Are dogs allowed on Whitby Beach?

WHITBY is one of Yorkshire’s jewels with the seaside town famed for its harbour and chips shops.

Yet, the beaches at Whitby are beautiful and great for soaking up the views on your stroll across the sand – but can dogs join you?

Are dogs allowed on Whitby Beach?

Dogs are allowed onto both of Whitby’s beaches 365 days of the year, much to the delight of their owners.

Canines are permitted on the Tate Hill Beach – but must be kept on a lead from May 1 to September 30.

However, there is a ban in place on the West Cliff Beach that means you must watch where your four-legged pooch wanders off to.

Scarborough Borough Council have declared that dogs are not allowed to go onto the southern part of the beach by Whitby Harbour from May 1 to September 30.

Make the most of your trip to Whitby Beach and stay at the pet-friendly Discovery Accommodation hotel from just £60 with the coast just a five-minute walk away.

Whitby Beach is a coastal beauty in Yorkshire with tourists and residents alike able to take their dogs on its sandy shores
Whitby Beach is a coastal beauty in Yorkshire with tourists and residents alike able to take their dogs on its sandy shores

Will I be fined for taking my dog onto Whitby Beach?

Should dog owners fail to keep their dog from straying into the exclusion zones – which will be clearly signposted on the beach – then they face the prospect of being fined.

Should you be caught in the banned area with your dog, you could be served with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £75.

However, the fine could rise to up to £1,000 should you dispute it and you are then prosecuted through the courts.

There are exemptions to being fined, including if you are registered blind.

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

Looking for a beach near you? Check out our full UK dog-friendly beach guide.

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