Can dogs go on Woolacombe beach?

AWARD-winning Woolacombe Beach is considered to be one of the best beaches in the United Kingdom.

But are you allowed to walk your dog along the picturesque three-mile stretch of sand?

Can dogs go on Woolacombe beach?

Dogs are allowed on Woolacombe beach – but there are some restrictions throughout the year.

During peak season from May to October, your four-legged friends are only allowed in the dog-friendly zones.

Dogs are not allowed between the rocks at the north end of the beach and the stream.

But because of the sheer size of this beach, this should not cause too much of a problem.

Woolacombe beach is located on Devon's north coast (Credit: Susanne Wraight/Flickr)
Woolacombe beach is located on Devon’s north coast (Credit: Susanne Wraight/Flickr)

Your pooch must also be kept on a lead from the stream to Mill Rock during peak season.

For the rest of the year, dogs are allowed to explore everything that Woolacombe beach has to offer.

Dog owners that fancy spending the night in the area could check into Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks.

The three holiday parks – Woolacombe Bay, Twitchen House and Easewell Farm – are all dog-friendly.

Your dog can stretch its legs in the 11-acre valley or even join you for a bite to eat in the Bait Ball Bar & Restaurant.

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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