Dog Walks – Pembrokeshire – South Wales – Lydstep – Tenby – Saundersfoot

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Wales is a beautiful country and very understated by Brits when it comes to visiting the extraordinary countryside and coastal routes.

The most south-western county of Wales, Pembrokeshire offers incredibly beautiful eastern, southern and western facing sandy beaches, tucked away havens punctuate all along the coastline with small hamlets and villages offering holiday lets, perfect for anyone visiting during winter or summer providing wonderful dog walking and sea swimming opportunities. The first time you visit these areas you will be amazed as to why you hadn’t earlier.

During the height of the holiday season, 1st May until the end of September, there is a dog walking restriction on certain beaches such as Saundersfoot and Amroth, Tenby South, Lydstep also Poppit, Newgale, Broad Haven, Dale.

This provides an outstanding holiday season with your pooch during Spring, Autumn, and Winter to take full advantage of the miles of glorious sand, some shingle and pebble beaches, and sometimes, rocky areas without restrictions.

Sometimes referred to as ‘Little England’ Pembrokeshire’s fabulous Atlantic coastline offers the renowned UK’s only Coastal National Park and the world’s second-largest tidal range. It is important to check tidal levels before venturing too far walking along clean sandy beaches and keeping an eye on your dog if they like swimming in the waters. Meteorological websites provide these online.

Tenby retains its historic 13th Century Town Walls and is referred to as ‘The Jewel In the Pembrokeshire’s Crown’ creating a busy tourist destination. North Tenby and Harbour restrict dogs in most areas whilst South Tenby restrict dogs using the beaches and must be on leads around the promenade area.

Saundersfoot has a glorious 2.2 mile stretch of golden sands with easy access onto the beach including parking. The restrictions during summer are dogs not allowed on beaches and on leads when on the paved promenade areas behind the beach.

Lydstep is a small village 4 miles south of Tenby and again, boasts a wonderful stretch of sandy beach. The whole of Lydstep Haven is occupied by The Lydstep Beach Holiday Park which is mostly privately owned caravans but some are available to rent. The restrictions during summer are dogs not allowed on beaches and on leads when on the paved promenade areas.

Tenby is fortunate to have a working RNLI lifeboat station. Do take time to refresh yourself with water safety tips on the RNLI website.

Vets are available in case of pet emergencies close by at Tenby specializing in small and large pets.

To get the very best out of a special day trip, do plan your day in advance.

  • The pandemic has bought about pre-booking car parks in some coastal locations. Pre-book your car park if necessary
  • Check all local social media before setting out including if there are traffic build-ups in the area so you are not wasting time sitting in a hot car
  • Check tide times for the best times to be on the beach. We recommend two hours after high tide allows the tide to be going out, sand and shingle drying out and gives more space on the beach.
  • Remember to buy sun creams for you and your pet before its too hot weather, apply before leaving home
  • Ensure your dog has ventilated space in your vehicle and also sunshades protecting them

Beach doggie tips to remember –

To take lots (more than usual) of fresh water and a collapsible bowl for your thirsty dog. Seawater is salty and will make your dog even more thirsty.

Have old towels to dry your dog if they’ve been swimming. Provide them with towels to sit on rather than the sand, and towels help to clean off the sand before going home!

A sun canopy or umbrella shade is important, not just for you, but also your dog who can catch sunburn as much as you can.

You may need to use a short and/or long dog lead during restriction times, and take a dog muzzle if you prefer your dog to wear one on busier beaches. They can act out character in new, unknown places often feeling anxious.

Please remember to take your rubbish home with you. That includes dog poop which is your responsibility to clean up at all times. Read our blog about beach dog poop.

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