Having a dog means that we are often seeking out new places to explore. Dog friendly beaches are a great way for us to spend time walking Lola at the same time as enjoying a day out. Living in Dorset, we have some lovely beaches on our doorstep, but recently we have spent some time exploring dog friendly beaches in Somerset.
Address: 15 Doniford Rd, Watchet TA23 0TL
Facilities: The car park is quite hidden but available right next to the beach.
Doniford beach is right next door to Doniford Bay holiday park where we have stayed in the past. The beach is made up of mud and sand, with lots of rock pools dotted about.
If fossil hunting is of interest to you, then this is a great beach to visit. The beach is dog friendly all year round.
Address: Warren Rd, Minehead TA24 5SJ
Facilities: Deck chairs available to hire. Toilets and car parking nearby.
Minehead beach, also known as The Strand is very close to the popular holiday destination Butlins. The beach is mainly sand making it a great beach for dog walks in Somerset. There are some small areas that are formed with shingle and stone.
Dos are welcome on the main beach between the harbour and the golf course between October and April. However they are welcome all year around beyond the harbour and golf course.
The South West Coastal path begins in Minehead and travels in an anti clockwise direction to Poole in Dorset. I have talked about walking the south-west coastal path in Lulworth and Durdle Door in Dorset, something we do frequently.
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Blue Anchor Bay
Address: Minehead, Somerset, TA24 5BG
Facilities: Parking, toilets and pubs nearby.
Blue Anchor Bay is next to Blue Anchor Holiday park. You can read what Plutonium Sox thought her her stay here.
The beach is made up of sand and is popular with walkers. The beach is also very dog friendly, dogs are welcome all year round. I can imagine if you’re looking for a pet friendly holiday on the South Coast, then this would be a great option.
Photo Credit – Plutonium Sox
Address: Weston-super-Mare, TA24 6TH
Facilities: Toilets and car parking available
Dog friendly Somerset beaches can be very close to each other. Just a short walk from Minehead beach you can walk to Dunster Beach where dogs are welcome all year around. Around 2 miles in distance, the walk can be done purely on the beach or on the path next to the golf course.
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Address: Bridgwater TA5 1EG
Facilities: large grassy area behind the beach perfect for picnics. Car parking available.
One of the more popular Somerset dog friendly beaches is Kilve beach. Located in Bridgewater, Somerset, it’s famous for fossil hunting and has plenty of rock pools to keep everyone entertained.
Kilve beach reminds me a little of Kimmeridge Bay in Dorset with its rock formations. Dogs are welcome on Kilve beach all year round.
Address: Berrow, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 2LW
Facilities: cafe and toilet facilities
Berrow beach is one of the larger beaches in Somerset that allow dogs. It spans for 6 miles between Burnham on Sea and Brean Down. The beach is made up of sand and mud flats and welcome dogs all year round.
Address: Beach Road, Kewstoke, Weston Super Mare, North Somerset, BS22 9UR
Facilities: Car parking and toilets
Sand Bay is in North Somerset and made up of sand and shingle. There are no restrictions for dogs at any time of the year at Sand Bay and there are car parks along the length of the beach.
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Porlock Weir Beach
Address: Porlock Weir Beach, Somerset, TA24 8PD
Facilities: Pay and Display car park with around 60 spaces and some disabled parking spots. There is also a cafe and toilet facilities.
Porlock Weir beach reminds me a little bit of Lulworth Cove in Dorset with it’s large shingle that makes up the beach. If you are walking part of the South West Coastal path in the area, then you can find yourself passing through Porlock Weir. Dogs are welcome on Porlock Weir beach all year round.
There are so many amazing beaches in Somerset, lots more waiting for us to explore. If you’re thinking of staying in Somerset, then I can recommend Bath Mill Lodge Retreat in Bath, a dog friendly holiday lodge, and spending some time in the city if you get a chance to as well.