Looking for dog friendly beaches in Brighton? The beaches are all dog-friendly, except between the dates of the 1st May and 30th September. Between these dates the beaches, especially around central Brighton and Hove, are much more restricted to dogs.
For the official line you should check the Brighton and Hove City Council dog friendly beaches page.
I have created a Google Map showing you where you can go between the restricted dates, the dog-friendly areas are marked green. Also, on the beaches there are big flags which show you that beach is dog friendly, at either end of the dog-friendly bit. The best places to go are to the East of Brighton Pier and beyond central Hove as there is little between.
The beaches are all pebbly, so not so friendly to little paws. But when the tide goes out enough there is some soft sand, so keep an eye on tide times.
You can go with your dog any place on the upper or lower promenade, but they are supposed to be on a lead. Loads of people ignore this though.
If you are caught not picking up your dog’s poop you can face a £500 fine, so don’t even think about it!
One word of caution: I have seen the sea extremely rough, especially through the winter, but even in July (!) so just be careful and make sure your dog doesn’t go in to the water if it’s too rough. Sounds like common sense of course, but if you’re not sure how steep the beach is then you might not be aware of how easy it is to be dragged away with a big wave. There have been accidents, and sadly even deaths, so just make sure you are careful.
You really should check out Lancing beach, which is a 20 minute drive West of Brighton. There are no restrictions to dogs, and the tide does not have to go out as far as it does in Brighton to reveal a massive sandy beach that your dog will absolutely love.
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