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Everything To Know About UK Beaches Dog Ban

Summer calls for holidays, and whether you’re jetting off to warmer climates or staying in the UK, many of us like to take our four-legged friends with us for the break. As the weather gets warmer, dogs have been banned from some beaches across the UK, according to Devon Live. Every year councils across the UK impose restrictions that stop dogs from visiting beaches during the busy summer seasons.

Some restrictions start from the end of April, running through to the end of September. Dog walkers will not be allowed on the beach at that part of the year. If you are found on a beach which has PSPO restrictions, you could face a fine of between £100 and £1,000.

However, we must say that a person who is registered blind under section 29 of the national Assistance Act 1948 is exempt from PSPOs, alongside any other individuals who have a disability which means they rely on an assistance dog.

See the list below to make sure that you don’t get caught out:

North Devon

Dogs are permitted on all North Devon Council-owned beaches. The provisions the local council has imposed are the same Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) imposed elsewhere in the district, including picking up after your dog and using a lead when requested.

The following beaches are dog-friendly:

  • Capstone
  • Hele bay
  • Ilfracombe harbour
  • Larkstone
  • Lee Bay
  • Sandy Cove (Bath Beach), Lee
  • Raparee
  • Wildersmouth


Between 1st July to 31st August, dogs are restricted from visiting the beaches below between 10am and 6pm.

  • Cadgwith Cove
  • Castle Beach
  • Cawsand Beach
  • Chapel Porth Beach
  • Church Cove
  • Harveys Towans (Godrevy Point, Hayle)
  • 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
  • Poldhu Beach
  • Polurrian Cove Beach
  • Porthcurno
  • Porthgwarra Beach
  • Porthgwidden Beach
  • Porthleven West
  • Porthpean Beach
  • Portmellon Cove
  • Portreath beach including Harbour
  • Praa Sands Beach
  • Readymoney Cove
  • St George's Well
  • St Ives Harbour Beach
  • Summer's Beach
  • Swanpool Beach
  • Tattam's Beach
  • Tunnel Beach

 South Hams

  • Saicombe Sotuh Sands
  • Bigbury
  • Mouthwell Sands


Between the period of 1st May to 30th September, dogs are not allowed on the beaches listed below. Dogs must also be kept on lead when walking across the promenades next to the beaches.

  • Breakwater Beach
  • Broadsands Beach
  • Corbyn head
  • Goodrington Sands – South Sands: restrictions are between the cliffs and the signs at Middlestone to the North
  • Hollicombe Beach
  • Meadfoot Beach: The south-western part of the beach between notices displayed on the foreshore are restricted areas.
  • Oddicombe Beach
  • Paignton Sands
  • Preston Sands
  • Shoalstone Pool
  • Torre Abbey Sands

East Devon

The restrictions have been set by East Devon District Council (EDDC). Dog owners are only allowed to bring their pet pooches to the beach between 1st October and 30th April. All restrictions will begin starting from 1st May.

  • Exmouth Beach
  • Beer Beach
  • Sidmouth Town Beach
  • Seaton Beach
  • Beer Beach
  • Budleigh Salterton beach
  • Sidmouth Jacobs Ladder Beach


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