Dog Friendly Beaches in Kent 2023

Dogs & Beaches in Kent 2023


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Find out where dogs are allowed in Kent with our Dog-Friendly Beaches 2023 round-up of beaches and the rules for your four-legged friend. Each area highlights coastal parts you can take dogs, as well as the restrictions or bans in place. Rules apply 1st of May to the 30th of September 2023.

By Katie James & Sophie Bland

Beaches in this area are an excellent spot for dog walking and although some do have seasonal bans, there are others without restrictions that can be enjoyed all throughout the year.

Dogs are welcome off their lead at any time of the year at:
Sandwich Bay
Shakespeare Cliff Beach, Dover
Walmer Beach, Deal

Not allowed from 1st of May to the 30th of September between the hours of 9am and 8pm at:
Deal Beach – from Sandown Castle to Deal Castle. Dogs on leads are permitted on the pier and on the promenade.
Dover Seafront Beach, Waterloo Crescent to Marine Parade. Dogs are to be kept on leads on the promenade and grassed areas (including Marine Parade and Granville Gardens) at Dover Seafront, and from the junction with Union Street roundabout to roundabout with Jubillee Way off A20.
St Margaret’s Bay Beach– from the south-west end of the slipway to Ness Point.
More information here.

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The coastline stretches across 26 miles of sand and shingle beaches, offering some great walks for dogs and their owners with a number of award winning beaches. Lots of the coastline have no restrictions except the nine listed here.

Dogs to be kept on a lead on the promenade at:

Mermaid Beach
Sandgate/Seabrook – Sandgate Castle to Seabrook BP Garage
Between 1st May and 30th October, dogs are banned from:
Sunny Sands

Hythe Beach – Twiss Road to St. Leonard’s Road
Dymchurch Beach – Sycamore Gardens to Martello Car Park
St Mary’s Bay – The Fairway to river outfall
Littlestone Beach – Water tower at Madeira Road to Clark Road
Greatstone – Jolly Fisherman car park through to 17 The Parade &  114 The Parade through to 172 The Parade
More information here.

The beautiful beaches of Herne Bay & Whitstable are a great destination for holiday makers, take a peaceful stroll along the seafront or make the most out of the many activities and watersports that are available. Only two exceptions in this area:

Dogs are not allowed on the following beaches between 1st May and 30th September:
Herne Bay Central – from Herne Bay pier heading west to Lane End, dogs are not allowed on the beach and must be kept on a lead on the promenade.
Tankerton Beach, Whitstable – level with Pier Avenue West to The Street, dogs are not allowed on the beach and must be kept on a lead on the promenade.
More information here.

The Isle of Sheppey has some beautiful beaches and with traditional arcade amusements which can be enjoyed by all of the family. There are miles of beaches around the Isle of Sheppey, many of which are dog friendly, with the exception of the three seasonal bathing beaches where restrictions do apply.

Dogs are not allowed on the following beaches between 1st May and 30th September:
Sheerness – centre point of the headland Jacobs Bank eastward to the west side of the steps leading over the sea wall immediately to the east of Sheerness Swimming Pool.
Minster Leas – from the east side of the Lifeguard Station on the seafront opposite the Playa Public House to opposite the Little Oyster Café.
Leysdown on Sea – from Stokes Amusements, eastwards to beach steps opposite the small roundabout at the seaward end of ‘The Promenade Road, Leysdown.
More information here.

ROCHESTER – The Isle of Grain
The Isle of Grain is a village located within the Medway district in Kent, the area was previously an island, however, it now forms part of the Hoo Peninsula instead. Although it is known for being remote and tucked away from the rest of the Kent coast, it does have some excellent spots to visit and moreover, there is plenty of wildlife around as it is a major habitat for diverse wetland birds.

Dogs are welcome off their lead at any time of the year:
The Isle of Grain Beach
Allhallows Beach

Thanet has always been one of the most popular holiday destinations in Kent, with 15 sandy beaches and bays that stretch from Pegwell Bay in the south to Minnis Bay in the north.

Dogs are welcome off their lead at any time of the year:
Dumpton Gap
Kingsgate Bay
Western Undercliff
Foreness Point
Palm Bay
Sacketts Gap
Fulsom Rock
Epple Bay
Grenham Bay
Northern Seawall

Dogs must be kept on a lead 24 hours a day all year round:
Pegwell Bay – Upper chalk shore – low tide

Not allowed at any time
Pegwell Bay on the mudflats and saltmarshes.

Dogs must be kept on a lead between 10am and 6pm from 1st May to  30th September:
Louisa Bay
Walpole Bay
Westbrook Bay

Dogs are not allowed on the beach between 10am and 6pm from 1st May to 30th September on the beaches below
Stone Bay
Joss Bay
Botany Bay
St Mildred’s Bay
West Bay

Not allowed at all from 1st May to 30th September:
Viking Bay
Ramsgate Main Sands
Margate Main Sands
Minnis Bay

More information here.

Advisory Notes: Never Let your dog chase wildlife. The Thanet coastline is a Marine Protection Area – and is home to a range of important wildlife. If you do not pick up after your dog you will be fined.

Black dog on a beach with a tennis ball in his mouth for Dog & Beaches blog in Kent

Picture Credit: Top to bottom Josh Rakower at, Archer by See Kent.

We do our best to endeavour to be as accurate and comprehensive as possible from the information we have at the time of publication. As of April 2023.


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