Beach: Cleethorpes beach, North East Lincolnshire
Nominated by: Alfie, a 12-year-old collie
Facilities: Plenty of free parking nearby, and lots of dog bins. Nice café next to the leisure centre that welcomes dogs all year round for coffee or breakfast.
Why Alfie loves this beach: There are dunes and lovely walks alongside the marsh area. We love it, especially out of season when not so many people are about! Christmas Day and Boxing Day see hundreds of people walking with their dogs!
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Beach walks for dogs: Whitley Bay (south beach), Tyne and Wear
Nominated by: Bramble, an Irish wolfhound and Blue Cross education dog
Facilities: Just at the point where the dog and no dog beaches clash, there is the Rendezvous café and the Links Art Gallery in a fantastic 1930s building overlooking the sea. It has been run by the same family for 60 years and although dogs aren’t allowed inside, there are plenty of outdoor tables and chairs to be served at with your best friend. Toilets can be found here and if anyone fancies it, there’s a mini golf course on the cliffs behind.
Why Bramble loves this beach: There are loads of dogs there – always someone to play with – but the beach is so huge that it still manages to look empty. It’s one of my favourite places to be - if you want a good clean dog beach with plenty of near-by facilities and the opportunity to nosey around rock pools next to the island then you can’t beat Whitley Bay!
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Beach walks for dogs: Widemouth Bay (northern half), near Bude, Cornwall
Nominated by: Buster, a lurcher who now lives happily in his third (and final) home
Facilities: Car parks at either end and cafés at both ends too. Special mention goes to the Widemouth Bay Café, which is happy to have dogs inside. They do good food and have a lovely view over the beach, so even if the weather is awful you can still appreciate the sight of the crashing waves. There are also public toilets and showers, and a beach shop and surf hire. Also lifeguards.
Why Buster loves this beach: It’s a very long beach which is great for a lovely walk and a good run. It’s very popular with families and dog walkers, so I have lots of other dogs to play with. There’s a mixture of sand and stones and lots of rock pools, so lots of interesting smells and places to explore. Plus, its on the South West Coast Path if you fancy a longer walk.
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