Is Bantham beach dog friendly?

BANTHAM is an award-winning sandy beach located in Devon.

This beach – which is in a designated area of natural beauty – offers stunning views over Bigbury Bay and Burgh Island.

Can I take my dog to Bantham beach?

Dogs are banned from the main beach at Bantham from 1 May until 30 September.

But pets are allowed on the beach beside the estuary all year round.

When you arrive at the seafront, the gatekeeper should be on duty and will be able to give you instructions of where you can and can’t go.

Failing that, these areas are clearly signposted.

Bantham beach is the perfect place to test out your surfing, kayaking or paddleboarding skills (Credit: Matt Buck/Flickr)

There are plenty of coastal walks nearby that you can explore with your four-legged friend.

A circular walk from Bantham to Thurlestone – which is around 3.5 miles – would be a good place to start.

If you fancy something more challenging, try the 5.1 mile walk to the Avon.

As well as a perfect place to walk your dog, Bantham is an incredible spot for testing out your surfing skills.

Bantham Surfing Academy is also based here if you want to top up your skills under the watchful eye of a pro.

The academy offer surfing lessons for beach goers of all levels from beginners to professionals.

There is even a Kids club if your child wants to get involved.

You can also try kayaking or paddleboarding if you find yourself at Bantham beach.

Equipment can be hired from the Triocean surf – which is around two miles from the seafront.

If you fancy something more relaxing, try the beach yoga classes with Donna at Simply Soulful Yoga.

But remember to book online before you set off to avoid disappointment.

With so much to do, you might need to spend the night in the area to make the most of it.

Check out the nearby Burgh Island Hotel – which offers incredible sea views and luxury rooms.

Will I be fined for taking my dog onto Bantham 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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