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Suffolk Dog-Friendly Beaches
Walberswick – Southwold – Covehithe
Dunwich – Thorpeness – Aldeburgh
Suffolk is part of East Anglia, East England facing the North Sea, about 100 miles from London, where most beaches are dog-friendly all year round making it a perfect setting for enjoyable coastal dog walks along beaches and staying in a rural location for a holiday break with your family and your best friend.
What are the best all year round dog walking beaches?
Walberswick unrestricted all year round sandy dog walking beaches.
Kessingland sandy long spacious beach open to dog walking all year but may be required to be on a lead close to the Nature Reserve.
Covehithe a very pretty part sandy beach, open all year round for dog walks.
Southwold unrestricted on the north beach, centered around the estuary mouth of the Blythe River is Denes Beach which welcomes dog walks all year round.
Thorpeness there are no restrictions for beach dog-walking. The beach has steep shelving from the backshore, however low tide exposes some excellent sandy beaches.
Dunwich Beach welcomes dogs all year round. Note that there are car parking time restrictions to the area for access to the beach, so do check the National Trust website before making a special journey.
Dog walking restrictions 1 May to 30 September
Aldeburgh main beach has dog walking restrictions between 1 May and 30 September.
Southwold main beach.
Assistance dogs are always welcome accompanied with their owner.
- If you’re travelling making a special journey, do check local social media that beaches are operating for dog-walking before leaving.
- Signs are visible at all beaches stating what the restrictions may / or may not be.
- Take a lead, both long and short with you and a muzzle to use can be useful when walking on more popular beach areas.
- Check the RNLI local pages for beach and tide safety.
Read more about dog-friendly beaches in Suffolk
Vets There are a surprising number of family pet vets located down the Suffolk coastline from Great Yarmouth to Felixstowe should any emergency visit be necessary.
Rural Retreats offers a number of luxury holiday cottages, barns and houses across Suffolk, particularly dog-friendly comfortable properties at Saxmundham and Aldeburgh being just a few minutes walk to the beach, perfect for renting all year round.
Before you travel you may like to use our useful Guides if you’re a new pet owner.
Don’t forget to take doggie towels to wipe off the sand at the end of walks and lots of fresh water and travel bowl for a thirsty dog. Please clear your mess up, leaving no rubbish and you may need both long and short leads and a muzzle if you prefer to use for your dog if the beach area is busy.
Prices and information correct at time of writing. Images courtesy Visit Suffolk
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