Throughout the pandemic, an increasing number of households welcomed a furry friend to join their families. For many, booking a holiday now involves finding somewhere that not only allows dogs, but has plenty to see and do in the local area.

Our luxury lodges at Fingle Glen are dog-friendly and we are pleased to welcome all types of dogs with well-behaved owners! But once you’re settled into your quaint and cosy lodge, where do you go next? Whilst dogs are allowed inside our onsite bar, No.19, you may wish to explore the local area and with it, some of the wonderful country pubs. Here are some of our top recommendations for dog-friendly places to visit during your stay at Fingle Glen Lodges.


Walking Trails


If a gentle hike is your thing, there is a stunning walk starting at the Church of the Holy Cross in Crediton. Just a short 18-minute drive from Fingle Glen Lodges, the trail is suitable for all fitness levels and is popular amongst dog walkers. The church itself has a variety of events throughout the year, so it’s worth checking what’s on before you visit.

Another idyllic walking destination is the gorgeous area surrounding Fingle Bridge, where you can walk alongside the river Teign. The bridge car park is free and just 16 minutes away from Fingle Glen. The Fingle Bridge Inn does an amazing carvery and is completely dog-friendly, so we highly recommend a visit. What could be better than a scenic walk followed by a trip to the pub for some amazing food and a glass of wine?

There are two walking options at Fingle Bridge, one for the less enthusiastic walkers and their dogs and one for those with great stamina. The scenery is just stunning, and you won’t be disappointed that you made the journey.

If you fancy somewhere off the beaten track, we also recommend Haytor Rocks and Haytor Granite Quarry for a stroll. It is a really lovely spot for dog-friendly walks and swims on Dartmoor, although a little further afield. About 30 minutes away from Fingle Glen, it’s well worth the drive, especially if you take some nibbles and enjoy a picnic in the Moors.


Babbacombe Model Village


Have you ever been to a model village? If you haven’t, we recommend taking a drive to Babbacombe Model Village. Named one of Europe’s Premier Model Villages, it has over 400 model buildings and features, 13,000 miniature people as well as beautiful award-winning gardens. Dogs are welcome as long as they are kept on their leashes, so it is definitely worth visiting.


House of Marbles


Just 20 minutes away from Fingle Glen is the unique House of Marbles, a producer of toys, games and books with a plethora of activities for all ages. You can go along the brass rubbing trail, have a bite to eat in the Old Pottery Restaurant, observe traditional glass blowing or visit the 4 different museums they have. There is an interactive marble exhibit that is really quite something to behold, well worth a trip on its own! Dogs are allowed everywhere except for the main restaurant area.


Exmouth Beach


Another popular destination amongst locals and holiday makers alike is the beach in Exmouth, a stunning beach that goes as far as the eye can see with lots to do. Make a day of it with the family and your beloved canine companion. Or if picnics aren’t your thing, head to Harbour View Fish & Chip Shop who specialise in traditional style fish and chips… just keep an eye out for the sneaky seagulls!


Your lodge holiday is the perfect chance for you to relax, enjoy yourself and see something different. Fingle Glen Lodges is conveniently located for you and your family and dog to explore Exeter and the stunning surrounding areas. Don’t wait, book your holiday by getting in touch with our team today. Alternatively, browse our luxury lodges for sale.