Since having Bea our cockapoo (insert picture) we have become fully versed in the local dog walking and dog friendly establishments in and around Paignton.

We are lucky that Paignton is so pet friendly and here are a few of our favourite local places to explore.

Paignton Sands from October to May dogs are able to roam freely on the beach at the end of the road. It is best to watch the local news and avoid high tide when there is limited sand to explore. We find the area at the harbour end of the beach is a little quieter and has a great running expanse.

It is important to know the local spots ‘to go’ for our four legged friends. First thing in the morning there is a stretch of grass along the roadside around the corner from St Weonards. A few hundred yards further is Victoria Park. In addition to a children’s play ground and skate ground this park has expanses of grass which are great for dogs to use and prove popular with both local and visitor dog owners alike.

There is an area of Goodrington Sands which is open to dogs throughout the year. It is a beautiful stretch of sand, lined with colourful beach huts and a lovely place to spend a day. The walk to Goodrington, around Roundham point is a joy in itself with wonderful views out over The Bay. (Although for those who find walking up and down slopes we have found an easy cut through which is much less strenuous!)

Goodrington has plenty to offer humans and dogs with a park, boating lake and Splashdown (the UK’s largest outdoor waterpark if the mood takes you although this is not a dog friendly attraction. However, our favourite thing to do is to support a great local enterprise the café/bar/restaurant that is Cantina. Whether you would like a cup of great coffee, a sip of a range of local gins or to sample fish caught in Brixham that morning, vegan fish n chips or a succulent burger this popular local haunt has it all.

Travelling a little further afield there are lots of great places to make sure your four legged friend gets their daily exercise.

Dartmoor National Park  has extensive areas of naturally beautiful moorland to explore.

The beautiful village of Cockington is lovely to explore and is home to Cockington Country Park – a great place to kick up the leaves in Autumn. Take a walk around the extensive grounds and explore the gardens before visiting the local producers on site. Watch glass blowing live, visit the Blacksmith for alterative gifts or the local chocolatier for a treat after all that walking!

Paignton has a number of dog friendly bars and restaurants to suit all pockets. The Inn on the Green offers cheap and cheerful pub grub and has a special deal for virtually every day of the week. The Hyde Dendy part of a local chain and located at the end of our road has a dog friendly area. It is well known for its nightly carvery but also serves some delicious grills, steaks and pizzas.

A ten minute walk from St Weonards is The Boathouse located on Preston Sands. As its name suggests The Boathouse is located on the sea front and has fantastic views over The Bay. Enjoy a burger or pizzas in their outdoor seating area or in the winter snuggle up inside with a great Sunday lunch listening to a local band.

For Sports fans, Grand Central Bar and Café is a must with screens around the bar showing all the important matches and fixtures (please note that dogs may not be permitted during some busier matches). Serving traditional pub grub including a daily deal on roast dinners relax and enjoy your food and drink in the company of friendly owners Malcolm and Tracy.

Our favourite new addition to Paignton this year is Harbour Light, a St Austell Brewery pub. Situated right on Paignton Harbour there is lots of outdoor seating and inside the ground floor is dog friendly. Enjoy coffee and cake or sample from the delicious menu including vegan options, sandwiches and a great steak.