 and 1825 and was built to carry sand from the beach to enhance the poor quality agricultural land nearby.
Today only parts of the canal remain accessible, but a two mile flat tarmac path follows the line of the water up to Helebridge, making a great dog friendly walk any time of the year.
The path is pushchair and wheelchair friendly so it’s a walk all the family can enjoy. A leaflet is available within Bude Tourist Information Centre which outlines the Bude Canal circular route and gives you some historical background information.
Many local attractions now allow dogs, which is another reason which dog friendly Bude is so popular.
Generally speaking any attraction that’s animal related do not allow dogs for obvious reasons but all is not lost as they may offer shaded parking, onsite kennels, dog walking nearby or flexibility in returning to your car as often as you need to.
At the end of the day, holidays are for all the family and its never quite the same if someone is missing. So bring your dog with you, they will have more fun visiting dog friendly Bude than staying at home without you.
Here are a few suggestions from us to get you started but its the tip of the iceberg. For more details ask us or head down to the Tourist Office in Bude where they have a variety of leaflets and booklets about local attractions and dog friendly walks.
The Milky Way Adventure Park Just over the border into Devon, this family friendly park has a bit of everything, roller coasters, slides, massive ball pools, its own mini train track and maze to get lost in! Dogs are allowed on site but not inside the building or to the live shows and the bird of prey display.
Clovelly Village Dogs are allowed into the village and there are 2 superb scenic walks from the visitor centre of between 3-4 miles.
The Eden Project Has allowed visitors to bring dogs for sometime now. (There are restrictions, they are not allowed in the biomes or other eating areas.) They have also added more covered parking in the car park and dog waste bins around the site.
Hartland Abbey and Gardens No dogs in the house, but you can go into the gardens and they have a lovely walk through the woods down to the beach. They do ask that dogs are kept on a leads at all times.
Docton Mill Garden and Tearooms Allow dogs on leads, as they have their own resident dogs. In addition to the garden there is a lovely walk to the coast of about 20-25 minutes to Spekes Waterfall this links onto the South West Coast Path and Hartland Quay if you’re feeling energetic and want a longer walk.
Pencarrow House and Gardens Dogs need to be kept on a lead around the immediate vicinity of the house and Peacock Cafe. However, once you are approaching the woodland walks, you can let them off the lead for a good run. There are designated shady car parking spaces in the car park for dog owners, the gift shop staff can advise if you cant find one.
Bodmin & Wenford Railway Dogs are allowed for free, but must remain on the floor and not the seats. Only assistance dogs are allowed in the dining train.
Tamar Lakes has a cycle track around the lake, but even without the bike, it’s another good dog walk.
Dog friendly eating out in Bude
The majority of pubs, cafes and restaurants accept dogs but always check in advance, just to make sure.