Posted 3 months ago ago
Having a beach nearby to visit in the summer months is a godsend, but not all beaches are open to dogs during the peak season. Several restrictions apply to dogs for the five months from May 1 to September 30.
But why should we get to go to the beach and have all the fun while our dogs are left at home? Thankfully, there are still plenty of lovely sandy spots open to both dogs and owners all year round in Wales.
Watch House Bay, Barry
While Whitmore Bay is off limits during the summer months, a bit further down the road welcomes dogs all year round. This beach is small and pebbly at high tide, but dogs can enjoy a vast stretch of sand when it’s low-tide.
Postcode: CF62 6ST
Gileston Beach, Gileston
A hidden gem for dog walkers with an option to walk through some forestry before reaching the shore. This beach is open to dogs all year around, but it is a rockier stretch which may not be suitable for all pups. The walk down to the rocks however is definitely worth a visit.
Postcode: CF62 4QT
Nash Point, Monknash
The perfect beaches to visit if you want to make a day of it. This area offers nice walks, access to the sea, green areas which are a great option for picnics, and a shop nearby for drinks and snacks. It’s just a short walk down a hill from the car park to the water, and if you head the opposite direction you can visit Nash Point lighthouse.
Postcode: CF61 1ZH
Sarge and Artie enjoying their summer trip to Ogmore. Image credit: Lydia Caunce
Ogmore Beach, Ogmore
Ogmore is a prime spot for dog walkers throughout the summer months in the Vale of Glamorgan. There is paid-for parking available for those who need to travel, but do be mindful of the sheep left to roam the nearby areas. If your dog is one that may be upset by their presence, try to stick to the shore line or keep him on a short lead.
Postcode: CF32 0PH
Baglan Beach, Neath
This is a long stretch of sand located between the north side of Port Talbot Docks, and running all the way to the Afon Nedd. It also sits in front of a Wales Coastal Path for those wanting some variety in their walkies.
Postcode: SA12 7PB
Afan Beach, Port Talbot
This beach is popular for water sports and fishing, but is also open year-round to dogs. The small stretch sits on the Afon Afan, and is in close proximity to a couple of cafes and restaurants should you want to make an afternoon of your walk.
Postcode: SA12 6DF
Margam Sands, Aberafan
Admittedly the view to the east of the steelworks isn’t the most sought-after view, but this beach is a great option for dog walks throughout the summer. Only a specific area of the sands are open to dogs between May 1 and September 30 though, so be sure to stick behind the breakwater. Behind the beach your dogs are allowed to visit provided they are on the lead, allowing you to make the most of the restaurants, cafes and toilet facilities.
Postcode: SA12 6QP
Kenver loves playing fetch on the beach in summer. Image credit: Louella Berryman
Slip Beach, Swansea Bay
This beach gets its name from its steel bridge which was used to take city dwellers across the railway line to the seafront. Today the bridge has mostly been dismantled, but part of it can be seen along the cycle and walking path which tracks along Swansea’s waterfront. This one doesn’t have parking close at hand, but can be accessed from various car parks along Swansea’s front.
Postcode: SA1 3UP
Black Pill Rock Beach, Swansea
This spread of sand, mudflats, and grassy area sits around half-way between Swansea Marina and Mumbles, with a path tracing the bay in both directions. There is an additional children’s play area nearby guaranteeing fun for your dogs and children.
Postcode: SA3 5AS
Blue Pool Bay, Gower
The popular Gower peninsula isn’t just reserved for humans during the summer, with Blue Pool Bay welcoming dogs throughout the year. It’s around a mile walk from Broughton where you can park, but tends to be quieter than the popular Three Cliffs just around the corner.
Postcode: SA3 1JB
Fall Bay, Gower
This one is slightly harder to get to, but has the advantage of being a quieter option for those who are able to visit. You can park at Rhossili village hall where an honesty box is in place to pay. The walk goes through fields, then a steep descent down to the bay, so best visiting only if you and your dog are steady on your feet and paws.
Postcode: SA3 1PR
Charlie the Cocker Spaniel loves to burn off all of his energy down Llangennith
Llangennith Sands, Rhossili
This is a great long stretch of sand for your dog to run free and tire themselves out on. It’s backed by large sand dunes but not much else, giving you the opportunity to let your dog stretch their legs (if you can trust their recall on this beautiful beach). The spot also offers a great view of Worms Head for those wanting to check it out without getting caught by tides.
Postcode: SA3 1JH
Marros Sands, Marros
This is more of a challenging walk than some of the other beaches suggested, so might not be best for those looking for a quick run around. The wild stretch of sand is best visited at low-tide, otherwise you won't find more than a few pebbles to walk across beside the breakers. The beach is definitely worth visiting as you can explore the caves, and towards the western end of the beach are the remains of a shipwreck and a petrified forest.
Postcode: SA33 4PN
Ferryside Beach , Laugharne
Definitely a spot if you’re after a quieter walk with your dog. This stretch of sand isn’t too populated by tourists, meaning you should have a pleasant time even on the warmer days of the year.
Postcode: SA33 4TA
Cefn Sidan, Llanelli
This beach stretches along almost eight miles of coastline, backed by sand dunes. It lies within Pembrey Country Park which includes 500 acres of land featuring wildlife, ponds, foot trails, and mountain biking paths, allowing you to make the most of your day out in West Wales.
Postcode: SA16 0EJ
Blue Lagoon, Pembrokeshire
This is a very popular tourist attraction in the summer, so if your dog prefers a quieter vibe it’s probably not the best choice for you. However, if you're in a group with a dog this is a great shout. The Blue Lagoon has both a lifeguard on duty and an ice cream truck for those who might enjoy a swim or a cool down.
Postcode: SA62 6DT
Ammo is still a little unsure of the water, but loves the sea view. Image credit: Bethan Lewis
Pwllheli Beach, Pwllheli
As long as you avoid the small beach area in front of the promenade, you and your pooch can enjoy all that Pwllheli beach has to offer. The beach is a mix of sand and pebbled areas with dunes to protect from the road behind.
Postcode: LL53 5PG
Traeth Bach, Cemaes
Dogs are welcomed on this beach all year round and the added slipway makes it a great option for disabled dog-owners or families with young children and pushchairs. It’s a sheltered sandy beach on the far side of the harbour with plenty of interesting rock pools for your pup to splash about in.
Postcode: LL67 0ET
Traeth Llydan, Holyhead
This long stretch of sand could be the perfect place to take your dog to tire them out this summer. The horse-shoe shaped beach is backed by sand dunes, and during low tide there are plenty of interesting rock pools to explore and enjoy during your walk.
Postcode: LL64 5JR
St David's Beach, Llangefni
You can find St David’s Beach at the eastern end of Benllech beach. This one is definitely for those who enjoy a longer walk as it’s only accessible via a coastal path and there is no nearby parking.
Postcode: LL75 8RJ
Conwy Morfa, Conwy
There is plenty of sand here for your dog to run free, and if timed right with low-tide, you can walk all the way around to Conwy Bay where partial dog restrictions apply. This beach is one of the quieter sandy coves in the area which means you and your dog are far less likely to be disturbed on your adventures.
Postcode: LL32 8GA