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West Sussex is situated south of London, facing the English Channel, and very accessible by train and car, perfect for days out.

There’s quite a difference between public beaches in West and East Sussex. West Sussex beaches and land behind are low lying, mostly situated at sea level and very accessible, whereas East Sussex from Brighton towards Newhaven, and Seaford towards Eastbourne boast some of the famous white chalk cliffs that form part of the South Downs, making some beaches accessible by steep steps. However, they do have one thing in common being pebbly beaches at the backshore, softly sloping with many exposing shingle and sand at low tide.

Most beaches use the groyne system, wooden posts and structures that help to break up the waves as they crash onto the beaches to help slow down coastal erosion.

Accessible roads run adjacent to most West Sussex beaches which means there is generally easy access, car parking spaces available as well as dedicated beach car parks.

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Worthing does not allow dogs onto the beach from 1 May to 30 September between the Splashpoint leisure centre and Heene Road, being the busy town area with the pier situated in the middle. However, you can walk either east or west and walk through to Lancing beach or Goring-by-Sea beach without interruptions if you wish.

Goring beach to Worthing is under a 2-mile walk and operates a dog ban during the summer 1 May to 30 September but are allowed near to the Sealane cafe situated between two groynes.

Worthing to Lancing is approximately 2.5 miles walk along the beach which is dotted with beach huts as much of the coastline here and has old fishing boats pulled up onto the beach.

Lancing is a popular beach with local cafes, for water sports including sailing and windsurfing, and has its own water zone to prevent bather accidents. There’s all year round dog walking and you can carry on walking through to Shoreham-by Sea on this beach which is approximately a further three miles.

There’s a notable eye-catching contemporary apartments built close to the beach which also has a busy cafe, open most days, ‘The Perch’.

Shoreham Beach is positioned at the mouth of the River Adur, again pebbles and shingle with some low lying rock exposed. The area is home to newly constructed harbour residential homes and around the Fort area, there are new special boarding walkway areas. You can drive here and park the car. If on foot, make your way around after a walk on the beach to Harbour way and you can cross the river by the Shoreham footbridge into the high street of the quaint old small town with plenty of lively outside cafes and restaurant spaces in East Street.

The immediate area is very well served with an abundance of veterinary practices available at Worthing, Shoreham-by-Sea and Goring-by-Sea should you require in case of emergencies.

The whole stretch of West Sussex beaches from Shoreham-by-Sea through to Goring-by-Sea and beyond to Ferring are best walked when the tides are low that expose sand and shingle. Tides times available on most online meteorological websites.

The biggest doggie tips are to remember to take lots of fresh water and a collapsible bowl for your thirsty dog and old towels to dry your dog if they’ve been swimming and to help clean off the sand before going home! Please remember to take your rubbish home with you. You may need to use a short or long dog lead and take a muzzle if you prefer your dog to wear one on busier beaches.

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Great Britain is home to a stunning coastline which according to Ordnance Survey OS figures including islands is 31,368km (19,491.172 miles) with the mainland making up 17,819km (11,072.213 miles), more than most other countries.

That’s a lot of available coastline and beaches for possible dog walking, although not all suitable. Cornwall and Devon are the counties with the most coastline and possibly some the warmest during the summer months, having been perfect tourist destinations in the UK for more than a century and a half.

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The Victorians fell in love with our coastlines, creating small towns, building promenades and ‘taking in the air’. Piers with amusements halls and theatres were popular and many still survive today. These areas even today are busy tourist areas particularly during the summer months and dog restrictions are put in place as to where their owners can take them for walks.

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Beaches fall under the premise of Defra, The Department of The Environment, alongside Public Health, currently, due to the Covid-19 restrictions, powers being devolved in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Owners and operators of beaches, countryside and coastal areas in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are led by the various local government and council restrictions, Scottish Government, Welsh Government and the Northern Ireland Executive.

You’ll find they will determine what they consider is right for the public to have access to in their regions, and where protecting areas of scientific regions of interest and outstanding beauty restrict dog walking.

Due to the high number of coastal and beach visitors particularly during Bank Holidays and school holidays, restrictions are put in place where dogs are not allowed onto the beaches. Public beach restrictions can start on 1 April each year in very busy local destinations or the Easter bank holiday weekend, being set by local councils so it is worth checking social media or council websites before travelling that no restrictions have been put in place.

The general start date for popular council-run beach location restrictions is 1 May through to 30 September each year.

Some councils ban dogs on beaches and promenades during this period, other councils ban dogs on beaches but allow them on leads whilst walking on the promenades. Other beaches allow dogs on the beaches only on leads and some beaches have a total ban all year, fortunately, there are not too many.

These restrictions like local park restrictions are enforced under Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO). Fines can be imposed by officials for failing to not adhere to the rules where dog wardens can patrol these areas.

Restriction and other notices are placed in beach car parks, and by the entrance walkways to the beaches. Do check these guidance notices as beach restrictions differ from one beach to another. They’ll give guides and sometimes illustrative maps showing the zones where you can and can’t walk with your dog.

Sometimes there are abnormal events, such as a boat being marooned on a beach, which may result in the beach being cordoned off temporarily so it’s important to check local social media before making a special journey.

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One of the reasons why there are beach restrictions is because of the problems of owners not picking up dog poop.

Dog poop and urine affect water quality and could threaten the Blue Flag status of a beach. Blue Flags are very important to the tourist industry for beaches to gain and maintain every year, bringing in high visitor footfalls, helping the local economy.

