• Alex Batho

5 of the best dog-friendly beaches in somerset

A selection of brilliant beaches in Somerset, where both you and your dog will be welcome

Berrow Beach

Six whole miles of sand for your dog to run free on. Those six miles make Berrow, quite incredibly, the second longest stretch of sand in Europe. Throw in some sand dunes and a shipwreck, and you have the perfect place for a wild and free dog walk. Just be sure to avoid the soft mud flats far out at low tide. Dogs are welcome all year on Berrow Beach.

Photo © Ken Grainger (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Porlock Weir Beach

This charming spot, sandwiched between the Bristol Channel and the Exmoor Heritage Coast, has a lovely pebble beach for your dog to explore, and a good selection of cafes, restaurants to refuel in afterwards. It gets busy here, but it’s always worth a visit. Dogs are welcome all year on Porlock Weir Beach.

Photo © Geoff Lees (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Middle Hope Beach

A beautiful National Trust beach in north Somerset, just to the north of Weston Super Mare. Mostly rock and shingle, with no end of nooks and crannies for your dog to sniff about in. Strong currents here, so avoid swimming. Dogs are welcome all year on Middle Hope Beach.

Kilve Beach

A fascinating spot just to the north of the Quantocks, and a winner for both human and dog. For you, a step into the past, with lots of fossils to be found. For your dog, a chance to sniff about in rockpools and explore the long, stony beach. The beach is mostly made up of quite large stones, so probably better suited to larger dogs. Dogs are welcome all year on Kilve Beach.

Photo © Derek Harper (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Doniford Beach (Watchet)

Easily reached by walking from Watchet, Doniford Beach is a lovely stretch of sand and shingle. At low tide, there are always lots of rockpools for your dog to explore, and there’s plenty of space to burn off some excess energy. Dogs are welcome all year on Doniford Beach.

Photo © Barbara Cook (cc-by-sa/2.0)

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