Well-behaved pets are welcome at Rockfield House Apartment, where we offer our dog friendly holiday homes right in the heart of Woolacombe. Woolacombe and the surrounding area offers a large number of spectacular walks for dogs and their two-legged friends.
Woolacombe accommodation & Dog friendly!
There are many dog friendly walks directly from the apartments straight on to the National Trust countryside adjacent to the house.
Woolacombe Beach is perfect for dogs who will revel in the acres of open space, sea breeze and a multitude of smells. There are some restrictions on Woolacombe beach, all year round and enforced in the busier months. The first section from the head of the beach, closest to Woolacombe and Beachcomber Cafe down to the stream is strictly no dogs. This needs to be enforced as part of maintaining standards for things like Blue Flag status.
The section from the stream down to Mill Rock - the first group of rocks as you walk along the beach .. dogs are allowed on a lead and under control.
Then from Mill Rock down to Putsborough Sands dogs can be off the lead, but must remain under your control.
Behind the beach are the dunes and warrens, there are numerous tracks leading from the village on down to Putsborough, with many scenic paths down on to the beach and up to Marine drive and beyond. The paths are maintained by the National Trust with volunteer help. Dogs are welcome here both off and on the lead. In some sections, as part of the land maintenance, you will find either livestock or semi-wild Dartmoor ponies grazing. In these grazed areas the National Trust does ask that you keep your dogs on the lead.
From our Woolacombe holiday apartments, passing through the gate straight on to National Trust managed land offers both easy and some more challenging walks, over or round the hills. The views can be breathtaking. Head up the hill to the top of Black Cloud Hill, with it's stunning views over the bay. Or you can follow the old donkey path round to the head of Combesgate Valley and then walk down the wooded valley, cool under the trees and follow the babbling stream. Look out for the occasional rope swing.
The path can be joined just a short walk from the apartments, and it is simply stunning. Livestock; mostly sheep, do graze at various points along the coastal path so dogs must be kept under control, but there are sections where they can be off the lead. Keep an eye out for grey seals basking in the afternoon sun on the flat rocks. They can be well disguised.
There are Vets practices in both Ilfracombe and Braunton, and one closer along the main road into Woolacombe, perhaps 2 miles from our holiday apartments. There are two well-established pet shops in Ilfracombe, though the shops in Woolacombe do offer the basics, like pet food, balls, throws and toys.