Can dogs go onto Cleethorpes Beach?

CLEETHORPES BEACH is just one of few seaside hotspots along the Lincolnshire coast and sits on the cusp of the River Humber.

With its spacious areas and glorious sandy shores, it is a popular attraction among families – but are dogs allowed onto the beach too?

Is Cleethorpes Beach dog friendly?

Cleethorpes Beach is very dog-friendly beach and allows them on the shores all year round – but there are restrictions.

From Good Friday to September 30 every year, dogs are banned from the beach between the Wonderland Slipway and Cleethorpes Leisure Centre.

Cleethorpes Beach is an amazing place to bring your dog with its spacious shoreline and calm waters (steve p2008/Flickr)
Cleethorpes Beach is an amazing place to bring your dog with its spacious shoreline and calm waters (steve p2008/Flickr)

That stretches across almost all of the beach from Kingsway to the end of North Promenade.

There is a small part of Cleethorpes Beach beyond the leisure centre that is available to dogs, where the marshland is.

To avoid allowing your dog into the wrong zone, there are signs along the promenade to help, while canines are most welcome on the seafront from October to before Easter.

Can I be fined for taking my dog onto Cleethorpes Beach?

Anyone who takes their dog onto Cleethorpes Beach in the banned zone from Easter to the end of September could face a hefty fine.

Under the Public Space Protection Order, you can be hit with a £100 fixed penalty from the local authority.

However, if you fail to pay, North East Lincolnshire Council say: “it is likely you will be prosecuted in the magistrates’ court and be fined up to £1000.”

There are exemptions to the law, with people that have registered dogs in accordance with the National Assistance Act or from a certified charity such as Hearing Dogs for Deaf People allowed to go onto the beach with their canine.

Why are dogs banned from Cleethorpes Beach?

Dog bans on beaches are not uncommon across the UK in the summer and Cleethorpes Beach is no different, where the health and safety of visitors becomes more important as more people head to the coast to enjoy the hot weather.

One of the key concerns with bringing canines to the seaside is the toxocariasis – or zoonosis – disease.

This only affect humans where they are infected by parasites from the faeces of animals, notably domestic pets such as dogs.

And one of the most high-risk places for contracting this disease is at the beach, particularly with young children being more vulnerable.

Symptoms of toxocariasis can range from a mild temperature and stomach ache to more serious issues like a loss of vision.

If you think you or your child have contracted the virus, seek medical attention from a doctor or call 111 immediately.

The majority of Cleethorpes Beach becomes off limits to dogs during the summer months (steve p2008/Flickr)
The majority of Cleethorpes Beach becomes off limits to dogs during the summer months (steve p2008/Flickr)

Tips for taking your dog to Cleethorpes Beach

Taking your dog to the beach is always an enjoyable experience, but there are numerous aspects that you still have to consider before setting off.

The number one rule before heading to the seaside is to make sure that canines are allowed there, with many beaches like Cleethorpes Beach having restrictions on pets.

Even if your dog is well trained, you should still bring a lead to take them from the car park and surrounding footpaths to the shore, while it will help to keep them under control if the beach starts to get busy or they become erratic.

For your pet’s own welfare, you should always take a drinking bowl and fresh, clean water to quench their thirst, especially with the saltiness of the sea, while poo bags are an essential so you are not dog fouling.

Taking a dry towel is useful, particularly if you are visiting Cleethorpes Beach by car, while with most shorelines vast and spacious, it can be easy to lose your dog – so ensuring they have their collar and ID tag on them will help others to identify them if they run off.

The same goes for a GPS tracker; make sure it is fully charged and waterproof, so you locate your pet easily.

Lastly, you should take a first aid kit with you in case they hurt themselves – particularly with sharp rocks and other objects often found on the beach – while check where the nearest vet is in case the worst happens.

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.