Can dogs go onto Benllech Beach?

BENLLECH BEACH graces the coast of Anglesey with its expansive sandy shores allowing thousands to spread out upon visiting.

The wide open spaces make it a perfect place for families to spend the day on the Welsh seaside – but can dogs join them?

Are dogs allowed on Benllech Beach?

Dogs are welcome on Benllech Beach all year round with restrictions during the summer months.

From May 1 to September 30, dogs are banned from the main section of the beach which runs from The Bay Cafe on Beach Road and stretches for nearly 600 metres along the seafront to the southeast.

There are signs in place to mark out the restricted area, so you make sure to keep your beloved pooch away.

However, you will need to keep your dog on a lead at all times while on the promenade, especially when travelling to the permitted section.

Benllech Beach sits on the east side of the beautiful Welsh island of Anglesey (Flickr/Hefin Owen)
Benllech Beach sits on the east side of the beautiful Welsh island of Anglesey (Flickr/Hefin Owen)

Can I be fined for taking my dog to Benllech Beach?

It is unclear if you will be fined by the Isle of Anglesey County Council for taking your dog into the restricted zone at Benllech Beach from May to September, although guide dogs and assistance animals are exempt from the rule.

However, any dog fouling at the seaside at any time during the year could land you with a fine of up to £1,000.

If you are caught, you could be given a Fixed Penalty Notice of £75.

Yet, if the prosecution is taken to court, you could be handed the maximum fine for failing to clean up after your canine.

Why are dogs banned from Benllech Beach?

There are multiple reasons why dogs are not banned from Benllech Beach’s main section, all related to the health and safety of its human visitors.

With the summer months seeing an increased population on the Anglesey shores, space becomes limited and the crowdedness increases the chances of a canine becoming stressed and attacking a person.

Yet, the main concern for dogs on the beach is toxocariasis, also known as zoonosis.

This infection is caused by humans coming into contact with an animal’s faeces that include parasites with beaches the most at-risk place.

Children are among the most vulnerable and with an influx of youngsters going to the beach during the warmer months, they could become seriously ill.

The main symptoms include fever, stomach ache, rashes and in the more extreme cases, the loss of vision in one eye.

Should you or your child have any of these symptoms and believe to have ingested sand or animal poo, call 111 and seek a doctor.

Tips for taking your dog to Benllech Beach

Taking your dog to Benllech Beach is more than just ensuring they are on a lead before getting to the sandy shores, especially on a hot day.

With a mixture of the sun beating down on your canine and salty seawater, taking fresh water and a bowl will help them to quench their thirst, while poo bags are essential to ensuring you do not get fined for fouling and keep the beach safe.

You should make sure that your dog is wearing their collar and ID tag in case they get lost and also check to see if their GPS tracker is fully charged should you have one.

Just like humans, a towel is great to dry them off, particularly if they have been in the ocean – you certainly won’t want to get your car seats wet if you are driving home.

Meanwhile, it is advised to take a first aid kit with you to Benllech Beach as rocks and sharp materials on the beach and in the sea can leave them with scratches and other injuries.

And in the event of a more severe problem occurs, you should know where the nearest vet is – Aran Vet Clinic is a 17-minute drive away, but is only open until 12pm on Saturdays and closed on Sundays.

Dogs are forbidden from roaming the main section of Benllech Beach during the summer months (Flickr/Hefin Owen)
Dogs are forbidden from roaming the main section of Benllech Beach during the summer months (Flickr/Hefin Owen)

However, Benllech Beach is not the only dog-friendly beach in Wales, with Llandudno Beach and Swansea Beach both also having restrictions during the summer months.

Yet, Talacre Beach – famous for its incredible lighthouse in the middle of its sandy shores – is a rare hotspot that welcomes dogs all year round with no restrictions.