10 Best Coastal Dog Walks in the UK (For You & Fido)

top rated coastal walks for dogs

Ah, the fantastic British coastline – a spectacular tapestry of craggy cliffs, sweeping sands, stunning views and charming coves, providing the best coastal dog walks imaginable.

1. Fistral Beach, Cornwall

Recommended Walk

Tip: For an extra treat, visit during sunrise or sunset when the light casts a magical glow over the beach.

2. Rhossili Bay Beach, Swansea

A couple with a black dog enjoying the views of Rhosilli Beach

Recommended Walk

Tip: Ensure you check the tide times before planning your walk to Worm’s Head, as it’s only accessible at low tide and don’t forget a camera

3. Luskentyre, Isle of Harris, Scotland

Recommended Walk

Tip: Be sure to bring a camera or smartphone to capture the breathtaking landscapes of this perfect beach, which are especially striking under the soft light of early morning or late afternoon.

4. Kingsgate Bay, Kent

Pug standing along by the rocks at Kingsgate Beach

Recommended Walk

Expert Tip: Plan your dog walk during low tide to fully explore the sea caves and rock pools, turning your walk into an enchanting discovery tour.

5. Formby, Lancashire

Recommended Walk

Tip: Keep an eye out for the rare red squirrels in the pine woods; early morning or late afternoon are the best sightings, adding a unique element to your nature walk.

6. Westward Ho!, Devon

Sign on the South West Coast Path at Westward Ho

Recommended Walk

Expert Tip: This area’s diverse habitats make it a fantastic spot for bird-watching, especially during migration seasons. If you’re an avid birdwatcher, bring binoculars and keep dogs on a leash near nesting birds.

7. Holkham Bay, Norfolk

Recommended Walk

Tip: Make sure to have some change for the pay and display car park a short walk from Holkham Beach.

8. Camber Sands, East Sussex

Small dog in sand dunes at Camber Sands

Recommended Walk

Tip: Bringing a guidebook on local flora and fauna could enrich your visit, and be aware that some areas don’t allow dogs off lead.

9. Brean Beach, Somerset

Recommended Walk

Expert Tip: The summit of Brean Down is rich in history, including ancient fort ruins; take a moment to explore these with your pup, adding a touch of historical intrigue to your dog walk.

10. Embleton Bay

Bird’s Eye view of the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle and surrounding coast

Recommended Walk

Tip: Take a picnic and make a day of it; there is much to see on this delightful walking route.

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John Devlin

A lifelong dog enthusiast from Newcastle, John combines his love for pets with discovering the UK’s hidden travel treasures. He’s enthusiastic about sharing his experiences from family-friendly staycations, helping others find perfect dog-friendly getaways.

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