Is Rhossili beach dog friendly?

IT’S clear to see why Rhossili has been described as the ‘Supermodel of British beaches’.

Rhossili – which is widely regarded as one of the best beaches in Wales – boasts three miles of sandy shore.

Are dogs allowed on Rhossili beach?

Rhossili beach is dog-friendly all year round.

At low tide there is a huge expanse of beach that is perfect to explore with your four-legged friend.

Rhossili beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Wales (Credit: Flickr/ Stewart Black)

Dog walkers are regularly seen walking across the bay to Llangennith or to the iconic Worms Head.

But walkers are warned about the tide due to the fast current – which makes it a very popular spot with surfers.

There are no lifeguards at Rhossili beach and there is no wheelchair access.

To reach Rhossili, you will have to walk down the steep steps from the car park – which is located in the village.

There are plenty of facilities nearby including public toilets, cafes, restaurants, shops and public transport.

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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