Is Croyde Bay dog friendly? Beach rules explained

CROYDE is a beautiful village situated on the North coast in Devon, England.

The three main beaches in the are Croyde Bay, Saunton Sands, Woolacombe Bay and Putsborough Bay.

Can I take my dog to Croyde Bay?

Dogs are only allowed on Croyde Bay beach from the start of October until the end of April.

Outside of these dates, dogs are banned.

However, you are able to walk your dog through the sand dunes all year round.

Croyde Bay is one of the best beaches in the UK for surfing (Credit: Flickr/ BryanTman1992)

Croyde Bay is notorious for its waves – making it a hugely popular spot for surfers.

It is known as one of the best surfing spots in the UK when the tide is right.

That being said, dog owners are warned to be extra careful if their dog likes to paddle in the sea.

The rip tide can be very strong – particularly at either side of the Bay.

There’s plenty to do and see in this spectacular part of Devon.

If you fancy food, you can check out the The Drop In, Baggy Lodge, Croyde Beach Cafe or Sandleigh Tea Room.

Lifeguards will be on patrol at the beach during peak season between the hours of 10am and 6pm.

Where can I stay with my dog in Croyde Bay?

A great place for dog-lovers in North Devon is the Croyde Bay Resort.

It is a hotel and self-catering facility that is just a stones throw away from the seafront.

And the best part of all – it is dog friendly.

Croyde Bay Resort have two types of accommodation available if you are bringing a four-legged friend.

You can chose from the WaggyTails Cottages and Dog Friendly Lodges.

Tips for taking your dog to Croyde Bay

Although taking your dog to the seaside sounds like an amazing idea, there are several things you should be wary of for the safety of your canine.

The most obvious is to check that your dog is allowed to go onto West Wittering Beach before you set off, while taking clean water and a bowl is essential so they can have a drink, especially during hot weather.

A lead should be taken even if they are running around freely on the beach, with car parks particularly dangerous along with if you need to keep your dog under control.

Poo bags must be packed at all times or risk being caught for dog fouling, while a dry towel is useful to clean your pooch after they have been in the sand and sea.

In the event you lose your dog, ensure they are wearing their collar and ID tag, and if they have a GPS tracker, check that it is fully charged, operational and waterproof.

And if the worst does happen and they get hurt, you should have a first aid kit to hand to patch them up, while also 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.

Will I be fined for taking my dog to Clyde Bay?

Should dog owners fail to keep their dog from straying into the exclusion zones – which will be clearly signposted on the beach – then they face the prospect of being fined.

Should you be caught in the banned area with your dog, you could be served with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £75.

However, the fine could rise to up to £1,000 should you dispute it and you are then prosecuted through the courts.

There are exemptions to being fined, including if you are registered blind.

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.

How do I protect my dog from wildlife at the beach?

  • Keep your dog on a lead if you spot any signs that birds are nesting in the area – which is likely on the face of a cliff.
  • If seals are regularly spotted in the area, keep your dog on a lead. Should your dog approach a young seal, the mother is likely to defend them relentlessly.
  • Check the water for jellyfish (dead or alive) before letting your dog go for a paddle. Reminder: Jellyfish can still sting when they are dead.
  • Do not let your dog eat or swallow any seaweed. This could potentially cause a gut blockage or give them an upset stomach.