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Suffolk Dog-Friendly Beach Walks
Walberswick – Southwold – Covehithe
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Beautiful walks along coastal routes and sandy beaches
Suffolk is part of East Anglia, East England facing the North Sea, about 100 miles from London and a perfect rural location for a holiday break with your family and best friend.
Walberswick is an old Saxon village and previously important trading village until the beginning of the 20th century. Today, it has a small population that is swelled only by visitors to the region which offers quality dog-friendly holiday cottages and glorious unrestricted all-year-round sandy beaches, perfect for kite-surfing and dog walks. The beach is long and sandy with the upper shore reaching into the sand dunes and into marshland, dotted with the famous black beach huts.
Further up the coast, about 8 miles is Southwold, a small town with a traditional fishing port and a beautiful restored small pier structure. Part of the main beach is restricted for dog walking during the busier holiday summer season, 1st May until 30 September each year, but the north beach, centered around the estuary mouth of the Blythe River is Denes Beach, Southwold, which welcomes dogs all year round and is mostly shingle. This is a quiet beach, with few amenities but popular with dog walkers.
To the north of Southwold is a small village called Covehithe, a very pretty part sandy beach, again open all year round to dogs. The coastline has been eroded with access by foot, parking nearby with a short 15-minute walk to the beach parking near the church, walking via a bridleway and edge of farmland.
It’s well known for its organic tree structures sticking out of the sand adding to the popularity of discovering this gorgeous beach. A quiet location, needing a homemade picnic as the area is void of local cafes.
Southwold is fortunate to have lifeguarded beaches from early July to the start of September, also home to the local RNLI lifeboat station so you can feel rest assured of water safety.
Several vets are available in case of pet emergencies close by at Southwold.
To get the very best out of a special day trip, do 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 sunblock 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
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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.
- 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.
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.
Prices and information correct at time of writing. Images courtesy of Visit Suffolk.
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