Dog-friendly beaches in Kent

DOG owners in Kent are spoilt for choice when it comes to taking their pooch to the seaside.

There are plenty of options from Deal Beach to Herne Bay – but you need to check the rules and regulations before you set off.

What beaches can I take my dog to in Kent?

  • Abbot’s Cliff Beach, Folkestone (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Allhallows Beach
  • Botany Bay, Broadstairs (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Deal Beach (dog restrictions between Deal Castle and Sandown Castle from May to September)
  • Dover Harbour Beach (dog restrictions at Dover Seafront, Waterloo Crescnet and Marine Parade from May to September)
  • Dumpton Gap Beach, Broadstairs
  • Dungeness Beach
  • Dymchurch Beach, Romney Marsh (dog restrictions between Sycamore Gardens and Martello car park from May to September)
  • Epple Bay, Margate
  • Folkestone Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Foreness Point, Margate
  • Fulsam Rock Beach, Margate
  • Greatstone Beach (dog restrictions between two parts of the beach from May to September)
  • Grenham Bay, Margate
  • Herne Bay Beach (dog restrictions between The Pier and Land Ends from May to September)
  • Hythe Beach (dog restrictions between Twiss Road and St Leonards Road from May to September)
  • Isle of Grain Beach
  • Joss Bay Beach, Broadstairs (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Kingsdown Beach (dog restrictions between Sandown Castle and Deal Castle from May to September)
  • Kingsgate Bay Beach, Broadstairs
  • Leysdown Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Littlestone Beach (dog restrictions between Madeira Road and Clark Road from May to September)
  • Louisa Bay, Broadstairs (dogs must be kept on leads from May to September)
  • Margate Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Minnis Bay, Birchington-on-Sea (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Minster Leas Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Palm Bay Beach, Margate
  • Pegwell Bay, Ramsgate (dog restrictions from May to September and banned from mud flats and saltmarsh all year round)
  • Ramsgate Main Sands (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Reculver Beach, Herne Bay
  • Samphire Hoe, Dover (dogs must be kept on a lead all year round)
  • Sandgate Beach (dog restrictions between Sandgate Castle and Princes Parade Junction from May to September)
  • Sandwich Bay
  • Seasalter Beach
  • Shakespeare Beach, Dover
  • Sheerness Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Shellness Beach, Leysdown-on-Sea
  • St Margaret’s Bay (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • St Mary’s Bay, Broadstairs (dog restrictions between The Fairway and River Outfell from May to September)
  • St Mildred’s Bay, Westgate-on-Sea (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Stone Bay, Broadstairs (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Sunny Sands, Folkestone (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Tankerton Beach, Whitstable (dog restrictions between Pier Avenue and The Street from May to September)
  • The Warren, Folkestone
  • Viking Bay, Broadstairs (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Walmer Beach
  • Walpole Bay (dogs must be kept on leads from May to September)
  • Warden Bay, Sheerness
  • Westbrook Bay, Margate (dogs must be kept on leads from May to September)
  • West Bay, Westgate-on-Sea (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Whitstable Beach
Reculver beach is a great place to explore with your four-legged friend (Credit: Anup Shah/Flickr)

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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