Dog poop is generally meat-based excrement which can cause the risk of Toxocara in humans, and in severe cases, where humans have come into contact with dog poop, can lead to blindness.

You’ll find most councils operate beaches that provide dog poop bins for safe disposal by owners. These can be found on promenades, on beach walkways and in car parks. As usual, don’t leave home without dog poop bags when out dog walking.

Horses are allowed to walk on beaches accompanied by their rider as they only eat grass so any excrete left on beaches or in the sea is not harmful.

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The UK experiences some of the largest tides in the world, with a range of up to 15 metres. Because of our large tidal range, the UK is vulnerable to Ocean Tide Loading which moves the earth up and down each day. In Cornwall, the range is up to 10cm, one of the largest ranges in the world, explaining the surfer’s love of the seas in and around Devon and Cornwall.

Tides are important to consider when dog walking as some beaches have little sloping low shores and the tide can race in very quickly, stranding both you and your dog. Picking not only dog-friendly beaches is important, but checking tidal times is a must for visitors before setting off for a special journey.

A great time for walking is a couple of hours after the tide has reached its highest and is on the way out. This can expose some lovely lower foreshore sandy beaches and provides time for the sand to be less squashy and ‘dry out’.

Low and high tide information times are available on most met office websites.

Warning signs are placed where beaches have notorious dangerously fast tides and sometimes sound warning claxons and sirens for everyone’s safety. They can also fly red precautionary flags. Generally, during busy months, lifeguards are posted to these beaches and popular tourist beaches. The RNLI have useful details and tips on their website about lifeguard and beach safety rules.

When letting your dog swim in the water ensure you watch at all times, that they do not wander into deeper waters and only swim in safe designated areas.

Useful tips before leaving home

  • Check if your preferred beach has any local issues flagged up on social media. This is normally the quickest way to check if anything unusual may prevent you from dog walking on that day.
  • Check tide times for the beach.
  • Take a look at the RNLI local website for any news about the beach.
  • Prepare by taking plenty of freshwater for your dog and a collapsible bowl for the end of the walk.
  • Take lots of drying towels particularly to help remove excess salty sand from your dog’s coat and paws.
  • Take dog poop bags.
  • Take short and long leads and muzzle if your dog needs one.
  • Check your dog have their ID tag and collar and GPS tracker when worn.
  • Remember your mobile phone.
  • Be considerate of others.
  • Stay clear of the most crowded areas.

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There’s room for dogs on West Sussex beaches, but dog walking restrictions are in place particularly for the more popular beaches, during busy holiday peak times starting 1 May.

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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

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 – 31st 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?

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General rules dog walking 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.

  • 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.

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 and 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.


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West Sussex is situated south of London, facing the English Channel, and very accessible by train and car, perfect for days out.

There are many beaches in West Sussex open to the public, with very easy access allowing dog walking throughout the year. Most are typically pebbly and shingle at high tide where sand is exposed once the tide turns and with gentle slopes. The beaches use the groyne system to help tackle coastal erosion, these are dividing sections of the beach with wooden structures placed in between. Small villages are situated overlooking the beaches providing residents with fabulous sea views and local roads running alongside the beaches, so it’s not always necessary to have to travel to designated beach car parks.

Three all-year-round dog walking beaches include Climping beach, Littlehampton West beach and Rustington beach.

Littlehampton has a train terminal situated on the south coast with direct trains leaving Victoria Station, London, taking about 1 hour 45 minutes to arrive, less if you board at East Croydon, making a fabulous day out any time of the year for you and your best friend. Train travel is free for well-behaved dogs. (Read more about travelling with your pet for free). With easy access, just a few minutes walk to the sea and beach and plenty of dog-friendly cafes and restaurants.

Climping Beach is about 1.5 miles walk west to Littlehampton West beach and Rustington is about 3 miles east of Littlehampton.

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The backshore beach at Rustington is pebbly peppered with pretty beach huts. A very popular dog-walking beach particularly when the tide retreats leaving large expanses of sand exposed and perfect for any family day out. The sandy beach makes a great walk at low tide towards Littlehampton East.

Littlehampton West beach is as its name describes situated on the west bank of the Arun estuary which flows out into the English Channel at Littlehampton.

Littlehampton town is built on the east side and this leaves the west side much quieter, again, sand and mudflats exposed at low tide, perfect for all year round dog walking. Behind the beach is an area of sand dunes, an area of scientific interest allowing you to explore following dedicated walkways. Handy car park, newly built cafe and easy access onto the beach.

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Climping Beach is just over a mile walk along from Littlehampton West beach, still pebbly and sandy with the tide out. The scientific area continues along with the sand dune system but some of the walking areas here are restricted and sea coastal erosion works intermittently.

It’s a quiet beach, perfect at low tide for a good walk with your dog. Facilities are limited, small car park with toilet facilities but easy flat access.

You can feel safe by the water knowing that Littlehampton has a lifeboat station service. The RNLI have a website with helpful advice to remind yourself about sea and beach safety.

The immediate area is very well served with 7 veterinary practices available in an area of about 5 miles or less, should you require in case of emergencies.

The biggest doggie tips are to remember to take lots of fresh water and a collapsible bowl for your thirsty dog and old towels to dry your dog if they’ve been swimming and to help clean off the sand before going home! Please remember to take your rubbish home with you. You may need to use a short or long dog lead and take a muzzle if you prefer your dog to wear one on busier beaches.

Never leave your dog unattended in your car.

