This bank holiday weekend the chief barketing officer here at Dogs Dogs Dogs headed down to Devon for a weekend camping. To help all of you dog owners out there who may be considering taking your best friend under canvas we thought we should share our weekend.
If you read this blog, you will know we are based in the South West of the UK and love nothing more than poppin down to some of our local beaches. This weekend the wners had booked a three night stay at the Southern most point in Devon, overlooking the channel and were taking part in a 6 a side cricket tournament at the local club. What's not to like? Balls being thrown, BBQ's, sniffing round the stools of a local pub and swim in the sea.[ux_image id="9469"]
When you are taking your dog camping you need to think quite hard about the different situations you may encounter, not just for you but from the perspective of other campsite users. This is especially important if your dog is a labrador (fourlegged dustbin) if you don;t have them under some sort of control they will devour every scrap of food in the campsite and that includes meat on a lit barbecue. This means you get a visit every morning from some pretty unhappy campers.Berry nearly made us very unpopular at the cricket when she was found head deep in the burger bag. We looked around and found one of these "RAC Tie out cable and stake." An easy way to keep your dog in one place but let them have enough lead to wander round your area of the campsite.[ux_image id="9470"]
We have blogged before about our favourite West country hotels for dogs, this weekend we found our favourite Devon Pub. If you have never been then you might want to check out the Pigs Nose in East Prawle. Not only does it let dogs in, it has a live music venue that seats 200 and a multitude of rooms and garden areas for you to chill out in. The likes of Damon Albarn and Atomic Kitten have performed here. The pub is a 1 minute walk from the campsite and has a small shop outside from where you can pick up extra gas for the cooking or even dog meat when you get short. More importantly for the owner, Chase Rose is available in single bottles and double magnums.[ux_image id="9471"]
Every morning we would head down to the beach from our campsite, there isn't one that close to East prawle so we decided on Gara Rock. A very upmarket hotel overlooking the channel from the Southern most tip of Devon. As expected the views were tremendous and the beach quiet but stunning due to the approach walk being a good 20 minutes down a steep coastal path. You can head down to the beach for a swim with your dogs in tow, if they love a swim in the sea then this is the best spot. Caves and rocks to jump from a plenty with a lovely sandy stretch in the middle. You can then head back up the hill and have a coffee or something stronger overlooking the bay. The hotel is pet friendly and they have a mix of pet and pet free rooms for you to choose from. We thought it was posibbly the best view in the South West from which to enjoy your drink.
We rounded off the weekend with a cricket tournament interupted by Ben Stokes Ashes marathon innings and then the beaches of Salcombe Estuary. Another lovely spot that welcomes dogs where you can hire stand up paddle boards or small boats on which to travel across the bay with your pet. You may want to think about a dog life jacket if your friend is not a good swimmer. Needless to say Berry and friends were very good swimmers because after all there may be food at the other side.