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Top dog friendly beaches in Cornwall, Gower and beyond

Top dog friendly beaches in Cornwall, Gower and beyond
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Summer is a great time to be a dog owner – walks in the morning light and warm evenings socialising with fellow pet owners makes spending time with your pet even more special.

However, there are also extra considerations that pet owners need to take into account when out and about with their pet. Issues such as how to deal with scorching weather or grass seed infections are things that every pet owner should know.

So, with you and your pet able to enjoy the summer months safely, there is no reason not to get out and enjoy this brilliant time of year – and where better to do so than at the beach?

Here are five of Petplan’s favourite dog-friendly beaches from all across the UK…

 Before you take your dog out to a new place – especially somewhere with plenty of potential hazards such as a beach – there are some things that need to be considered…

Make sure you keep your dog on a leash. As all pet owners know, dogs can run off if excited or anxious. Make sure you keep your dog on a leash (especially when walking along cliffs) and only let them off when you are in a safe environment where they can’t come to any harm.

Check the tide times. This is something all people, whether they have a pet or not, should check out before going to the beach. Tides can come in very quickly and trap people and animals on exposed areas. Ensure you know when the tides come in and go out so you can plan your trip safely.

Give your pet a thorough clean after your visit. Everyone knows how dirty they can feel after a day at the beach – so imagine what it’s like for your dog. Give them a thorough clean when you get home and pay special attention to their paws, where any remaining salt and sand can cause damage.

Now here are the beaches...

Penhale Sands Beach, north Cornwall

Located on the north coast of Cornwall, Penhale Sands is the perfect place to take your dog on a warm summer day.

The sandy beach is more than four miles square and can be accessed by car or by talking a stroll along the South West Coast Path that runs through the sand dunes.

As it is one of the few beaches in the area that allow dogs all-year-round, it is always teeming with fellow dog owners and their pets so you and your dog will not be short of company on this beautiful beach.


Rhossili Bay Beach, Gower

Regularly voted amongst the most beautiful beaches in Europe, Rhossili Bay at the far tip of the Gower Peninsular, also has the added benefit of allowing dogs on it throughout the summer.

There is a fairly strenuous set of steps to negotiate to get down to the beach itself, but the expansive beach is well worth the effort, as its isolated location means it’s never crowed despite its reputation.

For those dog walkers who are keen to avoid the steps, a walk along the top of the cliffs along to Worm’s Head provides a gentle stroll that still produces stunning views and a revitalizing hit of fresh sea air.

View of Rhossili Bay, Gower

Kingsgate Bay, Broadstairs

Located between the far more famous and, as a result, far more busy, Margate and Ramsgate, Kingsgate Bay is a beautiful little beach at the very far end of Kent.

Dogs are allowed during the summer months, and the white chalk cliffs with some fine sea caves mean there is plenty to keep you and your pet entertained.

Lunan Bay, Arbroath

Located on the east coast of Scotland, Lunan Bay is amongst the most beautiful beaches in Scotland and the perfect place to take your dog for a day out – regardless of the weather.

The beach is located in beautiful countryside, and provides the perfect focal point for a weekend getaway, thanks to an abundancy of cottages and homes to rent in the Arbroath region.

Flanked by sand dunes and small cliffs, Lunan Bay allows you and your pet to completely get away from the stresses of daily life and spend some quality time enjoying the summer weather.

Lunan Bay at sunset, Scotland

Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear

The North East has plenty of great beaches and Whitley Bay is amongst the best.

Harking back to the glory days of the British seaside resort, the beach allows dogs all-year-round and provides plenty of activities for families – including an aquarium, lots of places to sit and relax with an ice cream and a lovely promenade to stroll down with your dog.

It’s a Blue Flag award-winning beach and has ample parking, making it a perfect destination for a day trip.

Where are your favourite beaches to take your dog? Let us know your tips and stories below… 

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Christine Baelz
please add Lytham St Annes to the list. St Annes beach, in particular is stunning - we walk it daily - aren't we lucky ?!
Hi Christine, St Anne’s beach looks wonderful! I hope it’s dog friendly too? Thanks for sharing your top beach with us. We hope you found this article useful. Thanks, Jade
Patricia Jones
Rhossili Bay beach is wonderful. We take our dogs there every year. It's very clean and beautiful. We live in Essex and the nearby beaches are often filthy and covered in rubbish yet they don't allow dogs on them so it's obviously not the dogs that are messing them up !
Peter Morrison
Try Charmouth East beach on the beautiful Jurassic Coast.
Hi PatriciaThank you for your sharing your favourite beach with everyone. If you come across any more please share them with us. Do check back regularly as we post a new blog each week! Many thanks, Jade – the Petplan Team
Hi PeterThank you for sharing this beach with us. It looks lovely! If you come across any more please do let us know.Do check back regularly as we post a new blog each week! Many thanks, Jade – the Petplan Team
Elaine Lloyd
South Beach in Tenby allows dogs all year round, and Tenby itself is really dog friendly. Lots of bars, cafes and restaurants allow them in. Would thoroughly recommend it.
Nicola Smith
Berrow Beach in Somerset, near Burnham on Sea, is great. Dog friendly lovely sandy beach, handy shop and toilets and on beach parking at reasonable cost. West Wittering in Sussex also good. Far end is dog friendly. Parking is dearer than Berrow Beach but not too bad. There is also a shop.
Janet Z
Lytham st Annes (fylde borough council web site) feature the beach areas and other dog friendly walks and cafes on a map on the internet

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