With summer now firmly on the horizon we’re all hopeful of weather good enough for a day at the beach.
However between May and September, restrictions for four-legged family members can be different with many council coastal spots requesting that dogs keep-off the sand and shingle.
Restrictions will vary depending on the part of Kent that you’re in and also the time of day.
Here’s our guide to Kent’s dog friendly beaches and the coastal spots where pets are banned throughout the summer months:
On its website, Canterbury City Council says most of its coastline is dog friendly where pets are welcome all year round.
However there are two particular beaches in the district where dogs are not allowed between May 1 and September 30 and these are:
Herne Bay central
From Herne Bay pier heading west to Lane End, dogs are not allowed on the beach between May and September. They must also, says the council, be kept on a lead on the promenade.
Dogs are not allowed on the beach at Tankerton on the area which is level with Pier Avenue West to The Street. Pets must be kept on a lead on the promenade.
Two areas in the Thanet District – both at Pegwell Bay – can’t have dogs on the beach at any time of the year.
Dogs, however, are welcome all year round on the following Thanet beaches:
Minnis Bay Northern Seawall,
Grenham Bay, Birchington
Epple Bay, Birchington
Fulsom Rock, Margate
Sacketts Gap, Cliftonville
Palm Bay, Cliftonville
Kingsgate Bay, Broadstairs
Dumpton Gap, Broadstairs
Western Undercliff, Ramsgate
Dogs must be kept on a lead between 10am and 6pm from May to September in the following places:
Westbrook Bay, Westbrook
Walpole Bay, Cliftonville
Louisa Bay, Broadstairs
But between 10am and 6pm dogs are banned on the following Thanet beaches between May 1 and September 30:
West Bay, Westgate on Sea
St Mildred’s Bay, Westgate on Sea
Botany Bay, Broadstairs
Joss Bay, Broadstairs
Stone Bay, Broadstairs
Between May 1 and September 30 dogs are not allowed on the following beaches:
Ramsgate Main Sands
Viking Bay, Broadstairs
Margate Main Sands
Minnis Bay, Birchington
Dogs are banned from some beaches at certain times, says Dover District Council, and owners are also required to keep them on a lead when visiting some seafront promenades.
Here is the council’s guide to the latest restrictions in the district’s most popular coastal spots:
From May 1 to September 30 - between 9am and 6pm - dogs are excluded from the stretch from Deal Castle to Sandown Castle. Dogs on leads are welcome on the pier and on the promenade between the same two points all year round.
Dogs must be on leads all year round on both the promenade and the grassed areas at Dover Seafront. This is from the junction of Union Street roundabout to the roundabout at Jubilee Way and also includes Marine Parade and Granville Gardens.
Between May 1 and September 30, from 9am to 6pm, dogs must stay off the beach at Dover Seafront, Waterloo Crescent and Marine Parade.
Dogs are excluded from the Sandwich Bay mud flats and salt marshes and must be kept on a lead on the Princes Bay Golf Course Dunes Path.
Shakespeare Cliff beach
There are no restrictions at Shakespeare Cliff Beach.
St Margaret's Bay
From May 1 to September 30 no dogs are allowed on the beach from the south west end of the slipway to Ness Point between 9am and 6pm.
Dogs must also be on a lead all year round on the promenade, car park and in any other amenity areas.
There are no restrictions at Walmer Beach.
There are three areas, says Swale District Council, on the Isle of Sheppey were dogs are not allowed between May 1 and September 30.
They are as follows:
The beach, from an imaginary line in the centre point of the Jacob’s Bank headland, eastwards to an imaginary line from the west side of the steps, leading over the sea wall immediately to the east of Sheerness Swimming Pool.
The beach from the east side of the Playa Public House to the west side of the vehicle ramp leading to the beach opposite the cafe at Sea Side Avenue.
The beach from Stokes Amusements to the west of the beach steps opposite the small roundabout at the seaward end of The Promenade Road, Leysdown.