Are dogs allowed on Paignton beach?

PAIGNTON is a popular holiday destination situated on the coast Tor Bay in Devon.

The long sandy beach is a great place for a day out with the family – but can you bring dog along with you for the ride?

Are dogs allowed on Paignton beach?

Dogs are banned from Paignton beach from 1 May until 30 September.

Outside of these dates, you are free to explore Paignton beach with your four-legged friend.

The calm, shallow waters at Paignton will be perfect if your dog fancies a paddle.

There’s plenty to do on the beach at Paignton including visiting the pier.

Thousands of holidaymakers flock to Paignton every summer (Credit: Flickr/ Ross Elliott)

It has everything you need from bumper cars and arcade machines to a bouncy castle.

As well as the pier, visitors can enjoy donkey rides, the play park or even a round of crazy golf.

The beach is located next to Paignton green – which is a great open space for you and your pet.

Will I be fined for taking my dog onto Paignton beach?

Should dog owners fail to keep their dog from straying into the exclusion zones – which will be clearly signposted on the beach – then they face the prospect of being fined.

Should you be caught in the banned area with your dog, you could be served with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £75.

However, the fine could rise to up to £1,000 should you dispute it and you are then prosecuted through the courts.

There are exemptions to being fined, including if you are registered blind.

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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