The best dog-friendly UK beaches to visit with your pooch

We’re inching closer and closer to summer holiday season, and after the past year we’ve all had, we’re SO ready for it. The British weather might be a bit *ahem* temperamental, but there are still so many idyllic staycation destinations to visit.

You never know, we might even get a bout of glorious sunshine and warmth this summer. And there’s one thing we love to do when that happens – head to the seaside. The UK is full of beautiful beaches, but not all of them allow our four-legged friends to join us.

dog-friendly UK beach

As part of its Dog-Friendly Beaches campaign, researchers at Uswitch have crunched the numbers to reveal the top seaside destinations in the UK that have the most dog-friendly beaches.

Pembrokeshire in Wales takes the top spot with a total of 81 beaches that are open to our furry friends. But what other parts of the country could we consider?

Parts of the UK with the most dog-friendly beaches

1. Pembrokeshire , Wales – 81 beaches
2. Devon, England – 68 beaches
3. Cornwall, England – 54 beaches
4. Anglesey , Wales – 43 beaches
5. Glamorgan, Wales – 37 beaches
6. Highland, Scotland – 33 beaches
7. Dorset, England – 30 beaches
8. Northumberland, England – 28 beaches
9. Ceredigion, Wales – 25 beaches
10. Somerset, England – 24 beaches

USwitch has also spared dog-owners the hassle of searching through details of hundreds of seaside destinations by pinpointing the very best dog-friendly beaches in the UK.

This is where to head for a tip-top trip with your pet this summer…

The best dog-friendly UK beaches

1. Cayton Bay, North Yorkshire

Just south of Scarborough, Cayton Bay is a peaceful cove hidden in the Yorkshire countryside. It’s best for surfing and fossil hunting, and dogs are allowed all year-round with no restrictions.

2. Oxwich Beach, near Swansea

Oxwich beach’s sweeping golden sand dunes have been a popular destination for families and dog walkers for years. There’s a whole host of activities to enjoy on the beach, including jet-skiing and sailing.

3. Ogmore beach, South Wales

Ogmore-by-the-sea has a reputation for being one of the cleanest beaches in the region. It’s surrounded by dog-friendly pubs so you can even stop somewhere for a bite to eat while exploring the coastal walk and stunning views.

4. West Angle beach, Pembrokeshire, Wales

West Angle Bay is a sheltered beach, located close to Milford Haven. The golden sand makes it a hot spot for visitors, as well as the rock headlines that offer wind protection.

5. Saunton beach, North Devon

Saunton Sands is backed by the stunning Braunton Burrows, a UNESCO reserve. The long stretch of sand makes this spot perfect for swimming and surfing. Even Robbie Williams is a fan – he filmed the music video for his iconic single Angels here!

6. Holywell Beach, East Sussex

Dogs are allowed on Holywell beach, but they need to be ‘kept under control’. It’s full of rockpools and has been the backdrop for many shows and films including Eastenders, Angus Thongs and Perfect Snogging and Miss Marple.

7. Fraisthorpe beach near Bridlington, East Yorkshire

Fraisthorpe Beach is a golden sandy beach with a lovely long coastline for your pooch to splash about in. The beach is especially great for kite surfing and swimming.

8. Horsey Beach, Norfolk

It’s best for dog walkers to avoid Horsey beach during the winter due to the seals resting on the shores to give birth, otherwise, it’s open to dogs all year round. It also has one of the biggest sand dunes on the east coast.

9. Ganavan beach, Strathclyde

Brace yourself for truly breathtaking views at Ganavan beach. Walking along the coastline, you can see the Firth of Lorn and the isles of Lismore and Mull. Partial ruins of the 13th Century Dunstaffnage Castle are also nearby to explore.

10. Formby beach, Liverpool

Located between Liverpool and Southport, Formby beach is one of the few homes left for red squirrels. Dogs are allowed to roam freely on the beach as long as they are well-behaved, however, it’s recommended they’re kept on leads during the squirrel walk.