Before you travel you may like to use our useful checklists, guides and tips available on the Pet Holidays and Pets Travelling pages. You may like to read our blog about keeping safe when beach dog walking.

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The UK has fabulous hidden hideaways and long flat sandy beaches which are superb for a special day out dog walking with your best friend.

If you live around coastal areas, you’ll be aware of the growing problems of polystyrene reaching our shorelines, particularly left after high tides, depositing vast amounts of this white plastic which is harmful to visiting pets and wildlife. You may be one of the many coastal volunteers that take a bag with you and whilst your dog is running around enjoying the freedom of the beach, you can be seen picking up litter left behind by visitors and high tides.

It was welcome news to hear that Westward Ho! a very popular family holiday destination in North Devon was to ban the sale of very cheap polystyrene boards from 2021 from its local shops.

An online referendum had been held in the village which polled overwhelmingly for a ban on the cheap bodyboards, replacing them with a hire service of better quality boards, hoping to cut down on plastic waste reaching shorelines and disintegrating into the tiny particles that wildlife and pets can easily digest.

The problem of discarded polystyrene boards that start breaking up in the environment and water, into tiny pieces, cause animals who feed on this waste to think they have eaten substantially only in fact to actually starve themselves of food and die.

The below image provides you with evidence of the boards discarded by beachgoers left behind after use, just on one North Devon beach, that disintegrates and causes havoc for our wildlife – and our dogs – if they eat broken down pieces when scavenging during walks. (Picture by Neil Hembrow/Devon Live).

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The Ocean Recovery Project (part of the Keep Britain Tidy) group backed the local Devon campaign who work to recycle materials and to find solutions to the huge growing ocean plastic problems, estimate 16,000 boards are left on UK beaches after just a single-use.

Every day, there appears to be news of polystyrene plastic arriving in unsightly scenes somewhere on our shorelines, for example, The Isle Of Thanet News, Ramsgate, Margate, Broadstairs, Kent. The white lump, described as “about half the size of a car” was washed in from Sandwich Bay on the high tide and southwest winds). These are often from discarded large floating polystyrene pontoons used in marinas which can break in storms and general sea use and float in on high tides.

Pictures show “the lump” and how polystyrene breaks down into tiny specs of plastic on the beach with a cleanup operation by dedicated volunteer locals.

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Polystyrene doesn’t have to be confined to beach walks, it can be discarded anywhere, being used for numerous household and commercial items including packaging materials for home deliveries such as electrical goods and popular food takeaway containers. These items can not be put into your recycling bins and have to be sent to a landfill.

If you see your dog scavenging whilst out walking, stop and pop your dog on a lead and move quickly in another direction.

Should you consider your dog has already scavenged and digested amounts whilst out walking on the beach and found similar plastic, or even in your home accidentally, then it’s advisable to contact your vet immediately.

Vets consider the toxicity threat may be moderate with the following signs –

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  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Bloated or enlarged abdomen
  • Abdominal pain
  • Increased breathing rate

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Dog Walks – Selsey – Brackelsham Bay – East and West Wittering – East Head Beach

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Selsey, Bracklesham Bay, West and East Wittering and East Head Beach are situated in West Sussex, on the south coast of England, just at the estuary of Chichester Harbour, overlooking the English Channel.

East Head beach is part of a sand spit located by the entrance into the Chichester Harbour estuary and is gorgeous and sandy with some shingle whilst its back shore leading onto sandy dunes and salt marshes, called The Hinge, is an area renowned for the habitat of wild birds which is part of the National Trust that hugs the estuary river, an area designated as of National Outstanding Beauty.

To access one needs to park at West Wittering and walk along the signed footpath from the car park, however, dog walking is best kept to the beach area by accessing West Wittering beach so your dog does not get distracted by the bountiful wildlife.

There’s plenty of yachting activity from the harbour to watch as you walk and views towards The Isle Of Wight.

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West Wittering has a lovely sandy beach that uses the groyne system. There are rows of fun coloured beach huts on an almost flat beach with access through the sand dunes.

This is a perfect beach for children and families to spend the day here during the summer. The beach is often rated as one of the best beaches in the UK and becomes packed during the summer months with visitors and possibly best to avoid for a serious dog walk.

This popular beach operates with lifeguards during the summer and there are a few amenities with parking, cafe and toilet. Parking charges can be quite high unless you stay for the whole day.

However this beach makes a fabulous walk and day out for your dog out of season.

From here you can either walk west towards East Head Beach or east towards East Wittering, along the beaches.

East Wittering is just about 1.5 miles further down the coast from West Wittering and less than 1 mile away is Bracklesham Bay and both are similar to many Sussex beaches which are pebbly and shingle but when the tide starts going out, slope and become noticeably more sandy separated by the groyne system.

East Wittering is easy to access through sand dunes to the main beach and is less busy than West Wittering, popular for sailing and water sports. Brackelsham Bay has good access with the village looking onto the beach and with car parking and selected cafe and shops close by. The beach can be busy most times of the year with water sport activity and swimming and is famed as a beach for finding fossils with many local organisation interests.

The best times for dog walking are when the tide goes out and especially low tide when sandy and mudflats are exposed.

Selsey is located at the point of the bay, about 4 miles from Bracklesham Bay beach and similar with shingle upper shore beach and sand and mudflats exposed at low tide. The small village backs onto the beaches with shops.

All 4 beaches are dog-friendly however there are restrictions during Easter time and 1 May to 30 September. If travelling especially for a day out, do check local social media for any restrictions and all beaches have notices.

