Beach Access

Dog friendly beaches

On some beaches dogs are banned during the summer. Where the Coast Path crosses a beach with a dog ban there will be a way to cross it with your dog - normally this is along the back of the beach, above the high tide mark. Where this is the case, please keep your dog on a lead, do not linger, and keep to the line of the Coast Path or signed alternative route.

On many of the more rural and quieter beaches that can be reached from the Coast Path, dogs are welcome all year round - but even here, to avoid contaminating the bathing water, and it being a hazard to children playing, if your dog fouls on a beach, please pick it up and dispose of it in a bin.

Visit Somerset has some information about dogs on West Somerset beaches.

For Devon, The Good Dog Guide has a list of Devon's Dog Friendly beaches.

To find out which beaches in Cornwall ban dogs during the summer, click here. Visit Cornwall has also produced a handy Cornwall Beach Guide which has more infomation about enjoying the beach safely. 

Finally Dorset's dog friendly beaches are listed at visit-dorset.com

Support from the doggy community

One of the South West Coast Path Association's sponsors is Forthglade, the natural pet food producers, read about our partnership here.