Dog Walks – West Sussex – England

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updated 1 October 2021

Featuring Dog Walking On West Sussex Beaches

West Sussex is a coastal county due south of London and Surrey overlooking the English Channel.

There’s room for dogs on West Sussex beaches, with restrictions currently removed.

Dog walking restrictions are in place particularly for the more popular beaches during busy holiday peak times starting 1 May through to 1 October each year.

Dog Walking On Beautiful West Sussex Beaches

Picture of the stunning and very popular West Wittering Beach

Beautiful dog-friendly walks along sandy beaches

What are the all-year-round popular dog-friendly beaches in West Sussex?

  • Thorney Island
  • Middleton-on-Sea
  • Climping Beach
  • Pagham
  • Littlehampton West Beach
  • Rustington
  • Goring
  • South Lancing
  • Shoreham-By-Sea
  • Kingston Beach Shoreham
  • Southwick

There are no restrictions in place on the above-listed beaches. You may be asked to observe when walking near scientific areas and nature reserves to put your dog on leads including public footpaths and bridleways so as to not disturb the local wildlife.

What beaches are restricted to dogs from 1st May – 30th September?

  • East Wittering
  • West Wittering
  • Brackelsham Bay
  • Selsey
  • Bognor Regis East Beach
  • Bognor Regis West Beach
  • Bognor Regis Pier
  • Felpham
  • Littlehampton East Beach
  • Goring Beach – Restrictions between the two boat launching ramps.
  • Worthing Beach – Main section of beach from the bottom of Heene Road to Splashpoint Leisure Centre

What beaches are restricted to dogs between 1st April and 1st November?

We currently have no information

What beaches are banned for dog walks all year?


General dog walking rules in beach areas

  • Dogs must be kept on leads when walking on promenades adjacent to these specified beach areas above.
  • Contravention of the Bye-law when walking your dog can be liable to a fine of £500.
  • Do not allow your dog to foul a beach or any adjacent area. You are required to poop and scoop otherwise face a fine of £1000.
  • Keep your dog under control who may be very excited about visiting a new beach. Not all beachgoers may like dogs. When beaches are crowded, put your dog on a lead.
  • You’ll need to observe the local bye-laws when walking your dog, look out for signs showing where dogs are not allowed or must be kept on a lead.

Assistance dogs are always welcome accompanied with their owner

Before you leave home

  • Plan the day before leaving home If you’re making a special journey, a day out.
  • Check local social media that beaches are operating for dog-walking and not closed or likely to be closed due to overcrowding.
  • Check whether you must pre-pay for a car park space.
  • Check tides times on meteorological websites – try to time your visit to beaches where the tide is going out providing more room on beaches.
  • Take two dog leads lead, both long and short with you, and a muzzle to use can be useful when walking on more popular beach areas.
  • Take lots more water and a collapsible bowl in the car for your dog than usual – your dog will be extra thirsty.
  • Check the RNLI local pages for beach and tide safety.

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.

Holidaying If you’re planning to stay in the area, then Sykes Holidays holiday cottages rentals offer a number of holiday lets in a variety of quality and differing dog-friendly properties across West Sussex as do Rural Retreats.

Vets There are ample veterinary practices along the West Sussex coast in case of any emergency including locations of practices at the towns of Bognor Regis, Chichester, Worthing, Littlehampton.

Tips Biggest doggie tips are to remember to take lots of fresh water and a collapsible bowl for your thirsty dog and old towels to clean off the sand before going home!

Don’t forget to clear up your rubbish and dispose of carefully when you leave.

Poop and Scoop – anyone who fails to scoop their dog’s poop can be slapped with a £1000 fine under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.


Read more about dog-friendly beaches in West Sussex


Prices and information correct at time of writing. Beach images courtesy West Sussex Gov.

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