Is Saunton Sands beach dog friendly?

SAUNTON SANDS is the perfect place for a day out with family and friends.

Whether you want to hire a beach hut or enjoy a game of volleyball on the sand – it has it all.

Can I take my dog to Saunton Sands?

Dogs are allowed on Saunton Sands beach all year round.

Unlike other beaches in the North Devon area including Croyde Bay, there are no restrictions in place.

Saunton Sands is one of the best places in North Devon to take your dog (Credit: Flickr/ Tim Coleman)

However, there is a zoning system that dog owners need to abide by.

You must keep your dog on its lead as you make your way down to the beach.

After that, they can freely explore the 3.5 mile stretch of golden sand.

To find a quieter part of the beach, enter the beach via the dunes – which are called Braunton Burrows – further up the beach.

Dog owners must watch out for cattle grazing on the dunes and are advised to stay a safe distance away from them.

Where can I stay with my dog in near Saunton Sands?

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 Saunton Sands

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 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.

Why are dogs banned from going onto some 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.