Is Harlech Beach Dog Friendly?

HARLECH beach is a hidden gem located near Porthmadog in Gwynedd, Wales.

The golden sand stretches for four miles – but can your four-legged friend join you for a day at the seaside?

Is Harlech beach dog friendly?

Harlech beach is dog friendly all year round – but there are restrictions in place during peak season.

Dogs are banned from a small section of the beach in front of the holiday from 1 April to 30 September.

Outside of them dates, you and your pooch are free to explore everything that this hotspot in North Wales has to offer.

However, visitors are warned to be extra careful if their dog goes into the sea at Harlech.

Harlech beach is ideal for a day out with your dog (Credit: Andrew Bowden / Flickr)

The water is usually crystal clear – but it is not out of the ordinary to spot jellyfish lurking in the shallow water.

If your dog does get stung by a jellyfish, you should take them to the closest vets as soon as possible if they show a reaction.

A sting can result in drowsiness, vomiting and breathing issues.

Harlech beach, which offers incredible views of the Snowdonia mountain range, is ideal for dog walkers.

There is a pay-and-display car park nearby as well as several toilets, shops and cafes.

Fancy spending the night there? Why not stay in Aberdunant Hall Holiday Park – which is dog-friendly!

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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