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Dog Walks – Hastings – Winchelsea Beach – Rye – Camber

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The Funicular Railway At Hastings Like Dogs

Dog Walks – East Sussex – St Leonards-On-Sea – Hastings – Winchelsea Beach – Rye – Camber Sands

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If you are looking for a day out, a few days away, or a staycation break, the South East Coast Of England holds some very special treasures, including St Leonards-On-Sea, Hastings, Winchelsea, Rye and Camber Sands, East Sussex. 5 very different places providing you with a range of activities where your dog can accompany you and enjoy the local dog-friendly hospitality.

St Leonards-On-Sea and Hastings are typical British seaside towns, made popular at the height of the new Victorian tourism era offering piers, theatres, wide promenades, and grand homes with balconies ‘to take in the sea air’ overlooking the beaches.

Both are towns that kind of ‘blend into each other’ with no real definitive boundary or differences, however, locals will tell you otherwise!

St Leonards-On-Sea allows dog walking on its beaches all year round and is great alternative to Hastings beaches which do operate the PSPO’s restrictive policy during the summer months, 1 May until 30 September. Hastings council have an informative map which highlights the prohibited zones which really are the main parts of the beach. Signs are posted up around the beach the ‘no dogs on this beach’ by beach promenades and nearby car parks.

The Pelham area is not restricted, the older part of Hastings, towards the east, where you’re find the famous black, tall, traditional smoking houses, left over from the town’s fishing industry days.

Both St Leonards-On-Sea and Hastings beaches are really quite pebbly at the backshore, by the wide, easy to access promenades, but wait a little while for the tides to go out and a shingle and part sandy beach will be exposed. Work your beach activities around the tides going out, to get the longest and best time spent on the beach with your dog.

There are plenty of cafes and restaurants along the seafront where you can take your dog with you. The recent pandemic may mean they can be under restrictions sometimes and shorter opening times during winter months.

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Car parking is fairly good and easy, using town centre car parks at St Leonards-On-Sea, or car parking spaces around the squares and up the side roads, but follow the restrictive advice. Sometimes there’s metered spaces you can find when travelling along the coastal road, A259, through from St Leonards-On-Sea to Hastings, which follows along the seaside promenades and beach, useful if you are just visiting the beach for less than an hour, in some areas, two hours maximum.

Public transport offers frequent train links and you can travel to St Leonards-On-Sea, and Hastings by train from London, London Bridge Station, and Charing Cross terminal.

Rye is accessible using the faster service from Blackfriars and London St. Pancreas International, taking just over the hour, via changing at the Ashford International station. The coastal train services link St-Leonards-On-Sea, Hastings, a small station at Winchelsea, and Rye.

Well behaved dogs travel for free on English trains as long as they are on a collar and lead (and ID tag) with their owner; do check the operators terms and conditions for any special restrictions, and social media for delays or events that may occur delaying your intended train jounrey.

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Hastings is home to not just one, but two fabulous funicular railways, East and West Hill Cliff Railways, two of the dwindling few still working, left across Britain. Splendid Victorian ingenuity lifting pedestrians from ground level up a steep cliff face, a 78% incline, to see the beautiful views from the hills overlooking Hastings. Taking your dog is free. Just watch their faces as the railway starts travelling upwards – or downwards!

The views are spectacular as you travel up and down and there’s room once you reach the top for your dog to romp on open ground. The recent pandemic has caused certain restrictions, so do check in advance Hastings Funicular opening times.

Travelling onto Rye, one passes through one of the smallest, smartest little towns in England, granted Town status but with a population of around 600 people, Winchelsea. This area is steeped with so much history dating back to the 11th Century, and later playing it’s part with coastal fortifications during the 19th Century.

Winchelsea Beach is 1.5 miles away, along Sea Road, leading you to the small village and beach which overlooks part of Rye Bay. The beach is perfect for dog walking with no restrictions, mostly deserted and unknown, and where there are few amenities, so a picnic hamper is highly recommended to take with you unless you plan refreshments when visiting nearby Rye. If you park at Pett Level, this beach does have restrictions where dogs are prohibited from 1 May to 30 September on Pett Level beach – 150m west from the church.