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These beaches attract many bird watchers due to the huge numbers of migratory birds that rest here during the migratory seasons. Dogs need to be watched not to disturb the wildlife. We all know how much they love chasing them!

You can feel safe by the water knowing that Hayling Island has a lifeboat station closeby. The RNLI have a website with helpful advice to remind yourself about sea and beach safety.

Three veterinary practices are available in the area about 5 miles or less, should you require them in case of emergencies.

The biggest doggie tips are to remember to take lots of fresh water and a collapsible bowl for your thirsty dog and old towels to dry your dog if they’ve been swimming and to help clean off the sand before going home! Please remember to take your rubbish home with you. You may need to use a short or long dog lead and take a muzzle if you prefer your dog to wear one on busier beaches.

Never leave your dog unattended in your car.

Before you travel you may like to use our useful checklists, guides and tips available on the Pet Holidays and Pets Travelling pages. You may like to read our blog about keeping safe when beach dog walking.

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Our British coastline according to Ordnance Survey has more than 11,000 miles to visit meaning there’s a lot to see whilst dog walking on beaches around Britain!

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According to the PDSA, the majority of pet theft, 52%, happens while your pet is in their garden.

It’s always good to double-check and refresh with reminders about safety and theft when visiting new and different areas with your pet including the UK beaches.

Our coastal beaches are generally a pleasure to walk, however, during the high season, the summer months, particularly when sunny, these areas become more packed with visitors and dogs may need to be on leads or are banned from certain areas.

Before you even travel to your coastal location, you must ensure your dog is wearing their collar and ID tag when you set foot outside your home, a requirement in UK law and always ensure your dog’s microchip details are kept up to date with your provider.

If travelling on holiday, don’t be caught out, make sure you have a spare dog ID tag available to hand in case your pet looses theirs whilst busy sniffing around excitedly exploring new places.

You may be considering investing in dog GPS tracking services which can be highly beneficial to keep track of your pet within 1-2 metres of their location when wearing their special tracker.

This is particularly useful if you’re not at home to know exactly where your dog is during your absence and if you employ a dog walker, where you’re dog has been. Likewise, if you travel abroad and leave your pet at home, that you’re pet sitter is acting responsibly.

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Check the tide times available from The Met Office and brush up on water skill with a quick reminder of the RNLI water safety advice page. Both are invaluable. If it’s high tide, in some coastal locations, then a coastal cliff walk or dune walk may be more appropriate.

If there are some local reviews about the beach on social media, have a read of these as they will have useful nuggets of information for the new visitor.

Ask a friend to come with you if on a special day out which you can both enjoy and always helps additionally with the security of dog walking in a new location.

Get equipped with plenty of freshwaters for a thirsty dog and bowl and take some dog towels to have ready for cleaning off the sand before coming home.

A dog first aid kit is always handy to have in the car for emergencies.

In hot weather, dogs can become dehydrated very quickly, so be prepared with plenty of water available for them and best to avoid taking your dog for a walk at the height of the day at noon.

You may be happier muzzling your dog in busier beach areas and take a short and long lead with you.

Your mobile is essential, particularly if you use GPS tracking services for your dog. Some beaches may have no or poor reception, especially where they are located at sea level or below, so do check constantly that the beach has good signals. You may only have to move 3 metres or so in another direction for the signals to be ‘live’ again.

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  • New surroundings are a wonderful haven for dogs and owners and this is from the minute you both step out of your car right along sandy walks, dunes, cliffs and beaches. Try not to get distracted by the new scenery too much and keep your eyes on your dog at all times.
  • Most UK beaches will have signs up informing you whether there are any dangers to look out for and if dogs must be restrained or banned. Busier beaches operate a warning of sea conditions red flag system so take heed of the daily information and any local lifeguard advice.
  • Your dog may try to wander off sniffing the ground frantically – we’ve all watched it! – as they smell new interesting scents including local wildlife that may be nesting close by and on sand dunes. They need to be restrained and moved quickly away from these areas.
  • You may be frantically whistling and unusually they don’t respond, bolting off and this becomes a problem. It’s important to keep your dog in view, even though you may now be jogging or running frantically to catch up with them. As soon as you do, pop them on a long line and walk to another area.
  • If the tide is going out it may have left rubbish on the upper shore. Your dog will want to scavenge but try to avoid them from doing this as there can be broken glass, other sharp objects that cut their paws and plastics they could try and eat that’s been left behind by the high tide. They may disappear behind a rock nursing a bleeding paw.
  • If the tide is on it’s way out, sandy beaches may be very soft underfoot. These beaches are good to visit when the tide is fully out as the sand has had time to dry.
  • If your pet stops at rock pools and starts drinking, try and pull them away as the water will be salty and not necessarily healthy for them. It may mean you need to soon return to your vehicle, or seaside staycation home, so they can catch up drinking some fresh water.
  • Remember to take all rubbish off the beach with you including dogs poo and dispose of in the local bins provided in the beach car park or take it home with you.
  • When back home, it’s generally best to give your dog a good clean or even rinse to remove all salt and sand that accumulates especially long-haired breeds.
  • If you’re away on a staycation or weekend break, ensure you have your insurance details with you as you never know when you may need them particularly in any pet emergency requiring local vet services. Some savvy owners always carry a recent picture of their pet too.
  • In most coastal areas vets are accessible by car being just 5-10 miles away, however remote, off-road regions can be up to 50 miles.

Never leave your dog unattended in your car.

Before you travel you may like to use our useful checklists, guides and tips available on the Pet Holidays and Pets Travelling pages.

