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Dog-friendly Southbourne, Boscombe And Bournemouth Beaches

Enjoy Bournemouth Boscombe and Southbourne Beaches

With Your Dog

This Summer

Featuring Bournemouth Beach, Pier and Life Guard Station

Where are Bournemouth’s Best Dog-Friendly Beaches?

Whether it be a staycation, weekend break, or day trip, you’ll find so much for everyone including your dog. Bournemouth is situated in a southerly facing bay on the south coast of England, coastal towns looking out towards the English Channel.

Boscombe, Southbourne, and Hengistbury Head beaches are to the east and Branksome Dene Chine, Poole to Alum Chine Beach Office, and Middle Chine to Durley Chine beaches to the west of Bournemouth pier. Dogs are allowed onto the beaches at certain times of the year.

Sunny summer days see packed beaches and dog restrictions in place 1 May 30 September

Bournemouth Beach and Pier

Bournemouth’s Dog-Friendly Beaches

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Bournemouth is a busy University town, has the added advantage of being a gorgeous sandy beach resort, explored by the Victorians since 1845, as a pleasant coastal resort to visit, still remains today, now a thriving visitor destination with neighbouring towns of Boscombe, and quieter Southbourne.

The towns have grown over more than a century-and-a-half into day-trip and holiday destinations offering award-winning Blue Flag beautiful 7- mile stretches of sandy beaches coupled with busy thriving town centres including a cosmopolitan mix of tastes, and particularly, more recently, differing authentic food and restaurant offers.

Lockdown has caused many additional thousands of Brits to flock to our wonderful coastal locations and where tourism marketing pictures can be deceiving showing deserted sunny beaches, but in high season these beaches are extremely busy during sunny days

Bournemouth Beach May 2021

Bournemouth and Bournemouth Beach is a very popular region to visit as soon as the sun appears and especially over the holiday season. Trains run very frequently from London Waterloo station, taking just under two hours travel, passing through Basingstoke (just about an hour’s travel by train), and Southampton, which allows you to take your well behaved dog, free of charge train travelling to Bournemouth, or alternatively you can drive to the town and beach.

Beach car parks become full by 10am in the morning during summer, on sunny days, and parking attendants are out in force slapping parking tickets on cars parked illegally. If you going to make this a special summer day out with your dog, leave early and be prepared not to get caught up in traffic jams.

The beaches are well served with good access and wide dedicated promenades where dogs can be walked, but kept on a short lead during peak times, and allowed onto the piers on leads, but not the beach.

Make your way a little further along the beach towards Southbourne, past Boscombe where parking and the beach may be easier option for you and your dog to enjoy a day out.

Bournemouth towards Boscombe and further along to Southbourne there are dog restrictions of taking dogs onto beaches in place May 1st – 30th September due to the high number of visitors. The council operates strict dog restrictions on its beaches during these times.


Bournemouth Beach Dog Restriction Signs

There are 4 beaches where dogs may be walked

To the west of Bournemouth Pier

  • Branksome Dene Chine, Poole to Alum Chine Beach Office
  • Middle Chine to Durley Chine

To the east of Bournemouth Pier

  • Fisherman’s Walk, Southbourne
  • Hengistbury Head

Southbourne Looking Towards Bournemouth

Bournemouth is a very popular region as soon as the sun appears and over popular holiday periods. The council operates strict dog restrictions on its beaches during these times. We highly recommend avoiding the area if you have your dog accompanying you for a special day out and to make your way to Southbourne Beach.

Southbourne Beach is highly recommended during summer months, situated east of Bournemouth’s favourite award-winning beaches, boasts an exceptionally clean, sandy, and shingle beach. Access to Southbourne Beach is directly from Southbourne high street through Fisherman’s walk. Fisherman’s Walk Beach is perhaps the finest and less busy than all the Bournemouth beaches and dog-friendly. It will make a far more relaxed day out with your dog enjoyable.


October to April – Beautiful walks along coastal routes and sandy beaches

Packed summer beaches are not places for you and your dog to enjoy on a day out, dogs can become anxious, can suddenly bolt, or even nip at passers-by acting totally out of character.

Bournemouth and Boscombe Beach, out of season, 1st October to 30 April, make fabulous beach walks for any dog owner and their pooch, most times of the day and early evening. The backshores of the beaches boast glorious sand, gently sloping to the water edge.

In case of pet emergencies, Bournemouth has a choice of several differing vet practices available serving domestic pets and you can feel safe by the water knowing that both Mudeford towards the east and Poole towards the west of Bournemouth town have lifeboat stations. The RNLI have a website with helpful advice to remind yourself about sea safety.

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If you are staying in the area, then Sykes Holiday Cottages rental lettings offer locations mostly at Swanage, and with selective properties available at Bournemouth. If you’re looking for something a little different then there are several barn conversion styles, beach style, and several period properties available for you, and your pet.

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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. Check out Pet Check Shop for supplies.
  • 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. 

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 block 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.

Pictures of Boscombe Beach and the wide Boscombe promenade


Quickly before you go

Try Urban Reef at The Overstrand directly overlooking Boscombe Beach


“Dogs are welcome anywhere on the ground floor terrace decked areas. We have water bowls for our furry friends and delicious fresh food & drink for their less furry families”.

Prices and information correct at time of writing.

Picture courtesy and Visit Bournemouth Bournemouth



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