Dog-friendly beaches in West Sussex

WHILE its neighbour, East Sussex, has the likes of Brighton and Eastbourne among its beaches, West Sussex’s coast is just as popular among locals and tourists.

From the popular Bognor Regis seaside to the much smaller Climping Beach, there are plenty that are perfect for humans and dogs alike.

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

  • Aldwick Beach, Bognor Regis
  • Bognor Regis Beach (dog restrictions between Park Road and Gloucester Road from May to September)
  • Bracklesham Bay Beach (dogs must be kept on a lead by the cafe)
  • Church Norton Beach (dogs must be kept on a lead)
  • Climping Beach, Littlehampton
  • East Head Beach, West Wittering (dogs must kept on leads in the sand dunes)
  • East Preston Beach
  • East Wittering Beach (dog restrictions between the A49 and S1 groynes from May to September)
  • Elmer Beach, Bognor Regis
  • Felpham Beach, Bognor Regis (dog restrictions between Canning Road and Felpham Sailing Club from May to September)
  • Ferring Beach
  • Goring-by-sea Beach (dogs only allowed between groynes near the Sea Lane cafe from May to September)
  • Kingston Beach, East Preston
  • Lancing Beach
  • Littlehampton East Beach (dog restrictions during the summer months)
  • Littlehampton West Beach
  • Middleton-on-Sea Beach, Bognor Regis
  • Pagham Beach
  • Rustington Beach
  • Selsey East Beach (dog restrictions between E26 and E33 groynes from May to September and dogs must be kept on a lead on the sea wall)
  • Shoreham Beach
  • Southwick Beach
  • Thorney Island Beach
  • West Wittering Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Worthing Beach (dog restrictions between Heene Road and Splash Point from May to September)
Bognor Regis Beach is perfect for your dog to roam around - but beware of the restrictions
Bognor Regis Beach is perfect for your dog to roam around – but beware 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

West 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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