Can dogs go on Filey Beach?

FILEY BEACH is a rare coastal hotspot in North Yorkshire with its beautiful sandy shores attracting plenty of tourists.

With rocky pools and wonderful surrounding area, there is very little to not love about Filey – but can dogs join their families on the beach?

Can dogs go on Filey Beach?

Much to the delight of their owners, dogs are allowed onto Filey Beach all year round – but there are restrictions.

Between May 1 and September 30, four-legged pooches are banned from going onto the part of the beach from the sea wall at Royal Parade to the slipway that separates Coble Landing and the promenade.

It means that canines will only be allowed on the north side of the beach mostly during those summer months – however it is always advised to check the information boards in Filey to ensure you are not taking your dog into the exclusion area.

Fancy sticking around near Filey Beach? Why not stay at the pet-friendly Three Tuns Hotel from just £60 a night.

Filey is a delightful sandy beach in North Yorkshire that dogs are allowed on 365 days of the year (Tim Green/Flickr)
Filey is a delightful sandy beach in North Yorkshire that dogs are allowed on 365 days of the year (Tim Green/Flickr)

Can I be fined for taking my dog onto Filey Beach?

If your dog is caught on the restricted areas at Filey Beach, you face being fined by Scarborough Borough Council.

Owners may be handed a Fixed Penalty Notice worth £75 for the offence – but, if the case is taken to the courts, you could be slapped with a fine of up to £1,000.

Yet, dog owners can escape punishment if they have a reasonable excuse.

Meanwhile, it is not just by going into the exclusion zones that could see you falling foul of the law with the council declaring that failure to clear up your dog’s poo is also an offence.

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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