Doggy beach bans: UK beaches banning dogs from May this year - including Cornwall hotspots

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Chris Stoddard
Chris Stoddard

Local councils across the UK implement a five-month annual ban on dogs on beaches from May 1st to September 30th – here’s a list of popular locations prohibiting pooches.

With summer quickly approaching, families across the nation will be keen to take a trip to the beach for a bit of sun, sea and sand.

But from May 1 every year, dozens of popular beaches across the UK implement an annual five-month ban on canines at peak times.

Local councils use a range of methods to enforce the bans and some use by-laws which can result in fines for offenders. These do not apply to guide dogs.

If you’re planning a beach day with your four-legged friend in Cornwall, Devon or Wales this year, you’ll want to check out the list of locations below.

East Devon

Pet owners can walk their dogs on all East Devon beaches between October 1 and April 30, but they are prohibited between May 1 and September 30.

According to East Devon District Council (EDDC), Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth, Beer and Seaton beaches all have dog exclusion areas from this month.

Exmouth beach – Dogs are allowed all year at the two ends of the beach from the third break water east and from the Octagon café west. Dogs are prohibited from the centre portion of the beach from May 1 to September 30.

Sidmouth Town beach – Dogs are allowed all year on Port Royal beach at the eastern end of the prom. Dogs are banned from the main town beach from May 1 to September 30.

Sidmouth Jacobs Ladder beach – Dogs are banned from the immediate area of Jacobs ladder from May 1 to September 30. They are permitted on the west end of the beach starting circa 100m from the ladder.

Seaton beach – Dogs are allowed at the two ends of Seaton beach all year. Dogs are banned from the middle section between May 1 and September 30.

Beer beach – Dogs are allowed on the eastern half of beer beach all year. Dogs are banned from the western half from May 1 to September 30.

Budleigh Salterton beach – Dogs are allowed all year at either end of the beach, east from Lime Kiln carpark, and West from the west end of the prom. Dogs are banned from the centre portion of the beach between May 1 and September 30.


Dogs are not allowed on certain beaches in Torbay from May 1 to September 30 every year, according to Torbay Harbour. During this time period, dogs must also be kept on a lead on promenades adjacent to the beaches where dogs are not allowed.

The beaches include:

Breakwater Beach, Broadsands Beach, Corbyn Head, Goodrington Sands – South Sands: between the cliffs at the southern end and the signs at Middlestone to the North, Hollicombe Beach, Meadfoot Beach- South western part between notices displayed on the foreshore, Oddicombe Beach, Paignton Sands, Preston Sands, Shoalstone Pool, Torre Abbey Sands.

North Devon

Dogs are allowed on all beaches owned by North Devon Council. These canine-friendly beaches include:

Capstone, Hele bay, Ilfracombe harbour, Larkstone, Lee Ba, Sandy Cove (Bath Beach), Lee, Raparee, Wildersmouth. Privately-owned beaches in North Devon have different rules and regulations.


According to Cornwall Council, dogs are restricted on some beaches in Cornwall during the summer and owners can risk a fine of up to £1,000.

The following beaches restrict dogs from visiting between 10am and 6pm from July 1 to August 31:

Cadgwith Cove, Castle Beach, Cawsand Beach, Chapel Porth Beach, Church Cove, Harveys Towans (Godrevy Point, Hayle), Hoodny Beach, Portwrinkle, Housel Bay, Kennack Sands Beach, Kynance Cove, Maenporth Beach, Mousehole Beach to Skilly Beach, Wherry Town to Battery Rocks, Longrock level crossing to Marazion, Perranuthnoe, Poldu Beach, Polurrian Cove Beach, Porth Beach, Porthcurno Beach, Porthgwarra Beach, Porthgwidden Beach, Porthleven West, Porthpean Beach, Portmellon Cove, Porthreath Beach including Harbour, Portwrinkle Harbour, Praa Sands Beach, Readymoney Cove, St George’s Well, St Ives Harbour Beach, Summer’s Beach, Swanpool Beach, Tattam’s Beach, Tunnel Beach.

