Dog-friendly beaches in Hampshire

HAMPSHIRE’S coast spans from Portsmouth in the east to Barton on Sea in the west, with plenty of incredible beaches in between.

The southern county welcomes millions of people to its seaside hubs every year – but which ones welcome dogs as well?

Which beaches can I take my dog to in Hampshire?

  • Barton-on-Sea Beach
  • Browndown Beach, Lee-on-the-Solent
  • Calshot Beach
  • Eastney Beach, Southsea (dog restrictions west of The Yomper from March to September)
  • Hayling Island Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Hill Head Beach, Fareham (dog restrictions east of the main car park from May to September)
  • Hotwalls Beach, Portsmouth (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Lee-on-the-Solent Beach (dog restrictions between Pirates Cove skate park and The Esplanade from May to September)
  • Meon Shore Beach, Titchfield
  • Milford-on-Sea Beach
  • Solent Breezes Beach, Warsash
  • Southsea Beach (dog restrictions west of The Yomper from March to September)
  • Stokes Bay Beach, Lee-on-the-Solent (dog restrictions between the promenade and low water mark of medium ties and between Sailing Club Slipway and GAFIRS Slipway from May to September)
  • Taddiford Gap, Lymington
  • Weston Hard Woolston Beach
Calshot Beach provides a fabulous view for humans and best of space for dogs to enjoy
Calshot Beach provides a fabulous view for humans and best of space for dogs to enjoy

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

Hampshire is not the only county with countless coastal hubs that welcome pooches with England having dog-friendly beaches from Land’s End to Druridge Bay.

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