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It’s officially the end of September, which means all beaches in West Wales are now open to dogs. Throughout the summer months, a selection of beaches have restrictions for dogs, mainly to keep the beaches clean and safe during the busier months. Before heading to the beach with your pup, it is always good to double-check our map of dog-friendly beaches.

With the summer ban now lifted, your dog has endless beaches to choose from – long runs on wide stretches of sand or coastal walks across hidden coves. Let’s take you through some of our favourite dog-friendly beaches across Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire that welcome your furry friends.

Castle Beach & South Beach (Tenby)

Tenby in Pembrokeshire holds restrictions on all beaches from the months of May to September, so our dogs are definitely excited about their two favourite beaches opening up again. Castle Beach and South Beach are both fantastic beaches for your pup to explore. St Catherine’s Island overlooks Castle Beach creating beautiful scenery whilst you let your dog roll around in the sand or explore the water. And when the tide is out you can walk along Castle Beach, all the way to the end of South Beach. After a nice long walk with your pup by your side, stop off at Salty’s Beach Bar & Restaurant for some delicious food to warm you up. 

bench overlooking north beach at aberporth with village green opposite and a few white properties

Dolwen Beach (Aberporth)

Aberporth in Ceredigion is a charming coastal village, home to two stunning beaches, Dolwen and Dyffryn. However, during the summer months, Dolwen Beach is the only one with dog restrictions. During the colder months, you and your dog can have the beach to yourselves to explore and at low tide you can find little rock pools, perfect for discovering wildlife. Dolwen Beach is ideally located for you to enjoy a coffee or even a beer after your walk at The Ship Bar & Grill and enjoy views overlooking the beach.

Cefn Sidan Beach (Pembrey)

Cefn Sidan Beach in Pembrey, Carmarthenshire has been described as one of Europe’s best beaches and its eight-mile stretch of golden sand is loved by many dogs visiting West Wales. This beach is a wonderful beach for stunning panoramic views across Carmarthen Bay to the Gower and Carmarthenshire coast, as well as the remains of the hull of the SS Paul when the tide is out. The flat sands and excellent access make it a safe and friendly beach for dogs to wander and explore. However, please stay away from the sand dunes. Following high tides and storms, the dunes can be unsafe and at risk of collapse.  On your way home, grab a coffee and a piece of cake from Daisys Little Coffee Shop, the cake selection will be hard to choose from.

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