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A Kent beach has been named as one of the UK's most dog-friendly.

Kingsgate Bay in Broadstairs is one of six beaches across the country given the title.

Maggie the dog playing on Kingsgate beach. Picture: Elysia Bradley
Maggie the dog playing on Kingsgate beach. Picture: Elysia Bradley

With summer in full swing and a heatwave on the horizon, it is no wonder people are flocking to the beach, with their furry friends by their side.

Dog-friendly holiday lettings company, Canine Cottages, has researched the six best dog-friendly beaches in the UK.

It says Kingsgate Bay, which neighbours Joss Bay and Botany Bay, has "a rich history and interesting sea caves to explore with your dog".

The sandy beach is said to be perfect for adventures – and one pooches can roam all-year round.

However, it’s advisable to check the tides and the currents in the area before travelling, to avoid getting caught out by the waves.

Kingsgate Bay in Broadstairs. Picture: Google Street View
Kingsgate Bay in Broadstairs. Picture: Google Street View

Other beaches that made the list include Rhossili Bay Beach in Swansea, Luskentyre on the Isle of Harris, Porthmeor Beach in Cornwall, Holkham in Norfolk and Alnmouth in Northumberland.

If you are travelling to the beach with your pup, here are some top tips to bear in mind:

  • Always remember to bring water and food for your dog. On a hot summer day your dog will spend a lot of energy and therefore will need food and water to keep its energy levels stable.
  • Never leave your dog alone, especially in a hot car. Leaving your dog alone also increases the risk of dog-napping, so bringing your pooch with you is always the safest option.
  • Go on walks during the mornings and evenings, as these are the safest times during a hot day to let your dog get some exercise. Choosing to do this during mid-day can cause your pooch to overheat on a warm day.
  • Keep track of the tides and currents in the area you’re walking – the currents love to hide in plain sight.
  • Check that the beach is dog friendly.
Kingsgate Bay arch. Picture: Matt Bristow
Kingsgate Bay arch. Picture: Matt Bristow

Shannon Keary, digital PR manager at Canine Cottages, said: “Dog-friendly beaches are important to maintain our dogs’ wellbeing.

"Our pooches should be able to roam and explore, and beaches are the perfect place for them to have tonnes of fun and explore new sights and smells.

"We wanted to collate the best beaches to help you find the best spots for you and your pooch for your next staycation or day trip!”

To read about more dog-friendly beaches, visit Canine Cottages’ blog here.

To read more about Kent’s furry, flying and finned friends, click here.

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