Are dogs allowed on Seaton beach?

SEATON is a mile-long shingle beach in Devon that overlooks Lyme Bay.

It is renowned for water sports including kayaking and paddleboarding – but can you bring your dog along with you for the day?

Can I take my dog to Seaton beach?

Dogs are allowed at the two ends of Seaton beach all year round.

But dogs are banned from the main section of the beach from 1 May until 30 September.

This should be clearly signposted when you arrive.

Dog owners are strongly advised to keep their dogs on a lead when near the cliff falls at the western end.

Seaton beach has areas that are dog-friendly all year round (Credit: Phil Amesbury/Flickr)

Visitors are also urged to stay away from the base of the cliffs.

There is plenty of parking available along the seafront if you are travelling to Seaton by car.

Visitors are also free to use the public toilets – which are located at both ends of the seafront.

As well as that, there are beach huts and water sport equipment is available to hire.

With so much to do in the area, you might want to spend the night to make the most of all of the facilities.

Check out the Eyre Court Hotel – which is just a short walk away from the seafront.

Will I be fined for taking my dog onto Seaton 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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