Dog-friendly beaches in Somerset

THERE are over 30 beaches in Somerset – but can you bring your dog along with you for a day at the seaside?

From Dunster Beach to Selworthy Sands and St Audries Bay, there is a long-list of options to pick from.

What beaches in Somerset can I take my dog to?

  • Berrow Beach
  • Blue Anchor Beach, Minehead
  • Bossington Beach
  • Brean Beach
  • Burnham-on-Sea Beach
  • Burnham-on-Sea Yacht Club Beach
  • Doniford Beach
  • Dunster Beach
  • East Quantoxhead Beach
  • Glenthorne Beach
  • Greenaleigh Sand Beach, Minehead
  • Helwell Bay, Watchet
  • Kilve Beach
  • Ladye Bay, Clevedon
  • Lilstock Beach
  • Middle Hope Beach, Weston-super-Mare
  • Minehead Beach (dog restrictions between the  harbour and the golf course from May to September)
  • Porlock Beach, Porlock Weir
  • Sand Bay Beach, Weston-super-Mare
  • Selworthy Sands
  • St Audries Bay, Taunton
  • Stolford Seafront
  • Watchet Beach
  • Weston-super-Mare Beach (dogs banned from Grand Pier and Marine Lake all year round and dog restrictions on the rest of the beach from May to September)
Selworthy Sands is one of the most picturesque spots in the range of the South West Coastal Path (Credit: Mark Robinson /Flickr)
Selworthy Sands is one of the most picturesque spots in the range of the South West Coastal Path (Credit: Mark Robinson /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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