Are dogs allowed on Durdle Door beach?

DURDLE DOOR is one of the most famous landmarks in Dorset.

It is part of the Jurassic Coast and is situated on the Lulworth Estate – but can you bring your dog along with you?

Is Durdle Door beach dog friendly?

Dogs are allowed on Durdle Door beach all year round.

However, there are not any waste bins on the main beach.

The nearest bins are in the car park – which is a 15 minute walk away from the seafront.

To find the main car park, you will have to go through the Durdle Door holiday park.

Dogs are free to explore the incredible Durdle Door beach in Dorset (Credit: Miles Sabin/Flickr)

From there, you will have to walk down a steep path and down the steps – there are around 140.

Because of the accessibility issues, this Dorset beach is not recommended for wheelchair users.

To find the most accessible beach near you, check out our top five in the UK.

Dog owners at Durdle Door are urged to be extra careful near the water because of the large waves and strong current.

Why are dogs banned from going onto some 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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