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Updated 17 September 2021
What Are The Best Dog Walks In East Sussex?
Dog Walking At Camber Sands
Beautiful walks along coastal routes and sandy beaches
Camber Sands is renowned as a dog-friendly beach, it’s long, 5 miles and more. A stretch of glorious sandy beach, which is quite remarkable in Sussex.
The majority of Sussex beaches are famed for being pebbly, and with the groin coastal engineering system, the long, narrow structures built out into the water from beaches helping to prevent beach erosion. Sometimes shingle and sand can be exposed at low tides on some beaches, but a 5-mile stretch is something quite rare.
Sussex is situated on the English coast due south from London, and Camber Sands sited 2 miles from the quaint, fortified, medieval town of Rye, in East Sussex, a Cinque port town with the English Channel separating the English coast from France. On a clear day, one can see the French coastline.
The joy of visiting Camber Sands is that dog walking on the beach is available all year round with the only restriction applying during 1 May to 30 September, in the main, busier zone areas.
Payable car parking is not difficult, and access to the beach is at the main entrance which is fairly flat walking down sandy natural paths to the beach, being incredibly flat and exposed when tides go out. The beach closes at 8 pm, earlier during winter months.
If you’re driving to the beach during the summer, simply drive to the farthest Broomhill Sands car park on the Lydd Road, which is free. This area of the beach is busy with water sports such as kite surfing and where you can walk straight onto the beach, and your dog is allowed without restrictions. Check the Camber Dog-Friendly Zone Map. These restrictions can change with local circumstances, so do check social media before you travel if travelling especially for a day out.
If it’s particularly hot and sunny, the beach will be very busy and perhaps not ideal for your dog. Dogs can act out of character when in new, busy locations, sometimes even snapping at people for no reason at all. There are several coastal walks and paths advertised that you could consider taking with your dog as an alternative.
However, one can spend all day here with your pooch and see few visitors during autumn, winter, and spring months. (There are no dog walking restrictions from 1 October through to May). Perfect for wrapping-up well and enjoying a long, fresh dog walk.
Riding horses on Camber beach are allowed with restrictions sometimes during the summer months. Visit South East England provides more information.
If your dog likes swimming, it’s highly recommended to buy them a buoyancy jacket which helps them floating if they suddenly become tired and makes it easier for them to swim back to you.
Camber Sands tides go out and come in quickly, with strong currents, causing some visitors to get into trouble with soft sand experienced underfoot, so it’s important to take heed to designated signs and advice as to the best parts of the beach for safe swimming and times of tides.
Lifeguards do operate currently on this beach during the busy summer months. The RNLI has a website with helpful advice to remind yourself about sea safety, the current status of the beach and their lifeboat positioned at nearby Hastings.
If your dog likes swimming, it’s highly recommended to buy them a buoyancy jacket which helps them floating if they suddenly become tired and makes it easier for them to swim back to you. Take care to check the tide times and best parts of the beach for safe dog swimming.
If wanting to spend just a couple of hours on the beach then it’s best to let the tide to start to go out so the sand starts drying out, picking two or three hours after high tide can be best. However, kite surfers start surfing three hours after high tide and stop three hours before hide tide, so the beach can become busy. Tide information is available on most meteorological websites.
Vets are available in case of pet emergencies close by at Rye, part of the Cinque Ports Care, veterinary group, more choice is available at Hastings.
Rother council have produced an excellent dedicated Camber Sands information leaflet that provides general information about car parks, eateries, toilets, first aid point, coastal office and more, which all operate during the busy summer months. Out of season there is less choice of eateries and the coastal office and first aid likely to be closed.
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There are several sandy beaches close by, such as Greatstone-0n-Sea, Littlestone-on-Sea and St Mary’s Bay, situated about 12-15 miles further to the east of Camber Sands, round the ‘desert’ Dungeness headland, which are perfect dog walking sandy beaches, just like Camber Sands. They experience rippling of sands as tides go out, just like the picture of the children playing on the beach at low tide, with long walks to the actual sea, sometimes half a mile or so.
St Leonards-on-Sea, Hastings, Winchelsea Beach and Rye are to the west of Camber Sands, about half-an-hour drive. St Leonards-On-Sea and Hastings are grand Victorian built tourist destinations and Winchelsea Beach, a lovely and relatively unknown dog-friendly beach.
To get the very best out of a special day trip – plan in advance
Pre-book your car park space 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 protector 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 from direct sunlight whilst travelling.
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 for 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.
Dogs 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. If unsure, read the Pet Check ‘Dog Poop On The Beach’ blog.
The recent pandemic has bought about new changes to the ways we do things. Post lockdown restrictions may require households not to travel in certain areas of the UK. Read the latest government advice. It’s advisable to check with your local council and social media websites before making special journeys. You may find that you are required to pre-book vehicle entry into popular beaches during the summer months.
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