The restrictions at Winchelsea Beach are actually around Dogs Hill (public conveniences) and play areas.

Winchelsea beach is pebbly, leading to shingle and sand, and wide. There’s some smaller posts sticking out of the ground which are old beach erosion defences, but these don’t impede as the tides goes out further, the beach shelving gently.

Looking Towards

Winchelsea Beach

From Petts level

You can carry on walking east, and behind you is The Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. This was where the old community of Rye was actually located hundreds of years ago.

You’ll also come across the Mary Stanhope abandoned lifeboat house serving as monument to rescue crew killed in the 1928 disaster, and then you’ll come to the mouth of the River Rother. The other side of the river is the start of the famous Camber Sands which you can read more about in our Pet Check blog ‘Camber Sands’. You’ll need to turn back here as there is no bridge over to the other side of the river.

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Rye is a quaint old place, always welcoming for a weekend or day out visit all year round. In fact, many an enjoyable winter weekend has been spent here.

Rye was a fishing community but the sea has long receded leaving the town now 2 miles inland from the original harbour and sea with the River Rother partly meandering around it.

The walled small town has an enormous history including for a short while being under Normandy control during the 13th Century, situated on a small hill. Once returned to the Crown, the town became heavily fortified and this adds to the attraction for the visitor along with preserved medieval properties and cobbled roads. There are several well-signed car parks at Rye and no where is really a distance to walk into the centre of the town.

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There’s a selection of hotels and eateries to suit everyone’s tastes and pockets. There’s no large shopping chains but some eclectic shopping treats.

You can hire this dog-friendly stunning Grade II* listed Tudor cottage (featured picture) in the heart of Rye such as Flushing House, pictured, from Sykes Holiday Cottages who offer thousands of pet-friendly luxury holiday cottages across the UK, the largest holiday cottage rental specialist with lots of helpful online guides to areas. #Ad.

The nearest lifeboat station is at Hastings Old Town, and lifeguards patrol both Hastings beaches and Camber Sands during the busy summer months. Veterinary practices are mostly based around Hastings should you need veterinary emergency care.

There are several Hotels, B&B accommodation which makes Rye a delightful weekend getaway, taking you back into some old-fashioned charm. There’s a useful local Rye tourist website.


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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 which may be needed).
  • Check your dog have their ID tag and collar, and GPS tracker when worn.
  • Remember your mobile phone.
  • You may consider buying a buoyancy dog jacket if your pet loves swimming. Particularly useful if your pet tires in the water helping your dog to swim back to you.

Tips on the beach

  • 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.
  • Be considerate of others.
  • Stay clear of crowded areas.
  • Have old towels to dry your dog if they’ve been swimming. Provide them with towels to sit on, rather than the sand and shingle, 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.
  • 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 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 UK beaches during the summer months.

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Dog Walks – Dog-Friendly Beaches In Wales

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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.

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

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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.

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Dog Walks – Kent – Greatstone – Littlestone – St Mary’s Bay – Dymchurch

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Kent’s Sandy Dog-Friendly Beaches

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Kent is the most south eastern county of England and just an hour or so drive from London making this a fabulous location to visit for days out, weekend breaks or staycations with your dog. It doesn’t matter whether its summer or winter, there’s plenty of space to have a great day out with your dog.

The Kent coastline including the famous ‘White Cliffs Of Dover’ look out over The Straits of Dover, part of the busy shipping lanes of the English Channel. Not all the coastline are cliffs, Kent has many beautiful, nearly flat, dog-friendly, sandy beaches waiting for you to visit.

The beaches from the Dungeness peninsula, home to Lydd airport and the partly decommissioned Dungeness Power station, across New Romney to Hythe, are some of the finest and tranquil spots you can find, a coastline stretch of around 12 miles (20 kilometres), along dog-friendly sandy beaches of Hythe Bay.

Greatstone Beach For Local Water Sports

Greatstone Beach is well known for local water surfing activities, including kitesurfing and stand up paddle boarding, and is patrolled by lifeguards during the busier months. The beach like most of the 12 miles or so of Hythe Bay is shingle and sandy when the tide goes out, leaving you about a half mile walk to the sea edge. It’s great to visit this beach with your dog when the tide has turned and on its way out where the sand has had some time to start ‘drying out’.

