Is Bigbury Beach Dog Friendly?

BIGBURY beach in South Devon has everything you need for a great family day out in the sunshine.

From rock pools to watersports including bodyboarding and surfing – it all has it all.

Is Bigbury beach dog friendly?

You can take your four-legged friend to Bigbury beach – but there are restrictions in place during peak season.

Dogs are banned from the causeway east to Sedgewell Cove from 1 May to 30 September.

But dogs are allowed to the west of the causeway and at the far east of Sedgewell Cove all year round.

Visitors at Bigbury Beach are urged to be extra careful if their dog likes to swim in the sea.

Bigbury beach is the perfect spot to try out windsurfing (Credit: Paul Appleton/ Flickr)

Signs warn of strong currents and there are certain areas that beach-goers are strongly recommended to avoid swimming.

You should not attempt to swim to Murray’s rock or in the boating lane – which is marked by the bouys.

The river mouth area should also be avoided because of the strong current.

These same rules should apply for your dog.

If you fancy spend the night in Bigbury after a long day, there are plenty of dog-friendly hotels in the area to choose from.

Just minutes away from the beach, The Henley Hotel which overlooks Bigbury Bay is a great option.

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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