Dog-friendly beaches in Durham

DURHAM is not a county that is known for its beaches with just over ten miles of coastline.

Yet, it still has a number of beaches that welcomes visitors to enjoy a relaxing day at the seaside – but which ones can dogs go to?

Which beaches are dog friendly in Durham?

  • Blackhall Rocks Beach, Blackhall Colliery
  • Crimdon Beach
  • Crimdon Dene Beach
  • Easington Beach
  • Featherbed Rocks, Seaham
  • Hartlepool North Sands
  • Horden Beach
  • North Gare Beach, Seaton Carew
  • Seaham Beach
  • Seaham Hall Beach
  • Seaton Carew Beach – (dog restrictions between North Shelter and Seaton Carew Golf Club from May to September)
Hartlepool's beach is just one of 11 that allow dogs on their shores in Durham
Hartlepool’s beach is just one of 11 that allow dogs on their shores in Durham

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

Durham 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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