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Wells-next-to-sea beachHolkham beach – Brancaster beach – are situated on the East side of England, called East Anglia, on the Northerly headland of North Norfolk which looks out towards the North Sea and Heacham beach and Old Hunstanton beach face into the large rectangular bay and estuary at the north-west corner of the East Anglia coast, called The Wash.

All locations have sandy beaches and backshores mostly merging into the sandy dune system making them fabulous walks to take your dog all year round.

These beaches are dog-friendly 365 days a year with no restrictions except Holkham beach where during the winter months large flocks of winter birds gather as part of Holkham National Nature Reserve and owners are requested to keep dogs on leads.

All beaches are fairly flat, gently sloping to the sea with ample space, even more so when the tides are out.

Heacham beach has a flood defence bank, so if you prefer, you can walk towards Hunstanton without getting too sandy. There’s car parking facilities and toilets available at North and South beaches with a few seasonal cafes and shops. The beaches face westward and are superb for afternoon sun and evening sunsets.

Old Hunstanton beach is part of the little village of Old Hunstanton boasting a sandy, with some small rocks exposed beach that you can manoeuvre in an out of, and even much better when dog walking when it’s low tide, with shallow waters, providing a great opportunity to take advantage of a more flat sandy beach.

Walking along to the famous Hunstanton Red Rock Cliffs is essential where the cliffs expose differing colours of chalk, the red colours coming from iron pigments and white chalk causing stripe patterns, a spectacle to be seen set between main Hunstanton and Old Hunstanton.

Beaches situated on the North of the North Norfolk Headland include –

Branchester beach which has a small road leading to the car park for the sandy beach area and very popular with families. This road can be prone to be flooded during high spring tides so important not to use during this period. Brancaster beach is part of the Brancaster Estate which is owned by the National Trust, the coastline designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It has salt marshes and dunes and low tide exposes mud marshes where many birds like to feed.

The beach is prone to a fast inward tide so it’s important to check tides and ensure you read all beach notices before starting your walk.

Holkham beach is a fabulous long stretch of sandy beach exposed even more at low tide with Holkham National Nature Reserve backing on. Famous Holkham Hall is no more than 2 km walk away to the beach area and the beach has a car park close by where one walks through part of the wooded Nature Reserve area for access which may be subject to closure restrictions from time to time, so checking the Holkham website may be prudent before taking a special journey to visit.

However, the small town positioned easterly, Wells-next-the-sea also has car parking facilities and ramps for easy access where one can start your beach dog walk and the beach is patrolled by lifeguards during peak summer season. There is a fast incoming tide with warning sirens, so it is important to make yourself familiar with beach notices and tide times before undertaking your walk.

You can feel safe by the water knowing that Hunstanton and Wells-next-the-sea have lifeboat stations. The RNLI have a website with helpful advice to remind yourself about sea safety.

Vets are available in case of pet emergencies close by at both Hunstanton and several family pet veterinary practices at Kings Lynn.

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Biggest doggie tips are to remember to take lots of fresh water and collapsible bowl for your thirsty dog and old towels to dry your dog if they’ve been swimming and to help clean off the sand before going home! Please remember to take your rubbish home with you. You may need to use a short or long dog lead and take a muzzle if you prefer your dog to wear one on busier beaches.

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Suffolk Dog-Friendly Beaches

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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.

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Assistance dogs are always welcome accompanied by 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.

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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.

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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.

Dunwich is worth a mention as the beach and heath are owned by the National Trust Organisation caring for this part of the Suffolk coastline.

The beach is actually shingle, but long, wide and continuous and makes a dog walk possible with the backshore being low crumbling cliffs and the start of the heath area being home to much wildlife.

Dogs are welcome on the beach, all year round, however 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.

Thorpeness beach is situated in the middle, about 4 miles from Dunwich to the north and 1.5 miles to Aldeburgh to the south, with beaches running the length of the coast between the small villages. There are no restrictions for beach dog-walking. The beach has steep shelving from the backshore, however low tide exposes some excellent sandy beaches.

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Aldeburgh is a lovely small village situated right on the coastline and close to the beach which is flat, with access straight onto the beach. It has some small shops to visit and noticeably galleries, a golf course and hotels making it a perfect location for a holiday break or staycation weekend jaunt. The beach is shingle and does have dog walking restrictions between 1 May and 30 September, but perfect out of season.

The river Alde meanders and exits to the south, with sailing clubs and home to the local RNLI lifeboat station so you can feel rest assured of water safety along this stretch of Suffolk coast that there’s help to hand in case of any water emergencies.

There is a local vets practice at Aldeburgh and several 5 miles or so, just in case of any pet emergency at Thorpeness and Dunwich.

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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.

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North Devon Dog-Friendly Beaches

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Woolacoombe – Putsborough – Barricane – Coombe Martin Beaches

There’s room for dogs on North Devon’s beaches, but dog walking restrictions are in place particularly for the more popular beaches, differing between beaches, starting from Easter time each year.

What are the all-year-round popular dog-friendly beaches in North Devon?

Saunton Sands – owners are asked to keep their pets on leads in front of the beach hut area at the start of the beach.

Clovelly Beach

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What beaches are restricted to dogs from 1st May – 31st September?

Combe Martin – Dogs are banned

Croyde – Dogs are banned

Combesgate

Westward Ho! – Must be walked northern end of beach, to the right of the Pebble Ridge.

