Is Ogmore Beach Dog Friendly?

OGMORE-BY-SEA is a glorious beach situated on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast.

It is known for being one of the cleanest beaches in the area – but can you bring your dog with you to explore South Wales?

Is Ogmore Beach Dog Friendly?

There are no restrictions in place and dogs are allowed at this beach all year round.

As well as Ogmore-By-Sea, the list of pet-friendly beaches in the area include:

  • Cwm Nash (Monknash)
  • Nash Point
  • Summerhouse Bay
  • The Leys, Gileston
  • Fontygary Bay
  • Porthkerry
  • Jacksons Bay
  • St Mary’s Well Bay
Ogmore-By-Sea is pet-friendly all year round (Credit: Jeremy Segrott /Flickr)

However, you are not able to bring your four-legged friend to:

  • Whitmore Bay (Barry Island)
  • Dunraven Bay (Southerndown)
  • Cwm Colhuw (Llantwit)
  • Penarth beach (between the Pier and the Yacht club only)
  • Penart Pier (decking area only)
  • Cold Knap

Restrictions usually remain in place during peak from season – from the start of May until the end of September.

But luckily for those visiting Ogmore-By-Sea, your dog is free to soak up the summer sunshine with you.

There are a number of coastal walks and several dog-friendly pubs in the area that you can visit.

This beach, which looks over the idyllic Tusker Rock, is predominantly shingle but sand is exposed at low tide.

It is a popular fishing spot and it is the perfect spot for swimming or surfing.

Accessibility is not a problem and there is a plenty of car parks – which cost around £6 for the day.

If you fancy spending the night in the area, check out the pet-friendly Best Western Heronston Hotel & Spa.

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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