Nothing makes a dog happier than a nice, long walk. Nothing makes a dog owner feel worse than driving to a beautiful beach, intending to go on aforementioned walk, to arrive and find dogs aren’t allowed!
Like most places across the UK, North Wales has several beaches that ban dogs during High Season. The doggie no-go zones come into force on 1 April until 30 September in Gwynedd, and from 1 May to 30 September in Conwy, Flintshire, Anglesey and Denbighshire.
If you venture onto a beach with dog restrictions during these times, you could find yourself hit with a hefty fine of £100.
We don’t want anyone getting a fine, so we’ve listed five beaches in North Wales that your four-legged friends can play on all year round!
Talacre Beach, Flintshire
You might recognise this one from the 2011 Dulux Paints ad, with the famous shaggy sheepdog enjoying this expansive, golden sandy beach! The iconic Point of Ayr lighthouse is a photographer’s dream (check it out at sunset) and there are several places to grab a bite to eat, drink or spend time in the amusement arcades. A good all-round family- and dog-friendly beach!
Conwy Morfa, Conwy
Conwy Morfa is a large sandy bay at the mouth of the Conwy Estuary, a short drive from the medieval walled town of Conwy, where there are plenty of places to eat, drink and shop. The beach is often deserted, apart from fellow dog walkers and the odd horse rider, but it’s a perfect place for playing fetch, paddling (beware the tidal currents) and soaking up the scenery.
Red Wharf Bay, Anglesey
Red Wharf Bay is a real beauty of a beach and a favourite of local dog owners. There’s an almost never ending stretch of sand at low tide where dogs can run until their heart’s content. Owners’ with tired legs should head to the Ship Inn (dog friendly, of course) on the bay for a pint or two afterwards.
Hell’s Mouth, Abersoch, Gwynedd
Don’t be put off by the terrifying name! As well as internationally-renowned waves, this surfing paradise boasts a huge expanse of golden sand for Rover to run, dig and play on all year round. Like Conwy Morfa, pay attention to your dogs in the water, there are some very strong currents here.
Ffrith Beach, Denbighshire
This beach is located between Rhyl and Prestatyn and can claim four miles flat, golden sand – doggie heaven! There’s plenty for owners to do here too, with a bowling alley and a picnic area very close by. With its long, flat promenade, this is a great accessible walk for dog owners with mobility issues. Be warned, don’t venture too far east as dog restrictions apply here during High Season.