Top 10 dog friendly beaches in the UK

By DogDialog Team on 03 August 2017

The UK has hundreds of hidden dog friendly beaches waiting to welcome your pup’s paw prints. Here are ten of our favourites – each of which is open to dogs all year round. No restrictions. Because your pooch deserves a summertime splash in the sea as much as anyone.

Most dogs can’t get enough of the sandy stuff. Can you blame them? It’s a chance to dart between the dunes; chase a soggy old tennis ball along the shore – sand between the paws and a sea breeze ruffling those ears. Bliss.

Just be sure to take a peek at our tips for dog-proofing your car before you leave.

 

1. CROW POINT, NORTH DEVON

So secluded that many of the locals don’t even know about it, Crow Point is a dream for doggies. With vast undulating dunes to explore and a wide flat beach – not to mention beautiful views of the Taw-Torridge estuary – it’s a trip to savour whether you have two legs or four.

Bill Tyne (CC BY-SA 2.0) via Flickr

2. THORNEY BAY, CANVEY ISLAND

Thorney Bay is a small, sandy and totally charming beach that marks the point where the Thames hits the sea. Expect lovely views across the estuary to Kent. A must for all those London-based pooches that have yet to feel the sand beneath their paws.

3. HIGHCLIFFE CASTLE BEACH, DORSET

There can’t be too many dog friendly beaches in the world that you enter through ancient castle grounds. But Highcliffe Castle beach offers all that and more. A wide sandy beach beneath cliff-top woodlands that’s sheltered and great for swimming.

Elliot Brown (CC BY-SA 2.0) via Flickr

4. ABERPORTH BEACH, CEREDIGION

This part of Wales isn’t exactly lacking when it comes to pretty dog friendly beaches, but we love Aberporth Beach. It’s quaint, unassuming and impossibly charming. Most importantly it’s safe for a doggy paddle: Blue Flag-rated with clean waters.

 

5. COMPTON BAY, ISLE OF WIGHT

Wide, expansive and backed by beautiful cliffs, Compton Bay is one of the most pristine and unspoilt beaches the Isle of Wight has to offer. And it has the important acronyms to back it up. The south-west coast of the island has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a Heritage Coast and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Alistair Young (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

6. RUNSWICK BAY, WHITBY

What Runswick Bay lacks in size it makes up for in beauty. This golden-sanded inlet is backed by steeply-sloped floral banks, where the deep emerald hues stand in stark contrast to the blue of the clean-enough-to-swim-in ocean. Lovely.

 

7. SNETTISHAM BEACH, KING’S LYNN

West-facing Snettisham Beach in east-facing Norfolk is much more than a geographic oddity. The expansive sands are home to oodles of wading birds. And dusk trips will be rewarded with some of the finest sunsets in the UK. Quite why it’s always so deserted is beyond us, but we are not about to complain.

Alan Parkinson (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

8. REDPOINT NORTH BEACH, WESTERN HIGHLANDS

Some dog friendly beaches are great for meeting other friendly dogs. This is not one of them. Embrace solitude on this beautifully secluded little beach, where even the red-hued sand and dramatic rocky outcrops can’t steal the thunder from the jaw-dropping views out towards the Western Isles.

 

9. BLUNDELLSANDS, SEFTON

It’s big, it’s beautiful and it’s home to a permanent art installation called Another Place. Watch out for a series of iron sculptures of life-size men, just below the tide line. Haunting? Heart-warming? You decide while your pup runs wild.

Amanda Slater (CC BY-SA 2.0) via Flickr

10. BALLYWALTER BEACH, COUNTY DOWN

There’s plenty of room to chase around on the large, flat shore. And at low-tide curious pups will find oodles of little rock pools to explore. As for you, expect gorgeous views down along the Irish Sea coastline. There’s even a small playground for little ones.

READY TO HIT THE ROAD?

So there you have it. Ten of our favourite sandy dog friendly beaches that welcome four-legged explorers all year round. If you are ready to jump in the car and hit the sandy stuff, here’s what you can do to make the journey as pleasurable as possible for pooches that aren’t so confident when it comes to travel.

To find more and to understand if your dog may be suffering from travel sickness see our infographic: 7 SIGNS YOUR DOG MAY BE SUFFERING FROM MOTION SICKNESS

Disclaimer: The information in this post is the opinion of the writer and not that of Zoetis UK Limited. Clinical information provided on this site is intended solely for educational context and is not a substitute for the views, advice and recommendations of a veterinarian. For advice on animal health, please consult a veterinarian.

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