The Best 7 Dog Friendly Beaches in Northumberland & 2023 Restrictions

When you are visiting this magnificent part of the country with your dogs you will no doubt be looking for dog friendly beaches in Northumberland for some sun, sea, and scampering around. To keep your bow wow upbeat and to wet your whistle there are also some of the homes from home traditional pet friendly pubs in Northumberland are close to the coast.

Scaling the ramparts of castles make for some of the best dog walks in Northumberland because most are right on the beach. Make sure when you take your pick from the choice of properties that it is within close reach of the sea.

Once you have booked your break make sure that you are armed with a map and information of dog friendly beaches near Northumberland that is relevant to your location, fitness levels, and what Lassie likes best – of course!

When are dogs allowed on beaches in Northumberland?

Not all the beaches are the same, but it is fair to say that some blocks will prevent dog walks in Northumberland from becoming a free-for-all. All of the below beaches do not restrict or have a dog ban at certain times of the year. If you really want to get the best out of barrelling down the beach with your bestie then choose one of the dog-friendly beaches in Northumberland that stands apart from the rest.

The Best Beaches in Northumberland for Dogs

Embleton Bay

With the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle as a backdrop, you and your four-legged beach baby can explore the rugged shoreline to your heart’s content. As far as the cleanest Northumberland dog friendly beaches go, this one in our beach guide emerges as champ as having the highest UK standard of bathing water quality.

If you’re tired of traipsing along well-worn beaches finding all kinds of things in your shoes and even in your dog’s paws, this is one of the best dog friendly beaches Northumberland has to offer for the sheer lack of nasty surprises! Even better is the fact that this beach offers no blocks as far as dogs are concerned, meaning you won’t have to fear the dreaded dog ban. Keep in mind, however, that there are no lifeguards here – meaning while you can come here all year round, you need to keep your wits about you.

Once you’re all splashed out, leave the rockpools for another day and put Laddie’s lead on to head up to Dunstanburgh Castle because it is only too happy for their visitors to bring their hounds for a day out.

  • Seasonal Restrictions: None
  • Lifeguards: No
  • Address: Embleton NE66 3XQ

Facilities Nearby: village shop – 1 mile

Bamburgh Castle Beach

Bamburgh Castle is, of course, one of the most famous landmarks down this end of the country, and thankfully, you can take dogs here to enjoy the sandy surroundings all year round. If you’re a big fan of heritage trails and just happen to have a couple of born beach dogs in your party, then the castle beach is going to be absolutely worth your time and energy.

A pristine sandy beach backed by the majestic Bamburgh Castle and high-rise dunes that will make any energetic dog’s day. When the surf’s up you can leave your pup with your partner and take a lesson in how to “hang five” here.

The Farne Islands are opposite the beach, accessed by dog-friendly boats from Seahouses, a three-mile shoreline walk away. The castle is too close to ignore and your pup is welcome here on a lead not only on the grounds but in the Armstrong and Aviation Museum but also the café and stables.

Again, keep aware that there are no lifeguards down here, meaning you’ll need to take special care of your dogs down here.

  • Seasonal Restrictions: None
  • Lifeguards: No
  • Address: Bamburgh NE69 7DF
  • Facilities Near By: Castle, car park, café and toilets

Beadnell Bay

This is a bay in our beach guide that is not only dog friendly but family-friendly too. It is a natural harbour on golden sands, perfect protection for you and your dog, especially on a windy day. While you take in its beauty your pup can scramble up and down the sand dunes that help form the bay.

One of the most popular pooch-friendly beaches on the map for all kinds of views and watersports fun, if you are on the search for a beach that ticks pretty much all of the family’s and sea dogs’ boxes, then Beadnell is likely to be one of your top ports of call. It’s absolutely glorious to stroll down as well as to take photos of. This is Northumberland at its most gorgeous.

Part of the Northumberland Heritage Coast there is a walk along the sand dunes behind the beach to the village of Low Newton. The bay is great for swimming, surfing, and sailing, and you can rent or buy equipment from shops in the village of Beadnell. It’s remarkably well-connected, all told! 

  • Seasonal Restrictions: Dogs on leads from May to August during the rare bird breeding
  • Lifeguards: No
  •  Address: Beadnell, NE67 5BN
  • Facilities Near By: Public toilets in pay-and-display car parking. Slipway to beach

Longhoughton Steel Beach

If you and your canine are keen to really getting away from it all in one of the many Northumberland pet friendly cottages, then this, possibly the most remote dog friendly beach in Northumberland, is what this beach guide suggests is just the ticket. Here at low tide this beach is mostly sandy and is a great place for your pup to explore rock pools.

