Dogs love beaches – whether it’s chasing after balls, splashing in the sea or a lovely walk across the sand. We’ve sniffed out ten of the best dog-friendly beaches across the UK – perfect for you and Fido to explore – and some wonderful dog-friendly places to stay. What better for the perfect summer holiday for you and your pet!
1. Llandudno Beach, Wales
A favourite of travel author Bill Bryson, this Victorian-style beach resort has an old-school pier (the longest in Wales), two glorious beaches and a quaint San Franciscan style tramway that climbs to the summit of the Great Orme Country Park – also a must-visit for furry friends. On a fine day, stroll the Alice in Wonderland trail with your pet!
Stay at: The Groes Inn – only a 20-minute drive away, this luxury country inn overlooks the Conwy Estuary. You and your pet will undoubtedly find yourself spoilt for choice for walking trails, with endless hikes and walks for dog-lovers nearby.
2. Babbacombe Beach, Devon
Set beneath the cliffs of Babbacombe Downs, this small shingle beach and unspoilt cove is perfect for water-loving canines who can swim in the sea all year round depending on the tide. Plus, enjoy great coastal walks along the promenade.
Stay at: The Cary Arms – only a 30 second walk to the beach, this de Savary owned boutique style hotel has a wonderful selection of sea-facing rooms and cottages – dog-friendly of course – and offers four-legged guests beds and bowls.
3. Camber Sands, East Sussex
With miles and miles of sandy beach and dunes – it’s no wonder Camber Sands was voted one of the top six beaches in the UK and is a favourite with PetsPyjamas’ mascots Rufus and Heidi. Some parts of the beach are closed in the summer but there is still plenty of beach left for your furry friend to run about on.
Stay at: The Gallivant Hotel – directly opposite the beach, this Hamptons style hideaway has amazing food in the bistro plus biscuits for Fido. The ‘Biggest Rooms’ are reserved for dog owners and resident Norfolk Terrier Brock makes the perfect canine companion.
Stay at: Harbour Lights Beach House – perfect for a family vacation, this three-bedroom cottage is just a five minute stroll to the beach, as well as picture postcard medieval town of Rye, and an abundance of dog-friendly pubs and cafes.
4. Alnmouth Beach, Northumberland
Sitting at the mouth of the River Aln (hence the name), Alnmouth Beach is wide, sandy and dog-friendly all year round – perfect for lots of off-lead fun! Sitting just behind the picturesque village of Alnmouth, the beach is rarely overcrowded and has an abundance of wildlife and birds for you to see.
Stay at: St Valery – a fantastic beachside retreat for furry friends and their owners! Situated on the high street, this B&B is only a short stroll from the beach and will even provide your pet with a towel for their sandy paws!
5. Porthcurnick Beach, Cornwall
Owned by the National Trust, this east-facing sandy cove on the Roseland Peninsula is dog-friendly all year round and considered one of Cornwall’s hidden gems. There is a car park, plus enjoy a delicious lunchtime snack at the Hidden Hut.
Stay at: Hotel Tresanton – a glamorous seaside escape owned by Olga Polizzi – all rooms have a stylish nautical theme, plus pet bowls and beds are provided for your pooch. Set in the pretty village of St Mawes, walk along the coastal path to Porthcurnick Beach or drive by car for 15 minutes.
6. Dunwich Beach, Suffolk
A year-round dog-friendly shingle beach with fabulous views, fresh air and unique wildlife – the perfect ingredients for a tail-waggingly good getaway! Enjoy a fabulous walk along the coastal path that runs for 3 miles from the village car park to Walberswick. Stop by the beach café and refuel with a delicious portion of fish and chips.
Stay at: The Ship at Dunwich – only a few minutes’ walk from the beach, this cosy dog-adoring hotel is the perfect base for exploring the Suffolk coast. A bowl of water and dog biscuits will be provided for your canine, plus an enormous garden is available for walking and playing at any time.
Stay at: The Westleton Crown – just a few miles down the road, this traditional coaching inn has a warm and welcoming pub with a crackling log fire as well sun-soaked terraced gardens for the summer. You’ll also enjoy the delicious food produced from its 2 AA Rosette-awarded restaurant, too.
7. Climping Beach, West Sussex
Offering miles of unspoilt shingle beach between Littlehampton and Bognor against a pretty countryside backdrop – this beach is just under two hours from London. Enjoy a walk along the beach with Fido to Littlehampton for an array of cafés including the famed East Beach Cafe.
Stay at: Bailliffscourt Hotel & Spa – only a 2 minute walk from the beach, this medieval style manor is a doggy dream with 32 acres of private parkland. Four-legged guests are offered biscuits, a beach towel and ball thrower.
8. Gairloch Beach, Scotland
Nestled on a bay overlooking the Minch and surrounded by mountains and moorland, Gairloch Beach is a truly spectacular spot for dog-walking. Safe and sheltered with a backdrop of dunes, this sandy beach is also very popular with families. The untouched nature of this wide stretch of beach makes its views of the nearby islands and Scottish sunsets, all the more awe-inspiring.
Stay at: The Torridon Hotel – set in 58 acres of parkland at the end of a magnificent sea loch, this hotel offers nothing but luxury. Four-legged friends will love exploring the surrounding landscape on days not spent at the beach.
9. The Polurrian Cove, Cornwall
Sheltered by high cliffs, this delightful sandy west-facing cove on the Lizard Peninsula is just outside the village of Mullion. Set on the South West Coast Path, the cove is linked to nearby beaches at Gunwalloe Church Cove, Poldhu Cove and Mullion Cove – ideal for adventure seeking canines.
Stay at: Polurrian Bay Hotel – perfect for the whole family – and Fido – this luxury hotel has gorgeous views across the Atlantic, fabulous spa treatments and a crèche. Plus bowls, food and doggy blankets will be provided in your room.
10. Weymouth Beach, Dorset
Three miles of golden sand and spectacular views of the Jurassic coastline – this popular beach has a designated dog-friendly area. Only minutes from the town centre and harbour, enjoy a stroll with your dog along the promenade or along the beach during the quieter months.
Stay at: B+B Weymouth – overlooking Weymouth Bay, this stylish B+B will set up a table for you in the Guest Lounge so your canine can join you for breakfast. Ask the B+B team where all the local secret spots for the best views are.