Are dogs allowed on Brighton beach?

IT’S clear to see why Brighton beach is one of the most popular in the United Kingdom.

There’s plenty of things do along the seafront from the pier and the Brighton Wheel to a long-list of pubs and nightclubs.

Is Brighton beach dog-friendly?

The local council state that dogs are allowed on all beaches in Brighton & Hove from the start of October until the end of April.

But there are restrictions in place outside of those dates.

From the start of May until the end of September, dogs are only allowed on beaches listed as pet-friendly.

The dog-friendly beaches in Brighton & Hove are:

  • The beaches between Longridge Avenue and the border with East Sussex
  • The beaches between Chailey Avenue and Arundel Drive, West Rottingdean
  • The beaches between the west wall of Brighton Marina and up to Volks Railway Aquarium station
  • The beach in front of and to the East of the Meeting Place Cafe up to the large groyne with the life-ring
  • The beach to the west of the King Alfred car park through to Sackville gardens
  • The beach opposite Berridale/Welbeck Avenue through to the end of the lagoon
  • The beach opposite Hollad Road through to the east of the Lawns cafe
Brighton has one of the most popular beaches in the country (Credit: A.Canvas.Of.Light /Flickr)

As well as the beaches, Brighton offers plenty of dog-friendly hotels, bars, pubs and even shops.

Dogs are also allowed to the ride Volk’s Electric Railway – which runs along the seafront.

If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, check out the Royal Pavillion gardens with your four-legged friend.

Brighton also has an enclosed dog park – which is great if you’re training your dog or afraid to let them off the lead in public.

There are a number of walks and hikes you can in Brighton including the Undercliff Walk which stretches from Brighton Marina to Saltdean.

With so much to do in Brighton, you might need to spend the night in the area.

Check out the dog-friendly Hilton Brighton Metropole – which is a four-star hotel with a bar and lounge area.

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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