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Top dog-friendly beach walks in the UK

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Top dog-friendly beach walks in the UK

If you're a seasoned, all-weather dog walker, you'll probably be interested in discovering scenic new routes for walking your dog this summer. With the weather cheering up, it really is the perfect time to be enjoying the great outdoors with your four-legged friend in tow.

Besides woodland walks and hilly hikes, some of our favourite routes take us along glorious British coastlines, which provide the perfect backdrop for that early summer stroll. As most dogs love water, coastal adventures are some of the best, and the UK has so much to offer in this regard.

We've put together a list of some of the top dog-friendly beaches in the UK, from the wide, dramatic stretches of Cornish coastline, to the smooth, sandy expanses of Sussex seaside. If you have a favourite coastline you like to explore, please let us know so we can add it to our list! In the meantime, have a read of our suggestions for a fun-filled day out and get in touch if you've visited any of these exciting locations.

1) Sandymouth, Cornwall

Cornwall is home to some of the best coastline in the world, never mind the UK. It is the perfect place for an exhilarating stroll come rain or shine, with its wide, sandy beaches and scenic coastal walks. Let your dog off-lead to enjoy the rock pools and rolling surf, or explore the cliffs and grasslands from a higher vantage point. Don't forget to bring your beach towels to dry your dog off on the ride home!

2) Brean Beach, Somerset

If your dog loves the sea, then Brean Beach offers the perfect place for that brisk seaside stroll. The beach is open year-round, so there’s no need to limit your walks to just the season. Covering 3 miles of sandy seafront and surrounded by countryside, Brean offers beautiful views and a generous stretch of beach to run along and discover.

If you want to go for a walk when the beach is a bit quieter, go at dawn and catch the sunrise over the water. This is a great time for exploring the sand dunes with your dogs and allowing for a peaceful (but chilly!) morning swim.

3) Danes Dyke, Yorkshire

As the weather brightens up, Danes Dyke is the ideal location for a coastal stroll with your pooches. Part of Yorkshire's Nature Reserve, Danes Dyke is part sand, part pebbles, and delivers stunning scenery at early turn. The route is largely unspoiled with white sandy stretches and chalk cliffs.

With all that Danes Dyke has to offer, it's no surprise the area has a quality coast award. Beside the numerous rock pools, rolling tide, flat forest walks, stunning views and ample space for running and play, Danes Dyke is surrounded by lovely areas such as Sewerby and Bridlington which are also worth exploring.

4) Holkham Bay, Norfolk

Voted one of the best beaches in Britain by more than 100 travel writers, Holkham Bay looks beautiful at any time of year, regardless of the weather. The pristine sands are smooth and golden, and stretch for miles along the beach (and equally far towards the sea!) Despite its beauty, Holkham Bay remains a fairly quiet coastal stretch - perhaps its seemingly infinite size helps give the illusion of solitude!

Your dog will enjoy running about the dunes and pine woods above the beach, as well as getting his paws wet in the surf. Why not take a picnic and make a day of it!

5) Milford-On-Sea, Hampshire

One of the few year-round dog-friendly beaches in the area, Milford-On-Sea is a popular shingle beach teeming with appeal. Take the beach at your own pace and admire the colourful huts lining the shoreline, or stop for a drink at one of the numerous cafes and kiosks (they also supply water for dogs so yours needn't go thirsty).

Beside the obvious pleasures of the beach, a lovely walk awaits along Hurst Spit to Hurst Castle, which is worth taking advantage of.

6) Slapton Sands - Monument Beach, Devon

Despite its name, Slapton Sands is a shingle beach stretching 3 miles that lies parallel with the beautiful Slapton Ley Nature Trail in Dartmouth, Devon. There are no restrictions on dogs using the beach, which is just as well as it is recommended by the Marine Conservation Society for its excellent water quality, which makes for a refreshing paddle.

Slapton Sands is perfect for anyone who is keen to do a little walking and take in the stunning scenery with their dogs. Give them a run-out and enjoy a fun-filled game of fetch!

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If you have any thoughts or comments to share, or suggestions for dog-friendly beaches in the UK, please post below for our other readers to see! Alternatively you can email me: [email protected]

Written by: Hannah Dyball


22nd Mar 2016

Try the beaches in Northumberland, especially Bamburgh, Cheswick and Holy island. The best in the country in my opinion. Quiet, golden sand, and fantastic scenery

26th Mar 2016

Over many years we have found numerous beaches around the lovely Welsh coast which are dog friendly-and there is a coastal path round the whole country too! Of course dogs are banned on some beaches and at certain times on others -but you can get a leaflet in advance to plan your doggy walks.

