Is there anything better than taking a trip to the beach with your furry best friend?
Sure, you might have to deal with the the headache of extra sand in your car, and a damp dog if they decide to take a dip in the ocean. But with the right towel at hand, and a sunny weather forecast, a day at the beach can be an amazing way to make some memories with your pup.
If you’re planning an excursion during the warmer months of the year, we’ve got you covered. We’re listing some of the best dog friendly beaches to visit across the UK this year.
All of these beaches have been chosen for their ability to cater to furry friends.
Cornwall is home to a wide range of dog friendly beaches, from Lantic bay, all the way to Prussia Cove beach. Here are some of our favourite picks to visit:
Located next to Watergate Bay, this dog-friendly beach has plenty of sand to run around on, even when tides are high. It’s also a quiet beach compared to some locations.
Popular among surfers and pooches alike, the Gwenver beach is a great place to let your dog run free. The long flights of steps down to the coast might be a workout for you, but they’ll be easy for your dog.
Cumbria is a brilliant place to visit with your pet, thanks to endless hiking spaces, walking locations, and beautiful lake district parks. If you’re looking for an amazing dog-friendly beach, try one of these:
One of the most popular beaches for dogs in West Cumbria, this quiet and attractive location will give your pooch plenty of room to stretch his legs. You can check out some stunning views and soak up the sun in the Summer.
St Bees Beach:
Another of the most popular dog-friendly beaches in Cumbria, this is the place to be if you’re looking for other pets to make friends with.
This beautiful pebble peach is a good choice if you’re looking for something with less sand to get stuck to your dog’s fur. There’s an abundance of space to explore.
Durdle Door West and East Beach:
This beach is best knownf or it’s memorable rocky arch doorway. One of the most beautiful beaches in the UK, this is the perfect place to snap some pictures with your pooch.
East Riding of Yorkshire
One of the top sandy beach locations in Yorkshire, Hunmanby gaps is full of places to run for dogs, and relaxing spots for humans. It’s only £5 for all-day parking too.
A firm favorite for dog walkers everywhere, Fraisthyorpe beach is part of Bridlington Bay, and it’s open to dogs all year round. Check the tide times before visiting, as they can get a little high if you’re not careful.
Probably the best coastal spot in Easy Sussex, Camber sands is a golden sand destination with a shallow sides, ideal for dogs keen to start paddling.
The expansive beach of Broomhill sands is an excellent location for dog walkers. The gradually scoping waters and endless open space for running are sure to appeal to your pooch. Check the tide timetable before you visit though.
The most eastern inhabitated island of the UK, Mersea east beach is open to dogs all year round. The council does ask you to keep your dogs on a leash in the summer season, however. There are plenty of cliff path walks nearby too.
Next to Jaywick’s Martello tower, the western side of this beach is open to dogs who want to roam free without a lead all year-round. If you visit the east side of the tower in the height of summer, there are a few more restrictions around dogs.
Lee on Solent:
Ideal for a visit in the Spring or Summer months, this location has grassy areas, sand, and an easy walkway where you can relax between periods of rock pooling and splashing. Make sure you keep your dog’s towel on hand, just in case.
If you’re looking for a relaxing shingle beach, Milford-on-Sea is a great choice. You’ll have plenty of access to sheltered beach cafes, as well as a great view out across the water when you’re walking. There’s also 16th century castle.
Isle of Wight
Bembridge is a great location for rock pooling, and ice cream. You’ll find plenty of room for dogs to run free, and fun activities for children too. The beach has a fun and laidback atmosphere, as well as plenty of live music in Summer.
A hidden gem of a seatown beach, Lccumb is the dog-friendly beach closest to Shanklin Chine. The slightly out-of-the-way location means it’s a good choice if your dog is a little nervous around other people. This secleded cove is a must-see for dog owners.
Palm Bay Beach:
Take a walk across the coastal path at Palm Bay Beach. The path, located between the cliffs might be hard to find at first, but once you get down it, you’ll find a beautiful sandy beach to explore. Take a bottle of water for the trip.
Best-known for it’s white chalk cliffs, the Kingsgate Bay Sea Arch, and countless sea caves, this is a fantastic sand and pebble beach to visit with your dog. Just make sure you’re prepared for a steep path to lead down into the beach.
This beautiful beach was named one of the top 50 dog friendly beaches in the UK, ideal if you’re looking for excellent water quality, great sand, and smaller summer crowds. There are two promenades, friendly spots to hang out with other pups, and plenty of parking.
