Dogs welcome all year

Dover Area

Sandwich Bay – A quiet long stretch of beach located next to the Sandwich & Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve which does not allow dogs. Some parking close to the beach but no facilities. Type of beach: Pebbles
Shakespeare Beach – This long stretch of beach that disappears at high tide, backed by a railway line access is via more than 100 steps. There is no parking close by or facilities. Type of beach: Shingle/Pebbles

Walmer Beach – This long beach has an excellent cycle/walking path behind it which runs from Walmer to Deal. There are car parks and some on road parking close to the beach. The Sea Café close to the RNLI Walmer Lifeboat Station is dog friendly. Type of beach: Pebble

Folkestone Area

The Warren – A popular beach with fossil hunters, the beach is backed by cliffs and The Warren County Park, nice views to. Dog friendly Pub “The Valiant Sailor” nestled at the top of the cliffs. Some parking near to beach but limited. Type of beach: Sand/rock

Lydd Area

Lydd-on-Sea –. Long stretch of shingle/sand beach backed by the village. Car park with limited parking next to beach with Toilets (open April – Sept). Type of beach: Shingle/Sand

Dungeness (Lydd Beach) – Lydd Beach is part of the Dungeness National Nature Reserve, Making it popular with bird watchers and nature lovers. Quieter than other beaches parking and facilities at the RSPB Visitors Centre but be aware a lot of the RSPB trails do not allow dogs, there is limited parking close to the beach with Pilot Pub located between Dungeness and Lydd -on-Sea, dogs not allowed inside but are allowed in the Garden. Type of beach: Shingle with some sand at low tide

Margate Area

Epple Bay – Small tidal bay which disappears at high tide. Access is from cliff top via steps or steep slope. No designated car park close to beach. Type of beach: Sandy

Grenham Bay – quite a rocky location but beach is backed by a promenade, parking on the road near to the beach. type of beach: Rock

Foreness Point – located between Palm Bay and Botany Bay this low headland on the coast extends a short distance into the entrance of the Thames Estuary. Limited on road parking close by. Type of beach: Sand/Rock

Fulsom Rock – At high tide there isn’t much of a beach but there is a promenade and slipway, towards lower tide a fairly modest patch of sand appears. Parking/facilities close by. Type of beach: Sand/Rock

Kinggate Bay – A sheltered sandy cove backed by high white chalk cliffs. Known for its sea caves it is overlooked at the southern end of the beach by Kingsgate Castle. Parking and café (dogs not allowed inside) near to beach. Type of beach: Sandy

Palm Bay – A pleasant sandy beach not too far from Margate’s town centre and as this beach is dog friendly all year expect to see a number of dogs on the beach during the summer months. Parking/facilities close by. Type of beach: Sandy

Ramsgate Area

Dumpton Gap – A quite sandy bay with a wide promenade. At low tide this beach offers one of the best low tide walking routes to Ramsgate but check the tide times before setting off as at high tide the beach becomes totally covered by the sea. Parking behind the beach on the road. Type of beach: Sandy

East Cliff Beach – Located close to Ramsgate Main Beach which has restrictions during the summer for dogs this small sandy beach is backed by a promenade with parking/facilities close by. Type of beach: Sandy

Western Undercliff Beach – Located next to the Port of Ramsgate and within walking distance to Ramsgate Town. Some on road parking close to the beach. Type of beach: Sandy

Sheerness (Isle of Sheppey) Area

Marine Parade – Nice stretch of sand close to Sheerness Beach (dog restrictions in the summer). Beach is backed by sea defences, car park just behind these defences. Access to the beach is down steps at regular intervals along the beach. Type of beach: Sand/Shingle

Shellness Beach – Down the road from Leysdown-on-sea, a secluded quiet beach part of which is a naturist beach. Parking close to the beach but the road leading to the car park is very bumpy and potholed. No Facilities close by. Type of beach: Shingle

Warden Bay – Located close to Leysdown-on-sea which has dog restrictions in the summer. Limited parking in Cliff Drive car park. type of beach: Sand/Shingle

Whitstable Area

Whitstable – Pebble beach divided into sections by large wooden breaks. Some parking near to beach. Dog friendly “Old Neptune” located next to the beach. Type of beach: Pebble


