10 of the UK’s Best Dog Friendly Beaches

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Get some sand between your paws!

There’s nothing like a bit of sand between your paws, and you don’t have to head abroad with your hound to be beside the seaside. From the sun drenched Cornish coast to the dramatically rugged  shores of Scotland, there’s plenty of beautiful beaches for a playful pup (and person) to soak it all up.


RHOSSILI BAY – GOWER – WALES 

Rhossili Bay Gower Beach dog friendly

It’s not hard to see why this breathtaking expanse of Welsh coastline was voted the best beach in Britain and third best in Europe. Rhossili Bay, the three mile stretch of sandy beach at the end of the Gower Peninsula is the ultimate dog-friendly delight – perfect for a good long run and an amazing place to take in the spectacular views.


GAIRLOCH BEACH – SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

Gairloch Beach , dog friendly

Set against the dramatic backdrop of the North East Scottish coastline is the breathtaking Gairloch Beach. Surrounded by rugged mountains, the sheltered and secluded bay is the perfect place to enjoy with your faithful friend. Take in spectacular views of the islands, as well as the stunning Scottish sunsets from the West.


GORING BEACH – WORTHING – WEST SUSSEX

Goring Beach - Worthing, West Sussex dog Friendly

Situated about half an hour west of Brighton and only a short trip from London, Goring Beach in Worthing on the South coast is the perfect place to spend a day soaking up some rays with your pooch.


PERRANPORTH BEACH & PERRAN SANDS – CORNWALL

Perranporth Beach Dog Friendly Cornwall

Surrounded by steep Cornish cliffs, these two stretches of stunning beach on the North Cornwall coast provide miles of golden sand for plenty of canine adventures. After a hard day’s play, you and your hound can enjoy a well deserved drink at the The Watering Hole, the UK’s only bar on the beach.

*Dogs must be on a lead from 9am-5pm in July and August at both beaches.


LITTLESTONE BEACH – NEW ROMNEY – KENT

Littlestone Beach - New Romney, Kent, dog friendly

Head to the beautiful Kent coastline in South East England for a day of fun and frolics at Littlestone Beach. For thirsty hounds and humans, visit one of the many dog friendly pubs in New Romney for a spot of lunch or to wet your whistle.


HENGISTBURY WEST BEACH – BOURNEMOUTH

Hengistbury West Beach dog friendly

Pack a picnic and enjoy a day at this pretty stretch of Dorset coastline. Dogs are allowed all year round with plenty of room for a run.


BALMEDIE BEACH – ABBERDEEN

Balmedie Beach, Aberdeen dog friendly

Spend the day exploring five miles of stunning sand dunes at beautiful Balmedie beach off the coast of Aberdeen. Take in the sweeping views and sounds of the birds over-head, or for some Summer action, you can hire a beach barbecue from April to September.


BURNHAM BEACH – BURNHAM ON SEA – SOMERSET

Burnham beach burnham on sea dog friendly

Dogs can dart about all year round on this glorious six mile stretch of beach along the Somerset coastline. Keep your eyes peeled for the wreckage of Norwegian vessel, the SS Norman which was shipwrecked after a howling gale up the Bristol channel in 1897. The good news is that the crew, including their dogs were all rescued!


EXMOUTH BEACH – DEVON

Exmouth Beach devon dog friendly

Exmouth Beach on the beautiful Devon coast is the perfect spot for a dog day out. Enjoy a run along the stunning sandy beach or have a spot of lunch in the pretty town.

*Dogs are welcome all year on parts of the beach and on the main beach from October to the end of April.


SNETTISHAM BEACH – KINGS LYNN – NORFOLK

Snettisham Beach - Kings Lynn, Norfolk , dog friendly

Located on Norfolk’s ‘sunset coastline’, Snettisham Beach is is the only beach in Norfolk that faces west, so you’re guaranteed an amazing view as the sun goes down. With no restrictions at any time of year, dogs can run about to their heart’s content at this lovely location.

Does you dog love the beach? Share some of your favourite dog-friendly beaches with us in the comments below!

2 Comments

  • Reply January 1, 2014

    Mark

    We usually find our dog friendly beaches on http://www.thepetguide.co.uk but after reading this I am looking forward to visiting Perranporth Beach at the weekend with the dogs (even if it is supposed to be raining!)

    • Reply January 2, 2014

      Sara

      Thanks Mark – we hope you and your pooch enjoyed it! (despite the weather)

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