Is Minehead Beach dog friendly?

MINEHEAD, known locally as The Strand, is a mile-long sandy beach situated in Somerset.

After a huge part of this beach was washed away by a storm in 1990, this hotspot underwent a multimillion pound makeover.

Is Minehead beach dog friendly?

Minehead beach is pet-friendly – but there are restrictions in place during peak season.

Dogs are not allowed on the main beach, which is between the harbour and golf course, from the start of May until the end of September.

Outside of those dates, you are free to roam this incredible coastline with your four-legged friend.

There are plenty of scenic routes for you to pick from – whether you want to walk along the North Hill or Dunster.

There are plenty of places to explore around Minehead beach (Credit: James F Clay/Flickr)

The facilities in the area including cafes and shops are dog-friendly, but it’s always best to check with the owner before you enter.

As well as that, there are public toilets and plenty of pay-and-display car parks nearby.

Minehead beach has good accessibility and is ideal for rock pooling when the tide goes out.

It is also a hugely popular for watersports including surfing, waterboarding and even kayaking.

But be careful in the water as there are no lifeguards on patrol at this beach.

If you fancy spending the night near Minehead beach, there are plenty of dog-friendly options to pick from.

You could stay at Edgcott House – which is a luxury bed and breakfast in the heart of a national park.

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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