Northumberland absolutely deserves to be seen at its absolute rawest beauty, from the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty outwards – and some of the most gorgeous natural scenes are right here for you to enjoy all year round.

It’s going to be a walk on the wild side for you and your waggy tail because the nearest parking, pubs, and shops are half an hour’s walk to the village of Boulmer. It is worth it though and if you are up for exploring there is a coastal path that has uninterrupted views of the unique Northumberland coastline.

There are zero dog ban zones in place here, but at the same time, there are no lifeguards or any traditional facilities. If you don’t mind going a bit off the beaten track to nature reserves and the like, you are in hog’s (or dog’s) heaven.

  • Seasonal Restrictions: none
  • Lifeguards: No
  • Address: NE66 3AL

Facilities Nearby: None

Low Newton Beach

If a coastal village and an entire beach are owned by the National Trust, then it must be something special. Low Newton is possibly one of the county’s best hidden gems and the beach rarely crowded even during high season.

One of the best bits about this dog friendly beach in Northumberland is the fact that there are next to no ban or blocks. In fact, you can bring your pups down to the beach here all year round without any kind of pushback. Many people choose to head to the more rugged walks and beaches for the simple fact that they tend to provide a more liberating experience!

Once you and your dog have gone off the beaten track from High Newton you will be greeted by white-washed cottages and a pub overlooking a golden beach that will take your breath away. It is no surprise that the walk down here from Craster is one of the Guardian newspaper’s top ten walks in the UK.

Beach dogs will absolutely love this stretch of sand, and it’s well worth looking online for further information before you visit.

  • Seasonal Restrictions: none
  • Lifeguards: No
  • Address: Low-Newton NE66 3HJ

Facilities Nearby: Parking and pub

Cheswick Sands

If you and Fido are looking for photo opportunities then come here to one of the most scenic beaches in Northumberland. Not only that, it is the Big Daddy dog friendly stretch of this coastline by a whole nine miles, right up to the Scottish Borders.

The fantastic news here is that you can bring your pups all year round without any kind of ban or block, and if you do want to get out and explore the wider terrain of Scotland, you’re really not too far away. Thankfully, you’re not completely removed from polite society, as there is parking and other facilities close by. It’s just rural enough for our liking.

If your bestie is bursting with energy but is a little crowd-shy, then head for this peaceful piece of Northumberland where the beach is your oyster. Prepare your pooch for a bumpy ride to reach the car park where there will always be a space and let yourselves loose on the white sandy beach.

  • Seasonal Restrictions: none
  • Lifeguards: No
  • Address: Cheswick, TD15 2RW

Facilities Nearby: Parking and a café in Scremerston three miles away

Seahouses North

Perhaps the least remote in this dog beach guide, it doesn’t mean to say that there isn’t plenty of room for Rover to roam. Better still, the soft sands to the north of Seahouses extend so far it reaches Bamburgh, three miles away.

Many people assume that Northumberland is purely rugged, far-flung beaches and craggy shores. Yes – there’s certainly lots of that around! However, Seahouses North proves that there is a broader selection of sandy strolls available for you and your dogs to enjoy. The great news here is, as well as being fantastically accessible, dogs can come along and enjoy the walks across the year.

After your four-legged friend and the family have had their fill of cavorting in the clean waters and on the sand of this pretty shoreline, there is plenty to do in the town to keep them occupied. It is here you can embark on a dog-friendly boat ride and head for the Farne islands for seal and puffin spotting.

  • Seasonal Restrictions: none
  • Lifeguards: No
  • Address: Seahouses, NE68 7SU

Facilities Nearby: Parking, pubs and shops in the centre of town.

Last Word

Those who have had the privilege of time away in the heart of Northumberland, England will tell you that it is a magical experience. Its chunk of coastline has stayed largely untouched so it’s not necessary to look very far for the dog friendly beaches Northumberland has to offer when you have them all right here giving you and your dog some of the best coastlines England has to offer.

 Why not take a look for other walking paths for dogs in Northumberland, too – back into the countryside? It’s a great county replete with all kinds of views and natural vistas.



Liane Devlin

Liane is a devoted mum and dog lover, passionate about exploring the UK with her family. Writing for DogFriendlyGetaways, she offers insights into the best pet-inclusive holiday spots, drawing from her joyful family adventures.