The back shore of most of the beach are the famous Greatstone sand dunes, that are similar to the formation of many English beaches, providing separation from the land to sea, also a Site of Specific Scientific Interest. A wide variety of rare plant species grow on the dunes and the area supports a strong population of small animals and insects.

Dogs are banned on two areas of the beach from 1 May to 30 September each year, the busier areas, where there are signs indicating this. The first area is from opposite The Jolly Fisherman southwards to opposite no. 17 The Parade and the second from no. 114 The Parade southwards to no. 172 The Parade. There’s plenty of room elsewhere for you and your dog on this beach during summer months.

Littlestone Glorious Sandy Shingle Beach

Littlestone-on-Sea Beach is just a couple of miles further east, a quieter, tranquil, small village with a beach, just across from the coastal road. The beach is a shelving shingle beach with sand dunes. When it’s low tide, there are expanses of sand and mud flats making a distance to walk to the sea. There are few amenities, but a pleasant day can be spent here.

Dogs are banned on the main centre area of the beach during 1 May to 30 September only. (Madeira Road to Clark Road).

St Mary’s Bay Dog-Friendly Beach

St. Mary’s Bay Beach is predominantly shingle with wide shallow sand flats exposed at low water. You’ll notice old posts sticking up out of the sand and these are some of the old groyne system that the south of England beaches use as sea defences to help protect local communities from being flooded, being so low lying and flat land.

The ‘Bay’ as it is known locally does have a promenade where dogs can be walked during the restricted summer season. Dogs are restricted on the main part of the beach during summer, 1 May to 30 September, which is signed.

Dymchurch 4 mile Promenade And Beach

Dymchurch Beach has grown into a sizeable village with seasonal holiday traffic and local camping and nearby caravanning park. It also provides visitors with cafes, restaurants and gift shops.

These newly built flood defences now offer the opportunity to walk the length of the four mile promenade by the beach. There are steps down to walk onto the beach. High tide sees the sea reaching these defences, so it’s important to check tide times before making a special journey, especially if you want to spend a few hours on the beach, and pick times to dog walk about 2 hours after the high tide, this allows the sea to be retreating and start exposing shingle and sand which starts drying out.

Dogs are restricted usually from 1 May to 30 September on the beach, between Sycamore Gardens and The Martello Car Park.

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It’s highly recommended to take a picnic with you if you intend to spend a few hours on these beaches as there are not many facilities actually located on the beaches, particularly out of season. There are several dog-friendly cafes and restaurants when driving along the 12 mile Hythe Bay coastal road, and Dymchurch village.

Car parking is very accessible all the way along the Bay, being able to park at the side of the roads in many places.

You may prefer on some days to walk the Kent Coastline Walk – a walk starting at Camber Sands and snaking around the Dungeness peninsula, around the Kent beach coastlines finishing at Dartford. You can pick it up at Dungeness point, along Greatstone Beach through to Romney, and on to Hythe, being mostly flat and manageable for your dog, a walk of around 13 miles. Ideal when the seas are rough during winter months, and beaches may look a little cold and bleak.

The Dungeness National Nature Reserve provides a fabulous haven for wild life which you can easily spot. There are areas restricting your dog walking in the RSPB Nature Reserve, signposted.

You can also feel safe as the area has a local manned RNLI lifeboat available for launch at Littlestone, and offer some useful online reminders about dog walking beach safety before you visit.

Should your dog suffer an injury there are veterinary surgeries available at Hythe and along Hythe Bay.

Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway have a popular train linking the villages together, with stations at Hythe, Dymchurch, St Mary’s Bay, Romney Warren, New Romney, Romney Sands and Dungeness which allows dogs to travel on with their owners.

You may like to read more about dog walking the renowned Camber Sands, just 11 miles or so from Greatstone Beach around Dungeness, famed for its miles of golden sands and typically exposed rippled sands as the sea retreats at low tide, as the picture below illustrates.

Accommodation Pet Check partners with Rural Retreats and Sykes Home who offer a selection of holiday lets in the area all year round.

The Kite Surf Centre has a useful local page of accommodation. B&B’s, self catering and camping opportunities and local recommended hotels.


