2018 is the Year of the Sea in Wales, and we are continuing our blog series on the topic with our list of dog-friendly beaches in North Wales. Our holiday homes for sale are dog-friendly, so you don’t need to leave your pooch behind when staying at our Prestatyn holiday parks and other caravan parks in the area!
Near the holiday resort town of Prestatyn, there are a couple of beaches that allow dogs all year round. Ffrith Beach is a sandy beach with sea defences and groynes dotted along the beach. The beach is quiet, and there is a bowling alley and other amenities close by.
A lovely sandy beach near Prestatyn, Gronant Dunes is part of a dune system stretching from Talacre Beach to Barkby Beach. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and home to lots of wildlife. Dogs are allowed on the beach, though there are few amenities close by, so the beach might not be suitable for young children.
Talacre Beach is a popular stretch of coastline with its miles of golden sand and dunes, meaning there is plenty of room for everyone – including dogs! It can get quite busy in the summer, but the atmosphere is buzzing and friendly. Take a walk along the sand to the Point of Ayr lighthouse which dates back to 1776 when you need a break from sunbathing. A café and toilets are near the beach.
Towyn Beach is a shingle and sand beach. A family-friendly beach, there are several seaside amusements nearby including an arcade and dogs are allowed on the beach all year round. When the tide is out, a large sandy area is revealed, perfect for sandcastles and beach games.
The shingle Pensarn Beach near Abergele has a good range of facilities on the promenade running along the seafront, and more shops and eateries can be found nearby in the town. The Wales Coastal Path also runs along by the beach, making it a great spot for walking the dog!
Old Colwyn Beach
Old Colwyn Beach is at the eastern end of the long promenade which runs along Colwyn Bay’s seafront. The sandy section is less busy than other spots on the beach, and its popular for swimming and water sports though the beach is submerged at high tide. Dogs are allowed at this end of the beach; the western end of the beach does not allow dogs in the summer.
The long sandy and shingle beach of Deganwy Beach is north to the mouth of the River Conwy. A walking track at the back of the beach takes you to the Great Orme, and a beach hut on the promenade has refreshments. The beach is dog-friendly though be wary of going too far into the sea, as there are strong currents as it is near the river mouth.
Conwy Morfa Beach
Conwy Morfa Beach is a large, sandy beach that is great for fishing. At low tide, the beach forms part of the mussel banks of Conwy Bay. A golf course is near the beach, and plenty of shops and cafes can be found nearby in Conwy. The beach is dog-friendly all through the summer, though be aware there are no lifeguards.
Other beaches that are dog-friendly but with restrictions in place include Llandudno West and North Shore, Colwyn Bay, Kinmel Bay, Rhyl and Barkby Beach. Keep an eye out for notices that detail the restrictions on the beach. When on any beach with your dog, have a lead at the ready, keep your pooch under control and tidy up after yourself and the dog, to keep the beach pleasant for other visitors.