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Top 10 Dog-Friendly Beaches In The UK

Fed up at home? Feeling uninspired with your dog walks? We get it. But lockdown doesn’t mean we can’t plan our adventures for when we’re free to explore the countryside again. It might even help us to appreciate the British landscape even more than we do already! So to help you get started, we’ve collated a list of the top 10 dog friendly beaches in the UK. Treat yourself and your pup to the seaside air and browse our selection of the best beaches that allow dogs in the UK.

10 Of The Best Beaches That Allow Dogs

1. St Bees, Cumbria
Rugged cliff views, family friendly and suitable for dogs… sounds ideal, right? St Bees Beach in Cumbria offers just that. The Lake District is famous for its lakes and mountains, but its coastline is equally as appealing. Awarded with an ENCAMS Seaside Award for its cleanliness, this beach is perfect for a family day out with your pooch. Keep the kids entertained at the playground or exploring the rockpools and treat yourself to a Hartley’s ice cream for a mid-afternoon energy boost.
Facilities include:
• Toilets
• Parking
• Café
• Slipways

2. Westward Ho! Devon
A proud owner of the blue flag status for over 15 years, Westward Ho! Beach in North Devon is a safe haven for you, your family and your pup to explore. At 2.5km long, you’ll be able to find the perfect private spot to pitch up, without encroaching on anyone else’s space. And don’t forget to take a snap of your family in front of the picturesque beach huts for a classic British holiday photograph!
Facilities include:
• Lifeguard
• Slipway
• Toilets a short walk away in the local town

3. Rhossili Bay Beach, Swansea
If you’re looking for a light sandy beach with plenty of space to blow off some steam, Rhossili Bay could be the perfect beach for you. Described as ‘The supermodel of British beaches’ by the Independent, this beach provides a variety of things to do while adventuring there. Consider yourself a bit of a ‘twitcher’? Best bring your binoculars to Rhossili Bay as a variety of different birds can be spotted nesting in the cliffs – for more on this, check out our guide to the most common garden birds. And you can head on a walk up the cliffs where you might even catch a glimpse of dolphins and whales in the waters!
Facilities include:
• Parking
• Toilets
• Café
• Visitor centre

These can all be found in the local Rhossili village just 250 metres away from the beach.

4. Runswick Bay, Yorkshire
Arguably one of the most charming dog friendly beaches in the UK, Runswick Bay in Yorkshire is a sight for sore eyes. Considered a haven for artists, this cute little seaside spot boasts a whole host of fun activities for all the family – from rock pooling to fossil hunting. Explore along the coast with your furry friend and discover the many Hob Holes that reside there, said to be home to hobgoblins throughout history…
Facilities include:
• Parking
• Café
• Pub
• Toilets
• Campsite

5. Balnakeil Beach, Highlands
Turquoise blue waters and bright white sand usually belong to the Caribbean – but you can also find them in the Highlands! Although sunshine isn’t guaranteed, Balnakeil beach doesn’t fail to stun its visitors. This is one of the best dog friendly beaches with dreamlike views on top. It’s a wild beach so facilities are limited, but restrictions are too, so you and your pup can run free at this coastal paradise.

6. Porthmeor Beach, Cornwall
A stone’s throw away from St Ives, Porthmeor is a popular sandy beach perfect for an outing with your pooch. After having a paddle in the water, why not treat yourself to a spot of tea and a bite to eat at the beach café? Then you can sit back and watch the waves wash over the shore from the outdoor seating area for a bit of respite.
Facilities include:
• Lifeguard cover
• Parking
• Café

7. Kingsgate Bay, Kent
For geographical features and a touch of history, head to Kingsgate Bay in Kent. Sheltered by tall white chalk cliffs, discover some of the best sea caves in the country at this beach. What’s more, if you look back towards the southern end of the beach, you won’t miss Kingsgate Castle looming over the shore from the cliffs.
Facilities include:
• Parking
• Beach hut hire
• Café
• Pub

8. Bamburgh Castle Beach, Northumberland
If dramatic, gothic views are your thing – check out Bamburgh Castle Beach. This is one of the best dog friendly sandy beaches for long, wind-swept rambles with your pup – and a slice of history too! The castle has recently opened its doors for our doggy friends, so you can all explore the magnificent grounds together. What’s more, the Northumbrian coastline boasts some fantastic views, so be sure to take your camera too! Fan of Harry Potter? Alnwick Castle is just around the corner, where they filmed lots of scenes in the first two films of the magical franchise.
Facilities include:
• Parking
• Toilets
• Café

9. St Anne’s Beach, Lancashire
This bustling beach is spot on for a fun family day out. Home to a Victorian seaside town, there’s plenty to explore at St Anne’s Beach in Lytham. If you travel south along the coast, you’ll come across a selection of lakes, restaurants and even a place to grab some traditional fish and chips! What a treat!
Facilities include:
• Parking
• Toilets
• Café

10. Luskentyre Beach, Isle of Harris
Located on the remote Isle of Harris, Luskentyre beach is one of the most magical dog friendly beaches in the UK. Here you’ll find miles of glistening white sand and bright turquoise waters for you and your four-legged friend to explore. Eerily quiet, this beach is perfect for a serene stroll with some of the most spectacular views that the UK has to offer.
Facilities include:
• Toilets
• Parking

And that concludes our list of the top 10 dog friendly beaches in the UK! So whether you live near any of these locations or you fancy a road trip, make sure you have all the dog accessories you need to have a smooth and successful adventure.

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