The routine of a dog owner can sometimes lack motivation or excitement as you take your furry friend round the same stretch of fields or paths each day, becoming mildly tedious but no less vital to the day to day running of both your lives.
It’s ideal to go explore somewhere new. Make new discoveries, meet new dog pals, see different things; the same bench and the same path may have given you all they have to offer.
Why continue to take for granted the mundane walk fixtures when you could excavate fossils or hike cliffs to be greeted by breathtaking sunlit seas? All accompanied by the salty fresh coastal air.
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For those who yearn for such an experience, here are the 12 best dog friendly beaches along the Somerset coast for you to go and explore.
Berrow North and South
Lacking in animal restrictions, both of Berrow’s beaches prove popular destinations amongst dog walkers as their hounds are able to run freely through the sands year round.
Both sides of Berrow have potential for a range of activities including water sports and fishing, alongside horse riding and donkey rides primarily on the South side. The mud flats to the North mean visitors are urged to pay attention to safety notices, but this does not affect the overall experience of the location itself.
Parking is allowed on the beach, and the path outwards from the beach holds rewarding sea views, alongside disabled facilities, toilets, shops and life guards on patrol.
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Blue Anchor Bay
This long sandy bay also allows dogs year round, again making it a popular walking destination with both dog owners and horse riders. A mix of sand and shingle, the beach is also lined with great alabaster rocks which make the spot ideal for fossil finding.
The site has toilets facilities and a pub nearby, as well as designated parking on the seafront. The beach is also a stop along the course of the West Somerset Railway services, meaning there is a range of travel options
The outstretched pebble beach of Bossington belongs to the National Trust owned Holnicote Estate. Framed by the hills of the Exmoor coast, the shingle bank acts as a barrier between Bristol Channel and a flood plain of river Horner, which runs down a valley from Bossington village, where the car park can also be found.
The beach’s marshland ecosystem attracts rare birds and insects to be spotted, as well as the traces of human history, with pillar boxes of WWII and kilns used in early agriculture.
This spot is a particularly photogenic location with its balance of natural tones making it an rather idyllic walking spot.
Greenaleigh Sand Beach
A secluded beach a mile and a half west of Minehead Harbour, Greenaleigh can be accessed via Moorwood through Greenaleigh Farm or more obviously through Minehead via the South West coast path.
There are no restrictions year round which make it an ideal dog walking destination, although the more lengthy access route means it’s not as hot a destination as others on the list.
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Despite this having an effect on popularity, it actually makes for a more remote, almost private location. The sand lengths back onto small boulders, wooded cliffs and fields, making it a naturally rich scenic location.
Kilve is a large stretch of rock and pebble beach, largely known for its areas of geological interest, but it also holds appeal with its allowance of dogs all year round.
Located in the Quantocks between Minehead and Bridgwater, the closest town of Watchet is just over seven miles away.
Kilve beach looking its best
(Image: Malcolm Lewis)
Behind the beach you can find a large grass area ideal for picnics and a designated car park a little further on, catering to ease of access for visitors to the location. The walk up is near a cliff edge so as a safety precaution, visitors should be aware of this.
Kilve is a beloved location for families and children because of the peculiar rock formations’ climbing possibilities.
This small pebble beach is an adventurous walk for both dog and owner year round, with added helpfulness from the beaches designated dog bins.
The beach caters well for fishing and sailing, as well as for personal needs with its immediate amenities including a café, shop, pub, toilets and disabled facilities.
Although not the best for those looking to roam lengths of the coastline, the space does not lack value, ticking all the boxes of a typical rural weir setting and allowing pups a decent paddle within restrictions of the weir itself.
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Known for its large stretch of wild beach, Sand Bay is popular location amongst dog walkers. With its views across the Bristol Channel to Wales partnered with its useful local amenities including toilets, free car park, café, shop and access to the town centre, the sand and shingles of Sand Bay become a local favourite.
Neatly located between Weston Woods and National Trust headland at Sand point, the destination has serene surroundings as well as its own seashore views.
The beach is a good fishing spot and has easy to walk grass land which is a more manageable walk for those looking for a more prudent walk along the coast.
Layde Bay is known as one of the ‘prettiest beaches along the Somerset coast’. The cove-like stretch is a small spread of sand between rocks, backing onto densely vegetated cliffs. Great for soaking up sun but not advised for swimming, the popular climbing spot is also good for fishing at higher tides.
Its closest town of Clevedon heralds a beach which dogs are not permitted in summer, so Layde Bay is the best case scenario of a local alternative.
Middle Hope Beach
With Sand Bay to the south, just off the peninsula of known SSSI (site of special scientific interest), Middle Hope beach is the sand and shingle cove located in the centre of the point, hence it’s apt namesake.
Surrounded by green farmland accompanied by channel views to Wales, it’s a scenic destination. The murky waters and muddy low tide sand mean no swimming, but you’d likely be deterred by the strong tidal current alone.
The circular design of the bay makes for a more personal experience, and is good for keeping eyes on your smaller padfooted friends.
St Audries Bay
At the foot of the Quantock Hills, the wide bay of St Audries is a mix of flat pebbles, sand, shingles and rock, though it’s defining features are the two waterfalls cascading down the cliffs to the back of beach.
Though the murky waters mean swimming is off the agenda, St Audries is a popular fishing and rock pooling spot. The bay is accessible via a mild hike down a maintained path from the St Audries bay Holiday park, which also provides parking and access to the site shop.
Uphill Beach (Weston-super-Mare) (slipway)
Located at the south end of Weston-super-Mare beach, Uphill is worlds apart from the hectic neighbouring main beach. Likened as being similar to Brean; the expansive stretch of sand with parking on beach itself is a great day out for all.
The River Axe flows out to sea via the shingle and green bordering the beach. Although tempting, crossing Axe at low tide to reach Brean downs is not advised.
Behind the beach you can find amenities such as a shop, café and toilets, and following upwards along Axe leads to popular visiting spot Uphill Nature Reserve, as well as a hill top tower, which holds beautiful views of the beach below.
Being a slipway bay off of Weston-super-Mare’s main beach, there is no designated life guard, but dogs are welcome year round which is an ideal alternative to those coming out to the popular south-west coast desitination.
Watchet Harbour Beach
Fundamentally an old, disused harbourside, Watchet is a rock sipway beach that may not be as gratifyingly scenic as other destinations on our list, but it’s a great walking destination with no dog restrictions year round.
Although it’s proven mildly challenging for unprepared visitors with its slippery rocks and seaweed, rock pooling and fossil finding are worthy activities for the visit.
There is a nearby café, toilets, shop, and pub to fulfil your amenity needs, complete with parking located along Harbour road.
So for those itching to swap their regular walk route for something different this summer, the south west coastal regions have what you’re looking for, come rain or shine.
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