There is nothing nicer than strolling along a beach with dogs running around you along the sand and in the shallow waves playing and having a great time. Some beaches however do not allow dogs and some are next to busy roads or pebble beaches (not nice on the paws!). Now Christmas is over every dog will be wanting to take their new frisbee or ball to the beach to chase around and splash in the sea with, so we have compiled a list of the top 10 dog friendly beaches in the UK for you.
Top 10 Beaches:
1. Perranporth, Cornwall - This beach is a great for a bit of rest and refreshment. 3 miles of surf for your dog to play in.
2. Babbacombe, Devon - This is a small sheltered beach with a beautiful little path winding down to the sand and shingle below.
3. Balmedie, Aberdeen - 5 miles of sandy beach and dunes. For those who want a long peaceful walk with lots of space for dogs to run around.
4. Rhossili Bay on the Gower peninsula, Wales - this beach pulls in the crows in the summer with its miles of sand to run along and play on.
5. Beer, Devon - A sheltered pebble cove with fresh air and a beautiful view. Good for those who don't like to walk too far.
6. Amble Links, Northumberland - A lovely 7 mile long beach to be enjoyed by all.
7. Holkham Bay near Wells-next-the-sea - A fantastic long sandy beach with a tide that retreats quite a way resulting in a huge amount of space for energetic dogs.
8. Danes Dyke, Yorkshire - Part of a Local Nature reserve in Yorkshire but it is definitely worth visiting and strolling around.
9. Durdle Door, Dorset - An unspoilt and beautiful stretch of shingle beach to be enjoyed by dog and walker!
10. Lepe Beach, Hampshire - This is great for dogs who need a good run as there is a long stretch of sand. There is a also lots of parking so it's easy to get to.
Things to Remember:
If you take a dog to the beach they may become thirsty and could start drinking the salt water. It is important to take a drinking bowl and bottle of water with you.
Be considerate to locals and the local wildlife, others may not enjoy your dogs love quite as much as you, especially if they are an animal small enough to be chased.
Don't forget to take a plastic bag with you to pick up any "presents" your dog may leave on the sand.