Barricane – Dogs must be kept on leads

Woolcombe – Zone B Dogs to be kept on leads

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

Lee Bay

Woolacombe – Zone A

What beaches are restricted to dogs from Easter to 1 November?

Putsborough Beach – Far left of the beach only

What beaches are banned for dog walks all year?

Woody Bay – All out ban

Hartland Quay Beach – Temporary ban

Other beaches where there are no bans in place for dogs 365 days a year

Wildersmouth, Ilfracombe, Other Ilfracombe (The Cove, Raparee, Larkstone, Cheyne), Watermouth, Hele Bay, Lee Bay, Crow Point, Rockham, Wild Pear, Lynmouth, Mortehoe.

Assistance dogs are always welcome accompanied with their owner.

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Woolacoombe Beach
  • 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.

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 North Devon as do Rural Retreats.

Vets There are ample veterinary practices along the North Devon coast in case of any emergency including locations of practices at the towns of Bideford and Barnstaple.

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.


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Dog Walks – North Devon – England – Clovelly- Hartland Quay Beach

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Clovelly Beach

Clovelly is a small resort in North Devon, facing north eastwards towards the western limit of the Bristol Channel and the Atlantic Ocean flanked by spectacular high cliffs.

Clovelly is a quaint 14th century traditional North Devon fishing village with original timber-framed houses and cobbled paved ways leading down to the harbour. It has been in private hands for more than 300 hundred years and continues today.

The beach is mainly shingle with patches of sand flanked by the stunning vegetation and cliffs surrounding this region and a great tourist destination for the family. Clovelly maintains restrictions on visiting in order to keep this unique area and charges for access. There is no car access to the beach, where visitors must park cars and walk about 400 yards down the hill. There are hotel and pub facilities and shops to visit.

Clovelly Beach is a dog-friendly all year round beach.

You can feel safe with the knowledge that the RNLI operate a lifeboat from Clovelly village. Remind yourself of their beach safety advice before visiting any North Devon beaches.

Hartland Quay is positioned on the other side of the headland from Clovelly Beach, with a stunning rocky cliff backdrop.

Hartland Hotel and pub is perched upon the cliff overlooking the beach and 16th-century quay and provides breathtaking views of the beach and out to sea with a live-cam. There is easy access to car parks available.

Currently, there is a dog walking ban in place on the beach, but do check the Visit Devon website for information lifting this.

The beach is smaller, a mixture of shingle, rocks and patches of sand flanked by the cliffs.

There’s room for dogs on North Devon’s beaches, but with restrictions differing between the areas of the beaches starting from Easter time. Visit Devon provide a list of the North Devon dog-friendly beaches with dates and it’s wise to double-check these dates before making a special journey.

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 at Clovelly and at Hartland but these do get booked very quickly. There’s a range of modern and traditional properties, some close to the coastline.

There is a pet veterinary practice available near by at Hartland and about 11 miles away at Bideford.

Before you travel you may like to use our useful guides particularly if you are a new pet owner.

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. Take a short and long lead and consider using a muzzle on busy beaches if you think you’re dog needs this.

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Dog Walks – North Devon – England – Croyde Beach – Saunton Sands – Westward Ho!

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Croyde beach

Croyde is a small old English village with origins dating back to Celtic times, tucked away by the northern coast of Devon, surrounded by the North Devon Area Of Outstanding Beauty. The coastline faces the Atlantic Ocean and the western limit of the Bristol Channel.

Croyde is home to a small population, swelled during warmer months with young surfers staying in tent parks and holiday parks close by, popular for some of the best surfing waters and beaches in Britain.

Croyde beach allows dogs to freely walk and play from 1st October to 30th April. The popular visitor summer months are restricted. The beach waters are renowned for rip tides flanking at either end of the beach and its best to ensure your dog stays in the middle of the beach and be cautious when playing in the water with you, and where lifeguards may not be present out of season.

There is easy access on the main beach whilst the upper shore is flanked by wild sand dunes and vegetation. During the season there are cafes and eateries operating with toilet facilities and all year easy access car parking.

Saunton Sands is a little further south of Croyde Beach, boasting the finest hotel in North Devon overlooking the northern stretch of the glorious 3.5-mile long straight sandy beach leading to Crow Point at the mouth of the River Taw estuary.

Saunton Sands does allow dogs on the beach 365 days of the year. Owners are asked to keep their pets on leads in front of the beach hut area at the start of the beach.

The beach was used to rehearse 1940’s D Day landings but later times has been home to rock stars filming their videos, and the Royal Air Force uses it from time to time to train pilots in landings and takeoffs. These events warrant closure of the beach so it’s always best to re-check dog walking restrictions at the Visit Devon website.

This is a beach that’s popular with families, is better for safer swimmer and currently operates without a lifeguard presence.

Westward Ho! made famous by Charles Kingsley novel, published 1855 of the same name, is a small village slightly tucked back from the coastline.

Dogs are allowed onto Westward Ho! beach 365 days but with a summer restricted area. Between1 May to 30th September dogs are only allowed on the northern end of the beach, but allowed full access to all the beach outside of these dates.

The beach is sandy with the upper shore backed with pebbles before leading to the Northam Burrows country park situated behind.

The main beach is patrolled in summer by lifeguards and has toilet facilities and the waterfront has family cafes and eateries with easy car park access.

There’s room for dogs on North Devon’s beaches, but with restrictions differing between the areas of the beaches starting from Easter time. Read our guide.

Visit Devon provide a list of the North Devon dog-friendly beaches with dates and it’s wise to double-check these dates before making a special journey.

