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Everyone loves a trip to the beach in the summer, except dog owners. Visiting beaches with dogs during peak season can be problematic for everyone – other visitors, owners and their canine companions.
The best beaches are often over crowded, which can leave some dogs feeling nervous. Or, pooches who are people lovers may find themselves in the faces of those who don’t appreciate it.
Another issue of the summer season is the temperature. Every year social media feeds are bombarded with pet lovers warning of the dangers the heat poses for dogs, and a wide-open space with little cover like a beach could result in an expensive trip to the vets.
But dogs shouldn’t be denied the miles of sand to run across or the cool water to leap through. This is why many dog owners opt to take their four legged friend to the beaches off peak during the spring time. The UK often boasts warm weather in the spring which although pleasant, is not sweltering hot.
Unsure where to go? Here is a list of five UK beaches that are idyllic for dogs this spring.
- Fraisthorpe Beach, East Riding of Yorkshire
There are no dog restrictions at what has been dubbed one of God’s County’s most treasured beaches, Fraisthorpe.
It forms part of Bridlington Bay and stretches for miles southward, all the way to Humber Estuary. The beach is flat and sandy, perfect for dogs that love to run but also kind on geriatric hounds who may struggle with hilly landscapes and hard surfaces.
In the summer you are likely to come across horse riders, kite surfers and fisherman, but in the spring the beach is much quieter. This gives your dog plenty of room and freedom to play off the lead
If you head about three miles from the North side to the main section of beach you will find a range of seaside classics such a fresh mini doughnuts and fish and chips shops.
Close to the beach owners will come across The Cow Shed. A dog-friendly café that serves fresh locally sourced food -they will even offer refreshments for dogs too. It’s a great place to take in the views and to stop and recharge before continuing your walk.
The largest and nearest town is Bridlington, about four miles to the north of the beach. But there is also pay and display parking available at Auburn Farm, close to the beach.
- Ballycastle Beach, Antrim, Northern Ireland
Ballycastle beach is a fairly small beach, measuring at a very manageable 1.2km in length. It is still a popular one, however, as it’s situated on the Causeway Coast route of Antrim. The beach runs from the pier at Ballycastle Marina to popular fishing spot, Pans Rock.
Dogs are allowed to roam freely during the springtime, invited to explore the mixed terrain of sand and shingle, which should keep their paws busy.
Ballycastle Marina boasts being one of only two blue flag marinas in Northern Ireland. This international award is given as a quality mark for cleanliness, safety and meeting high environmental standards. This means owners are taking their pooches to a safe and clean environment, without worry of harmful water or piles of litter.
You can also use Ballycastle beach as a starting point to walk to the mysterious Giant’s Causeway. This geological wonder is made up of 40,000 basalt columns created by volcanic eruptions 60 million years ago. Dogs are welcome on the rocky terrain but must be kept on their leads, for the safety of everyone.
Ballycastle town centre is only five minutes away. A promenade is also located at the western side where dogs are also welcome.
3. Carradale Beach, Strathclyde, Scotland
Carradale Bay on the Kintyre Peninsula offers dogs a wide sweeping sandy beach that stretches towards Carradale Point, making it the perfect environment for walkies. It’s a gently sloping beach that is well sheltered from any bitter westerly winds.
The beach is approximately one mile long and has been labelled one of the best beaches in Kintyre, offering shallow waters for swimming and white sand. But despite this high-status it’s rarely crowded, particularly out of season. This makes it the perfect location for dogs, and owners that like to avoid hustle and bustle associated with popular seaside towns.
Carradale beach, which is located near Cambeltown, is set against a picturesque backdrop of mountains and flower meadows, taking you a world away from more urban coastlines.
Owners will need to be wary how far they walk though, if they end up walking all the way to Carradale Point, dogs will need to be places on their leads to make sure they avoid the wild goats that wander the nature reserve.
As well as the wild goats, some owners may also get a kick out of spotting some marine wildlife, from minke whales to the rare basking sharks, both of which have been spotted on this coast.
Half a mile from the beach visitors can find the village and fishing harbour of Carradale, offering facilities such as parking, as well as dog-friendly places to eat and stay.
- Ogmore-by-Sea, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales
Although this beach is famous for the Annual Sausage Dog Walk, all breeds of dogs are welcome on Ogmore-by-Sea Beach in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Just east of the main beach there are small coves, allowing adventurous pups to sniff around on varying terrain in a more secluded setting. You will also come across large caves, giving the braver pooches the opportunity to investigate – perfect for inquisitive pups.
If your dog is a furry ball of energy and isn’t easily tired by walks, try walking to the beach from the Merthyr Mawr sand dunes. This route will allow you to pass by the Ogmore Castle and then follow the Glamorgan Coastal Path to Ogmore-by-Sea, visiting the Hardy and Southerndown bays.
At low tide you can splash through the River Ogmore, which runs into the sea over the beach, but dog owners are advised to be cautious of the current, which can be quite strong in some areas.
There is plenty of parking thanks to a large car park which can be accessed via the B4524. The beach offers access to toilets, for the humans of course.
This beach boasts being one of the cleanest beaches in the UK so make sure you take plenty of bags to pick up after your dogs.
- Yaverland Beach, Isle of Wight
Yaverland is a village on the Isle of Wight, just north of Sandown on Sandown Bay. Widely considered one of the best beaches on the Isle of Wight, it is dog friendly all year round – ideal for canine chums.
A wide, expansive sandy beach, this is perfect for dogs that love to run and play in the surf, there are also lots of rockpools and cliff faces on either side to intrigue your furry family members.
Not that the beach doesn’t have plenty to offer for its human visitors too, it’s part of the ‘dino coast line’ and as such Holotype fossils have been discovered here of Yaverlandia, a specific genus of dinosaur.
If an active day of water sports if more your thing, Yaverland beach has excellent swing waters, not to mention catamaran, dingy sailing, kite surfing and surfing – the sea is sectioned so there are safe bathing areas for everyone.
The beach has facilities such as a café and green energy public restrooms, however it is blissfully free of the usual seaside chaos and shops.
If however, you need somewhere to call home whilst you are visiting, Whitecliff Bay, Isle of Wight holiday park, is dog friendly, including all levels of accommodation. The park is only a mere seven minute drive from Yaverland Beach or for the energetic few, less than an hour’s walk.
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