Is Branscombe Beach dog friendly?

DEVON’S Branscombe Beach is an idyllic spot for locals and tourists alike with pristine grassy hills offers a stunning backdrop to pebbly shores.

It appears like the perfect spot for dogs to run around and splash in the water – but are they allowed at Branscombe Beach?

Is Branscombe Beach dog friendly?

Dogs are allowed to run around on Branscombe Beach and go into the water all year round – but there are certain restrictions.

In order to protect the beach and its visitors, dogs are not allowed beyond 150m of the pole that sits in front of The Sea Shanty Cafe in either direction.

They must remain inside that 300m space, yet can still go into the sea and splash around, while the cafe is dog friendly.

Considering taking your dog away on holiday and visiting Branscombe Beach? Why not stay at the nearby Beer Head Caravan Park and explore all that the south of Devon has to offer from just £30 a night.

Branscombe Beach has a pebbly shoreline and favourite among dogs in the south of Devon (Barnyz/Flickr)
Branscombe Beach has a pebbly shoreline and favourite among dogs in the south of Devon (Barnyz/Flickr)

Can I be fined for taking my dog to Branscombe Beach?

If your canine goes into the restricted areas at the South Devon beach, then you could face being fined due to being in breach of a Public Spaces Protection Order.

This is known as a Fixed Penalty Notice, which would see dog owners handed an £80 fine, as stated by East Devon District Council for which Branscombe Beach falls under.

However, should the case be taken to court, you face far more significant financial penalties.

All of those judged to have committed the offence can appeal the Fixed Penalty Notice, but you must have a reasonable excuse.

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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