The RNLI operate a lifeguard presence during the summer months at Croyde Beach and Westward Ho! as well as lifeboat based nearby Appledore based on the River Taw estuary close to Westward ho! beach. Remind yourself of their beach safety advice before visiting.

Several veterinary practices are available near by based mainly in Barnstaple or Bideford with selected practices additionally treating exotic pets.

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 differing dog-friendly properties with a selection near to the beaches but these do get booked very quickly. There’s a range of modern and traditional properties close to the coastline and Barnstaple and Bideford areas.

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 take your rubbish away with you. Best to take both short and long leads with you and a muzzle if you think your dog requires it on busy summer beaches.

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Putsborough Beach

Woolacombe is a seaside resort in North Devon, facing the Atlantic Ocean and the western limit of the Bristol Channel and part of the North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

With a small population residing all year, the resort comes alive during warmer months with thousands of staycations and holidaymakers visiting this 3 mile stretch of sandy beaches, particularly renowned for the best UK kite, wind and water board surfing.

Woolacombe beach is gorgeous and gently sloping, with sandy dunes flanking the upper shore. To the east is Barricane Beach and to the west Putsborough Beach, both outstanding.

There’s room for dogs, but with restrictions differing between the areas of the beaches starting from Easter time. You’ll find notices informing you and you can visit our North Devon page which provides a list of the North Devon dog-friendly beaches with any restrictive dates. It’s wise to double check these dates before making a special journey as restrictions do fall outside of the normal UK dates being 1st May to 31st September at Visit Devon.

Further north is the smaller cove of Coombe Martin, very popular with family’s during school holidays, where the bay is sheltered, mostly shingle and where’s there’s plenty of rock pools to explore. The bay has some of the highest cliffs in England surrounding it and those can be approached by steps. It has normal summer dog-friendly beach restrictions, 1st May to 31st September where dogs cannot be taken onto the beach.

The RNLI operate a lifeguard presence during the busy summer months at Woolacombe beach as well as lifeboats based nearby at Ilfracombe and Appledore. Remind yourself of their beach safety advice before visiting.

Several veterinary practices are available in case of pet emergencies close by and also at Barnstaple.

If your staying in the area, then Sykes Holidays holiday cottages rental lets offer a number of holiday lets in a variety of differing dog-friendly properties with a selection near to the beaches but these do get booked very quickly.

Before you travel you may like to use our useful checklists, guides and tips available especially for first time pet owners.

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 take your rubbish home with you when you leave. A short and long lead is useful with a muzzle if you prefer to use one when beaches are packed during the summer months.

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Dog Walks – Suffolk – England – Walberswick – Southwold – Covehithe

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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 which is swelled only by visitors to the region which offers quality 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 beautiful restored small pier structure. Part of the main beach is restricted for dog-walking, 1st May until 31 September each year, but the north beach, centered around the estuary mouth of the Blythe River is Denes Beach which welcomes dogs all year round.

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Denes beach

Denes Beach is part shingle part sand and Southwold is fortunate to have lifeguarded beaches from early July to the start of September, home to the local RNLI lifeboat station so you can feel rest assured of water safety.

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 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.

Covehithe beach
Covehithe Beach

Several vets are available in case of pet emergencies close by at Southwold.

Rural Retreats offers a number of luxury holiday cottages and houses across Suffolk, ideal for renting anytime of the year with your friends, family and dogs.

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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 is busy.

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Dog Walks – Carmarthenshire – Wales – Pendine Sands

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Pendine is a village situated on the South Coast of Wales, overlooking the glorious Carmarthen Bay.

Pendine is one of seven of Carmarthenshire’s dog-friendly 5-star rated beaches and well worth visiting if you are staying in the region.

Pendine Sands as the coastal beach is known is not only famed for its 7 mile stretch of uninterrupted golden sands but it’s famous racing past. Both Malcolm Campbell and John Parry-Thomas produced world speed records racing their cars along the flat sands during the 1920s.

The main slipway in the middle of the sands allows easy access to the sands and with car parking facilities, and further along the backshore areas are wonderful wild, sand dunes.

There are dog restrictions between May 1st – 30th September at the main slipway area but the rest of the long sandy beach is dog-friendly all year round.

The area has a MOD establishment, where part of the beach from time to time may be cordoned off for weapons testing. You’ll see prominent red flags flying prohibiting certain areas. To check ahead of walking, call for latest information 01994 452310 about testing dates and times.

Walking in the other direction from the slipway towards Gilman Point is an alternative on those days and is all year round free dog-walking.

Should you need any emergency dog care, there is a local pet veterinary practice within easy reach, just 5 miles away.

The beach operates with a lifeguard presence during the summer season operated by the RNLI and a useful webpage about Pendine Sands.

Take a look at the opportunity for a staycation with your pets at a Sykes Cottage, who offer hand-picked cottages and beach houses to rent all year, some situated just 50 yards from the beach with beautiful Amroth and Saundersfoot beaches less than 7 miles further along the coast making perfect dog walking and friendly holiday. Read more Lydstep – Tenby – Saundersfoot dog walking beaches

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Doggie tips – remember to take lots of fresh water and a collapsible bowl for your thirsty dog and old towels to dry your dog if they’ve been swimming and to help clean off the sand before going home! Please remember to take with you your rubbish. You may like to use both a short and long dog lead and on busy beaches a muzzle if your dog requires it.

