The 10 Best Dog Friendly Beaches in Britain

Not all beaches are dog friendly. When planning a trip to one of our Club Sites, it’s worth knowing where your dog is welcome offsite. With that in mind, here are 10 of Britain’s best beaches that allow dogs to help you choose the right camping holiday for you and your four-legged friend.

1. Climping Beach, Bognor Regis

Dog running on the beachApproximately 11 miles from our Chichester Club Site is the charming Climping Beach – also known as Atherington Beach. A tranquil and quiet area of coastline frequented by families and pets alike, Climping Beach is a great place to enjoy a coastal walk with your dog.

At high tide your dog can explore grass banks, while at low tide, the flat, hard compact sand of Climping Beach is exposed giving your dog licence to run and roam or enjoy a game of fetch and Frisbee for hours on end.

With a dog friendly pub just half a mile back up the road from the beach, you and your canine can cap off a fun day of adventure with a well-earned rest.

2. Fistral Beach, Newquay

Situated in close proximity to our Tregurrian Club Site is the fun-packed Fistral Beach. The Club Site is the crème-de-la-crème of dog friendly beach holidays with 13 other beach destinations close by, besides Fistral.

In the summer season, Fistral Beach is a hive of activity and even hosts its very own dog show. Boasting golden sands that stretch for miles and set against a backdrop of rocks and cliffs, Fistral Beach is one of Britain’s most iconic coastal hotspots, a place where your pooch can really enjoy playtime.

3. Beesands Beach, South Devon

Our Dartmouth Club Site is on the doorstep of the beautiful Beesands Beach, which welcomes canine-kind all-year round. This award-winning beach is extremely clean and boasts an inviting environment in which your dog can play.

Your playful pooch can roam the various rock formations and clamber around in a number of coves, enjoying a full day of cavorting. Meanwhile, the Club Site is in close proximity to a number of coastline walks, which you and your four-legged can explore together.

4. Craster Beach, Northumberland

Couple walking with dog on the beachCraster Beach is a stone’s throw away from our Dunstan Hill Club Site. Set against the backdrop of the spectacular ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, Craster Beach is a rock haven, great for any dog that likes a roam and a ramble. The beach provides hours of adventure and your four-legged friend will want to explore every ‘nook and cranny.’

You and your pooch pal can enjoy breathtaking coastal walks too. The six mile walk from Craster to Low Newton was named one of the top 10 UK walks by the National Trust in 2010. Along the way, there are plenty of sand dunes for your dog to play among, as together you take in an array of new sights.

5. Norman’s Bay, East Sussex

Our Norman’s Bay Club Site is the gateway to the adjacent beach. At very low tide, a vast expanse of sand is exposed, on which your dog will delight in running to their heart’s content. Quiet and quaint, Norman’s Bay Beach is a great place for you and your canine-companion to enjoy quality time together.

With uninterrupted views of the sea, Norman’s Bay is a veritable sanctuary where you and your four-legged friend can walk for miles. At the height of summer, when days draw to a close, witness stunning sunsets that will live long in the memory.

6. Danes Dyke, Flamborough

Danes Dyke, otherwise known as Flamborough Beach, is just a short drive away from our Scarborough Club Site. Dogs are welcome all-year round at this unspoilt, white sandy beach, which gives you stunning views of the exquisite Yorkshire coastline.

Bursting with an abundance of breathtaking coastal walks, there’s no shortage of fun for your four-legged friend to enjoy. Appeal to their sense of adventure as you experience exciting, easy to follow cliff top walks while gazing out over the North Sea. Pure bliss.

7. Whistable, Kent

Dog on the beachWhistable West Beach is a short drive away from our Canterbury Club Site and gives your dog free rein to roam along the coastline for two miles. This west facing piece of paradise is the perfect place to catch a sunset, while your four-legged friend satisfies their curiosity exploring the many wooden groynes that divide the beach.

Whistable Beach is a classic, quintessential British haven, brimming with all the quirkiness and charm you would expect. Head along the beach and you will arrive at Tankerton Slopes, a fine spot for your pooch pal to do a bit of mooching.

8. St Bees Beach, Cumbria

Approximately 11 miles from St Bees Beach is our Ravenglass Club Site, which sits in six acres of mature woodland. St Bees Beach is a long, sweeping sight to behold, a bountiful space that boasts a vast expanse of red sand and plenty of rock pools for your dog to investigate.

With a multitude of coastal walks to enjoy too, you and your four-legged friend can adventure and explore the Cumbria coastline and see some amazing wildlife along the way including guillemots, kittiwakes, fulmars and razorbills.

9. Mellon Udrigle Beach, Northern Scotland

The magnificent, Mellon Udrigle Beach is a mere 9 miles from our Inverewe Gardens Poolewe Club Site. Boasting stunning white sands, this spectacular beach is pooch paradise framed by dunes and rocky peninsulas that will delight your dog for hours.

The Mellon Udrigle beach circuit walk will take you on a tour of the superb coastline, which offers unforgettable views overlooking the sea. This quiet part of paradise is a dreamland for dogs where they can run tirelessly enjoying a refreshing breath of sea air.

10. Black Rock Sands, Portmadog

Family fun with dog on the beachLocated approximately 3 miles away from our Llanystumdwy Club Site is the splendid Black Rock Sands beach. A huge, wide open space with fine sand, the beach has plenty of sand dunes, rock pools and caves for your canine-companion to investigate.

You can drive directly onto this beach, a bonus when taking your dog along for a seaside adventure. Your four-legged friend can enjoy hours of fun at this sprawling beach, getting plenty of exercise and fresh air.

When taking your dog to the beach:

  • Have plenty of poo bags with you. Dog friendly beaches will have bins available for the disposal of dog mess.
  • Be sure to check when it’s high tide and low tide.
  • Bring fresh water and a couple of towels.
  • Keep your dog under control, don’t allow them to become too boisterous that they become a menace to other beach dwellers or local wildlife.