Is Eastbourne beach dog friendly?

EASTBOURNE is known as the sunniest place in England.

Luckily for you, this seaside town on the south east coast has a beautiful beach and picturesque pier.

Can I take my dog to Eastbourne beach?

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

The main beach stretches from the pier to the Wish Tower.

Eastbourne beach is a short walk away from the train station (Credit: Flickr/ Nick Rowland)

This area should be clearly signposted when you arrive to Eastbourne seafront.

Dog litter bins are provided along the promenade.

Eastbourne boasts an incredible pier – which is 300 meters long and stands on stilts.

But sadly, your four-legged friend is not allowed to enter.

However, there are plenty of nearby areas for you to explore with them.

Beachy Head is just a short walk from Eastbourne seafront – which has lots of space for them to run and play.

But dog owners are urged to extra cautious and keep their dogs on a lead if they are near the cliff edge.

In January 2017, a dog tragically plunged to its death from Beachy Head.

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.