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Dog Friendly Beaches in Sussex

There are many beautiful dog friendly beaches in Sussex. Here are a selection of them.

If I've missed one that you'd like to share with other Sussex visitors, send me a message and I'll add it to this page.

Dogs on Brighton Beach

Retriever on beach

Why can't life be simple??

In Brighton, taking your dog on the beach in the summer (between May 1st and 30th September) is a needlessly complicated affair. To obey the rules by the book, you would need to walk on and off separate bits of the beach.

These are the beaches you can go on (look for the signs that mark the boundaries of each dog friendly beach).

  • beaches between the west wall of Brighton Marina and up to the large groyne at the bottom of Dukes mound.

  • the beach in front and to the East of the Meeting Place Cafe, up to the large groyne with the lifering on.

  • the beach to the east of the Lawns Cafe, at the bottom of St John's Road, Hove promenade.

  • the beach in front of the King Alfred car park.

  • the beach to the east of Hove Lagoon.

  • dogs are allowed on the undercliff pass but must be on a lead.
  • I took this photo of the notice board on the sea front which 'helps' people know which beach they can take their dog on. Why can't we just walk from one end of Brighton beach to the other? But don't get me started on that!

    Dogs on brighton beach

    Dog Beaches in West Sussex

    Bognor Regis
    Mainly shingle beach with sand revealed when tide goes out. Dogs are not allowed on the beach during the summer and must be kept on leads on the promenade.

    Climping Beach
    Along the coast to the East of Bognor Regis, is Climping Beach. It covers a very large area of which some is a nature reserve. Climping Beach is a quiet, secluded beach and dogs are welcome.

    Ferring Beach
    Dogs are allowed all year round and there is a grassy area behind the beach which is enclosed and safe for dogs. There is a free car park and an excellent cafe which welcomes dogs.
    Thank you to Mary for this info.

    Littlehampton Beach
    During the summer, dogs are not allowed on certain beaches in Littlehampton. Dogs must also be kept on leads on the promenades adjacent to these beach areas. Please observe the bylaw and look out for the signs showing where dogs are banned. Contact the Dog Wardens at the Arun Civic Centre on 01903 737500 for further details.

    Shoreham and Adur district (Southwick Beach, Kingston, Lancing)
    Dogs are allowed on all beaches at all times of the year. However, dogs that are taken onto the beaches must be kept under strict control at all times and their owners, or the people who are in charge of the dogs, are required to thoroughly clean up after them and to use the dog bins provided.

    Worthing Beach
    1st May to 30th September dogs excluded between Heene Road and Splash point, and between the two boat launching ramps in Goring.
    1st October – 30th April dogs can go on any part of Worthing beach.

    Goring Beach
    We believe dogs are allowed on Goring Beach "which is further along from Worthing and very nice". (thank you to Brigette for info)

    West Wittering Beach
    Very good reports from this beach although I haven't personally been there. This is what one dog owner reports: "Out of season it costs one whole pound, and the top end is dog friendly all year. If you catch the tide going out you can have the whole Chichester estuary to play on (and there are clean loos, a cafe, and dog bins AND BAGS galore). I and my dogs love it there and recommend it."

    Dog Beaches in East Sussex

    three dogs on pebbly beach
    Eastbourne Beach
    The beach is popular with visitors and residents alike. It is a shingle beach with sandy stretches at mid to low tide. Local features include the pier, bandstand, promenade and famed Floral Carpet Gardens which all form part of its resort heritage. The beach is cleaned weekly and litter bins are provided. From 1 May to 30 September, dogs must be kept on leads at all times and are banned from the main resort beach (Wish Tower to Pier). Dog litter bins are provided.

    Camber Sands
    “This vast expanse of south coast sand is a real favourite with Kentish canines. Dogs are restricted to certain parts of the beach but there’s no shortage of space. This well-managed beach has plenty of parking, an ice cream kiosk, toilets and dog bins. At low tide it’s a bit of a journey to the sea, so plan your arrival time with care if you’ve got a poodle that likes to paddle. Dogs are allowed between May and September but must be on a lead and are restricted between certain areas. Directions: Signposted from the A259. Follow the coast road to Camber.”

    Broomhill Sands (Nearest town Rye)
    “A very flat sand and shingle beach with a large tidal range that makes it possible to remain within your depth for a long way out. A popular destination for paddlers, windsurfers, kite surfers and sand-buggies. May to September – dogs on a lead are allowed in marked zones. October to April – dogs are allowed onto all areas of the beach under close control. Camber is 3 miles East of Rye. Signposted off the A259. There is a cycle path from Rye to Camber. Broomhill is just to the east of Camber along the coastal road.”

    Cooden Beach (nearest town Bexhill)
    “This beach provides a long sandy foreshore ideal for walkers. The area is popular with kite and windsurfers which is separate to the bathing area. An 8 knot speed limit applies. The beach is cleaned 4 times a week during the summer season. Dogs are allowed on the beach and dog bins are provided as are litter bins.” Cooden Beach British Rail is very close by.

    Cuckmere Haven Beach(nearest town Seaford)
    There are no dog restrictions on this pebble beach.
    Accessed from the A259. There is a country park centre, toilets, a gift shop and a café. We walk in Friston Forest which is nearby and a wonderful walk for our dogs.

    Beach by Bishopstone Railway Station (between Newhaven and Seaford)
    There were other dogs having fun on this pebbly stretch when we visited between 11 and 12pm on a hot Sunday in late May.

    Families were using it as well but everyone had their own space and our three dogs played happily with no interruptions. Before we had a car, we got the train here from Brighton and walked from Bishopstone Station (about a 10 minute walk). There were bins but I didn't notice any dog bins specifically.

    One thing to mention is that we visited at low tide when there was a shingle bank. Two things about this: firstly it acts as a natural barrier between the sea and the road (although if you go to the beach in front of Bonningstedt Promenade the dogs can't get to the road in any case); secondly if you have problems with mobility, sliding down the shingle bank with the pebbles under your feet, may not be much fun!

    Paws up to www.goodbeachguide.co.uk and www.sussexbythesea.com

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