Dog Walks – Dog-Friendly Beaches In Wales

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\\\ Dog Walks

\\\ Updated 1 October 2021

Dog

Beach

Restrictions

LIFTED 1 OCTOBER

Staycation, weekend break or special day out with your dog?

Planning a visit to one of Wales’s finest beaches? Check there are no dog bans in place.

Pet Check provide a list of the popular Welsh beaches where bans or partial bans may be in place.

What Are The Dog Bans?

Most dog walking bans on beaches operate from 1st May to 30 September, however, there are a minority of beaches around the UK that impose longer bans sometimes starting as early as Easter of 1 April, or beach events may force sudden unexpected closures.

DOG RESTRICTIONS ON MOST BEACHES REMOVED 1 OCTOBER UNTIL LATE SPRING

The ‘No dogs on this beach’ signs are posted up around beach promenades, nearby car parks, and the maps on council websites provide more detailed information for visitors, showing where and where dogs can and cannot be walked.

Local seaside dog owners love1 October each year and through the winter and spring months, when dogs are allowed onto most beaches to walk, play and swim weather permitting.

Busier beaches may see red flag warnings raised by local lifeguards, from time to time, which should be adhered to for your and your dog’s safety. Take care not to swim, generally because of bad weather and fierce high tides expected. You can find out more about the flags at the RNLI beach safety page.


NORTH WALES DOG BEACHES WITH BANS OR PARTIAL BANS

Avoid disappointment and extra journey time trying to find a non-ban beach

Plan in advance of your journey. Check now.

Anglesey

Dogs are allowed onto certain parts of these beaches

  • Beaumaris
  • Benllech
  • Cemaes Bay
  • Llanddwyn, Newborough
  • Llanddona
  • Trearddur Bay
  • Porth Dafarch

Dogs additionally to be kept on leads whilst promenade walking during summer

  • Benllech,
  • Cemaes Bay
  • Trearddur Bay
Conwy

Full ban

Small Sandy beach at Rhos Point, Rhos on Sea

Dogs are allowed onto certain parts of these beaches

  • Rhos on Sea beach
  • Colwyn Bay beach
  • Pensarn beach
  • Kinmel Bay beach
  • Llandudno north shore beach
  • Llandudno west shore beach
  • Penmaenmawr beach
  • Llanfairfechan beach
Ceredigion

Full ban – both beaches are run by The National Trust

  • Mwnt
  • Penbryn

Dogs are allowed onto certain parts of these beaches

  • Aberaeron south
  • Aberporth
  • Aberystwyth north
  • Clarach
  • Aberystwyth south
  • Borth
  • Llangrannog
  • Tresaith
  • New Quay-Harbour

Denbighshire

Dogs are allowed onto certain parts of these beaches

  • Rhyl
  • Prestatyn
  • Barkby Beach, Prestatyn

Gwynedd

Dogs are allowed onto certain parts of these beaches and some beaches completely banning dogs

  • Aberdyfi
  • Tywyn
  • Fairbourne
  • Barmouth
  • Bennar
  • Llandanwg
  • Harlech
  • Morfa Bychan – Black Rock Sands
  • Criccieth – promenade beach
  • Criccieth – marine beach
  • Pwllheli – Glan Don
  • Pwllheli – Marian-y-De
  • Abersoch
  • Aberdaron
  • Porth Oer
  • Porth Towyn
  • Morfa Nefyn
  • Dinas Dinlle
  • Nefyn

RECENT BEACH BLOGS

SOUTH WALES DOG BEACHES WITH BANS OR PARTIAL BANS

Beaches can partially ban dogs – Dog Exclusion Orders

Look for the signs at beaches – Council websites provide detailed plans

Carmarthenshire

Dogs are allowed onto certain parts of these beaches

  • Cefn Sidan
  • Llansteffan
  • Pendine
Neath Port Talbot
  • Aberavon
Pembrokeshire

Dogs Banned from these parts of the beach

  • Tenby north beach
  • Whitesands, St David’s

Dogs are allowed onto certain parts of these beaches

  • Lydstep
  • Newgale beach and promenade
  • Saundersfoot beach and promenade
  • Tenby Castle and south beach
  • Amroth beach and promenade
  • Poppit Sands
  • Broad Haven (north)
  • Dale
Porthcawl

Dogs are allowed onto certain parts of these beaches

  • Rest Bay
  • Town Beach
  • Coney Beach
  • Trecco Bay
Swansea

Dogs are allowed onto certain parts of these beaches

  • Swansea Bay
  • Port Eynon beach
  • Bracelet Bay
  • Limeslade Bay
  • Rotherslade Bay
  • Langland Bay
  • Caswell Bay
Vale of Glamorgan
  • Whitmore Bay (Barry Island)
  • Cold Knap
  • Penarth seafront
  • Dunraven Bay (Southerndown)
  • Cwm Colhuw (Llantwit)

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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.
  • If a regular visit, buy your dog a buoyancy jacket and avoid visitng the beach when there are rough seas.
  • 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.

REMEMBER

TAKE HOME YOUR BEACH RUBBISH AND DOG POO when there’s no bins

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