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Colwyn Bay – Rhos-On-Sea – Llandudno
North Wales dog-friendly beaches
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Rhos-On-Sea is a North Wales town sited between Llandudno towards the west and Colwyn Bay and Old Colwyn towards the east on the northern coastline. All four locations have sandy beaches, perfect for dog walking, but it is the three-mile stretch of beach between Rhos-On-Sea and Colwyn Bay that is outstanding due to its famed, wide promenade walk making it ideal as a dog walking venue, for days out, weekend breaks and staycations, possible all year round.
Beautiful walks along coastal routes and sandy beaches
Rhos-On-Sea, Colwyn Bay, and Llandudno West Shore are all towns proud of their blue flag beach status, for cleaner bathing water, whilst Colwyn Bay and Llandudno are the busy visitors’ town destinations, even since late Victorian times, situated on the North Welsh coast. Rhos-On-Sea is a much smaller destination, with a long history of a charming traditional fishing village looking out to the Irish Sea.
There are dog restrictions on all four town beaches in place, May 1st – 30th September due to the high number of visitors. These restrictions are for the popular and immediate town areas of the beach only and dog-walkers are welcome to use other parts of the beaches with the local council particularly noting that the small sandy beach at Rhos Point, Rhos-On-Sea is dog-friendly all year. Restricted areas are clearly marked by the ‘No dogs on this beach’ signs placed at beach entrances, steps and slipways.
The local dog-walking beach restriction information
The beaches benefit from tending to be flat, with a little shingle in some areas on the backshore, but mostly sandy. There are organised sloped ways for ease of access in the popular towns of Colwyn Bay and Llandudno.
Rhos-On-Sea has a smaller, slightly muddy beach where the tide comes into meeting the promenade walks so is unsuitable at high tide to beach visit, however, it has cafes and lots of car parking facilities to enjoy.
The North Welsh coast is extremely well served with lifeboat stations, at Llandudno, Colwyn Bay, and a little further to the east, Rhyl station. You can feel safe by the water that there are excellent emergency services available. The RNLI has a website with helpful advice to remind yourself about sea safety.
The area has various veterinary practices to choose from in case of pet emergencies in Llandudno and Colwyn serving domestic pets.
To get the very best out of a special day trip – plan in advance
- Some busy, packed beaches now ask visitors to pre-book your car park space, check where you intend to park before leaving.
- 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 whilst travelling from direct sunlight.
Beach doggie tips to remember –
Keep Your Dog Safe
Don’t leave your dog unattended outside shops – in your car – and on beaches
Avoid PET THEFT
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