Is Exmouth Beach dog friendly?

EXMOUTH BEACH is just another of Devon’s attractive beaches that welcomes tourists and residents all year round.

Yet, it is not just people that enjoy a beach with dogs known to love running around in the sand and swimming in the sea – but are they allowed on these sandy shores?

Are dogs allowed on Exmouth Beach?

Canine lovers will be pleased to know that dogs are welcome onto Exmouth Beach all year round – but there are restrictions.

From May to September, four-legged pooches are banned from the part of the beach between the second groyne before Orcombe Point in the east to a marked point opposite the The Octagon cafe in the west.

Either side of the points on Exmouth’s two-mile long beach are free to be used by dogs 365 days a year, so they can still splash around in the sea.

And Shelly Beach on the other side of Exmouth Marina allows dogs all year round too if you are unable to get onto the main beach.

Make the most of your time at Exmouth Beach by staying the Royal Beacon Hotel from just £86 a night – it is just a five-minute walk from the beach and dogs are welcome.

Exmouth Beach is an amazing beach for people and dogs alike all year round - but make sure to keep canines out of the exclusion area (Ben Metcalfe/Flickr)
Exmouth Beach is an amazing beach for people and dogs alike all year round – but make sure to keep canines out of the exclusion area (Ben Metcalfe/Flickr)

Can I be fined for taking my dog to Exmouth Beach?

Should you take your dog into an exclusion area on Exmouth Beach during the banned period, you face being hit with a fine – of which can increase should you fail to pay it on time.

If you are caught, you could be handed a fixed penalty notice of £80 by the East Devon District Council.

However, this can increase up to £1,000 should the matter be taken to the court.

There are general exemptions to the rules, notably if your dog is registered for medical and disability purposes such as being a guide dog.

Meanwhile, you could also be fined for failing to clean up your dog’s poop.

This rule applies to anywhere on the beach at any time and you could be hit with a fine of up to £1,000.

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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