Is Beer beach dog friendly?

BEER is a beautiful fishing village located near Seatown town in Devon.

The beach is the perfect place for a family day out – but can you bring pooch along with you?

Are dogs allowed on Beer beach?

Dogs are banned from the west part of the Beer beach from 1 May until 30 September.

This area should be clearly signposted when you arrive.

Outside of those dates, dogs are allowed roam free across all of Beer beach.

However, dog owners are warned to be extra careful if their four-legged friend likes to paddle in the sea.

Limestone cliffs overlook Beer beach in Devon (Credit: Flickr/ Paul Morriss)

Signs warn of strong currents and large breaking waves.

The cliffs are also unstable so it is advised that you keep your dog a safe distance away.

If you’re heading to Beer beach by car, you can park in the large car park near to the cliffs.

This is about a five minute walk from the main seafront.

Failing that, there is a small car park in the centre of the town.

The facilities in the small fishing village include cafes, pubs and shops.

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

Looking for a beach near you? Check out our full UK dog-friendly beach guide.

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