Is Chesil Beach Dog Friendly?

CHESIL beach is one of the most famous landmarks in Dorset.

This shingle beach stretches for 18 miles from West Bay to Portland – but can you take your four-legged friend with you?

Is Chesil beach dog friendly?

Dogs are allowed on Chesil beach at Abbotsbury to the Tank Teeth Boundary all year round – but there are some restrictions in place.

From the Tank Teeth Boundary at Abbotsbury to the Portland Boundary Stone – dogs must be kept on leads and on the outer flank of the beach from 1 September to 30 April.

This Dorset hotspot, which is made up of shingle, is ideal for long dog walks.

Dog owners should be aware that there is a protected area for nesting birds at the back of the beach.

There are lots of dog-friendly hotels near Chesil beach in Dorset (Credit: Frank Shepherd / Flickr)

Your dog should be under control near nesting birds and mudflats, so it is advised that they are kept on a lead.

Due to the huge waves, you should keep a close eye on your pooch if it decides to go for a dip in the water.

There are lots of facilities nearby including toilets when the Visitor Centre opens – which is usually at 9am.

Adjacent to the beach is a pay-and-display car park.

If you want to spend the night in the area, you and your dog should check out The Richmoor Hotel.

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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