Dog-friendly beaches in Yorkshire

IF you’re visiting Yorkshire anytime soon, make sure you bring your dog along with you for the day.

From Cayton to Port Mulgrave and Runswick Bay, there are plenty of beautiful beaches to explore.

What beaches can I take my dog to in Yorkshire?

  • Barmston Beach, York
  • Bridlington North Beach
  • Bridlington South Beach
  • Cayton Bay Beach, Scarborough
  • Danes Dyke Beach, Bridlington
  • Filey Beach (dog restrictions between the Royal Parade and the promenade from May to September)
  • Fraisthorpe Beach, Barmston
  • Granville Beach, Redcar (dog restrictions between signposted areas from May to September)
  • Hayburn Wyke Beach
  • Hornsea Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Kettleness Beach
  • Mappleton Beach
  • Marske-by-the-Sea Beach
  • North Landing Beach, Flamborough
  • Port Mulgrave Beach
  • Redcar Beach (dog free zones in operation from May to September)
  • Reighton Sands Beach
  • Robin Hood’s Bay Beach
  • Runswick Bay Beach
  • Saltburn Beach (dog free zones in operation from May to September)
  • Sandsend Beach (dog restrictions on the main part of the beach from May to September)
  • Scarborough North Bay Beach (dog restrictions on the main part of the beach from May to September)
  • Scarborough South Bay Beach (dog restrictions on the main part of the beach from May to September)
  • Selwicks Bay Beach
  • Skipsea Beach
  • Skinningrove Beach
  • South Gare and Coatham Dunes, Redcar
  • South Landing Beach, Flamborough
  • Staithes Beach Sands
  • Stoupe Beck Sands
  • Tate Hill Beach, Whitby (dogs must be kept on a lead from May to September)
  • Thornwick Bay Beach
  • Tunstall Beach
  • Upgang Beach, Whitby
  • Whitby Beach (dog restrictions on the main part of the beach from May to September)
  • Wilsthorpe Beach
  • Withernsea Bay Beach (dog restrictions on small part of the beach from May to September)
Mappleton is one of the many dog-friendly beaches in Yorkshire (Credit: Reading Tom/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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