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Best UK beaches for dogs

Travel expert Lucy Tittle, community manager at easyCar Club, has given her insights on the best beaches to visit with your dog.

Summer is officially here and the beaches are fun place to walk with your four-legged friend. Remember to avoid the hottest parts of the day and take lots of fresh water.

Cornwall

If you have your heart set on a day out that involves a scamper on the sand then head to England’s South-West peninsula. Cornwall has some of the most dog-friendly beaches in the UK - over fifty more than second place Pembrokeshire!

Sandymouth is National Trust owned and is, apart from a pebbled back, very sandy! Dogs are welcome if kept under control and the beach can be accessed by a nice walk down farm tracks from the nearby car park. The sands are sheltered by cliffs making the beach a perfect spot for a picnic.

If you and your hound are more into a sit down meal after a frolic on the shores, then Holywell might be the beach for you. Dogs are allowed on the beach and there’s not one but two dog-friendly pubs – St Piran’s Inn which has a terrace over looking the bay and a quaint, 13th Century thatched pub called The Treguth Inn. If you like an activity to break up your day, head to Trebarwith Strands Beach where dogs are permitted all year. When you and your canine friend are tired of games and wave chasing, head to Tintagel Castle nearby - thought to be the birth place of King Arthur - where dogs are free to explore on leads.

A couple walk on the beach along Daymer Bay, with their four dogs playing in the water.

A couple walk on the beach along Daymer Bay, with their four dogs playing in the water. Credit: VisitEngland

Dorset

Durdle Door Beach is one of the most breathtaking locations in Dorset due to its beautiful arch-shaped limestone rock formation. Fortunately dog-lovers need not miss out on seeing this famous part of the Jurassic Coast as dogs are allowed to enjoy the beach on lead all year round. The gently sloping beach is also perfect for sunbathing (if the weather permits) – just remember water and a wind breaker to keep your furry friend cool!

Durdle Door, Wareham

Durdle Door, Wareham Credit: VisitEngland

Northumberland

The landscapes, historic sites, flora and fauna of Northumberland are all fantastic, but nothing could be better than exploring them with your faithful hound at your side. Go for a beach walk with a difference to Lindisfarne Priory. Located on Holy Island, the priory can be accessed twice a day by a walk across the freshly uncovered sand. Dogs are welcome inside the building if kept on a lead and the island is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic with a panoramic view.

If you’re in Northumberland on a Sunday, make sure to take your dog to gorgeous Alnmouth beach. Pooches are free to enjoy the whole area restriction free and The Red Lion pub (dog-friendly) serves up a marvellous roast to windswept and hungry beach-goers.

Sandcastle on Alnmouth beach, Northumberland

Sandcastle on Alnmouth beach, Northumberland. Credit: VisitEngland

Wales

Pembrokeshire is a county of dog lovers and, for the large part, Fido will be welcome on their beaches and in their pubs and cafes.

For active holiday makers and their pups there is Traeth Mawr beach and Carningli mountain. There are also plenty of dog poo bins, so your trip won’t be haunted by any lingering smells!

Carmarthenshire is also a welcoming doggie destination with gardens, museums, castles and even steam trains that allow man’s best friend. Park up at Pembrey Country Park and scamper through the forest and down to the dunes of Cefn Sidan. At Ferryside beach not only are there no dog restrictions, but also the dog-friendly fish and chip shop that provides water bowls for thirsty tail-waggers.

Pembrokeshire_Coast

Pembrokeshire Coast. Credit: VisitBritain