Dog-friendly beaches in Suffolk

IF you’re visiting Suffolk anytime soon, make sure you bring your dog along for the journey.

This county, which borders Norfolk, has a long-list of beautiful beaches from Kessingland to Covehithe.

What beaches can I take my dog to in Suffolk?

  • Aldeburgh Beach (dog restrictions on the main part of the beach from May to September)
  • Corton Beach (dog restrictions on parts of the beach from May to September)
  • Covehithe Beach
  • Dunwich Beach
  • Dunwich Heath Beach
  • Felixstowe Beach (dog restrictions on parts of the beach from May to September)
  • Kessingland Beach
  • Lowestoft South Beach (dog restrictions on parts of the beach from May to September)
  • Shingle Street Beach (dogs must be kept under control around nesting birds)
  • Southwold Pier Beach (dog restrictions on parts of the beach from May to September)
  • The Denes Beach, Southwold 
  • Thorpeness Beach (dog restrictions on parts of the beach from May to September)
  • Walberswick Beach
Dunwich is a shingle beach in Suffolk (Credit: Amanda Slater/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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