Dog Friendly Beaches

Dumpton Gap Beach Panorama

Panorama of Dumpton Gap Beach in Broadstairs Kent

The south east of England has lots of great beaches for you to explore.  Most have no dog restrictions during the winter months but during the summer season some beaches have restrictions typically from the 1st May until 30th September.  There are still plenty of others to explore though,  see below for information on where you can and can’t take your dog.

Whilst visiting any beach please keep your dog supervised and under control at all times and clear up any fouling immediately.


Beaches in the Kent County Council area –

Beaches in Swale

The following beaches have dog restrictions in place from 1st May until 30th September.  Visit Swale Council website for the latest up to date information by clicking HERE.

  • Sheerness Beach – Located just behind the high street and is a designated EU bathing beach.
  • Minster Leas – Recreation and bathing beach.
  • Leysdown on Sea – EU designated bathing beach.

All other beaches are dog friendly all year round and these include:

  • Marine Parade Beach in Sheerness – Primarily used for sailing.
  • The Shingle Bank next to Minster Leas – Windsurfing and water sports beach.
  • The Conservation Coast – A three mile stretch from the Leas to Warden Bay.  Steep cliffs in this area can produce landslides so can be dangerous.
  • Little Groves Beach – Sandy beach accessed via the Little Groves Leisure Park.

Beaches in Canterbury

The following beaches have dog restrictions in place from 1st May until 30th September.  Visit Canterbury Council website for the latest up to date information by clicking HERE.

  • Tankerton Bay – Shingle beach.
  • Herne Bay Central Beach – Sandy bathing beach

All other beaches are dog friendly all year round and these include:

  • Seasalter – Pebble beach.
  • Whitstable – Pebble beach.

 Beaches in Thanet

Thanet has a two tiers of dog restrictions on their beaches which are in place from 1st May  until 30th September.  Visit Thanet Council website for the latest and up to date information by clicking HERE.

The following beaches do not allow dogs at any time during the restriction period.

  • Minnis Bay (Main Area) in Birchington.
  • Viking Bay in Broadstairs
  • Walpole Bay in Cliftonville
  • Main sands in Margate
  • Main sands (Harbour end) in Ramsgate

The following beaches do not allow dogs between 10.00 hrs and 1800 hrs during the restriction period.

Broadstairs

  • Botany Bay
  • Joss Bay
  • Lousia Bay
  • Stone Bay

Westbrook

  • Westbrook Bay

Westgate

  • West Bay
  • St Mildred’s Bay

The following beaches allow dogs all year round

Birchington

  • Grenham Bay
  • Epple Bay

Broadstairs

  • Dumpton Gap
  • Kingsgate Bay

Cliftonville

  • Foreness Point
  • Sacketts Gap
  • Palm Bay

Margate

  • Fulsom Rock

Ramsgate

  • Eastcliff
  • Western Undercliff

Dogs should be kept on a lead  when on all pavement and promenades adjacent to all these beaches.



Beaches in Dover

The following beaches have dog restrictions in place from 1st May until 30th September.  Visit Dover Council website for the latest up to date information by clicking HERE.

Deal

  • Deal Beach between Deal Castle and Sandown Castle.

Dover

  • Dover Seafront Beach
  • Waterloo Crescent
  • Marine Parade
  • St Margarets Bay

All other beaches are dog friendly all year round and these include:

  • Deal Beach from Deal Castle to Kingsdown
  • Sandwich Bay
  • Shakespeare Cliff Beach
  • Walmer Beach

Beaches in Shepway

The following beaches have dog restrictions in place from 1st May until 30th September.  Visit Shepway Council website for the latest and up to date information by clicking HERE.

Folkestone:

  • Sunny Sands
  • Mermaids Beach (In front of Lower Leas Coastal Park)

Sandgate:

  • Sandgate Castle to BP Garage.

Hythe:

  • Twiss Road to St Leonard’s Road.

Dymchurch:

  • Sycamore Gardens to Martello Car Park.

St Mary’s Bay:

  • The Fairway to the river outfall.

Littlestone:

  • Water tower at Madeira Road to Clark Road.

Greatstone:

  • Beach opposite the Jolly Fisherman and beach opposite Romney Sands holiday camp

Please remember to take fresh clean water with you when visiting the beach and dont leave your dog(s) in the car on hot days.

 

One thought on “Dog Friendly Beaches

  1. Ellie

    Re: Littlestone beach. Lovely stretch of sand when the tide is out, but please be aware of ‘Mudflat ‘ signs . Mudflats are so dangerous, and the depth of them is variable and unknown.

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