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The Best Dog-Friendly Beaches in the UK

What dog doesn’t love the feel of sand in their paws, exploring rock pools, chasing a ball amongst the sand dunes or wading in the shallows? With that in mind, we have combed far and wide to find the best beaches where you and your best friend can spend some quality time together.

Our Top 5 Favourite Beaches for Dogs

Holkham Beach, Norfolk – Featured in the closing scene of the film Shakespeare in Love, this outstanding beach really is something special and we know your canine companion will love it too.

Harlech Beach, North Wales – With its fine white sand, on a sunny day here you could be in the Caribbean. Spectacualr views and over four miles long its a big hit with dogs and their owners.

Roseisle Beach, Moray, Scotland

Offering the best of both worlds there is a pleasant woodland walk to access this fabulous stretch of beach where your furry friend can run and play to their heart’s content

Bamburgh Castle Beach, Northumberland

Backed by dunes and overlooked by the impressive Bamburgh Castle this glorious beach is picture perfect and ideal for a summer’s day out in fact even in Winter its hard to beat.

Westward Ho, Devon

A firm favourite with local dog walkers, your pup will love digging and splashing about in the waves on this huge expanse of sand on the North Devon coast whatever the time of year.

Find Out What Golden Sands Dogs Are Allowed On

From a secluded pebbly cove to a huge expanse of golden sands, there are miles of beaches to choose from, so pack your bucket and spade and, of course, a camera and head to the beach for the best day out with your dog bar none.

Find a list of the best beaches by area below!

Brighton

Dogs are allowed on all beaches from October to April; As you can imagine there are restrictions on some of the main beaches in the summer though. Check out Climping Beach, popular with surfers, a small stony beach ideal for early mornings walkies, dogs allowed all year.

Hampshire

Hampshire has some divine beaches, one of the best for dogs being Milford on Sea, where there are no restrictions year-round. This lovely unspoilt beach has amazing views to the Isle of Wight and the beautiful South Downs, with some superb walks to explore on the doorstep.

Lancashire

There are dog-friendly beaches aplenty on the Lancashire coast whether you are looking for sandy shores or a pebble beach. Some of the seaside resorts like Blackpool may have restrictions on the main beach, but a few miles south, there is a dog-friendly beach at St Anne’s perfect for an afternoon of fun on the sand

Norfolk

Renowned for its natural beauty, it’s no surprise that Norfolk boasts one of the best dog-friendly beaches in the UK. Holkham Beach is nestled in a stunning nature reserve surrounded by natural beauty along with a vast expanse of golden sand that dogs and their owners will love.

Wales

Heading for Wales? dog-friendly beaches are seemingly endless here, from Worms Head on the Gower peninsula in South Wales, consistently voted one of the UK’s best beach locations, to Barmouth Beach, close to Snowdonia National Park in North Wales; a hidden gem and well a visit.

Dundee

Dundee may not spring to mind when searching for dog-friendly beaches, but there are some fantastic options. Broughty Ferry, a beautiful beach that was once a fishing village now a suburb of Dundee, boasts plenty of space for your pup to run about, excellent water sports, toilets and a cafe.

Suffolk

Whether your dog prefers a sprint on a shingle beach, a brisk frosty morning stroll or lounging on the golden sand, Suffolk is very dog friendly. From October to April you can go on any beach and even in the Summer months there are plenty of beaches without dog restrictions for you and your favourite pet to enjoy all year round.

Bournemouth

From Westies to Weimaraners, the south coast boasts dozens of dog-friendly beaches where your pooch can feel the sand between their paws and swim in the sea. Durley Chine has a car park and disabled facilities while nearby the iconic Durdle Door offers fantastic photo opportunities for you and your four legged friend.

Whitby

Fancy a bit of fossil hunting? Whitby is one of the best places to find them, and if you’re fortunate, maybe even some Whitby Jet. The West beach has restrictions but there is a small beach on the East side with none. After a walk on the sand, you can visit the famous abbey or head to one of the many dog-friendly cafes or pubs in the town.

Scarborough

Scarborough is a heaven for dog owners, with its colourful beach huts, 2 huge beaches and many pretty locations nearby where you can find a a clifftop walk or grass lawn perfect for dog exercise. The North sea may be a bit chilly for a dip, but we’re sure Fido won’t mind and afterwards why not enjoy Fish and Chips by the ocean.

Yorkshire

Yorkshire has some spectacular beaches, and there are little gems all up and down the coast which dogs love. From Staithes and Robin Hoods Bay to Filey and Saltburn, where you can walk along the cliff edges, have lunch in a picturesque village and find a quiet beach with dogs allowed all year round.

Scotland

There are countless beaches where you and your dog can enjoy a leisurely stroll in Scotland. From isolated beaches in the Scottish Highlands, Saltcoats beach on the West coast with its shallow waters ideal for dogs and children and Gullane in East Lothian, which boasts a superb stretch of sandy beach great for family picnics.

Somerset

Dogs will adore Somerset with its miles of golden sand, tranquil bays and pretty fishing villages. Your dog will love St Audries Bay; with year-round access, this magical beach has rock pools galore, plenty of space to play, plus two waterfalls cascading onto the sands. A dog walkers heaven.

