Is Reculver beach dog friendly?

RECULVER beach is a hidden gem located on the Kent coastline.

This small stretch of shingle is overlooked by a 12th-century tower and the remains of a Roman fort.

Can I take my dog to Reculver?

Dogs are allowed at Reculver beach all year round.

Unlike many other nearby beaches including Herne Bay, there are no restrictions in place.

French Bulldog Pablo was the only dog on the beach when he visited Reculver Bay

Reculver beach is remarkably quiet – making it the perfect place to explore with your pet.

The beach is predominantly shingle, but a small section of a sand is revealed at low-tide.

If you fancy a longer walk with your dog, you can check out Reculver Country Park.

With 64-acres of coastal paths and circular walks, there is plenty to do.

Dog owners at Reculver are urged to keep their dogs away from the wildlife.

Thousands of migratory birds used this beach to nest during the winter months.

In the summer, you will likely spot Sand martins nesting in the cliff.

It is best for dog owners to keep their four-legged friend well away from the nesting wildlife.

What facilities are at Reculver Bay?

The beach is clearly signposted when you are nearby and there are plenty of facilities on site.

There is a large car park on the seafront – but make sure you get a ticket.

If you fancy a drink before setting off on your adventure, there is a cafe next to the car park.

This is dog-friendly and it even sells special ice cream for your pooch.

Public toilets – which are remarkably clean – are just around the corner.

There’s also a huge kids playground near to the cafe.

The ruins at Reculver are a great spot to take a photograph of your pet

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.

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.

Tips for taking your dog to Reculver 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 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.