Dog on beach

Beaches and parks for dogs

This is a guide. A Public Spaces Protection Order in relation to dog control is in force in some areas.

Deal Beach and Walmer Beach

  • Deal Castle to Sandown Castle: no dogs on the beach between 1 May and 30 September between the hours of 9am and 8pm - dogs welcome on the promenade on leads
  • Walmer Green: dogs on leads between 1 May and 30 September between the hours of 9am and 8pm
  • Walmer to Kingsdown: no restrictions for dogs

Dover Beach

  • Dogs are to be kept on leads on the promenade and grassed areas (including Marine Parade and Granville Gardens) at Dover Seafront from junction with Union Street roundabout to roundabout with Jubillee Way off A20.
  • 1 May-30 September 9am and 8pm: Dogs are excluded from the beach at Dover Seafront, Waterloo Crescent and Marine Parade

Sandwich Bay

  • Dogs are to be kept on leads at the Princes Golf Course dunes, heading towards the Sandwich Flats. There is a dog exclusion zone (all year round) at the Sandwich Bay Mudflats and Salt Marshes.

Shakespeare Cliff Beach

  • There are no restrictions for dogs

St Margaret's Bay

  • 1 May-30 September: no dogs are permitted to be walked along the beach - dogs on leads at St Margaret's Bay seafront promenade, car park and grassed amenity area

Parks and recreational areas »

Dover District Council maintains over 200 parks, open spaces, play areas, allotments, commons and woodlands that attract millions of visitors every year. That's plenty of space for exercising your dog!

The White Cliffs of Dover »

This wonderful cliff-top walk has been featured on Channel 4's 'Coastal Walks With My Dog'. The views across the English Channel are breathtaking and the flora, fauna and birdsong add to the experience. Please take care, keep your dog closely under control and on a lead in places - the cliff top is not fenced and there are Exmoor ponies and sheep grazing. You can walk from Dover White Cliffs Visitor Centre, towards St Margaret's and beyond to Kingsdown and Deal.