28th Mar 2016

The best beaches are on Anglesey and along the North Wales coast, also on the island of Jersey

28th Mar 2016

Winterton-on-Sea, Norfolk. Year round access - miles of sandy beach bordered by sand dunes... a brilliant dog-friendly Beach Café (lots of dog bowls of fresh water). Car park (fee) and public loos.

28th Mar 2016
Customer Since: November 2014
From: Somerset, United Kingdom

Gwithian beach in Cornwall 4 miles of wonderful dog friendly beach across the bay from St Ives

28th Mar 2016

The beach at West Wittering (West Sussex) is a must. Dog friendly and easy parking all year round. Our favourite place to walk.

28th Mar 2016

Crosby beach on the Mersey estuary is a vast expanse of firm sand when the tide is out and the dogs can run for miles. When the tide is in there is a lengthy promenade extending from Seaforth to Hall Road.

28th Mar 2016

North East coast has some of the best in the country

28th Mar 2016
Customer Since: December 2014
From: Essex, United Kingdom

Hengistbury Head, Christchurch, Hampshire. Open for dogs all year round

29th Mar 2016

Cefn Sidan beach, west of Swansea is superb. 7 miles of pure white sand.

29th Mar 2016

Northumberland has many uninterrupted sandy beaches. 7-mile stretch between Cresswell and Amble has sand dunes too, with a very nice dog-friendly cafe, and is part National Trust.

29th Mar 2016
Customer Since: September 2012
From: Norfolk, United Kingdom

Brancaster beach is close to Holkam, Norfolk. This amazing beach gives huge stretches of sand when the tide goes out - ideal for those energetic dogs and the parking is a whole lot cheaper than Holkham (Holkham beach is owned by the Holkham Estate ££££££) Enjoy !!

30th Mar 2016

This is really useful. A big thank you to all those who kindly shared their knowledge of beaches friendly to dogs.

Does anyone know of such beaches in Essex and times they can be used?

Thanks. Barbara

8th Jun 2016

Great post and interesting topic. I've been doing more of this lately and like the tips for getting the most out of the day too. Frozen dog treats was a new one for me (saw this at http://dogtime.com/dog-health/general/5949-dog-friendly-beaches).

26th May 2018
Customer Since: July 2011
From: Wiltshire, United Kingdom

Pembrey Sands in South Wales has a huge expanse of beautiful beach for dogs. There is a banned area, but the beach is huge and plenty of free space for the dogs to run.

26th May 2018
Customer Since: June 2015
From: Argyll and Bute, United Kingdom

The Cowal Peninsula: no restrictions on dog access, fabulous beaches with not another person (or dog) in sight, views to the mountains, only about an hour from Glasgow - what more could you want?!

26th May 2018
Customer Since: October 2015
From: Merseyside, United Kingdom

Great to see Liverpool Formby and Northumberland (beaches to die for) here.
I'd like to say Wirral is a great place for dogs. We have miles of beach and adjacent country park walks from New Brighton all the way to West Kirby. (5miles ish)
It's tidal and important to watch what is happening and check tide times as you can get cut off.

28th May 2018
Customer Since: February 2013
From: Cornwall, United Kingdom

"The finest beach for dogs by far, is a beach that's known as Par, Miles of sand with grass inshore no dog could ever ask for more. " Par beach near St. Austell. Cornwall -
- Poem by Oliver (American spaniel)

30th May 2018
Customer Since: October 2017
From: Manchester , United Kingdom

Formby beach was lovely for the dogs go early if possible did get busy towards late afternoon lovely beach with sand dunes next to a national trust park so either great for dogs 🐾🐾

11th Jun 2018
Customer Since: June 2013
From: West Dunbartonshire, United Kingdom

Lunan Bay south of Montrose in Angus and St Cyrus in Aberdeenshire are within 15 miles of each other and great for dogs

11th Jun 2018
Customer Since: April 2018
From: Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Great post

11th Jun 2018
Customer Since: May 2018
From: Sutherland , United Kingdom

The Scottish Highlands have beautiful long sandy beaches.Try Dornoch beach or Embo both on the East Coast

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