Is Hemsby beach dog friendly?

HEMSBY is a picturesque sandy beach on the East Norfolk coast.

It has everything you need for a great family day out including arcades, shops and fun fairs – but can you bring your dog along with you?

Are dogs allowed on Hemsby beach?

Dogs are not allowed on Hemsby’s main beach from 1 May until 30 September.

However, the main beach only stretches approximately 100-meters either side of the main entrance.

This should be clearly signposted when you arrive.

You are free to explore the rest of the beach all year round with your four-legged friend.

There are plenty of coastal walks around Hemsby beach (Credit: Ollie J/ Flickr)

If you fancy exploring the area, there are plenty of dog-friendly coastal walks to try out.

Once you enter through the dunes, you can walk up the path all the way to the next village of Winterton on Sea.

This beach can get busy during peak season – for obvious reasons!

But the sand stretches for as far as you can see so there should be plenty of room for you and your family.

If you fancy spending the night in the area, there are plenty of pet-friendly accommodations available.

Check out Park Dean Resorts – with prices starting as low as £99.

Will I be fined for taking my dog to the 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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