Is Brancaster Beach Dog Friendly?

BRANCASTER is widely regarded as one of the best beaches in north Nolfolk.

Golden sand stretches for as far as you can see and there are plenty of facilities nearby to keep you entertained all day long.

Is Brancaster Dog Friendly?

Brancaster beach is pet-friendly – but there is a small restricted area during peak season.

From May to September, dogs are banned from a small section of the beach to the left of the entrance.

This area is fenced off and clearly marked out for visitors to see.

However, the rest of the incredible coastline is all yours to explore with your four-legged friend.

Brancaster beach does get very popular with visitors during peak season

There can also be nesting birds in the area so you are strongly advised to keep your dog on a lead.

Dog waste bins are located next to the toilets – which are open from 6am until 6pm.

Horse riders are allowed on the beach, but again there are restrictions in place during summer.

But you are advised not ride your horse at Brancaster between the hours of 9am to 6pm from May until September.

If you fancy spending the night in Norfolk with your four-legged friend, there are plenty of dog-friendly hotels to chose from.

Take a look at The White Horse hotel – which is located on the marshland coastline of north Norfolk.

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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