Is Mudeford beach dog friendly?

MUDEFORD Sandbank beach in Dorset lies between the sea and Christchurch harbour.

Sun worshippers flock to this hotspot during the summer months – but can you bring your dog along with you for a trip to the coast?

Is Mudeford beach dog friendly?

Unlike several other beaches in Dorset, Mudeford is dog-friendly all year round.

However, your four-legged must remain under control at all times while on the beach.

Mudeford is a popular spot for watersports including kayaking, canoeing, jet-skiing, swimming, water skiing and even wind surfing.

The fast current makes this beach the perfect place – but this means you have to be extra careful if your dog likes to paddle in the water.

You can bring your dog to Mudeford beach as it is pet-friendly all year round (Credit: Matthew/Flickr)

There is not a lifeguard service on patrol and it is advised that your dog remains on a lead in the water.

Parking can be an issue at Mudeford as there is no direct access to the beach.

The nearest place to park your motor is around a 15-minute walk away from the seafront.

You can park at Hengistury Head or Mudeford Quay – which both have disabled spaces.

If you are heading to Mudeford by bicycle, there is a cycle park on the Sandbank – close to the Noddy Train terminal.

The seafront is lined with over 300 colourful beach huts – with some worth over £100,000.

It is a great place to explore with your canine companion and there are cafes, shops and a public toilet nearby.

If you want to spend the night in the area, check out the luxurious Sandhills Apartments.

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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