Are dogs allowed on Aberavon beach?

ABERAVON is best known for being one of the longest beaches in Wales.

The sandy shoreline stretches for three miles – but can you bring your dog along with you for the day?

Are dogs allowed on Aberavon beach?

Aberavon is dog-friendly – but there are restrictions in place during peak season.

From the start of May until the end of September, dogs are banned from a large part of the beach.

This area should be clearly signposted when you arrive.

During this time, dogs must also be kept a lead when on the promenade.

Aberavon seafront is a popular choice for a family day out in Wales (Credit: Gareth Lovering/ Flickr)

Failure to comply to the rules will likely result in an on the spot fine.

Aberavon is popular with watersport lovers – especially towards the northern end of the beach.

Do not be surprised if you spot someone kayaking, yachting or even kite-surfing.

This is also a very popular spot with the locals for fishing.

Because of this, you will have to keep a close eye on your dog if it likes to cool off in the sea.

As well as being a great day out for your four-legged friend, your children are bound to enjoy a trip to Aberavon.

There is an aquasplash playground, children’s play area and even an Apollo cinema.

There are public toilets available to use and there is pay-and-display parking nearby.

Lifeguards patrol the beach from 23 May until 6 September.

If you want to spend the night in the area, check out the Best Western Aberavon Beach Hotel.

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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