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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

  • Deal Castle to Sandown Castle: no dogs on the beach between 1 May and 30 September - dogs welcome on the promenade on leads
  • Deal Castle 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

  • There are no restrictions for dogs

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

Walmer Beach

  • Beach: no restrictions for dogs
  • Walmer Green 1 May-30 September 9am to 8pm: dogs must be kept on leads

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.