20 Must Visit Dog-Friendly Beaches in the UK
From the golden sands of the Cornish coast to the windswept bays of the Highlands, the UK boasts some of the world’s best beaches. Despite this, few beaches allow dogs all year round. To help you find the best places to take your four-legged friend for a walk, we’ve compiled an expert guide to the best dog-friendly beaches in the UK. We’ve also included wonderful dog-friendly campsites near the beach so you and your canine companion have a place to rest after a long day of exploring.
- Covehithe Beach, Suffolk
- Mundesley Beach, Norfolk
- Old Hunstanton Beach, Norfolk
- Hunmanby Gap, Yorkshire
- Low Newton Beach, Northumberland
- Saltfleetby Theddlethorpe Dunes, Lincolnshire
- Meols Beach, Merseyside
- Ravenglass Beach, Cumbria
- Big Sand, Highlands
- Culzean Beach, Ayrshire
- Longniddry Beach, East Lothian
- Abbots Cliff Beach, Kent
- Norman’s Bay, East Sussex
- Yaverland Beach, Isle of Wight
- Beesands Beach, Devon
- Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset
- Trebarwith Strand, Cornwall
- Broad Haven Beach, Pembrokeshire
- Cilborth Beach, Ceredigion
- Porthdinllaen Beach, Gwynedd
Dog-friendly beaches in East Anglia
Starting our list of dog-friendly beaches is Covehithe Beach which sits on a thinly populated slice of the Suffolk coast. This beautiful beach has sandstone cliffs, golden sand and the glistening waves of the North Sea. Make your way down the marked footpath, through the fields and to the golden dunes of this peaceful beach, where dogs can run around all year round.
Nearest campsite: Kessingland Club Site (10 minutes*).
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Situated on the edge of the Norfolk Coast Area of Natural Beauty, a few miles southeast of Cromer, Mundesley Beach is backed by a raised promenade lined with colourful beach huts. Stretch your legs along the tranquil coastline before taking some time to rest in the pretty clifftop gardens. Dogs are banned from the promenade section of the beach between 1st May and 30th September. However, the rest of the beach is dog-friendly all year round.
Nearest campsite: West Runton Club Site (25 minutes*).
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Another dog-friendly beach in Norfolk is Old Hunstanton Beach. This beach is arguably Norfolk’s most picturesque stretch of coastline, with golden sand, dunes and stunning cliffs. Old Hunstanton Beach is the only part of the East Anglian coastline that faces west.
Nearest campsite: Sandringham Club Site (20 minutes*).
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Dog-friendly beaches in North East
Sitting just 4 miles south of the seaside town of Filey, Hunmanby Gap is very popular among local dog walkers due to its open landscape, sandy beach and the fact that it invites dogs all year round. Situated within Yorkshire’s Flamborough Headland Heritage Coast, Hunmanby Gap boasts a charming café that invites dogs to rest inside and out.
Nearest campsite: Scarborough Club Site (25 minutes*).
Located within walking distance of two of our dog-friendly Northumberland Club Sites, Low Newton Beach is a beautiful stretch of the north east coastline that welcomes dogs all year round. Known locally as “Low Newton”, the picturesque village of Low Newton-by-the-Sea is almost entirely owned by the National Trust. After your walk, stop for some locally sourced seafood at the cosy Ship Inn.
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A stunning dog-friendly beach set on the Lincolnshire coastline, Saltfleetby Theddlethorpe Dunes is a designated National Nature Reserve boasting unspoilt beauty. Contrasting salt marshland and golden sand, Theddlethorpe Beach is a vast expanse perfect for taking your dog for a long walk. Even in the height of summer, you won’t encounter many people on this beautiful part of the coast.
Nearest campsite: Mablethorpe Club Site (10 minutes*).
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Dog-friendly beaches in North West
Lying on the Wirral Peninsula, a short distance from the historic city of Liverpool, Meols Beach invites dogs and owners all year round. At low tide, this shingle beach transforms into a vast expanse of sand and mudflats, offering lots of space for dogs to run around freely. During the winter, this part of the country is popular among birdwatchers, due to the abundant number of habitant seabirds.
Nearest campsite: Delamere Forest Club Site (45 minutes*).
A great dog-friendly beach you’ll find in Cumbria is Ravenglass Beach. Not only is this beach dog friendly all year round, but it’s also off the Lake District National Park and has plenty of walks and open space for your furry friend to run around.
When you’re all tired out and ready for a nap, head back to our Ravenglass Club Site, that’s within walking distance from the beach.
Nearest campsite: Ravenglass Club Site (2 minutes*).
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Dog-friendly beaches in Scotland
A dog-friendly beach perched beside the shimmering waters of Loch Gairloch, Big Sand is a remote crofting village in the Scottish Highlands. Looking across to the Isle of Skye, Big Sand Beach lies near the snow-capped Munros of Torridon and Skye. Despite its remote location, this beach has great amenities like toilets, showers and shops.
