Is Herne Bay beach dog friendly?

HERNE BAY is one of the most popular beaches in Kent – and it’s not hard to see why.

This hotspot has everything you need from arcade amusements to colourful beach huts and the famous Herne Bay Pier.

Is Herne Bay beach dog friendly?

Dogs are not allowed on Herne Bay central beach – from the pier along to to the Lane End – from 1 May until 30 September.

Your dog must also be kept on a lead on the promenade at all times.

The same rules apply for Tankerton beach – which is just further along the coast.

Canterbury Council have stated that dogs must be supervised at all times.

Dog owners are not allowed to bring their pets onto the main beach during peak summer season

There are plenty of beaches in Kent that are dog-friendly all year round. These include:

  • Broadstairs
  • Dumpton Gap
  • Kingsgate Bay
  • Ramsgate
  • Western Undercliff
  • Eastcliff
  • Margate
  • Foreness Point
  • Palm Bay
  • Sacketts Gap
  • Fulsom Rock
  • Birchington
  • Epple Bay
  • Grenham Bay
  • Northern Seawall

If you fancy spending the night nearby, why not check out The Pilgrims Hotel in Canterbury – which is dog-friendly.

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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