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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.
  • 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.

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Is Durdle Door dog-friendly? Yes, but to be avoided during busy times

Are there facilities on the beach? No

Does Durdle Door have Wheelchair access? No

Are there baby changing facilities? No

Does Durdle Door have a car park? Yes, it’s operated by Lulworth Estate with opening and closing times

Durdle Door

Dorset is situated on the south coast of England facing the English Channel. It’s possibly more famous for its World Heritage Jurassic coastline, stretching 96 miles from East Devon to Dorset than anything else you know about Dorset.

Some of the most beautiful rocks, cliffs, bays, coves, are accessible to the public and their dogs including Durdle Door, all year round, without restrictions.

But would you want to take your dog in the height of summer to this magnificent beach?

It’s a pebbly, shingle and part sandy cove that is flanked on all sides by cliffs where the only access is by 134 steps and a further 15 minutes or so, walk from the car park. Your dog must be healthy and active to manage those steps down and back up as they are the only access to this beach. During busy times, you will have to wait to join the queue to walk down, so your dog needs to be patient and really kept on a lead until all the way down the steps and on the beach.

As soon as the sun shines during peak times, Easter, bank holidays, and summer weekends, the car park run by Lulworth Estate becomes full by mid-morning and the beach becomes restricted to more visitors due to its enclosed size. One cannot see the beach from the car park so you are not aware visually of how packed it may actually be. The car park opens at 9am summer months and operates until 9pm making a fabulous long day to be enjoyed on the beach, but this possibility is too long for your dog.

Dogs can become anxious in strange environments and irritable in hot conditions, just like humans, so you need to consider if it would be wise to take your dog with you for the day.

NEVER LEAVE YOUR PET IN A HOT CAR UNATTENDED – EVEN FOR A MINUTE

Before you set off making any special journey, it’s important to check the news for road updates as these can become blocked with heavy traffic and social media latest news about the beach.

One needs to take everything with you for the time you’ve planned to spend on the beach and be able to carry this down the many steps.

Walking Down To Durdle Door Beach

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There’s no natural shade so it’s important to take shade such as umbrellas and dog canopies to ensure your dog doesn’t suffer from sunburn along with plenty of freshwater supply for both you and your pet and a collapsible bowl.

There aren’t any facilities on the beach including a cafe or even public rubbish disposal and dog poop dustbins. Visitors must take all rubbish back to the car park where there are bins.

The backdrop is the famed Jurassic rocks that form the Dorset coastline, and one has to be extremely careful not to walk directly under cliffs at any of our UK coastal areas at any time and at Durdle Door, to particularly not sit close up to them as rockfall can happen anytime.

When walking into the sea, you’ll find that it becomes deep very quickly, due to a steep shelving seabed. Whilst this limits a huge high and low tidal range coming in and out of the cove area, it is very dangerous for those who are not confident swimmers and your dog.

Practising social distancing due to the recent pandemic can be difficult but should be maintained.

When is the best time to visit Durdle Door?

Pet Check would thoroughly recommend you visit with your dog anytime between 1 October and 1 April but car park closure times become earlier.

During warmer, summer months, picking the days that may be less sunny and quieter weekdays are more suitable, except during the high, holiday season, during school holidays when we’d give it a thumbs down.

Whilst there are no restrictions for dogs at any time of the year, the practicalities of enjoying a long day out are difficult. Dogs may react in a different way when confronted with new, noisier, and busy environments and can act totally out of character. One would need to take a lead and even a muzzle for those dogs that can be prone to snap. Visitors can ask you to put your dog on a lead if they feel concerned or have a young family sitting nearby and that really isn’t fun for you or your dog when trying to enjoy a lovely day out.


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There are local vets should any emergency arise situated at Weymouth, Dorset, Wool, and Wareham, the nearest just over 3 miles away.

The lifeguard service doesn’t support this beach but there is a lifeboat rescue service nearby stationed at Weymouth in case of emergencies. Do take time to refresh yourself with water safety tips on the RNLI website.

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.
  • 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.

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Q. Can I Leave Dog Poop On The Beach?

