Is Bude beach dog friendly?

SUMMERLEAZE is the most popular beach in Bude – but there are plenty of others to pick from if that does not tickle your fancy.

The long-list includes Millook, Black Rock, Widemouth Bay , Crooklets, Northcott Mouth, Sandymouth Bay and Duckpool.

Can I take my dog to Bude beach?

Bude – a picturesque town in North Cornwall – boasts a mixture of dog-friendly and dog-restricted beaches.

Dog-friendly beaches:

  • Northcott Mouth Beach
  • Sandymouth Bay
  • Duckpool Beach
  • Black Rock Beach (south of Widemouth Bay)
  • Millook Beach
Bude is a popular holiday hotspot because of the incredible beaches (Credit: Andrew/ Flickr)

Seasonal dog restrictions apply to:

  • Summerleaze Beach – dogs must be kept on a lead between 10am until 6pm from 21 May until 30 September.

Beaches with dog bans

  • Crooklets Beach – from 15 May until 30 September between 10am and 6pm.
  • Widemouth Bay (main beach) – from 15 May until 30 September between 10am and 6pm.

Will I be fined for taking my dog onto Bude beaches?

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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