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Visiting Baggy Point with your dog

An aerial view of an adult and baby walking a dog along a path at Baggy Point, Devon
Dog walking along the path a Baggy Point | © National Trust Images / John Millar

Baggy Point is a three-pawprint rated place, you will find plenty of water bowls and bins on your walk and dogs are welcome in the tea-room garden and allotment. Read on to find out all you need to know about visiting Baggy Point with your furry friend.

When visiting Baggy Point with your dog you will find plenty of water bowls, both inside the garden and next to the welcome hut in the car park, there are bins located along the path to the point, as well as at the entrace to the beach and car parks.

Dogs are welcome off-lead on the beach during the winter months. but we ask that during bird-nesting season and the busy summer season you keep your dogs on leads while walking the coast path, which is narrow and borders steep cliffs.

Our pawprint rating system

We’ve been working on making it easier for you to find out how dog-friendly your visit will be before you and your four-legged friend arrive. To help with this, we've created a new pawprint rating system and given all the places in our care a rating. You can find this information in the National Trust members’ handbook.

Baggy Point is a three pawprint rated place.

Three pawprints shows the very best places you can visit for a day with your dog. You’ll be able to take your dog to most areas, including indoors for a cup of tea and a treat. There’ll be clearly signed dog zones and dog-friendly experiences. Read on to discover exactly where you can take your dog.

The Canine Code

We’ve worked with our partner Forthglade to come up with this Canine Code, which helps to make sure everyone can enjoy their day:

  • Keep them close: using a short lead helps to keep your dog from disturbing ground-nesting birds and farm animals. It's essential to use a short lead around sheep. But if cattle approach you, it's best to let your dog off the lead, and call them back when it's safe to do so.
  • Pick up the poo: please always clear up after your dog. If you can't find a bin nearby, take the poo bags home with you.
  • Watch the signs: keep an eye on local signs and notices wherever you're walking. They'll tell you if a beach has a dog ban, for instance, or if a path has been diverted, or if you're in an area where dogs can run off-lead.
  • Stay on the ball: remember that not everyone loves dogs, and some people fear them. So make sure your dog doesn't run up to other people, especially children.

Keeping control of your dog

Our definition of close or effective control is: ​

  • Being able to recall your dogs in any situation at the first call
  • Being able to clearly see your dog at all times (not just knowing they have gone into the undergrowth or over the crest of the hill). In practice, this means keeping them on a footpath if the surrounding vegetation is too dense for your dog to be visible
  • Not allowing them to approach other visitors without their consent
  • Having a lead with you to use if you encounter livestock or wildlife, or if you are asked to use one
Two adults with a baby and child walk along Baggy Point, Devon

Discover more at Baggy Point

Find out how to get to Baggy Point, where to park, the things to see and do and more.

Our partners


We've partnered with natural pet food maker Forthglade so that you and your dog can get even more out of the special places we care for.

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