Is Dawlish Warren beach dog friendly?

THE golden sand on Dawlish Warren beach stretches for as far as you can see.

As well as that, this hotspot in Devon has award-winning clean waters and amusement arcades nearby.

Can I take my dog to Dawlish Warren beach?

Dawlish Warren is dog-friendly – but there are restrictions and rules in place during the summer months.

Dogs are allowed:

  • All year round on the area of the beach to the right of the lifeguard tower and between groyne 4 and 8 on the main beach.
  • Dogs must be kept on leads all year round around the main resort and nature reserve. These leads must be no more than two-metres in length.

Dogs are not allowed:

  • Between the lifeguard tower and groyne 3 on the beach between 1 April and 30 September.
  • On a 230-metre section the beach to the west of Red Rock Cafe or beyond groyne 9 between 1 May until 30 September.
You must follow the rules when taking your dog to Dawlish Warren beach (Credit: Mark Robinson/ Flickr)

These areas should be clearly signposted when you arrive at Dawlish Warren.

If the idea of heading to the beach doesn’t tickle your fancy, there are plenty of other great places to walk your dog nearby.

Dawlish Countryside Park has a 65-acre open public space as well as fantastic walking routes and woodland.

Mamhead, which is a short drive from Dawlish, is a nearby rural village with rural walks and woodland trails.

If you want to soak up some great views, why not take on the famous South West Coast Path with your four-legged friend.

Despite being a hotspot for birdwatchers, Exe Estuary is also a brilliant spot to walk your dog.

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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