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Dogs and our beaches

Information about where and when dogs are permitted on beaches

Where and when you can take your dog onto the beach

We’d love dogs to be able to enjoy our beaches and foreshores all year round. However, to ensure everyone is able to enjoy our coastline, there are some places where, between 1 May and 30 September, dogs can’t go or will have to be kept on a lead.

By clicking on the icons in the map below you will be able to see which restrictions are in place on each of our district’s beaches.

A more detailed map, including where restrictions start and finish, can be found here.

Key

  Dogs welcome at all times
  Dogs must be kept on a lead between 10am and 6pm from 1 May to 30 September
  Dogs are not allowed on the beach between 10am and 6pm from 1 May to 30 September
  Dogs are not allowed on the beach between 1 May and 30 September

 

 

From 1 May to 30 September, dogs are NOT allowed at any time, during any part of the day or evening, on the following beaches:

Birchington

  • Minnis Bay (Main Area)

Broadstairs

  • Viking Bay

Margate

  • Main Sands

Ramsgate

  • Main Sands (Harbour end)

 

From 1 May to 30 September, dogs are Not allowed during the hours of 10.00hrs to 18.00 hrs on the following beaches:

Broadstairs

  • Botany Bay
  • Joss Bay
  • Stone Bay

Westgate

  • West Bay
  • St Mildred’s Bay

 

From 1 May to 30 September, dogs are to be kept on leads during the hours of 10.00hrs to 18.00 hrs on the following beaches:

Broadstairs

  • Louisa Bay

Margate

  • Westbrook Bay
  • Walpole Bay

 

Dogs ARE allowed on the following beaches at any time, all year round.

 Birchington

  • Grenham Bay
  • Epple Bay

Broadstairs

  • Dumpton Gap
  • Kingsgate Bay

Cliftonville

  • Foreness Point
  • Sacketts Gap
  • Palm Bay

Margate

  • Fulsom Rock

Ramsgate

  • Eastcliff
  • Western Undercliff

All dogs on promenades adjacent to these beaches should be kept on a lead.

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  • Respect other beach users and keep your dog in sight.
  • Follow the requests on our signs – you’ll find our traffic light signs at all bays.
  • Always bag and bin your dog’s poo. Any public litter bin will do. If you don’t you will be fined £100. If you forget your poo bags, you can grab an emergency supply from our  Tikspac stations
  • Help protect our nesting birds along the coastline: keep to paths and use a short lead when asked to do so. Never let your dog chase wildlife.
  • The Thanet coastline is a Marine Protection Area – and is home to a range of important wildlife. To find out more visit www.nekmpa.org.uk
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