Dog-friendly beaches in Northumberland

NORTHUMBERLAND has a long-list of incredible coastlines from Cheswick Sands to Craster Beach.

Dog owners are advised to check the rules of each beach before they set off for a fun-filled day at the seaside.

What beaches can I take my dog to in Northumberland?

  • Alnmouth Beach
  • Amble Links Beach
  • Bamburgh Beach
  • Beadnell Bay Beach (dogs must be kept on a lead from March to July)
  • Berwick-upon-Tweed Beach
  • Blyth Beach (dog restrictions between the beach access at Beachway and beach access at southern end of Links Road car park from May to September)
  • Cambois Beach
  • Cheswick Sands
  • Cocklawburn Beach, Berwick-upon-Tweed
  • Craster Beach
  • Cresswell Beach
  • Druridge Bay Beach
  • Embleton Bay Beach
  • Fisherman’s Haven Beach, Berwick-upon-Tweed
  • Holy Island Beach, Lindisfarne (dogs must be kept on leads during bird nesting season)
  • Link House Beach, Alnwick
  • Longhoughton Steel Beach
  • Low Newton-by-the-Sea Beach, Alnwick
  • Newbiggin Beach, Ulverston (dog restrictions between the breakwater at Church Point and the beach access from the promenade from May to September)
  • North Sunderland Beach
  • Ross Back Sands Beach, Belford
  • Sandstell Point Beach, Berwick-upon-Tweed
  • Seahouses Beach
  • Seaton Sluice Beach
  • Spittal Beach
  • Warkworth Beach
Bamburgh Beach is a sandy beach in Northumberland (Credit: Matthew Hartley/ 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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