Restricted access for dogs

Dover Area

Deal Beach – A long pebble beach with Deal Pier a popular place for fisherman, dogs allowed access (on lead) on to the Pier all year, you also have at the end of the Pier the Deal Pier Kitchen which allows well behaved dogs into their restaurant. Some parking close to beach with further parking and facilities in the town of Deal a short walk from the beach. Dogs not allowed on the beach between Deal Castle to Sandown Castle from 1st May to 30th September but are allowed on lead on the Promenade between Deal Castle to Sandown Castle. Type of beach: Pebbles

Dover Beach – A shingle beach set next to Dover Harbour. Being so close to Dover town there is no shortage of facilities, limited parking close to the beach but more parking in Dover Town. Dogs to be kept on lead on the Promenade and grassed areas (including Marine Parade and Granville Gardens) at Dover Seafront, from junction with Union Street roundabout to roundabout with Jubilee Way of A20. Dogs are excluded from the beach at Dover Seafront, Waterloo Crescent and Marine Parade from 1st May to 30th September. Type of beach: Shingle

Folkestone Area

Sandgate – Backed by a promenade with a large shingle beach. Limited parking on road close to the beach with some parking in the town where you will find a number of pubs, shops and other facilities. There is also a Dog friendly Café “The Boat House” by the beach. Dogs not allowed on the beach between Sandgate Castle to Princes Parade Junction from 1st May to 30th September. Type of beach: Shingle

Sunny Sands – A popular beach with families and dog walkers located close the centre of town, can get busy in the summer months. Parking near to beach and in the Harbour Arm Car Park. facilities close by and a dog friendly café “The Captain’s Table Café”. Dogs not allowed on the beach between 1st May to 30th September. Type of beach: Sandy.

Mermaids Beach – Nice size quiet beach with a dog friendly Café “Mermaid”. Parking on road with facilities close by. Dogs not allowed on the beach from 1st May to 30th September. Type of beach: Shingle

Herne Bay Area

Herne Bay Central – Popular with families and dog walkers backed by seafront shops and further back the towns shops. Dogs not allowed between Neptune Jetty heading West to the Pier at any time of the year also dogs not allowed on the beach between The Pier to Land Ends from 1st May to 30th September. Type of beach: shingle

Hythe Area

St Marys Bay – When the tide is out there is an enormous stretch of sandy beach exposed, a quiet and secluded location. Parking/toilets close to beach. Dogs not allowed on the beach between The Fairway to River Outfell from 1st May to 30th September. Type of beach: Sandy

Hythe – A popular beach for dog walkers and fishing. Large stretch of beach to walk on. Car Park near to beach, also on road parking next to beach. Dogs not allowed on the beach between Twiss Road to St Leonards Road from 1st May to 30th September. Type of beach: Pebble

Margate Area

Botany Bay – The northernmost of seven bays in Broadstairs, Kent, with safe swimming and spectacular chalk cliffs and stacks. Relatively quiet and secluded. Nice dog walks along the cliff tops but be aware cliffs are not fenced. Car park with limited parking close by and some on road parking near to beach. Dogs not allowed on the beach from 1st May to 30th September between 10am – 6pm. Type of beach: Sandy.

Joss Bay – A popular sandy beach sheltered by steep chalk cliffs, stretches for 200 metres with facilities/parking close to hand. Dogs not allowed on the beach from 1st May to 30th September between 10am – 6pm. Type of beach: Sandy.

Margate Main Beach – A popular beach with families with parking and facilities in Margate town. Dogs not allowed on the beach between 1st May to 30th September. Type of beach: Sandy.

Minnis Bay – A secluded sandy bay has separate areas for swimming and watersports. Facilities including dog friendly Minnis Bay Bar & Brasserie and parking close to beach. Dogs not allowed on the beach from 1st May to 30th September. Type of beach: Sandy

St Mildred Bay – A small beach adjacent to the town of Westgate with in easy walking distance of Margate. Facilities and parking close by. Dogs not allowed on the beach from 1st May to 30th September between 10am – 6pm. Type of beach: Sand/Rock

Walpole Bay – A long sandy beach within walking distance of Margate town this beach is backed by the promenade that stretches along to Margate harbour. Dogs to be kept on lead between 1st May to 30th September from 10am – 6pm. Type of beach: Sandy.

