Dog-friendly beaches in Lancashire

LANCASHIRE has a lot more to offer than just the Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

There are plenty of other options if you’re considering a trip to the seaside including Fleetwood beach and Half Moon Bay.

What beaches in Lancashire can I take my dog to?

  • Anchorsholme Beach
  • Bispham Beach
  • Blackpool Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Blackpool Pleasure Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Cleveleys Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Dog Friendly Beach, Morecambe
  • Fleetwood Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Hest Bank Beach
  • Half Moon Bay, Heysham
  • Lytham St Annes Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Marine Beach, Fleetwood (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Morecambe Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • North Shore Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Pilling Sands Beach, Morecambe
  • Rossall Beach
  • St Annes North Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
Blackpool beach has dog restrictions in place during the summer months (Credit: Paul/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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