Dog-friendly beaches in Essex

WITH the second-longest coastline in the UK, Essex is laden with beaches that welcome thousands of tourists every year.

And what better way to spend a day at the seaside that with your beloved dog in tow – but which ones in the southeast county can they go to?

Which beaches can I take my dog onto in Essex?

  • Bell Wharf Beach, Leigh-on-Sea (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Brightlingsea Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Canvey Island Beach (dog restrictions between Concorde Cafe and Labworth Cafe from April to August)
  • Chalkwell Beach, Southend (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Clacton Beach (dog restrictions between the Pier and West Road from May to September)
  • Cudmore Grove Beach, Mersea
  • Dovercourt Beach, Harwich (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Frinton Beach, Frinton-on-Sea (dog restrictions between Seafront Warden Station and Cambridge Road from May to September)
  • Holland-on-Sea Beach (dog restrictions between Breakwater south west of Queensway and cafe north west of Queensway from May to September)
  • Irlam’s Beach, Harwich
  • Jaywick Beach, Clacton-on-Sea (dog restrictions north of West Road Outfall Pipe)
  • Jubilee Beach, Southend (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Mersea Stone Beach
  • Osea Island Beach
  • Shoebury Common Beach, Shoeburyness (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Shoebury East Beach, Shoeburyness (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • St Osyth Naturist Beach
  • The Naze Beach, Walton-on-the-Naze (dog must be on leads from from May to September)
  • Thorney Bay Beach, Canvey Island
  • Thorpe Bay Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Westcliff Beach, Westcliff-on-Sea (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • West Mersea Beach
Southend's Jubilee Beach provides countless hours of entertainment for humans and dogs (Adrian Scottow/Flickr)
Southend’s Jubilee Beach provides countless hours of entertainment for humans and dogs (Adrian Scottow/Flickr)

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

Essex is not the only county with countless coastal hubs that welcome pooches with England having dog-friendly beaches from Land’s End to Druridge Bay.

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