Dog-friendly beaches in Cumbria

CUMBRIA has plenty of dog-friendly beaches from Allonby to Aldingham.

But it’s always worth checking whether they have summer restrictions in place before you set off.

What beaches can I take my dog to in Cumbria?

  • Aldingham Beach
  • Allonby Beach
  • Arnside Beach
  • Askam-in-Furness Beach
  • Bardsea Beach
  • Biggar Bank Beach, Walney Island
  • Braystones Beach, Beckermet
  • Earnse Bay (dog restrictions from Easter to September)
  • Grange-over-Sands
  • Haverigg Beach
  • Maryport Beach
  • Millom Beach
  • Nethertown Beach
  • Newbiggin Beach
  • Parton Beach, Whitehaven
  • Rampside Beach
  • Ravenglass Beach
  • Roanhead Beach, Barrow-in-Furness
  • Sandy Gap Beach, Walney Island
  • Seascale Beach
  • Siddick Beach
  • Silecroft Beach
  • Silloth West Beach, Silloth
  • Skinburness Beach
  • St Bees Beach
  • Whitehaven Beach
  • Workington Beach
Aldingham beach is a great place to take your dog for a walk (Credit: Christina Rose Howker/ 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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