The UK is home to an abundance of beaches, although for dog owners unfortunately not all will welcome your four-legged friends. For those hoping to celebrate National Dog Day, August 26, 2021, a coastal walk might be the perfect gift for your four-legged family member.
The good news is that there are around 151 beaches in the UK where dogs are welcome.
For those looking to find the top-rated coastal retreats, the experts at ShowersToYou.co.uk analyzed data from Google reviews to find out which ones promise the best days.
The 10 best dog-friendly beaches in the UK
1. Durdle Door, Dorset
Durdle Door has been ranked as the “best” dog-friendly beach in the country based on visitor reviews.
This Jurassic Coast getaway is home to the famous Limestone Arch, the perfect place to run with your four-legged friend.
The beach’s eponymous arc formed over thousands of years, as crashing waves eroded the Portland limestone, ultimately creating the center hole.
Durdle Door is also famous for its tranquil blue waters, popular with swimmers during the summer months.
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2. Cuckmere Haven Beach, East Sussex
Neighboring the white chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters, this pebble beach offers a quiet alternative.
Visitors can admire incredible views of the cliffs from afar and enjoy a peaceful setting for a dog walk.
One of the best views is from the coast guard cottages towards the Seven Sisters.
The beach is also home to a variety of wildlife.
3. Man O’War Beach, Dorset
Another popular beach in Dorset is Man O’War Beach, which has a wonderful stretch of sand and fine pebbles for your four-legged friend to run around freely.
The calm waters of the beaches are also protected from the swells, making it the ideal destination for dogs who like to wade.
Man O’War Beach is also part of the Jurassic Coast, offering incredible and rugged views.
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4. Baie des Trois Falaises, Glamorgan
Three Cliffs Bay is a favorite beach in Swansea, Wales.
This spectacular beach is home to a mix of terrain, including sand dunes and limestone cliffs.
Dog walkers are sure to be greeted with incredible views while stretching their legs.
At the same time, dogs can explore rock pools and run freely on the sand.
However, the beach can also be subject to wild variations in nature, so visitors are advised to check RNLI alerts and weather changes.
5. Longsands North Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear
Located on the north east coast of England, Longsands in Tynemouth is a paradise for surfers, swimmers and walkers.
Of course, the Blue Flag awarded beach also welcomes dogs for great coastal walks.
The vast expanse of sand is the perfect place to admire the North Sea while enjoying a stroll.
6. Yellowcraig, Lothian
Yellowcraig is a natural cove beach located near North Berwick in Lothian, Scotland.
This long, sandy beach is a great way to spend a few hours in the great outdoors.
The beach stretches for several miles to North Berwick and often promises a peaceful environment.
7. Marloes Sands, Pembrokeshire
In the far west of Pembrokeshire lies the hidden gem of Marloes Sands.
This stretch of golden sand stretches for over a mile at low tide, making it a great place for a long walk or even for a run with your four-legged friend.
Not only does Marloes Sands offer impressive seascapes, it is also home to abundant wildlife.
8. Seacliff, Lothian
Five miles east of North Berwick is Seacliff’s East Lothian Beach.
Dog walkers can take in pristine views north towards Bass Rock – a small harbor and the hidden ruins of a castle.
In addition to the golden sands, the beach is also home to lush green areas.
9. Bosta Beach, Hebrides
On the Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides, lies the incredible white sand beach of Bosta.
The beach is steeped in history, humans are said to have used the fertile land during the Iron Age.
These days it promises the perfect backdrop for a late summer walk with your dog.
10. Porth joke, Cornwall
Porth Joke is a pristine beach nestled in a deep cove between the headlands.
Located eight kilometers from Newquay, it is a quiet alternative to the more popular coastal areas of the region.
At low tide, there is a lot to explore, including a huge range of rock pools and hidden caves.