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Best dog friendly walks and beaches.
Who doesn’t love to be beside the sea? We’re blessed here in Britain to have so much coastline to explore. But with summer restrictions and high tides, you may be wondering which seafront is the best option for walkies with your hound. Especially when you’re on holiday.
We’ve pulled together six of our favourite dog friendly beaches, from North Wales to Newquay. Did we miss your favourite? Be sure to share your top spot with us on social using #MINIxDOGS.
Crosby Beach, North West England.
Crosby Beach, positioned just north of Liverpool, stretches around two and a half miles along the North-West coast.
Complete with sand dunes and salty air, this seafront is the perfect spot for a weekend amble or to stop and watch the ships sail out to the Irish Sea. Enjoy it all year round with your hound, as there are no summer restrictions here. Don’t forget to get a snap with one of Anthony Gormley’s cast-iron figures found dotted along the beach.
Pentraeth Beach, North Wales
Looking for dog friendly beaches in North Wales? Here’s one we love. Pentraeth Beach’s charm comes from its calm. Head here with your hound to get away from it all, and wander along the quiet sand and shingle shoreline. Found on the nature reserve, Red Wharf Bay, Pentraeth Beach is packed with fascinating waterfowl, so you’ll need to remind your furry friend to respect the wildlife and keep them on a lead.
The tide can come in quickly here, so be sure to check those tide times to make sure you’re not caught short.
Louisa Bay, Broadstairs, Kent
Along Louisa Bay you’ll find a small but stunning beach, just a stone’s throw from Broadstairs vibrant – and very popular – Viking Bay. It’s the perfect spot for rock-pooling, good sniffs, and a peaceful stroll away from the crowds. And if your dog’s a bit of a water baby, then they’ll be able to take a dip as the water’s suitable for swimming.
Dogs will need to be kept on a lead from 10am-6pm between May and September. If you’re keen to let your pooch loose then head down towards Dumpton Gap, which is just a short walk down the coastline, where dogs are welcome off their lead all year round.
Watergate Bay, near Newquay, Cornwall
Dog friendly beaches near Newquay are hard to come by, but pups are welcome along the golden sands of Watergate Bay all year. Which is great news for anyone who loves a stroll down the Cornish coast.
Located just a 15 minute drive from Newquay, this stunning beach stretches more than two miles. And when the tide’s low, there’s more than two miles of beach to explore. It picks up the sway of the Atlantic Ocean which makes it a popular spot for bodyboarders, but maybe best to keep pups at paddling depth.
Long Sands North, Tynemouth, North East England
Long Sands is one of the most popular spots in the North East during the summer months, and it’s easy to see why. Long stretches of picture-perfect sand and met by crisp, clean waters (well, until muddy paws sort that out).
Whether you visit this Blue Flag award-winning beach in the height of summer or the depths of winter, your dog will be welcome to accompany you. All pooches are welcome at the northern end of the beach all year but be mindful of dog bans on the southern end and towards Cullercoats.