Posted on May 9, 2014

10 of the best dog-friendly beaches

It may not feel like it today, but summer is just around the corner!  We all love a day by the seaside, none more so than our family dogs. A day scampering on the sands can be fun for everybody, but which beaches are dog friendly?  It’s time to start planning.  Also, remember that all dogs in a public place must wear the correct ID, so check out our special offer at the end of this post…

Here is a selection of canine-friendly coast where the whole family, dogs included, can enjoy an adventure by the sea.

1. West Wittering Beach, Chichester

West Wittering Beach

Open to Dogs All year round

Restrictions From Beginning May till End September dogs are not permitted in front of the beach huts.

Beautiful dog-friendly beach in Chichester. The whole beach is accessible to dogs between the end of September and beginning of May. At other times, all zones are open except between groynes 14A and 18, the area in front of the beach huts. This is great place to take the dogs to stretch their legs… and yours.

2. Thorney Bay Beach, Canvey Island

Thorney Bay Beach

Open to Dogs All year round

Restrictions No Restrictions for dogs.

There’s parking, shops and a promenade close to this sandy beach which is open to dogs all year round. Canvey Island is situated in the Thames Estuary off the south east coast of Essex and separated from the mainland by a channel. The beach is made up of sand and mud with a view of the Kent coastline.

3. Compton Bay, Isle of Wight

Compton Bay

Open to Dogs All year round

Restrictions Seasonal dog ban on beach west from Hanover Point (May 15th till September 15th).

Compton Bay on the southwest of the island is popular with families, surfers and dog walkers as they are welcome on the beach between Hanover Point and Brook Chine all year. Rising behind the coast there are further walking opportunities across acres of open downland with stunning views out to sea.

4. Botany Bay, Broadstairs

Botany Bay

Open to Dogs All year round

Restrictions Dogs banned from May1st till September 31st between 10am and 6pm).

This quiet sandy bay has a café, pub and toilets close by. Dogs are banned from the beach between May 1 and September 31 10am to 6pm, but you can still enjoy the paths that branch in both directions along the coast.

5. Formby, LiverpoolFormby

Open to Dogs All year round

Restrictions No dog restrictions on this beach.

Red squirrels, natterjacks, prehistoric footprints and miles of coastal walks are just waiting to be discovered in this ever changing landscape where pinewoods meet the dunes . Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead due to vulnerable wildlife.

6. Berrow Beach, Burnham on SeaBerrow beach

Open to Dogs All year round

Restrictions Berrow Beach has no dog restrictions but Burnham on Sea Beach does have some dog bans during high season and in certain areas – check before arrival.

A glorious six-mile length of beach with sand dunes and firm sand where dogs are welcome at all times. Look out for the famous ship wreck and various seabirds attracted by the adjacent marshland.

7. Blundellsands, SeftonBlundellsands

Open to Dogs All year round

Restrictions No dog restrictions.

You can enjoy the cast-iron life-size sculptures by Antony Gormley on this open sandy beach, or watch the intrepid wind surfers out at sea. There are no restrictions for dogs plus parking and toilets close by.

8. Snettisham Beach, Kings LynnSnettisham Beach

Open to Dogs All year round

Restrictions Currently no dog restrictions.

This attractive Norfolk beach stretches north to Hunstanton and is the only beach in Norfolk to face west. The extensive sand and mud banks are a popular area for birds and there are no restrictions for dog walkers.

9. Littlestone Beach, New RomneyLittlestone Beach

Open to Dogs All year round

Restrictions No dog restrictions.

A popular spot for sand yachting, this long beach stretches south to Dungeness and north to Romney. Facilities include a picnic site, pubs and toilets and there are no dog restrictions.

10. Studland Beach, PooleStudland Beach

Open to Dogs All year round

Restrictions Some restrictions apply, follow the coloured paw print code displayed on flags).

Owned by the National Trust, Studland Beach in Dorset is a wonderful place for dogs and owners to relax and have fun with three-and-a-half miles of beach and plenty of dunes to explore. There are no restrictions from April 30 to October 1 but dogs must be kept on a lead at other times.


All dogs in a public place must wear suitable identification, so don’t forget your dog’s ID tag when you head off to the beach so that you don’t risk a £2,000 fine.  For this summer only, enter the discount code DOGBEACHDAY for 10% off any tag.  Check out the amazing range at


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