Are dogs allowed on Hayling Island Beach?

HAYLING ISLAND does not often get the credit its due with so many other fantastic seaside hotspots on the south coast.

Yet, with over three miles of sandy paradise, it is a popular spot for families to visit especially for those in Hampshire – but are you able to take your dog along too?

Are dogs allowed on Hayling Island Beach?

The southern part of Hayling Island is split into three different beaches, with the main seafront in the centre, flanked by Eastoke and West Beach.

All three welcome dogs, but the main Hayling Island Beach – the seafront – has restrictions for your beloved canine that must be adhered to.

From May 1 to September 30, dogs are banned from the Blue Flag Beach at all times during the day.

Dogs are still able to visit the other beaches 365 days a year.

Dogs are allowed to visit the Eastoke and West beaches on Hayling Island all year round.
Dogs are allowed to visit the Eastoke and West beaches on Hayling Island all year round.

Can I be fined for taking my dog to Hayling Island Beach?

Yes, you can face a significant fine should you take your pooch to Hayling Island Beach during the restricted period.

Should a civil enforcement officer spot you on the coast with your dog between May and September, they are able to issued a Fixed Penalty Notice for £100 from Havant Borough Council.

You will then have 14 days to pay this, or risk prosecution and the case being taken to court.

Should you feel the fine is incorrect, you are able to appeal whereby the issue will be raised at the High Court.

Meanwhile, there are exemptions from this ban with the restrictions not applying to those requiring assistance dogs due to being blind, poor hearing or another disability – although they must be registered by the proper authorities.

Why are dogs banned from Hayling Island Beach?

The banning of dogs from beaches is not limited to just Hayling Island Beach with plenty around the UK also preventing them from visiting during the summer months.

This is due to more people attending during that time with their health and safety paramount.

Among the reasons why it can be dangerous for dogs to visit is because of toxocariasis – or zoonosis.

This condition is where parasites from pets, typically dogs and cats, infect humans with beaches deemed one of the most high risk areas for such disease to spread due to a canine’s faeces.

Children are the most vulnerable to zoonosis with possible symptoms as mild as a high temperature or stomach ache to the more severe cases including a loss of vision.

If you do suspect you or your child has contracted toxocariasis, speak to your doctor or call 111.

What should I consider if I am taking my dog to Hayling Island Beach?

Like with any trip out with your dog, it is essential that you plan ahead and prepare for the worst when visiting Hayling Island Beach.

You should always take some clean water along with a bowl so your pooch can quench their thirst, especially if it is a warm day and they are running around on the beach.

A lead is also recommended, in particular when taking your dog to and from the beach, while poo bags are a must as they are likely to defecate if you are out for several hours.

With your dog likely to go into the sea to splash around, a dry towel is essential to dry them down – especially if you want to prevent your car from getting wet.

Meanwhile, in case they do run off a bit too far, make sure they are wearing their collar and ID tag, and if they do have a GPS tracker with them too, ensure it is fully charged and waterproof before releasing them.

Should the worst happen and your dog gets hurt, it is advised to have a first aid kit to hand as well as knowing where the nearest vet is.

England has hundreds of dog-friendly beaches across the country ranging from Land’s End in the South West to Fishermans Haven Beach in the North East.