The UK’s best pet friendly beaches

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The summer of 2013 really was one to remember with the longest heat-wave in seven years and temperatures nudging that magic 30 degrees around the country. As would be expected the masses flocked to the seaside and in some places it was hard to find a square inch of space. However it seems that summer has faded away, the nights are drawing in ever earlier and temperatures are dropping. But there is one upside! Those once packed beaches are now noticeably emptier and have suddenly transformed into perfect playgrounds for our four legged friends. So here at Sykes we’ve decided to give you a rundown of some of the best dog friendly beaches around.

Compton Bay

Compton Bay really is one of the treasures of the Isle of Wight, and from the 1st of October through to the 30th of June it is open to dogs. Its southerly aspect means it catches the sun all day long and it features all that you could ask for with clear seas and golden sands, but that isn’t all. Compton Bay is one of the most important geological sites in the UK with fossils in abundance and dinosaur footprints preserved in the rocks so you and your pooch really can walk with dinosaurs.

Compton Bay

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Rhossili Bay

Another dog’s haven can be found at Rhossili Bay on the South Coast of Wales. Rhossili has been the recipient of a wide array of awards including being voted as Britain’s No.1 dog friendly beach by The Times, so it must have something going for it! Well apart from wandering the pristine sands you and your dog can investigate the wreck of the Helvetia that ran aground back in 1887 or even take a trip to the famous Worm’s Head. What’s more it’s open to dogs all year round!

The Helvetia and Worm's Head at Rhossili Bay

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Gairloch Beach

Gairloch beach is a hidden gem tucked away on the wild Atlantic coast of Scotland. Overlooking the Minch and surrounded by sand dunes to rival any of our more well-known beaches, Gairloch is a paradise of soft sands and stunning sunsets. Dramatic views of the mountains of Skye and Torridon will keep you entranced whilst your dog has the time of its life frolicking in the surf. Again this beach is open to dogs throughout the year but if you time your trip right you might even catch a glimpse of the famous Northern Lights!

Gairloch Beach

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But don’t let us stop you from choosing your favourite dog friendly beach, something that is even easier with our wide range of pet friendly coastal cottages that give you somewhere to put your feet up after a long day at the seaside.

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Jamie Tomkins

By Jamie Tomkins

Jamie is a big fan of long weekend walks with the dog, especially when there is the chance to refuel with lunch in a country pub. Living in Lancaster for three years gave him the perfect opportunity to spend a lot of time in the Lake District.

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