Are dogs allowed on Frinton beach?

FRINTON-ON-SEA is one of Essex’s hidden gems.

This quiet and secluded hotspot is the perfect place to escape the crowds – but can you bring your dog along with you for the day?

Are dogs allowed on Frinton beach?

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

Dogs are banned from parts of the beach from the start of May until the end of September.

This means your pooch cannot go from seafront Warden Station below Connaught Avenue to public conveniences below Cambridge Road.

To avoid any confusion, this is clearly signposted.

The promenade at Frinton-On-Sea is lined with colourful beach huts (Credit: Evo Flash/ Flickr)

For the rest of the year, you are free to explore the picturesque coastal paths with your four-legged friend.

If you walk in one direction, you will stumble across the lively seaside resort of Walton on the Naze.

Should you go in the other direction, you will find a quiet nature reserve called Holland Haven Country Park.

There are plenty of places to walk including along the promenade which is lined with colourful beach huts.

If you fancy spending the night in the area, check out the pet-friendly Park Hall Country House & Cottages.

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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