Are dogs allowed at Porthcawl Beach?

PORTHCAWL has an incredibly expansive shoreline to enjoy for all of the family in the south of Wales.

Midway between Swansea and Cardiff, the town’s coast is much to desire and a tourist hotspot – but can you bring your dog along to their beaches?

Are dogs allowed at Porthcawl Beach?

Such is the coastline around Porthcawl that it has seven beaches, including the the Seafront Beach in the heart of the town.

All seven sandy havens allow dogs on their beaches, with Newton Beach, Pink Bay and Sker Beach welcoming canines all year round – although Bridgend County Borough do ask that their waste is disposed of.

Meanwhile, the Seafront Beach – along with Trecco Bay, Sandy Bay and Rest Bay – do have further restrictions with dogs banned from May 1 to September 30.

Fancy making a holiday of your trip to the beaches of Porthcawl? Stay at the dog-friendly Parkdean Resorts’ Trecco Bay Holiday Park from just £47 a night.

Porthcawl has seven sprawling beaches with dogs allowed on all of them - but some come with restrictions (Rose Davies/Flickr)
Porthcawl has seven sprawling beaches with dogs allowed on all of them – but some come with restrictions (Rose Davies/Flickr)

Can I be fined for taking my dog onto Porthcawl’s beaches?

Owners seen taking their dogs onto the beaches of Porthcawl during restricted times face being hit with a fine – which can get worse.

Taking your pooch onto the Seafront Beach, Trecco Bay, Sandy Bay or Rest Bay between May and September is a breach of a Public Space Protection Order and considered a criminal offence.

Bridgend County Borough’s enforcement officers can issue fines of up to £100 as a fixed penalty notice.

However, offenders could face a fine of up to £1,000 should it go to court.

Those that have taken their dog onto one of the four Porthcawl beaches during that time and been fined can appeal the decision – but must do so within six weeks of the PSPO being issued.

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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