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Dog Walks – Conwy – Wales – Colwyn Bay – Rhos on Sea – Llandudno

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Rhos-On-Sea is a North Welsh 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 suitable for dog walking, but it’s the three-mile stretch between Rhos-On-Sea and Colwyn Bay that is outstanding due to it’s famed, wide promenade walk making it ideal as a dog walking venue, possible all year round.

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 visitor town destinations, since late Victorian times, situated on the North Welsh coast, Rhos-On-Sea is much smaller 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.

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Beaches tend 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 have 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.

Take a look at the opportunity for a staycation with your pets at lovely Rural Retreats hand-picked cottages at Colwyn Bay. Below features one of the pet-friendly cottages sea views providing a taster of luxury retreats available.

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Biggest doggie tips are to remember to take lots of fresh water and a collapsible bowl for your thirsty dog and old towels to dry your dog if they’ve been swimming and to help clean off the sand before going home! Please take your rubbish with you on leaving.

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Dog Walks – Dorset – England – Bournemouth – Boscombe – Southbourne

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Bournemouth, Boscombe and Southbourne are situated in a southerly facing bay on the south coast of England, coastal towns looking out towards the English Channel.

The towns developed in Victorian times from 1845 onwards as pleasant coastal resorts to visit. They have grown over more than a century and a half into day-trip and holiday destinations offering award winning Blue Flag beautiful 7- mile stretches of sandy beaches coupled with busy thriving towns.

Southbourne Beach, situated west of Bournemouth’s favourite award winning beaches, boasts an exceptionally clean, sandy and shingle beach. Access to Southbourne beach is directly from Southbourne high street through Fisherman’s walk. Fisherman’s Walk beach is perhaps the finest and less busy than all the Bournemouth beaches and dog-friendly.

Bournemouth to Boscombe and further along to Southbourne there are dog restrictions of taking dogs on beaches in place May 1st – 30th September due to the high number of visitors. However, their are 4 beaches where dogs may be walked including –

  • Branksome Dene Chine, Poole to Alum Chine Beach Office
  • Middle Chine to Durley Chine
  • Fisherman’s Walk, Southbourne
  • Hengistbury Head

The beaches are well served with good access and wide dedicated promenades where dogs can be walked kept on a short lead during peak times and allowed onto the piers on leads.

Bournemouth is the largest town in Dorset and home to a thriving University, so there’s plenty of day dog-walking and night life in the evening.

Out of season, it makes a fabulous beach walk for any dog owner and their pooch. The back shore of the beaches are glorious sand.

You can feel safe by the water knowing that both Mudeford towards the west and Poole towards the east of Bournemouth town have lifeboat stations. The RNLI have a website with helpful advice to remind yourself about sea safety.

There’s a choice of several differing vet practices available in case of pet emergencies in Bournemouth serving domestic pets.

If you are staying in the area, then Sykes Holiday Cottages rental lets offer locations mostly at Swanage, but with properties available at Bournemouth. If you’re looking for something a little different then there are several barn conversion styles, beach style and several period properties available for you, and your pet.

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Biggest doggie tips are to remember to take lots of fresh water and a collapsible bowl for your thirsty dog and old towels to dry your dog if they’ve been swimming and to help clean off the sand before going home! Please take your rubbish home with you. You may also like to take a short and long lead and a muzzle if you prefer walking your dog when the beaches are busy.

Beach images courtesy Visit Dorset and Bournemouth.co.uk

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Dog Walks – North Norfolk – England – Sheringham – Cromer

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Cromer is situated on the East side of England, a coastal town looking out to the North Sea in the north of the county of Norfolk.

Cromer is a delightful seaside town with a late-Victorian fully functioning pier including the Pavilion Theatre. Predominantly a tourist location, it enjoys both an esplanade (our main feature image) and long promenade peppered with pretty coloured beach huts.

Cromer beach naturally has restrictions for dog walking during the busier summer season running May 1st – September 30th. During the summer restrictive months, one can still walk along the esplanade and promenade with your dog on a lead.

Out of season, it makes a glorious beach walk for any dog owner and their pooch. The beach is shingle with breakwaters and is accessible with sloping gangways as well as steps, but when the tide goes out there’s endless stretches of golden sandy beaches to enjoy.

Sheringham is about 4 miles north of Cromer and boasts even more sandy beaches. The back shore of the beach has breakwaters and pebbles, particularly around the town area, but exposing great expanses of glorious sandy beaches foreshore, at lower tide.

Sheringham like Cromer reserves the right to ban dogs on beaches during summer months and must be kept on a fairly short 1.8 meter lead at all times between the lifeboat station and groynes areas.

Having been centuries old strong fishing communities, you can feel safe by the water knowing that both Sheringham and Cromer have lifeboat stations. The RNLI have a website with helpful advice to remind yourself about sea safety.

Vets are available in case of pet emergencies close by at both Cromer and Sheringham, part of the Mirimar Veterinary Centre Practices.

If your staying in the area, then Sykes Holiday Cottages rental lets offer locations at both Sheringham and Cromer. If your looking for something a little different then there are several barn conversion style and period properties available for you and your pet.

If you want to travel between Cromer and Sheringham other than walking the famed coastal path, there’s a handy train line with about 18 trains running through the day taking about 10 minutes by Greater Anglia Train company allowing pets to travel.

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Biggest doggie tips are to remember to take lots of fresh water and collapsible bowl for your thirsty dog and old towels to dry your dog if they’ve been swimming and to help clean off the sand before going home! Please remember to take your rubbish home with you. You may need to use a short or long dog lead and take a muzzle if you prefer your dog to wear one on busy beaches.