A. No

More than 1,100 tonnes of dog waste is dropped a day by dog walkers and their pets according to pet statistics, 2019. Since then, Covid-19 has introduced an estimated 3 million more dogs into our pet community adding to this enormous burden placed on UK local councils to clean up.

Poo bins are placed in accessible parks, playgrounds, and pavements for dog owners to deposit their dog’s mess when out walking. This became normal practice since 2016, when The Dog Fouling Act 2016, placed responsibility on “the person in charge of the dog” at the time of the misdemeanor. Fines currently imposed are up to £80.00. Some councils impose fines if you come out walking your dog without poo bags or pooper scoopers.

Just because one is visiting the beach with your favourite companion, your dog, this doesn’t make any difference, which is a common misconception by many beach visitors.

Visitors are under the impression that it is OK to leave your dog’s mess on the beach as the high tide will wash it away into our oceans.

Unfortunately, this is often not the case as Metro’s article, April 2021, astonishingly shows the kind of beach clean-up necessary, where local volunteers generously donate their time to clear beaches regularly, ready for visitors to enjoy, helping their business community.

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The picture shows more than 100 black sacs full of litter debris including dog muck left on just one Devon beach. It’s not just polluting our oceans, but our shorelines and is not visitor-friendly.

It continues with Cornwall Live highlighting a new campaign, launched by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO), explaining how water quality can be affected and pose a risk to public health because of the high levels of bacteria contained in dog mess.

Dog restrictions are placed up and down the UK’s beaches where owners cannot take dogs onto popular beaches, either from 1st April, Easter, or 1st May each year. One of the main reasons why there are beach restrictions is because of the problems of owners not picking up their dog’s poop.

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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 local towns 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. It used to be quite common to hear about young children that accidentally touched dog poop become blind. Fortunately, with more restrictions in place, this danger is now less so, damaging human health.

Dog poop bins on popular public beaches are placed at entrances to beaches, beach car parks, beach promenades, beach walkways, and along the actual back shores of the beaches.

It’s important to ensure all your dog poop is cleared up and put in these bins. If you cannot find a dedicated bin, then a general waste bin is acceptable. If you cannot find a general waste bin, then you must take it home and dispose of it in your normal way.

It is illegal to leave dog waste in the majority of UK public places and parks, but you can avoid fines in agriculture and woodlands, rural common land, marshland, and motorways areas where traffic is above 50 mph.

Councils encourage residents to be responsible, particularly if they see a dog owner who is continuously breaking the dog fouling laws. They are encouraged to report them using their online web page that councils operate.

Dog owners that are excepted are those who have mobility and disabilities, working dogs such as sheepdogs, medical and guide assistance dogs, and police dogs whilst on duty.  

Owners who have gardens create an area for their dogs to relieve themselves and keep dog mess in one area which can be picked up quickly. Materials such as small pebbles or bark (not cocoa bark which is toxic to pets) are ideal as a ground cover and where it can be frequently hosed down to keep the area hygienic.

Most owners don’t like the smell to linger in their back gardens, nor their dogs walk in their poops, so there is absolutely no reason why we, the public should leave dog poops on beaches for other visitors.

Horses and donkeys 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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Dog Walking In Hot Weather

Should I Change My Dog Walking Times During Summer?

Dog walking during the summer months brings new challenges for dog owners up and down the country whatever the location.

Owners who go out to work have set routines and these times can be hard to change, but when the sun shines and temperatures start rising it’s important to consider your dogs’ needs.

Walk times need to be changed so that dog walks are taken when it is as cool as possible, earlier in the morning and, later in the evening.

Dogs get very sore paws walking on concrete paths and roads, due to how these surfaces retain heat. It is best to try and find some grassy areas, even roadside verges are better for your pet to walk on than tarmac paths, helping your pet’s health.

Beaches, especially sandy beaches can become very hot during the midday and afternoon and if you find it hot walking without shoes on a beach, then you will know what it must feel like for your pet.

Walking at midday has to be avoided. Shorter dog walks in shadier conditions are better and with lots of water available at the end of the walk. However, if you hire dog walkers, this is when they are most active.

