Is Weston-super-Mare Beach dog friendly?

WESTON-SUPER-MARE is one of the most popular places along the North Somerset coast with its beach the highlight.

The golden, sandy beach stretches a whopping two miles along the coast, with a grand pier in the middle, making it an ideal place to bring the family – but can you bring your dog too?

Is Weston-super-Mare Beach dog friendly?

Visitors to Weston-super-Mare Beach are allowed to bring their dogs along, but with such a long stretch, there are rules for different sections of the coastline.

Between The Grand Pier and Knightstone Island, along with Royal Sands to Uphill beach, is completely restriction-free for dogs, so you can take your pet to the beach all year round. 

However, between The Grand Pier and Royal Sands, dogs are banned from May until September. 

And dogs are not allowed on the beach at Marine Lake in the north at any time during the year – so make sure to check where you are setting up with your canine. 

Weston-super-Mare is famous for its pier with horses regularly spotted on the beach

If your dog does poo on the beach, it must be cleared up and thrown away.

Stay by the Weston-super-Mare beachside at The Grand Atlantic Hotel from £42 a night.

Can I be fined for taking my dog to Weston-super-Mare Beach?

It is important to know where and when your dog is allowed to go onto Weston-super-Mare Beach or you will face potential fines. 

Police can punish you for breaching Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) and you could be slapped with a fixed penalty of around £75.

Yet, if you do decide to take that to court and then found guilty, you could be forced to cough up £1,000 for taking your dog onto Weston-super-Mare Beach.

Why are dogs banned from going onto 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.

Things to consider when taking your dog to the beach

Dogs love a nice trip to the seaside, just like their human companions. 

But there are a number of rules and tips to consider when heading to the beach.

These include: 

  • Check with beach management to see if dogs are allowed
  • Take poo bags to clear up their mess
  • Bring a lead – dogs have to be on a leash on some beaches at all times
  • Avoid the big crowds
  • Consider some people may not like dogs
  • Take plenty of fresh water and a bowl for your dog
  • Take a first aid kit in case your dog becomes injured
  • Check for local vets in case of emergency
  • Make sure your dog is wearing their collar and ID tag
  • If they are wear a GPS tracker, make sure it is fully charged
  • Take spare towels to dry them
  • Keep an eye on your dog at all times

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