Can dogs go on Barmouth Beach?

BARMOUTH BEACH – also known as Traeth Abermaw Beach – is beautiful spot on the north west coast of Wales.

With picturesque views of the bay and the pier, it is a wonderful place to spend your day, but can you bring your dog along too?

Are dogs allowed on Barmouth Beach?

The Blue Flag Beach welcomes dogs to the beach all year round, yet there remains some restrictions.

Canines are forbidden from going on the section of the beach between the leisure centre and the Afon Mawddach river between April 1 and September 30.

There still remains acres of space for your four-legged pooch to roam around in on Barmouth’s coast, which stretches to over a kilometre.

Spend some time exploring the Welsh coast and Barmouth Beach with your dog by staying at the pet-friendly Min y Mor Hotel from just £67 a night.

Barmouth Beach is incredible location to relax and soak in the Welsh landscape with your pet pooch (Jooliargh/Flickr)
Barmouth Beach is incredible location to relax and soak in the Welsh landscape with your pet pooch (Jooliargh/Flickr)

Can I be fined for taking my dog onto Barmouth Beach?

Dog owners face being hit with a monetary punishment should their pets enter the exclusion zone during the banned period.

They could be given a fixed penalty notice of £100 for failing to abide by the rules – although this will be reduced to £75 if it is paid within ten working days, according to Gwynedd Council.

However, should you fail to pay the fine in time or refuse, you will be prosecuted, which typically leads to a penalty of up to £1,000.

Even on the part of Barmouth Beach available to use by pooches, you could still face punishment should you fail to clean up your dog’s faeces or for refusing to put your canine on a lead when instructed to do so by an authorised officer.

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.

Other reasons can include for the protection of the dogs themselves when extra activities or increased boat and ferry rides are taking place, with canines known for being unpredictable at times.

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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