Are dogs allowed on Llandudno Beach?

LLANDUDNO is home to two magnificent beaches with both attracting swarms of tourists every year.

The North Shore and West Shore beaches – sitting in the north of Wales – are both award-winning, but can you take your dogs along?

Are dogs allowed on Llandudno Beach?

North Shore Beach – the main hotspot in the area and often referred to as Llandudno Beach – ban dogs from the majority of the beach from May to September.

Canines are not allowed from the Pier down to Clarence Road – located just after the Venue Cymru theatre during the summer months.

Beyond that point of the beach, dogs are allowed all year round.

Meanwhile, on the West Shore Beach, your pets are allowed on the beach throughout the whole year, except between the two stone Groynes from May to September.

Llandudno has two beaches surrounded by beautiful scenery in the north of Wales - and you can even take your dog there
Llandudno has two beaches surrounded by beautiful scenery in the north of Wales – and you can even take your dog there

Can I be fined for taking my dog on Llandudno Beach?

If you are taking your dog to the exclusion areas at either of the beaches in Llandudno, you will be hit with a fine.

Those penalised will be hit with a £75 fixed penalty notice by Conwy County Borough Council for taking their dog in the restricted zones between May and September.

Failure to pay the fine on time could lead to further consequences and legal action, where you face going to court.

The only defence to being fined is if you have a reasonable excuse for taking your canine into the designated banned areas, as noted under The Dog Exclusion Order 2012.

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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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