Are dogs allowed on Abersoch Beach?

ABERSOCH BEACH is a beautiful spot in the west of Wales that looks out towards Snowdonia National Park and the Irish Sea.

With spectacular views and plenty of space to roam around, Gwynedd hotspot is perfect for families – but can dogs visit Abersoch too?

Is Abersoch Beach dog friendly?

In Abersoch, there are two beaches surrounding the village with the main one on the eastern side and the harbour section to the north.

Both beaches allow dogs on their shores, but there are restrictions.

The main Abersoch Beach has a ban on dogs between April 1 and September 30 from the South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club to the Golf Road slipway by the beach cafe.

Meanwhile, the Abersoch Harbour Beach is also closed from April 1 to September 30 with only the part along the Afon Soch river available – the section open to the Irish Sea is restricted for canines.

If you are looking to head to a beach nearby during the summer months, Barmouth Beach and Benllech Beach are beautiful seaside hotspots and open to dogs all year round.

Abersoch Beach is a beautiful space in the north west of Wales where dogs are allowed to roam free from October to March (Flickr/Ben and Rebecca McIntyre)
Abersoch Beach is a beautiful space in the north west of Wales where dogs are allowed to roam free from October to March (Flickr/Ben and Rebecca McIntyre)

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

There is a very high possibility that you could be fined for taking your dog to Abersoch Beach, with Gwynedd County Council having Public Space Protection Orders in place.

It is unclear how much you could be forced to pay, but other beaches around Wales and the rest of the UK could hit with a Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £100 should they be caught.

If you fail to pay, you may end up in court with a maximum fine of £1,000.

Why are dogs banned from Abersoch Beach?

There are various reasons why dogs are banned from Abersoch Beach during the summer months, largely linked to health and safety when the beach can become overcrowded.

Yet, the main concern for having dogs on shores at busy times is because of the toxocariasis – or zoonosis – infection.

This disease is passed from animals to humans through poo, where parasites are transferred from the faeces and ingested by people.

Dogs are among the most common animals that pass on the infection while beaches are the highest risk with the two regularly coming together, especially vulnerable groups like children.

Potential symptoms to toxocariasis can range from a cough and high temperature to the possibility of loss of vision in one eye.

If you or your child are suspected to have ingested dog poo at a beach, you should seek medical advice straight away.

What should you bring to Abersoch Beach for your dog?

Going to the beach with your dog can range from being a quick stroll on the shoreline to spending all day there in the hot sun.

And when you are allowed to visit with your beloved pooch, there are numerous items that you should consider taking along with you, including:

  • A towel to wipe them down
  • A bowl and fresh water
  • A lead as most areas away from the beach will insist on your dog being on a leash
  • Poo bags
  • Make sure they are wearing their collar and ID tag
  • If you have one, a full charged GPS tracker
  • First aid kit and know the whereabouts of the nearest vet