A beach adventure is one of our fur-avourite ways to spend a day or two with our pooches. Seaside walkies, a dip in the ocean, sunbathing (if we’re lucky enough to see the sun), and meeting fellow dog owners and their four-legged friends: blissful.
But finding beautiful beaches that also welcome our canine companions can sometimes be tricky. To help you plan where to head, we’re exploring a handful of the UK’s best dog-friendly beaches, as suggested by Barking Heads fans last year.
Of course, there are many, many more around the country - shout about your number one seaside spot over on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page!
Five of the UK's best dog-friendly beaches
West Wittering, Sussex
Located at the entrance to Chichester Harbour, West Wittering Beach is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Even when summer restrictions are in place, this expansive sandy beach has plenty of room for Rover to roam.
Arrange your visit for when low tide falls to get the most out of the beach, as well as the shallow lagoons that get left behind when the sea's out. If you do arrive at high tide, the sea is shallow for miles - ideal for pooches still perfecting their doggy paddle!
Restrictions? Between May and September dogs are not allowed at all between groynes numbered 14a - 18, broadly corresponding to the area in front of the colourful beach huts.
How does strolling along three miles of unspoilt golden sands sound? That’s what Putsborough Sands offers up, as well as rock pools and more beaches closeby on the North Devon coast for you and Fido to explore. Surfers flock here as it’s an ideal spot to catch waves, and is just as good for dogs who love a splash about.
- Restrictions? No dogs are allowed on the beach below the beach shop from 1st April to 31st October, but north of the shop, dogs are allowed all year round.
Portobello Beach, Lothian
For a city break combined with a beach getaway, book yourself a trip to Portobello Beach in Scotland. This beach is situated just a few miles from Edinburgh city centre. As well as being an idyllic piece of the Scottish coastline for dog walkers to enjoy, you can pick up dog treats from Crumbs on the Promenade and there are a whole host of dog-friendly places to eat and drink.
- Restrictions? Some restrictions may apply from Easter time until the end of summer.
Lulworth Cove, Dorset
A dog walkers dream: step off the South West Coast Path and onto this unique, horseshoe-shaped beach on Dorset’s famous Jurassic Coast. Its shape means the cove is extremely sheltered, making it a great place to stop for a picnic while your dog cools off in the blue waters.
- Restrictions? There are none - your hound is free to enjoy the beach here all year round, yippee!
Old Hunstanton Beach, Norfolk
© Richard Humphrey
Not to be confused with the main Hunstanton Beach! Instead of pebbles, you’ll find miles of fine sand against a backdrop of the striped cliffs as well as dunes. Great for you and your dog to take a walk through! It’s no surprise this is known as one of the best beaches in Norfolk.
- Restrictions? You’ll be paw-leased to hear, this is another beach with NO canine restrictions!