There are also several Cornish beaches that have restrictions running from May 15 to September 30 from 10am to 6pm. These beaches are:

Carbis Bay Beach, Crackington Haven, Crooklets Beach, Gyllyngvase Beach, Polzeath Beach, Porthmeor Beach, Porthminister Beach, Porthtowan Beach, Sennen Beach, Trevone Beach, Widemouth Beach.

The following three beaches prohibit dogs from visiting all year round, 24 hours a day:

Carnsew Pool, Copperhouse Pool, Hayle Estuary.


From May, dogs are not allowed on certain beaches in Wales. Here is the full list according to Wales Online:

Dogs are currently restricted from areas at seven of Anglesey’s beaches:

Beaumaris, Benllech, Cemaes Bay, Llanddwyn, Newborough, Llanddona, Trearddur Bay, Porth Dafarch. At Benllech, Cemaes Bay, and Trearddur Bay dogs must be kept on their leads on the promenades.


Rest Bay (Rest Point until Golf Bay), Town Beach, Coney Beach, Trecco Bay.


  • Rhos on Sea Beach (between Rhos Point and the eastern end of the Cayley Promenade)
  • Colwyn Bay Beach (between the Victoria Pier and the entrance to Eirias Park).
  • Pensarn Beach (between the embedded wooden posts by the café and the embedded concrete posts at the western end of the promenade).
  • Kinmel Bay Beach (between Dinas Avenue, Kinmel Bay and Sandbank Road Towyn)
  • Llandudno North Shore Beach (from Llandudno Pier to Clarence Road)
  • Llandudno West Shore Beach (between the two stone groynes)
  • Penmaenmawr Beach (from the east side of the café to the sailing club slipway)
  • Llanfairfechan Beach (between the 2 slipways extending down from the promenade to the Low Water Mark)
  • Small Sandy Beach at Rhos Point, Rhos on Sea (all year)


Full ban:

Mwnt, Penbryn.

Partial ban:

Aberaeron south, Aberporth, Aberystwyth north, Clarach, Aberystwyth south, Borth, Llangrannog, Tresaith, New Quay – Harbour.


While the restrictions are in place, you can only take your dog to the designated dog exercise areas. These are:

  • The beach area from Old Golf Road, Rhyl, eastwards to Ffrith Festival Gardens, Prestatyn
  • The area to the east of The Sailing Club at Barkby Beach, Prestatyn

There are signs and maps on the beach to show where you can take your dog during the summer months.


Aberdyfi, Tywyn, Fairbourne, Barmouth, Bennar, Llandanwg, Harlech, Morfa Bychan – Black Rock Sands, Criccieth – promenade beach, Criccieth – marine beach, Pwllheli – Glan Don, Pwllheli – Marian-y-De, Abersoch, Aberdaron, Porth Oer, Porth Towyn, Morfa Nefyn, Dinas Dinlle, Nefyn.

Many of these bans are partial bans.

Neath Port Talbot



Full ban:

Tenby north beach, Whitesands, St David’s.

And a partial ban at:

Lydstep, Newgale beach and promenade, Saundersfoot beach and promenade, Tenby Castle and south beach, Amroth beach and promenade, Poppit Sands, Broad Haven (north), Dale.


Swansea Bay: from the River Tawe to the slip opposite Victoria Park and from the beach access at Sketty Lane to the northern edge of the slip at the West Cross Inn, Bracelet Bay, Limeslade Bay, Rotherslade Bay, Langland Bay, Caswell Bay, Port Eynon beach: from the eastern edge of the steps to Port Eynon beach to the eastern edge of Horton beach access.

Vale of Glamorgan

Whitmore Bay (Barry Island), Cold Knap, Penarth seafront, Dunraven Bay (Southerndown), Cwm Colhuw (Llantwit).

(Article source: The Mirror)

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