Can dogs go on Brighton beach?

BRIGHTON is home to one of the most popular beaches in the United Kingdom.

It is known commonly as London’s beach – even though it is situated 47 miles away from the capital.

Is Brighton beach dog friendly?

Dogs are banned from the main beach at Brighton from 1 May until 30 September.

Outside of those dates, from 1 October to 30 April, you are free to roam the seafront with your pooch.

The local council state that all dogs must be supervised and remain under control at all times.

Any dog fouling must also be cleared up immediately.

Only guide dogs are allowed to enter Brighton pier (Credit: Flickr/ Rapid Spin)

When on the promenade, your four-legged friend must be kept on a lead.

Pets should also be kept away from the waters edge when the sea is rough.

Dog owners are also warned to be cautious of the oil that can be found on Brighton beach.

It looks like white lumps of candle wax and dogs will often eat this if they get the chance.

This could make your pet very ill.

If you see any oil on the beach, please report it to the Seafront Office as soon as possible.

There’s plenty to do in Brighton from exploring the historic pier to shopping in the Lanes.

Guide dogs are allowed on the pier with their owners – but all other animals must not enter.

With so much to do in the area, you might decide to spend the night.

Check out The Southern Belle – a historic venue with a lively bar and luxury boutique rooms.

Will I be fined for taking my dog onto Brighton 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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