Dogs on beaches consultation reminder

I’ve just completed Cornwall Council’s dogs on beaches questionnaire. Residents and visitors can have their say on seasonal restrictions for dogs on beaches. The Council currently has 48 Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) which apply restrictions at certain times of the year for dogs on beaches across Cornwall. The consultation is open until 19 November 2019.

One day last week, someone had a general moan at me about dogs on beaches. I listened patiently (or probably switched off) but inside, I was thinking “my dog has just died, so I really, really wish she could be on this beach, actually.”

I get the arguments for having dog-free areas. Some people are scared of them, some dogs are not controlled or kept on leads if they are lively, some people just don’t like them, just as I don’t like lots of things that happen on beaches (such as litter left behind).

However, I think most people spending a day at the beach will be there later than 9 am (say 10) and will normally leave around 4 when sufficient sun and end of the day hunger is making children crotchety, so the dog ban period could be shorter. It could also just cover school holidays rather than 1st May to end Sept.

I’m not convinced by a total dog ban as we have at Crooklets (hence, I never go over that side of Bude during the summer) as a dog controlled on a lead should not be a problem for anyone. Dog poo is a different issue and that comes down to irresponsible owners. I can’t blame a dog for its owner.

Whatever your views, whether you are for a blanket ban or more leniency, or dog-free zones (rather than whole beaches) as they have a Woolacombe in Devon, this is your chance to have your say, so use it.


  • Godard says:

    Dogs should not be allowed on beaches; unfortunately, it is just the few that cause the problem but is not good for anyone especially the children.
    It is the same in food premises – more times than I care to think of owners allow their dogs to eat food they drop on the floor for the dogs to eat. I have even seen dogs licking the plates and tables.

  • Mr D says:

    I feel that beaches are not great places for dogs. I see some dogs in the summer panting in full sunlight with no shade whilst there owners are sunbathing. This to me seems cruel to the dog and selfish behaviour by the dog owner.

    I have two young children and no dog. Our family preference is to visit a beach that doesn’t allow dogs to run freely or a beach that has a controlled area where dogs are allowed, but on a leash. I feel it is unfair to non dog owners to let dogs run free on the beach and have to constantly be on watch for dogs on the beach where they can scare the children or try and take food from them. I understand that people need to exercise their dogs and I understand that walking dogs would be enjoyable to the dog owner but I don’t understand why dog owners feel the need to use a beach for this.

    I also don’t understand why dog owners feel that people should potentially love their dog as much as they do and why dog owners feel it’s their right to let dogs run free on the beach. Personally, I look to go to a beach that doesn’t allow dogs. If dogs are allowed on the beach I am visiting I look for the area where dogs are not allowed, or kept on a lead as a minimum.

  • David says:

    There are plenty of places dogs can be walked, lots of woods, bridle paths, etc.
    Dogs on beaches are not right in my opinion (everyone is welcome to their own opinion!)
    If a dog poos on a beach, fair enough the owner may pick it up, but there is always a residue there, then little Billy comes along and makes his sand castle palace in that spot, he now has dog poo all over him, he may now catch Toxocariasis. Is this really worth the risks?
    We avoid beaches where dogs are allowed.
    I also don’t agree with walking dogs on the beach in the summer, the heat from the sand can be so high that great distress can be caused and possible burns to the sensitive pads on the dogs’ feet.
    Stick to walkways, forests, nature reserves, bridle paths, there are hundreds around Bude.
    Just to add I am a dog lover and own dogs!

  • Mrs C says:

    As a family, we prefer beaches where dogs are not allowed. Often dogs are off the leash and can be threatening to small children; also, difficult to clear dog mess from a beach and it’s harmful and can cause blindness.

  • Dog lover with grandkids says:

    Compromise would be allow dogs on beaches before 7am and after 7pm just like horses. Less people and any waste cleaned by tides. Then families can choose to be off the beaches before dogs come on in eve.

    • Marcus Bryant says:

      My dog always loved the beach, and playing in the sea. I don’t have any issues with dogs on short leads, (not 30ft of retractable lead) or free to run before 9am and after 7pm. July to September is also when restrictions should be in place. Responsible owners clear up after their dogs which is more than some visitors do, half of them leave their own rubbish on the beach.

  • Rachel says:

    I love the beach and my dog loves the beach. I agree we should have dog free beaches but after 10am and before 4pm on those beaches that are already a dog free zone and from June to beginning of September, PLEASE.

  • Jane Bruer says:

    Dog only beach would make more sense. Ie Black Rock at Widemouth

  • Karen says:

    As a constant visitor to Bude, i.e., every 4 to 6 weeks, the reason I come and spend my money in Cornwall is … how dog-friendly it is. My greatest pleasure is walking my dogs on Crooklets Beach.
    If Cornwall removed dogs from its beaches then money would be lost through tourism. It’s the reason so many like myself go so much.

    The greater problem isn’t dogs, it’s rubbish being left by ignorant humans. Families leaving their empty coffee cups, food wrappers, fag butts on the beach. Then there are overexcited screaming kids… we do not all enjoy out of control children running around beaches when we go there to relax.

    If people do not like dogs on the beaches there are plenty of places those people can walk or attractions to visit.

    If we end up with dog free beaches then maybe we need to consider banning food and drink on beaches. That will help the Cornish wildlife, namely seals and gulls. Perhaps we could look at childfree beaches also.

    Take any of the 3 away? Cornwall loses tourism and money…damaging in todays economy.

  • Lez says:

    Dogs should be allowed on beaches. They leave less mess than humans! Visitors to this area want to be able to take their furry family member out with them they are on holiday what are they supposed to do? Leave them on the car while they are on the beach? Oh, no can’t do that! Leave them in their tent? Nope, that won’t work either. The irresponsible owners who don’t train their dogs or pick up after their dogs should be kept off the beach.

  • Mark says:

    To be fair I think dogs should be allowed on all the beaches all of the time; however during the current restriction time they should be on leads.

  • Lee says:

    Having walked all my dogs on the beach in Bude, when I have visited over the last 30 years, which is at least six times a year, I was very happy to use the beaches within the designated times. The vast majority of owners have full respect for the cleaning of dog foul, as they would where ever they walk.

    If dogs are banned, what next, children, windbreakers, barbecues, inflatables, even surfers

    More waste is left by people, just look at how much rubbish was left irresponsibility this year on the local beaches.

    Dogs aren’t the issue here, it’s people.

    Unfortunately, we’ve become a nimby society, instead of embracing the true beauty of the world around us to enjoy. Let’s respect, the beach is big enough for all including dogs.

  • Dogs are part of the family, so if you want to sell family-friendly holidays you must allow them on the beach,
    I have no problems with dogs enjoying the beach provided their owners pick up their poos and dispose of it in the correct bins, the same as I have no objection to humans using the beach providing they pick up their litter and dispose of it safely

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