Can dogs go on Hunstanton beach?

HUNSTANTON is one of just three beaches that is situated on the east coast of the UK – but faces West.

This means it is the perfect place to soak up the sunshine as it is sheltered from the sea breeze.

Is Hunstanton beach dog friendly?

Dogs are banned from a section of the Hunstanton beach from 10 April until 31 October.

This area stretches from the power boat ramp near Searles to the northern side of the promenade.

Outside of that area and those dates, you are free to explore the local area with your dog.

Dogs must be kept on a lead on the promenade, the Green and the Esplanade Gardens.

Hunstanton beach is a great place to explore with your dog (Credit: Flickr/ Pamela Kelly)

There are plenty of things to do with your four-legged friend in Hunstanton.

You can board Wizzy The Wash Monster boat at the promenade and venture out to sea to spot some seals.

As long as you keep your dog on a lead and they are well behaved, they can come with you.

If you prefer to stay on dry land, check out the famous Norfolk lavender fields.

There is over 100 acres of grounds and purple fields to explore – but again, dogs must be kept on a lead.

Will I be fined for taking my dog onto Hunstanton beach?

Should dog owners fail to keep their dog from straying into the exclusion zones – which will be clearly signposted on the beach – then they face the prospect of being fined.

Should you be caught in the banned area with your dog, you could be served with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £75.

However, the fine could rise to up to £1,000 should you dispute it and you are then prosecuted through the courts.

There are exemptions to being fined, including if you are registered blind.

Why are dogs banned from going onto beaches?

The main reason for not allowing dogs on to beaches at certain times is for health and safety purposes.

Although most owners will clean up after their pets when they are out, some fail to pick up their dog’s poo. 

Due to a dog’s diet being largely meat-based, leaving their faeces on the beach runs the risk of humans contracting toxocariasis – or zoonosis. 

And during the busy months, this becomes even more dangerous – especially for children – with potential problems including blindness and breathing difficulties.

Things to consider when taking your dog to the beach

Dogs love a nice trip to the seaside, just like their human companions. 

But there are a number of rules and tips to consider when heading to the beach.

These include: 

  • Check with beach management to see if dogs are allowed
  • Take poo bags to clear up their mess
  • Bring a lead – dogs have to be on a leash on some beaches at all times
  • Avoid the big crowds
  • Consider some people may not like dogs
  • Take plenty of fresh water and a bowl for your dog
  • Take a first aid kit in case your dog becomes injured
  • Check for local vets in case of emergency
  • Make sure your dog is wearing their collar and ID tag
  • If they are wear a GPS tracker, make sure it is fully charged
  • Take spare towels to dry them
  • Keep an eye on your dog at all times

Looking for a beach near you? Check out our full UK dog-friendly beach guide.

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