All Year Round Dog-friendly Beaches

If your pooch enjoys digging in the sand and dipping their paws in the sea, read our guide to the best beaches for a doggy day out in East Anglia…

Dunwich Heath

Year round dog-friendly beaches in Suffolk

Aldeburgh

Restrictions: Dog ban on main part of the beach from 1 May to 30 September

Type: Pebbles

Though a dog ban remains in place throughout the summer, the north part of the beach from Wentworth Hotel to Thorpeness is dog-friendly year round – make sure you stay within the designated areas. There’s plenty of pubs and restaurants nearby to refuel after a long walk.

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Covehithe

Restrictions: Dog friendly year round

Type: Sandy

One of Suffolk’s best kept secrets! Experience Suffolk’s wilderness on this beautiful beach.

Dunwich Heath

Restrictions: Dog friendly year round

Type: Shingle

A great beach for dogs who love to run, play and splash. Parts of the beach are steep, especially at high tide, but wonderful walks to Walberswick and Southwold can be enjoyed. Bear in mind that it is also the home of RSPB Minsmere so some restrictions may apply on the Heath during nesting season.

Walberswick

Thorpeness

Restrictions: Dog friendly year round, except a small section which places a summer ban

Type: Pebbles

Most of the beach is dog friendly year round. Tides can be quite rough so it’s not always suitable for doggy paddling.

Walberswick

Restrictions: Dog friendly year round

Type: Sand

With its dunes, large sandy beach and beautiful village with a dog-friendly pub, it’s doggy heaven.

Dog-Friendly beaches in Norfolk

Blakeney Quay

Blankney Quay

Restrictions: A ban applies 1 April until 15 August due to nesting birds

Type: Sand, shingle and a footpath

A fantastic walk with seal sighting opportunities.

Brancaster

Restrictions: Dog friendly year round

Type: Sand

One of Norfolk’s best beaches for dog walkers. Explore miles of stunning coastline. There’s plenty of parking too!

Cley-next-the-Sea

Restrictions: Dog friendly year round

Type: Shingle

Set in the pretty village of Cley-next-the-Sea, the beach can be reached via the footpath over the salt marshes. It is home to Cley Marshes Nature Reserve which prohibits dogs but pooches can enjoy the shingle, north end of the beach and nearby trails.

Kelling Beach

Restrictions: Dog friendly year round

Type: Pebbles

A relatively quiet stretch of coastline, where walkers can stroll to neighbouring villages such as Cley and Salthouse.

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Happisburgh

Restrictions: Dog friendly year round

Type: Sand

The beach is relatively quiet year round and ideal for energetic dogs.

Holkham Bay

Restrictions: Dog friendly year round

Type: Sand

It’s clear to see why this is An Area of Natural Outstanding Beauty, the white and golden sands stretch for miles, backed by a dense pine forest. Dogs can run free and enjoy the large beach, dunes and water. There are lots of walking trails that take you through the forest and nature reserve. Please be aware of lead restrictions during nesting season.

Holme-next-the-Sea

Restrictions: Dog friendly year round

Type: Sand

Expect stunning scenery, wind-swept sand dunes and miles of golden sand. The huge expanse of sand means that even during peak season you’ll have plenty of room for the whole family to enjoy.

Horsey

Restrictions: Dog friendly year round

Type: Sand and stone

Great for dogs that like lots of space to run around. It’s popular with walkers, but be mindful of basking seals and their pups from November to January. Dogs must be kept on lead when seals are present.

Old Hunstanton

Restrictions: Dog friendly year round

Type: Sand

Hunstanton is split into two parts. The new area is a seaside town famed for its pink cliffs, however a dog ban applies during the summer. Therefore dog owners should visit Old Hunstanton, which offers a huge stretch of sand and great place to watch the sunset.

Wells-next-the-Sea

Snettisham

Restrictions: Dog friendly year round

Type: A mix of sand and shingle

A large expanse of beach, perfect for sunset walks.

Waxham

Restrictions: Dog friendly year around

Type: Sand

A beautiful sandy beach off the beaten track. Great for long walks. The southern end, known as Waxham Sands, is home to a holiday park therefore can get busier during summer months.

Wells-next-the-Sea

Restrictions: Dog friendly year round

Type: Sand

A gorgeous beach with a pine forest backdrop. A section is reserved for families during the summer but there’s still plenty of space for dogs to run around lead free and splash in the sea. Check out the Beach Café which has a station for washing mucky paws, water and treats.

West Runton

Restrictions: Dog friendly year round

Type: Sand and stone

From here, you can walk to both East Runton and Cromer. It’s a lovely walk backed by rugged cliffs, and you might even find a fossil or two! Be aware of incoming tides, as parts of the beach get cut off.

Year round dog-friendly beaches in Essex 

Shoeburyness

Restrictions: Seasonal ban applies, but there is a dog exercise area

Type: Sand and shingle

Despite being walking distance from busy Southend, the beach is relatively quiet but is best enjoyed by dog walkers out of season.

Thorney Bay

Restrictions: Dog-friendly year round 

Type: Shingle and sand

Located near Canvey Island, Thorney Bay is great for a long dog walk. Follow the coastal wall and spot a variety of coastal birds along the way. 

West Mersea

Restrictions: Dog friendly year round

Type: Sand and shingle

Overlooking the Blackwater Estuary, the beach has character and charm, great for lazy days on the coast. Colourful beach huts, seafood shacks, crabbing on the jetty and a dog-friendly boat trip, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy.

 

 

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