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Best UK beaches to take your dog to

BY Showers to You

27th Sep 2023 Travel

3 min read

Best UK beaches to take your dog to
Fancy a trip to the beach with your pooch but don't want to risk wreaking havoc amongst unsuspecting sunbathers, just so your pet can have a doggy paddle in the sea? Luckily, here's a list of the best UK beaches to take your dog to 
Autumn may be well underway here, but the UK coastline is still a gorgeous place to spend a few hours soaking up the last of the sun, or sauntering along the shoreline for some refreshing sea air. Even better if you can take your furry friend with you! 
Here is a list of the top 10 UK beaches to take your dog to whatever the season, compiled by bath retailers Showers to You

1. Durdle Door, Dorset 

Durdle Door beach, Dorset
In first place, with a score of 8.85 out of 10 is Durdle Door beach, located in Dorset. A perfect seaside getaway for dogs and their owners, the famed limestone arch makes a dreamy backdrop to a game of fetch with your four-legged friend.

2. Man O'War Beach, Dorset

Aerial view of the cliffs connecting Durdle Door Beach and Man O'War Beach in Lulworth, Dorset, England
Man O’War beach is in second place with a score of 8.30 out of 10. Man O’War, also known as East Durdle Door, is a pebble beach with calm waters protected from swells - perfect for a splash in the sea with your doggie! 

3. Three Cliffs Bay, Glamorgan 

Three Cliffs Bay, Glamorgan
Conveniently coming in at number three is Three Cliffs Bay in Glamorgan. Also scoring a respectable 8.30 out of 10, it is the first sand beach on the beach, and the marrying of seashore and sand dune means there's plenty of room for your furry friend to roam. 

4. Marloes Sands, Pembrokeshire 

Marloes Sands, Pembrokeshire
Following in fourth place with 8.20 out of 10 is Marloes Sands in Pembrokeshire. A beautiful stretch of golden sands with a dramatic backdrop of cliffsides and crystal blue water, it’s the perfect opportunity to snap a picture with your pup!  

5. Cuckmere Haven, East Sussex 

Cuckmere Haven, East Sussex
Finishing off the top five is Cuckmere Haven in East Sussex, scoring 8.06 out of 10. Neighbouring the white chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters, the quiet pebble beach enjoys the views of the iconic landmark that makes it a prime spot for some bonding with your dog.

6. Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire

Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire.
Freshwater West in Pembrokeshire comes in at number six, with 8.03 out of 10. This beach remains dog-friendly all year round with no restrictions and is a popular spot with dog walkers. Beware, with almost a mile of sand for your pup to play and run along, there'll be no excuses not to play fetch at the drop of a ball! 

7. Seacliff, Lothian

Seacliff, Lothian
County beach Seacliff near North Berwick is home to the UK's smallest harbour and an ideal spot to take your furry friend, with spectacular views of the Bass Rock and Tantallon Castle. Popular amongst people as well as pooches, just make sure your dog doesn't accidentally trample through a family picnic or try his paw at a spot of surfing, which this beach is well known for. 

8. Porth Joke, Cornwall

Porth Joke, Cornwall
No, we're not kidding, Porth Joke really is number eight on the list of the best UK beaches to take your dog. In fact, Cornwall as a region featured fourteen times on the complete list for highly rated dog-friendly beaches! Offering spectacular views of Newquay Bay, you can enjoy the sights while your dog enjoys a run around. Be sure to go at the right time though, as this beach only allows dogs between October and March. 

9. Gwynver beach, Cornwall

Gwynver beach, Cornwall
Fear not though, if you do happen to be caught with a disappointed doggy between September and Easter, Gwynver beach in Cornwall is open to your furry friend all year round. With stunning sand and a fantastic surf, this beach comes in at 7.93 out of 10. 

10. Long Sands North Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear 

Long Sands North Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear
Last but certainly not least, Long Sands beach in the North East boasts gorgeous golden sands set against a backdrop of low grassy dunes. These dunes provide a large, safe barrier between your excitable pooch and the busy road behind, earning this beach a 7.90 out of 10.  
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