The Lounging Hound’s Favourite Dog Friendly Beaches from the Scottish Borders to Cornish Coast….. If your hounds are anything like ours, they love beaches. All that running, digging, swimming and, ahem, foraging for picnic leftovers. Most of Britain’s beaches welcome dogs from October to May but it’s not always easy to find dog-friendly beaches in the summer months. We’ve picked out a few of the loveliest ones, from the Scottish Borders all the way down to Cornwall. They all welcome dogs all year round and have dog-friendly pubs or hotels nearby to boot!
Pictured above – Cable Bay in Anglesey. Spot the Black Labrador!
One of Somerset’s most picturesque beaches, Berrow is part of a seven mile stretch of sand running from Brean Down to Burnham-on-Sea. The flat wide sands are backed by sand dunes and when the tide goes out it reveals the remains of a 19th century shipwreck (pictured). Expect to see horse riders, fishermen and incredible sunsets. Then it’s time to sample the cider at the dog-friendly Brean Down Inn at the Burnham-on-Sea end.
Take in the spectacular views of some of southern Scotland’s incredible coastal scenery at Eyemouth Beach, where low tide yields plentiful rockpools and the marine life includes seals. Adventurous dog walkers should take the Berwickshire Coastal Path from Eyemouth to the quaint fishing village of St Abbs (pictured). Back in the pretty harbour town of Eyemouth, pop into dog friendly pub The Contented Sole – their scampi comes highly recommended.
You and your hound can walk for literally miles on the golden sands of this incredible beach. An excellent spot for fossil hunting and rock pooling, Hunstanton is also a geologists haven with its famous red and white striped cliffs and huge moss-covered stones that are revealed at low tide (pictured). Staying overnight? Check into the dog-friendly Caley Hall Hotel where your hound can roam in the bar and even stay with you during dinner.
This small cove bay has a clean sandy beach with a lovely unspoilt, natural feel. The stunning sunsets make it perfect for a romantic evening stroll, but if you’re more of an adrenalin junkie (and you’ve got a pal to watch your hound) come during the day and have a go at windsurfing, kitesurfing or kayaking. In need of some refreshment? Try The Oystercatcher in Rhosneigr – your dog can join you for a drink and snack at the bar or a full meal on the decking.
Part of the “English Riviera”, so called for its mild climate and sub-tropical vegetation, Babbacombe in South Devon is a small and sheltered cove backed by tree-covered cliffs and 1930s villas. If you don’t fancy the steep walk down to the beach you can take the Babbacombe Cliff Railway. Treat yourself to a stay at the Cary Arms Hotel and Spa – dogs are welcome in the gorgeous rustic bar area as well as some of the rooms and the quirky beach huts.
Five more of the UK’s best dog-friendly beaches
Head up to the South West Coast Path and look out for dolphins and basking sharks.
Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset
Part of the Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and also popular with surfers.
Robin Hoods Bay, North Yorkshire
Craggy cliffs and sweeping views on the Dinosaur Coast, with good pubs around the bay.
Palm Bay, Kent
Walking distance to Margate with two impressive nature reserves nearby.
Family-friendly seaside village with views across to the Isle of Man.