Published: 06:00, 04 March 2021
| Updated: 11:43, 04 March 2021
A walk is the highlight of of the day fo your four-legged friend. We round up some dog-friendly coastal spots that your pet will want to make friends with - and you can take him there all year round.
Please follow the latest government guidelines and go to the site nearest to you.
1. Abbot’s Cliff
Well known among the naturist community, this time of year it’s more a case of wrapping up warm if you’re taking your four-legged friend. Set below the cliffs between Samphire Hoe Country Park and the Warren Country Park, it is mostly shingle with a natural feel, although it is reached down a steep cliff path – and, of course, a steep walk back.
2. Dumpton Gap
This beach is sandy and is a good spot to get away from it all, though it it not far from Ramsgate. Be sure to check the tide before you set out, or you could get cut off.
Windswept but picturesque, the shingle beach is flat and has a wealth of wildlife. With lots of parking available, it’s a great spot if your dog likes to run free without fear of running into many other dogs – there’s so much space he should be able to let off plenty of steam undisturbed.
4. Fulsam Rock Margate
The beach doesn’t reveal itself much, but it’s a nice spot when you catch it at the right time.
5. Hampton Pier – West
A mixture of sand and shingle, the beach is a good spot, with a promenade and slipway, plus is not far from pubs and other facilities.
6. Isle of Grain
Don’t be put off by a looming power station, this is just down the coast from the better known Allhallows beach, looking out on the Thames and the North Sea. It’s a great open space to let your dog off and has open fields near the beach and paths.
7. Kingsgate Bay
This sandy beach is a popular family beach and is close to Joss Bay and Botany Bay. Parking is a short walk away and you haven’t far to walk to find the Captain Digby pub when pubs reopen.
8. Lydden Spout
A mixture of sand and shingle, this secluded beach is under the famous White Cliffs. At low tide you might spot some rockpools.
9. Palm Bay
If your dog likes company, this is the beach for him. A sandy one, it’s not far from Margate, but doesn’t get as busy as Walpole and Botany Bay beaches. It’s also popular with water sports fans.
10. Reculver Beach
A shingle beach near Dover, it’s a small, tranquil spot.
11. Shakespeare Beach
A shingly spot. Make sure you’re prepared to take your dog’s doings away with you as there are no bins nearby.
12. Tankerton Beach
With some breathtaking views, this old fashioned shingle beach is backed by the promenade and grassy slopes which are suitable for families. At low tide rockpools reveal themselves.
13. The Warren Folkestone
Sandy and rocky, this is one for the hardy dog walkers, with cliffs on one side and the sea on the other.
14. Whitstable West Beach
A long stretch of shingle, there are beach huts, weatherboard cottages and fishing boats. West facing, it’s a great spot to catch a sunset.
For details of which beaches to head to with your canine companion, visit thebeachguide.co.uk/south-east-england