Is Saundersfoot beach dog friendly?

SAUNDERSFOOT is a beautiful sandy beach situated in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

This popular slice of paradise has it all from rockpools, shallow water for watersports and a picturesque harbour.

Are dogs allowed on Saundersfoot beach?

Dogs are allowed on Saundersfoot beach – but restrictions apply during peak season.

Unfortunately, dogs are banned from the Southern end of the beach from start of May until the end September.

There are dog restrictions in place at Saundersfoot during summer (Credit: puffin11k/Flickr)

This will all be clearly signposted when you arrive.

If you do decide to bring your four-legged friend to the seaside, they will have to be kept on a lead around the harbour.

Saundersfoot can get incredibly busy during peak season – but there should be plenty of space nearby to explore with your pooch.

There is a large car park nearby with over 100 spaces and free roadside parking opposite the beachfront.

As well as walking your dog, there’s plenty of other activities on offer at Saundersfoot.

It is a great spot for fishing, sailing, sunbathing, surfing and even windsurfing.

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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