Top 10 dog friendly beaches in the UK

Pet friendly, Nature

Posted by Emma on 28th February 2019

With miles of sandy beaches and endless waves for leaping through, it’s no wonder dogs love going to the beach. The UK is home to some of the best beaches in the world but not all of them welcome dogs.

We’ve put together a list of the top 10 dog-friendly beaches in the UK coast so when you and your four-legged friend are planning a holiday, you can make sure salty paws and toes are on the itinerary.

1. Sandymouth, Cornwall


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The huge expanse of sandy beach at Sandymouth in North Cornwall welcomes dogs all year round. Easily accessible with good parking and facilities, this is a great spot for a long leisurely walk or a fun-filled day at the beach. Coastal walks along the cliff path in both directions can also be accessed from Sandymouth and the views from the top are simply stunning.

For salty sea dogs, the beach is a popular surf spot (just watch out for unexposed rocks as the tide comes in). The dog-friendly cafe is a must-visit for a warming hot chocolate after a blustery walk.

Where to stay?

Valley View – Woodford

This stunning converted chapel is just under 4 miles from Sandymouth beach, and welcomes one four-pawed pal, too.

2. Perranporth, Cornwall

Perranporth beach, also in North Cornwall, is also dog-friendly all year round and offers 3 miles of golden sands. Dogs on holiday during July and August need to be kept on a lead between 10am and 5pm.

Also a popular surfing spot, sea dogs can dip their paws in the natural open-air pool at low tide. Plus, there’s plenty of waterfront restaurants and pubs where you can enjoy a treat with your hound by your side.

Where to stay?

Blue Bay, Perranporth

Just half a mile’s walk from the beach, this super-stylish holiday home boasts stunning sea views which can be enjoyed from the private hot tub. Two of your canine chums are welcome, too.

3. Westward Ho!, Devon

Westward Ho! in North Devon is doggy heaven, offering miles and miles of open sand to run on, shallow water to swim in and plenty of dog bins. Even when restrictions are in place during the summer months, there is still a huge area of beach and grassland for dogs to enjoy known locally as ‘The Burrows’. Here ponies and sheep roam freely so doggy guests must be on their best behaviour or on a lead.

Wander into Westward Ho! where your dog will be warmly welcomed in many of the pubs and cafes. Or head to the cliffs to find the South West Coast Path where you can wander to your heart’s content.

Where to stay?

Jeff’s Bay, Westward Ho!

This luxury, contemporary property is named after the owner’s dog – Jeff. It welcomes up to three of your pedigree chums (plus eight humans) and is just 500 metres – and a scramble over the pebble ridge – from the beach.

4. Babbacombe, Devon


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Babbacombe beach in South Devon is a small sheltered shingle and sand beach, great for a quiet walk with your four-legged friend. There is a small car park nearby and slipway access to the beach. Dogs are welcome all year round and there is a cafe/pub within walking distance.

Next door is Oddicombe beach, Babbacombe’s nosier neighbour with attractive red sand but no dog access during the summer – so it’s perfect for an off-season visit.

Where to stay?

Falcon View, Torquay

Welcoming two dogs, this stunning Grade II-listed Victorian villa enjoys views over Torquay and is less than 2.5 miles from Babbacombe beach – a perfect distance for a dog walk.

5. Berrow, Somerset

Part of a 7-mile stretch of sand running from Burnham-on-Sea to Brean Down, Berrow Beach is one of Somerset’s most picturesque beaches. Its flat wide sands, backed by sand dunes, make it a very pleasant place for walking. Avoid the shoreline at low tide where a dangerous area of soft sand and mud is exposed.

The west-facing beach is the place to visit for some spectacular sunsets – so come in the evening to make the most of the views. At low tide, you might spot the wreck of MV Nornen, a Norwegian Barque which ran aground here in 1897.

Where to stay?

Dunes Edge, Berrow

This beautifully presented period property sleeps eight humans and two dogs, with the beach at Berrow less than a mile’s walk away.

6. Holkham Bay, Norfolk

Part of the Holkham Estate, this is one Norfolk's most unspoilt and beautiful beaches. Here you could walk for absolutely miles along pristine golden sands with your pooch. At low tide, the sea pulls back revealing the untouched sands with the water, often almost half a mile away, which makes a great short stroll if your pooch likes to paddle.

You can walk as far or as little as you like at Holkham. Head east and you can walk all the way to Wells-next-to-Sea or west will take you to Burnham Overy Staithe, both of which offer refreshments for guests both two-legged and four.

Where to stay?

Sleepers The Sidings, Burnham Overy Staithe

Sleeping up to seven humans and two dogs, this spacious and attractive holiday home is just over 4 miles from Holkham Bay, within the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

7. Milford-on-Sea, Hampshire

Visit Milford-on-Sea in Bournemouth, Hampshire and find a long shingle beach backed by low cliffs and lined by colourful, characteristic beach huts. One of the few all-year-round dog-friendly beaches in Hampshire, Milford-on-Sea is popular with locals and visitors alike. Parking and toilet facilities are nearby as well as a cafe. The beach backs on to a nature reserve and the Land Fouling Act is enforced so carry your poop bags as always.

When you’ve walked all you can walk, the small town offers a range of dog-friendly cafes and pubs. Or walk to Hurst Castle where you can enjoy panoramic sea views with your four-legged friend.

Where to stay?

Joyful Cottage, Lymington

This charming character cottage is a cosy base for exploring the beach at Milford-on-Sea, just half a mile away, with up to two dogs welcome.

8. Lepe Country Park, Hampshire


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Lepe Country Park in Hampshire, offers acres of beach and woodland walks for you and your dog. There is no entrance fee to the park as you only pay for parking. Walk along the cliffs or beach for fantastic views towards the Isle of Wight and see the many boats sail across the horizon. Also on-site are a children’s play area and a cafe.

Follow the signs to the dog-friendly section of the beach during the summer season and make sure to read about the history of the beach during World War Two.

Where to stay?

Old Telephone Exchange, Beaulieu

This charming cottage is the perfect bolthole for a romantic break for two, along with your four-pawed pal. Situated in the New Forest National Park, it’s also just 8.5 miles from Lepe Country Park.

9. Little Quay (Cei Bach), Ceredigion


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You can enjoy views out to the Cardigan Bay from this sheltered sand and shingle beach which is around 1.5 miles away from New Quay. Visit in the evening for the spectacular sunsets – and you may even spot dolphins and seals from the shore.  

New Quay itself has a wide range of pubs, restaurants and cafes as well as independent shops and galleries, making it a great destination for a Welsh break with your canine companion.

Where to stay?

Seafields - Ger Y Mor, New Quay

This former sweet shop has been lovingly updated to sleep six humans and one pup, only half a mile from Little Quay beach.

10. Climping, Sussex

Climping beach near Littlehampton in Sussex is a great place for a quiet stroll. Popular with surfers, this Area of Scientific Interest is partly a nature reserve and was the filming location for two episodes of Dr Who in 1967 and 1975.

Also worth exploring are the towns of Chichester, Bognor Regis and Worthing, all within 11 miles while the South Downs National Park, 5 miles away, also offers miles of walks to be enjoyed with your hound.

Where to stay?

Chenies, Middleton on Sea

Welcoming up to 16 guests, plus one more of the four-legged variety, this 1930s property is the ideal base for exploring the south coast, with Climping beach just 3.5 miles away.

We have a huge range of dog-friendly properties across the UK. Our dog-friendly cottages often have enclosed gardens, beaches nearby and plenty of walking routes. Browse our dog-friendly cottages to find the perfect one for you and your dog.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.