Dog-friendly beaches in East Sussex

WHEN the county has Brighton among its beaches, you know it is worth visiting.

And East Sussex welcomes millions of visitors and residents alike to its shores – but which ones allow dogs to step onto too?

Which beaches can I take my dog onto in East Sussex?

  • Bexhill Beach (dog restrictions between Brockley Road and Sea Road from May to September plus dogs must be kept on leads between the promenade and Sea Road)
  • Birling Gap
  • Brighton Beach (dog restrictions on certain parts of Brighton Beach – please check the advice boards for further information)
  • Bulverhythe Beach, Hastings (there are dog free zones – please check the advice boards for further information)
  • Camber Sands (dog restrictions from May to September on certain parts of the beach)
  • Cooden Beach, Pevensey
  • Cuckmere Haven Beach, Seaford
  • Eastbourne Beach (dogs banned between Wish Tower and the Pier and must be kept on a lead on other areas from May to September)
  • Fairlight Glen Beach, Hastings (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Holywell Retreat Beach, Eastbourne (dogs must be kept under control)
  • Hove Beach, Brighton (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Newhaven East Beach
  • Newhaven West Beach
  • Normans Bay, Pevensey
  • Ovingdean Beach, Brighton
  • Pett Level Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Pevensey Bay
  • Rottingdean Beach, Brighton (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Saltdean Beach, Brighton (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Seaford Beach (dogs banned between Edinburgh Road and West View and must be kept on a lead on other areas from May to September)
  • St Leonards on Sea Beach (dogs must be kept on a lead when campsites are open)
  • Winchelsea Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
Eastbourne Beach has plenty of space for dogs to roam around on - but be mindful of the restrictions
Eastbourne Beach has plenty of space for dogs to roam around on – but be mindful of the restrictions

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

East Sussex 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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