Is Bournemouth beach dog friendly?

BOURNEMOUTH’S award-winning beach stretches for a whopping seven miles.

It is widely regarded as one of the best beaches in the United Kingdom – but can your dog tag along?

Are dogs allowed on Bournemouth beach?

Dogs are allowed on the beach from 1 October until 30 April.

From 1 May until 30 September, dogs are banned from all of the Blue Flag or Seaside Award beaches.

Dogs are banned from Bournemouth beach during peak season (Credit: Flickr / Underway in Ireland)

Dogs must also be kept on the lead on all promenades, piers, zig zags and footpaths.

There are several beaches in Bournemouth that allow dog walking all year round.

These include:

  • Alum Chine Beach Office to Branksome Chine Beach Office, Poole
  • Middle Chine to Durley Chine
  • East of Fisherman’s Walk beach to Southbourne
  • Hengistbury

Guide dogs are allowed on all of the Bournemouth beaches all year round.

However, they must be working, in a harness and kept on a lead.

The best dog friendly hotel in Bournemouth

A recommendation from us here at BestBeaches is the incredible Bournemouth East Cliff hotel.

Dogs are allowed in the bar and lounge where you can enjoy a bite to eat.

Fresh sandwiches are on offer and there are plenty of dinner options available.

This stunning hotel also offers a breakfast buffet, afternoon tea and 24-hour room service.

Tips for taking your dog to Bournemouth beach

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.