Isle of Wight

It may not be a tropical island, but the Isle of Wight gets some of the best weather in the UK, and you will never be far from a dog-friendly beach. Award-winning Sandown is a must; there is a car park, toilets and only a small restricted zone. Alternatively check out the remote Compton Bay which boasts breathtaking sunsets.

Torquay

This South Devon gem is probably the closest thing to the Med that you’ll find in the UK, and its beaches can rival any in Europe too. The main beach can get extremely busy in Summer, so head to Livermead sands which is happy to proclaim “dogs allowed all year round.” and is ideal for a day spent by the sea.

Weymouth

Fido will love the Dorset coast, and the good news is; you will never be far from a dog-friendly beach. Weymouth’s blue flag beach is famed for its shallow lagoons and a long stretch of golden sand which hosts numerous events and activities throughout the year and there are many pretty coves such as Bowleaze to explore too.

Polperro

Cornwall has no shortage of dog-friendly beaches, and Talland Bay in Polperro is one you and your dog can enjoy all year round. There is a steep access road to this secluded beach, so its not suitable for the less mobile, but it’s well worth it if your dog likes exploring rock pools and chasing driftwood, and with free access, what’s not to love.

Devon

One of the most dog-friendly counties in the UK. Devon has countless beaches where dogs are more than welcome. From Woolacombe beach in the north to Salcombe on the south coast, you are guaranteed to find the perfect dog-friendly beach that you and your canine companion can spend hours together playing or simply strolling by the sea.

Sussex

A winner when it comes to dog-friendly beaches, treat your furry friend to a walk along the 6 miles at Camber sands in East Sussex and let him play among the sand dunes or head to the seaside resort of Hastings where; after a walk on the dog-friendly beach you can delve into history and visit the 1066 battle site, before enjoying a drink in one of the many dog friendly pubs.

Kent

Let the stresses of everyday life melt away as you breathe in the fresh sea air on one of the many dog-friendly beaches in Kent. With some real gems to choose from, such as Joss Bay, Dungeness, with its wide-open spaces and Palm Bay in Margate, which allows dogs every day of the year, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Essex

Southend beaches with their beach hut hire, pier and funfair have restrictions from May until September. However, there are still dozens of paw-friendly beaches where dogs are allowed, such as Irlam’s Beach and Walton-on-the-Naze, where you will find a car park, facilities and a long expanse of sand perfect for a game of fetch.

Northumberland

Looking for a gorgeous beach in an area of outstanding natural beauty, then look no further. The Northumbrian coast boasts some of the best pet-friendly beaches in the UK. With year-round access on most, and dozens of dog welcoming pubs and cafes in the quaint fishing villages, what more could you wish for?

Cornwall

One of the most popular beach holiday destinations, From St Ives to Lands end, Cornwall has more dog-friendly beaches than you can shake a stick at. Gentle Atlantic waves caress the beach at Hayle with its three-mile stretch of sand whilst, in contrast, the beaches around the Lizard are surrounded by dramatic scenery and bursting with wildlife.

Dorset

Is there a better way to spend time with your dog than having fun on the beach? Dorset boasts some of the best beaches in the UK for dogs. Enjoy a picnic, Enjoy a brisk morning stroll, play frisbee on the sand or simply unwind and watch the waves, and with dogs allowed on loads of beaches here, it won’t take long to sniff one out.

FAQ's

Are dogs allowed on beaches in England?

Yes, although ones in busy seaside towns, popular tourist destinations or ones with resident wildlife tend to have restrictions in place, especially during the summer months, dogs may not be allowed at all or have specific zones.

Don’t worry, though; you will almost always find a beach where your canine companion is allowed nearby.

Where can dogs go on the beach?

It depends; in the summer months, the places your dog can go on a beach may be limited to certain areas. However, if you check online, you are sure to find a beach your dog can roam free to their heart’s content.

What is the closest dog-friendly beach?

It’s easy to find a local beach that you and your dog can enjoy; check out our guide or search online.

The Last Word- Golden Sand, Shingle or Pebbles it's your choice!

So there you have it, with so many miles of coast for your dog to explore, you are sure to find the perfect beach. Be it a windswept beach in the Scottish Highlands or a deserted cove perfect for fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast.

A walk along a beach is cheap, therapeutic, and one of the best ways to spend time with your dog, and he will love you for it. Whether making new friends and playing on the sand, snuffling among the seaweed or chilling by your side, Your beach buddy will have a fantastic time.

Of course, there are things to consider when taking your dog to the beach. Don’t let him off lead if he isn’t good with other dogs and doesn’t have good recall; some beaches are miles long, and you don’t want to be running the length of them chasing Rover.

Always take a supply of poo bags and dispose of them in the dog bins; the tide coming in is not an excuse to leave it. Also, take some snacks and fresh water; some secluded beaches don’t have facilities, and your pup will need a drink after all that running around.

If your pooch enjoys swimming in either the sea or freshwater, always make sure it is safe to do so; the currents can be strong around Britain’s coast. and it can be dangerous. Check the size of the waves, look for warning signs and never leave Fido unsupervised near water.

“Every day can be a beach day”

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