Your dog walker may suggest a change of venue more suitable in warmer weather and should explain the reasons why. Some dog walkers can alter walking times by being flexible depending on how many charges they have and work with you to get the best for both your dog and their business. This includes coastal dog walkers who walk dogs on beaches for their owners.

Breeds that suffer the most in hot sunshine are long-haired breeds and those dogs with flat faces. These pets need extra care and attention, as well as senior dogs.

Should I Walk Dogs On Beaches During The Summer?

The simple answer is yes. The midday and early afternoon sun are at their strongest and most fierce. Dogs can easily suffer heat exhaustion and sunburn just as humans do and need to be in the shade at these times. This becomes difficult when on holiday, perhaps with your family and friends where you want to enjoy days out around our beautiful coastlines. A balance has to be struck, coupled with some beach shore locations being better to walk at low tide when there is more sand and shingle exposed than at high tides, where at high tide some beaches may be pebbly. Tide times do need checking daily to get the best out of your holiday locations.

Providing dogs with shade on beaches is a must if staying a few hours, and provide them lots of fresh drinking water in a bowl. Seawater is very salty and only adds to your pet’s quest for more freshwater if they’ve been swimming.

There are pet companies now producing dog canopy’s especially for your dog to lie under on the beach, or if out walking in exposed areas for the day. If you cannot purchase one of these, then a large shade umbrella on the beach is an alternative where they can share space with you. It is ideal to let them lie on a rug or old towel so they keep off the hot sand underneath them.

Other coastal areas operate strict dog control, preventing dogs from being on beaches during summer months, generally 1st May to 30 September, in popular locations. The alternative is often to walk them along the promenades which are generally constructed of concrete which become extremely hot and should be avoided.

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Finding sand dune areas that often are situated at the back shores of our beaches can be fun where they are not flat, undulating, providing some areas when you can sit in shade with your dog.

Before you go on holiday, it’s a great idea to give your dog a good, long extra brush to get all the excess hair out and to take brushes with you. Long-haired breeds suffer far more in hot weather than short-haired and after swimming and frolicking about in salty seawater will need a good bath afterward. Once your pet is dry give them a good brush to help keep their hair thinned down during hot weather.

If you are staying in rented holiday, coastal, beach, accommodation, you may not want to keep your dog on its own, in the new, strange property whilst you are out and about enjoying yourself. Each dog reacts differently in these circumstances and it may be a difficult decision whether you do this. Leaving your dog means making sure they have a cool and safe space in the home with accessible fresh water and toys available and not leaving them too long, especially on the first couple of occasions. Dogs should never be left in conservatories that act similar to cars and cause severe overheating.

Signs of heat exhaustion are seeing your dog panting heavily, that’s when you know they are likely to have heat exhaustion, getting up and down from where they are sitting, in a bid to try to stay cool. The best way is to lower the temperature and if that means moving off the sunny beach and being in the shade for an hour or more, then it’s best for your pet’s health. Continued restlessness, panting, and drooling become a pet emergency, and important to talk to a vet.

Parking your car in shade at a beach location can be a premium, not only keeps your steering wheel cool for you but lowers the temperature for your dog who may be travelling in a confined rear space when boarding.

Being on a beach for a few hours means most likely eating a lunchtime picnic on the beach which is always fun, however, your dog may not need to be given a big meal at lunchtime. During hot weather, it’s better to feed your pets earlier in the day and later. We all know dogs love to sniff your food and it does become difficult not to feed them with your titbits, but this really isn’t good for your dog. Packets of dog treats can be useful where they chew for a little while to keep them busy as you eat, and then when back at home, they can enjoy a bigger meal in more comfort.

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Organised as a Sunday stroll at 6 fabulous venues around the UK, The Big Dog Walk starts again this year, at the beginning of June 2021, with special events running alongside.

A great day out for you, your friends, and your best pet visiting some of the most beautiful gardens and estates, whilst you can raise much-needed money for your favourite charity.

Locations currently include

Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire – Loseley Park, Surrey – Borde Hill, West Sussex – Harewood House, Yorkshire – St Clere Kent – Hylands Park Essex, Glasgow

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  • 5 Staggered dog walks throughout the day
  • Choose a route that suits – a 2km, 5km, or 10km walk
  • Puppy socialisation
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