West Bay – A popular family beach with sea walls and groynes to prevent flooding. Chalk cliffs separate it from neighbouring St Mildred’s Bay.Facilities including dog friendly West Bay Café close to beach. Limited parking on road behind the sea wall, car park at St Mildred Bay. Dogs not allowed on the beach from 1st May to 30th September between 10am – 6pm. Type of beach: Sandy

Westbrook Bay – One of the quieter beaches to be found close to Margate town. This beach benefits from retaining a narrow stretch of sand even when the tide is in. Has a designated water-skiing area which is popular with watersport enthusiasts. To the rear of the beach runs a wide promenade with beach huts. Facilities and parking close by in Margate with some parking on road close to the beach. Dogs to be kept on lead from 1st May to 30th September between 10am – 6pm

Ramsgate Area

Louisa Bay – Sandy beach backed by a promenade with facilities close by and parking in town. Dogs to be kept on lead between 1st May to 30th September from 10am – 6pm. Type of beach: Sandy.

Pegwell Bay – Quiet location home to the former Ramsgate Hoverport. Parking/facilities including dog friendly café (The Viking Ship) close by. Dogs not allowed on the beach between 1st May to 30th September also dogs are not allowed on the mud flats or saltmarsh at any time of the year. Type of beach: Sandy.

Ramsgate Main Sands – A popular family beach backed by cliffs and adjacent to the Royal Harbour and marina. Plenty of facilities/amusements close by, parking in town. Dogs not allowed on the beach between 1st May to 30th September. Type of beach: Sandy.

Stone Bay – A sandy beach backed by a promenade lined with beach huts and high chalk cliffs, access to beach is down a number of steps from the cliff top. Facilities close to beach, parking is on road above the cliffs. Dogs not allowed on the beach from 1st May to 30th September between 10am – 6pm. Type of beach: Sandy

Viking Bay – popular beach with plenty of facilities close to hand, parking in town. Dogs not allowed on the beach from 1st May to 30th September between 10am – 6pm. Type of beach: Sandy

Romney Area

Greatstone – Long quiet stretch of sandy beach with car park and facilities close by. Dogs not allowed on the beach between Jolly Fisherman to 17 The Parade and 114 The Parade to 172 The Parade from 1st May to 30th September. type of beach: Sandy

Littlestone – Quiet location with parking and facilities close by. Dogs not allowed on the beach between Madeira Road to Clark Road from 1st May to 30th September. Type of beach: Shingle/ Some sand at low tide.

Dymchurch – At low tide a large expanse of sandy beach is revealed. Parking/facilities close to beach. Dogs not allowed on the beach between Sycamore Gardens to Martello Car Park from 1st May to 30th September. Type of beach: Sandy

Sheerness (Isle of Sheppey) Area

Leysdown-on-sea – A long stretch beach backed by a wide promenade and sea defences. Parking/facilities close by. Dogs access restrictions from 1st May to 30th September. Type of beach: Sand/Shingle

Minster Leas – Good expanse of sand is revealed with some muddy patches when the tide is out. Behind the beach runs a promenade, parking/facilities close by including a dog friendly Beach Bar & Restaurant. Dogs access restrictions from 1st May to 30th September. Type of beach: Sand/Shingle

Sheerness Beach – Beach backed by a sea wall, the beach disappears completely at high tide. Access to the beach is down steps at regular intervals along the beach. parking and facilities close by. Dogs access restrictions from 1st May to 30th September. Type of beach: Sand/Shingle

Whitstable Area

Tankerton – A old-fashioned shingle beach with wooden groynes and beach huts. Beach is backed by a promenade and grassy slopes. Facilities close by including dog friendly Cafés (Sea View and The Bubble) close to the beach. Parking on road close to the beach and also in Tankerton town. Dogs not allowed on the beach between Pier Ave to The Street from 1st May to 30th September and also kept on lead on The Promenade. Type of beach: Shingle


Dogs not allowed all year round

Herne Bay Central – between Neptune Jetty heading West to the Pier

Pegwell Bay – mud flats and saltmarsh

 

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