Northumberland dog beach bans: When are dogs allowed back in beaches across the county?
It won’t be long before dogs can return to beaches across the region.
As the summer starts to wind down, the thoughts of dog owners are moving to the day they can take their four legged friends to some of the area’s most popular beaches again.
Restrictions on when dogs can be on beaches mean some coastline walks are unable to happen due to the Dog Exclusion Order which is currently in force.
When are dogs banned from being on beaches in Northumberland?
The ban started on Monday, May 1 and currently remains in place with the order coming to an end on Saturday, September 30.
Which beaches have not allowed dogs over the summer months?
The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has two beaches along the Northumberland coast are impacted by the UK Dog Exclusion Order. These are:
- The section of beach at Newbiggin by the Sea from the breakwater at Church Point to the beach access from the promenade at Sidney Crescent
- The section of beach at Blyth from the beach access at Beachway to the beach access at the southern end of the Links Road car park
The only other restriction comes at Beadnell Bay, south of Seahouses due to local wildlife. The site is under seasonal restrictions due to nearby breeding birds and signs are in place around the area explaining the restrictions.
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Why are dogs banned on some UK beaches in the summer?
The rules are due to the Dog Exclusion Order 2009 which applies to various beaches and children’s play areas throughout the summer months.
Under the rules, those who go in these areas with their dogs can be fined £75 if they violate the law. Some smaller bays and beaches have fewer restrictions, although dogs are forbidden from going on large beaches which attract big crowds.
Beaches are the only seasonal spots in Northumberland where dog control measures have been enforced by Northumberland County Council, although other areas across the area require dogs to remain on leads all year round.