So many dogs love visiting beaches to pound the sand in the chase of balls, stones, or seagulls. The fresh air, the space to charge wildly around, meet other fellow beasts and launch into the waves is something to behold. The issue is always people, particularly in the summer holiday periods. Naturally, many beaches prohibit […]
So many dogs love visiting beaches to pound the sand in the chase of balls, stones, or seagulls. The fresh air, the space to charge wildly around, meet other fellow beasts and launch into the waves is something to behold. The issue is always people, particularly in the summer holiday periods. Naturally, many beaches prohibit dogs at these times of year
Torbay (Torquay, Paignton & Brixham) is recognized as having some of the best beaches for families in the UK. With shallow seas and entry, sheltered bays and coves, and a great deal of sand (at low tides), many are also great for dogs!
From Oddicombe to Brixham, there are numerous beaches. Still, by far the best are the following: Meadfoot Beach, Abbey Sands, on to Hollicombe, then Preston beach (at low tides, you can walk between the two), which leads through to Paignton, then over the headland to Goodrington (not forgetting Fairy Cove, hidden behind Paignton harbor). A brisk walk over and down sugar loaf hill to Broadsands beach, yet another expanse of soft sand, then Elberry Cove (pebbles). From here, you can walk the coastal path to Brixham.
The question is always, which beaches allow dogs and when?
Babbacombe & Oddicombe Beach
Goodrington Sands - North Sands -See below
Meadfoot Beach - North Eastern part of the beach
Peaked Tor Cove
St Marys Bay
Goodrington Sands - South Sands: between the cliffs at the southern end and the signs at Middlestone to the North (See below)
Hollicombe Beach (Gasworks to the locals)
Meadfoot Beach - Southwestern part between notices displayed on the foreshore
Torre Abbey Sands
Bringing one beach to life amongst all the others above will reflect the beach opportunities that abound in this area. Goodrington is split into North sands and South sands, with the North, covered at high tide and the South mainly free, except on exceptional Spring tides. The best time is low tide and low spring tides you will find many dogs pounding up and down the expanse, digging for something or swimming to collect whatever has been thrown for them. The photo below is as the tide comes in, at low tide there is a lot more sand. There is also a park behind the beach too and cafes and ice cream kiosks.