Best Dog Friendly Beaches
It may be known as the Garden of England, but Kent is also famous for its coast, part of which is formed by the iconic white cliffs. And with 125 miles of shoreline available, there’s plenty of room to accommodate our four-legged companions. Let’s take a look at some of the best dog friendly beaches in the county.
Overlooked by the 16th century Walmer Castle, built by Henry VIII, Walmer is a pebbly beach where dogs are welcome to wander and play wherever they like. There’s ample parking and a shop, and the beach can be accessed from the road. Venture south towards Kingsdown and the beach becomes quieter, giving your furry friend space to run about, chase a ball, and really make the most of their trip.
The Warren, Folkestone
The Warren at Folkestone is another great spot if you’re searching for dog friendly beach holidays. Keen fossil hunters can search for ammonites, belemnites and sharks’ teeth, or you and your furry friend can explore the rock pools, play fetch in Warren Country Park just behind the beach, or simply sit and enjoy the views and the sea air.
St Mary’s Bay, Romney Marsh
Flat and sandy, St Mary’s Bay is one of the five popular Romney Marsh beaches. In the summertime it’s popular with families and sunbathers, but from 1 October to 30 April it’s one of the best dog friendly beaches on the coast. Your dog will have plenty of space to run around, catch a frisbee, splash in the shallows and explore.
If you are looking for Kent dog friendly beaches that offer something a little different, Dungeness is the perfect destination. There’s ample space for your canine companion to run around, and features include a shingle bank, bird reserve and nuclear power station. There are also lighthouses to discover, fishing boats to watch and a narrow-gauge steam railway. Even the two pubs are dog-friendly and specialise in delicious fish and chips. While there are no restrictions here, dogs are required to be at heel as the houses don’t have property boundaries.
If you’re planning a trip out of high season, Hythe Beach is a great spot to bring your dog. The promenade is flat and smooth making it ideal for those who are cycling or in a wheelchair, and your dog can get down to the pebbly beach with ease. Restrictions apply between 1 May and 30 September, but you can still enjoy a refreshing walk when your pet is on a lead during those months.
Dog Friendly Holiday Apartment
If you’re in search of holiday homes in Kent that offer access to dog friendly beaches, you’ll love The Beach Escapes. Luxury, dog friendly apartments with enclosed gardens – such as Stones Throw – have direct access to Hythe Beach and are located within a short distance of other beaches along the coast. You can expect private access, quality amenities and comfy beds. Book now to avoid missing out.