Can dogs go on Barry Island beach?

TOURISTS swarm to Barry Island every summer to get a glimpse of where Gavin and Stacey was filmed.

This hotspot in South Wales has it all – but can you bring your four-legged friend along with you for a trip to the coast?

Can dogs go on Barry Island beach?

Whitmore Bay is by far the biggest and most popular attraction on Barry Island.

Pets are allowed on Whitmore Bay – but there are restrictions in place during peak season.

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

The main reason for not allowing dogs on to beaches at certain times is for health and safety purposes.

Barry Island beach has rocketed in popularity since it featured as part of popular series Gavin and Stacey (Credit: MJB_Photos/Flickr)

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.

Whitmore Bay has a huge stretch of golden sand and the water is crystal clear when the tide is in.

But dog owners need to be careful if their dogs go in the sea due to the notoriously strong currents.

As there’s so much to do in the area, you might want to stay the night on Barry Island to make the most of your trip.

Why not check out the luxurious Mount Rooms Hotel, which is just 0.4 miles away from the beachfront.

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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