Everyone loves the seaside, especially dogs. But not all coastlines in the UK are geared up for our four-legged friends during the summer months, so we asked our very own team of canine beach experts for their recommendations…
Harbour Cove, Cornwall
Why Billy loves this beach: “There’s a huge expanse of sand, at low tide almost a mile and a half, plus it is relatively quiet even in summer – so there’s plenty of space for me to run and play ball! The water is great for paddling and swimming and at low tide there are sometimes pools of water on the beach to explore, too.”
Facilities: car parking.
North Beach at Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear
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 nearby facilities and the opportunity to nosey around rock pools next to the lighthouse then you can’t beat it here.”
Facilities/Attractions: cafe/restaurant, toilets, disabled facilities and promenade.
Holkham Beach, North Norfolk
Why Sunny and Annie love this beach: “There is so much space for running here, even on a busy day. The beach is a whole mile deep when the tide is out and the pine woods along its edge are the perfect place for cooling off on hot days, if you don’t fancy a dip in the sea! There’s also plenty of wildlife to spot, including seals and birds – but you’re not allowed to play with them as they’re very special!”
Facilities/Attractions: car parking.
West Beach, Whitstable, Kent
Why Alfie loves this beach: “I’m not a fan of sand; it gets everywhere, you know. So the pebbles here suit me just fine. There’s lots of space for running and the sea stays very shallow pretty far out, great for dogs with little legs like me! The people are so friendly, too – there’s always a water bowl with fresh water outside the cafes and shops.”
Facilities/Attractions: cafe/restaurant, toilets, beach hut hire, pub.
Cuckmere Haven, East Sussex
Why Mary loves this beach: “Boy, is this place spectacular. The beach is where the South Downs meet the English Channel, and I just love the white cliffs in the background (apparently, they’re called the Seven Sisters). We like to take the walk beside the river down to the pebble beach, and there’s even a nature reserve nearby which I love to explore. But the main thing is there’s plenty of water to splash around in!”
Facilities/attractions: cafe/restaurant, toilets, shop.
Fistral Beach, Cornwall
Why Buster loves this beach: “Forget surfing (lots of people seem to do that here), it’s all about running at this beach - as fast as you can. The only trouble I have is remembering to stop, the sand goes on forever! When I’m out of breath, I’ll dip my paws in the sea and watch the waves rolling in, or explore the caves and rock pools with my owners.”
Facilities/attractions: Showers/toilets/car parking/restaurants/cafes