Dog owners

Let's go walkies

There's fun for dogs and owners alike

There's fun for dogs and owners alike

There's plenty of fun to be had here with your four-legged friends.

There are some beautiful walks along the coastal footpath, at nearby Mansands and Scabbacombe beach, as well as Froward Point, and for dogs on leads there's the designated dog route in the garden.

Dog-friendly walking

There is a beautiful perimeter walk for dogs in the garden. It enjoys some of the best views of the coast from the garden, and leads almost to the coastal footpath. Ask for a map in reception, or download one here.

Take a break

Sit outside in the sunshine with your canine friend and enjoy a drink - there are always bowls of water available for thirsty dogs.

Put your paws up

Your dogs can rest in the shade next to the house

Your dogs can rest in the shade next to the house

Through the archway next to the house and on the right is a quiet, shady spot, complete with tethering rings and water bowls, where your dog can rest while you look around the house. If possible, please leave a member of your party with the dog, but if not, keep an ear out for whining - upset dogs can upset visitors.

We had dogs of all shapes and sizes enter the fun competitions on dog day © National Trust

We had dogs of all shapes and sizes enter the fun competitions on dog day

Doggy day

On Bank Holiday Monday, 5 May, we had a day devoted to dogs at Coleton Fishacre.

Dogs were welcome throughout the gardens on this special day, and fun competitions took place on the Bowling Green Lawn, judged by The Blue Cross. These included waggiest tale, golden oldie, odd couple and more. Over 70 lovely dogs entered these competitions.

Oakwood Gundogs had a stand on the Bowling Green Lawn and gave demonstrations throughout the day. One of the biggest hits of the day was Oakwood Gundogs' scurry. In the words of Russell from Oakwood, a scurry 'is a timed competition aimed at finding the dog that retrieves a dummy in the fastest time. An Oakwood Gundog scurry is a fun, have-a-go event. Any dog can join in, whatever its breed or training.'

This event was such a hit that it sure to be repeated in the future; watch this space for more information.

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