Half Moon Bay:
This idyllic spot, around 30 minutes away from the Lancashire Holiday park, Half moon Bay is packed with rock pools, sand, and plenty of grassy areas where dogs can run and play. There’s alsoa headland nearby for stunning views.
Situated byetween Formby and Southport, Ainsdale beach forms a beautiful part of a long, wide stretch of sandy scenery. This beach is a great place to visit if you’re looking to take part in some kite-based activities too.
Located north of Crosby, Blundell Sands is one of the most affluent areas in Merseyside, with it’s own promenade, as well as a range of sand dunes for dogs to explore. Make sure you check out the life-size cast iron sculptures.
The north of the Suffolk coast tends to be the most popular destination for dog owners. Kessingland is one of the nicest beaches to visit all year around, with sand and shingle to enjoy.
Gunton Denese Beach:
Once a nudist beach, the Gunton Denese beach in Suffolk revoked it’s naturist status in 2009, leaving nothing but a mix of sand and water to explore. Though this beach can be a little breazy, the stretch of sound is ideal for doggy legs.
Tyne and Wear
Amble links Beach:
A popular spots for pooches and their owners in Tyne and Wear, Amble Links Beach is a seven-mile beach full of rocks, sand and shingles. There’s plenty of space to roam here, making it one of the best coastal walks for dogs and nature lovers.
Located in Berwick Upon Tweed, Little beach is a popular pick among both dog walkers and bird lovers. You’ll be sure to see some interesting wildlife when you’re talking your afternoon walk, including butterflies to chase.
This National Trust sand-sdune habitate is an excellent example of natural and wild coastal beauty in West Sussex. The location welcomes dogs and their pet parents all around the year, but you do need to keep them on a lead for the wildlife’s sake.
A romantic location, and one of the 100 best dog-friendly beaches in the world, Weste Wittering is a great place for picnics, building sand castles, and running with four legged visitors. The main swimming areas do request for dogs to be kept away during the peak months, however.
Small but beautiful, Ballyhalber is a kilometer-long beach in Northern Ireland with a pebble and rock section. There’s a low tide and plenty of flat sand for dogs to explore. Many visitors love this attractive beach for its fishing spots too.
An award-winning sandy beach, Murlough is a five-long golden sand location just underneath the Mourne mountains, the winds can be a little strong here, but there’s also a 6000-year-old system of sand dunes to explore, home to a range of diverse animal dn plant life.
This small sandy beach is located just on the doorstop of the Millisle village. The beach forms a unique natural seawater lagoon, perfect for swimming. There’s also an open-air pool located alongside the sand.
Located on the Isle of Mull, Langamull beach is one of the best dog-frierndly beaches on Scotland’s west coast. This stunning strip of white-shell sand has been described as the Caribbean of the mull. You do need to travel a little while to get here though.
Mellon Udrigle Beach:
Slightly away from the beaten track, and backed by dunes, the Mellon Udrigle beach is one of the top locations in the west of Scotland. The clear shallow water is cgreat for beach games and doggy paddling. The silver sand is great for digging too.
Take a trip to Sailcoats beach and enjoy a game of fetch on the wide stretch of sand. This Northern beach olocation boasts amazing views to the mountains of Arran. You can also see the ruins of the Ardrossan castle here.
If your beach road trip takes you all the way to Wales, stop off at the Cwm Colhuw beach at Llantwit Major, the Value of Glamorgan. This sandy spot is full of rugged cliffs, rock pools, and sandy locations. There’s also plenty of butterflies to chase.
Ideal for a slightly breezy dog walking experience, the Pathor beach at Aberdaron is a great destination during the cooler months in the year. Restrictions are placed on dog walking opportunities during the summer months, but you can access the coastal path all year around.
Cilborth is a Seaside award-winning beach located to the north of Llangrannog. This is one of the most specatacular parts of the Credigion region in Wales, with a secluded cove section, rock pools,a nd caves to explore.
Plan Your Next Dog-Friendly Beach Trip
Wherever you’re visiting throughout the UK, you’re sure to find a host of stunning beaches to enjoy and explore with man’s best friend. We recommend taking the time to check the tide schedule for any beach you plan on visiting. Make sure you’re aware of your parking options too, as some locations are more expensive than others.
It’s also best to visit your pooch-friendly beach prepares. Take plenty of bags for picking up dog waste, so you don’t ruin the visit for anyone else. If you’re planning on letting your dog take the plunge and enjoy some seaside swimming, make sure you have an ultra-absorbant towel on hand too, so you can avoid any unwanted dog smells on the car ride home.