Nearest campsite: Inverewe Club Site (20 minutes*).
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Nestled beside the spectacular architecture of Culzean Castle, this secluded beach is the perfect place for letting your dog run free. Sitting on the untamed Ayrshire coastline, Culzean Beach is mostly formed of rock and sand and backed by areas of dense woodland and sea cliffs. There’s plenty of open space and shade for you to enjoy the beach and woodland area in any weather. Best of all, our Culzean Castle Club Site is within walking distance of the beach, so you can get back and rest up at any time.
Nearest campsite: Culzean Castle Club Site (5 minutes*).
Sat in an undisturbed setting on the East Scottish coast, Longniddry Beach is a mix of sand and rock. Despite being just 10 miles from the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, this beach is surprisingly peaceful. Not only does Longniddry Beach welcome dogs all year round, but it also has a dog exercise area to keep your little companion on their paws.
Nearest campsite: Dunbar Club Site (25 minutes*).
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Dog-friendly beaches in South East
Kent is home to many beautiful dog-friendly beaches. Located a short distance west of the Samphire Hoe Country Park, Abbots Cliff is a secluded beach set below the iconic chalk cliffs of Kent. Take caution when making your way down to the beach before stretching your legs along this isolated part of the Folkestone-Dover coastline.
Nearest campsite: Folkestone Club Site (10 minutes*).
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Lying on the Sussex coast between Bexhill and Eastbourne, Normans Bay is a mixture of sand and shingle, sloping gently down to the English Channel. On a clear day, you can see the renowned white chalk cliffs at Beachy Head. This is a great dog-friendly beach where your little friend can walk alongside the shore, have a dip in the water or dig through the sand. Best of all, our Normans Bay Club Site sits directly beside the beach, so if the weather changes or you need to clean yourself off, you’re not too far from your unit.
Nearest campsite: Normans Bay Club Site (2 minutes*).
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Sitting between Sandown and the cliffs of Culver Down, Yaverland Beach is arguably the best beach on the Isle of Wight, and it’s dog friendly. At low tide, this relatively small beach turns into a panoramic landscape of flat sand and sandy cliffs – great for your dog to run around. Yaverland Beach is also one of the island’s dinosaur beaches, so keep an eye out for prehistoric fossils.
Nearest campsite: Adgestone Club Site (5 minutes*).
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Dog-Friendly beaches in South West
Backed by fields and a freshwater lake, Beesands Beach is an award-winning Blue Flag, mile-long shingle beach close to Kingsbridge in South Devon. Here, you’ll find a pristine beach and fishing boats offering up the catch of the day. Beesands Beach is perfect for dogs as there are plenty of walking routes, rolling countryside and woodlands where dogs can run around.
Nearest campsite: Slapton Sands Club Site (10 minutes*).
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Lying within a Special Area of Conservation, Kimmeridge Bay is one of the most dramatic beaches located on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. Famous for rock pooling and snorkelling, Kimmeridge Bay is also an excellent location for a dog walk. Clavell Tower sits proudly above the bay, boasting breathtaking views of the Dorset coast and countryside.
Nearest campsite: Moreton Club Site (32 minutes*).
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Situated two miles south of Tintagel, Trebarwith Strand is one of the few easily accessible beaches along the untamed Cornish coast. Today, the beach is owned and maintained by the National Trust.
The Strand is a long stretch of golden sand, backed by flat rocks and cliffs, perfect for a beach trip with your furry pets.
Nearest campsite: Bude Club Site (15 minutes*).
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Dog-friendly beaches in Wales
At high tide, Broad Haven Beach is a narrow strip of pebble beach. At low tide, the beach becomes a vast expanse of firm sand, with plenty of room for a dog to chase a stick or ball. Broad Haven Beach is a beautiful section of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Path, and great for dogs as the cliffs provide sheltered bays so if it gets too hot, they can cool down in the shade.
Nearest campsite: St David's Club Site (30 minutes*).
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Lying in a picturesque cove, Cilborth Beach is a short walk north of the similarly beautiful Llangrannog Beach – and at low tide, you can walk between the two. Famed for its rock formation known as Carreg Bica, the beach is blanketed in soft sand. The area surrounding Carreg Bica is home to multiple rock pools teeming with marine life.
Nearest campsite: Cardigan Bay Club Site (15 minutes*).
Sitting on the tip of the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales, Porthdinllaen Beach is a long sweeping bay in the village of the same name. Porthdinllaen is mostly owned by the National Trust and is completely car-free – making it a secluded and peaceful haven for dog walkers.
Nearest campsite: Llanystumdwy Club Site (25 minutes*).
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*Please note that the distance between the event and the nearest open Club Site may vary. Always check travel times to the event from the nearest Club Site before booking.