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Dog-friendly seaside adventures in South Wales holiday cottages

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Dog-friendly seaside adventures in South Wales

Kate A 04 October 2019

Chasing after balls, splashing in the sea and bounding across the sand: dogs love beaches. Nothing makes tails wag faster than hearing “walkies!” so why not treat your woofer to a bucket and spade day out they will never forget? With mile upon mile of dog-friendly beaches, South Wales is perfect for a seaside adventure with your canine.

From secluded hidden-away coves to suit the most adventurous of pups, to wide-open stretches of sand perfect for the whole pack, we’ve sniffed out some of the best dog-friendly beaches in South Wales that your four-legged best friend will be sitting up and begging to be taken to!

Here are six South Wales beaches located near our dog-friendly coastal cottages in Wales that allow happy hounds and their owners to play on the sand all year round.

Our personal favourite

Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire

Barafundle Bay
Barafundle Bay credit: Instagram @tails.of.mara.and.obi

 

For the sat nav: SA71 5LS

Any restrictions? None

Parking: Parking is available at Stackpole Quay car park (National Trust).

Accessibility: The beach is only accessible by a half-mile ramble from the nearest car park. There’s a steep walk down to the sand, but the stone steps are suitable for dogs and it's worth the effort. The route is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.

Facilities: Because this beach is isolated, there are no facilities. The closest toilets and eateries are at Stackpole Quay or Stackpole village.

About: Backed by rolling dunes and fragrant pine trees, the multi award-winning Barafundle Beach is often described as one of the best beaches in Britain and it’s easy to see why. Owned by the National Trust, this dog-friendly beach in South West Wales forms part of the South Pembrokeshire Heritage Coast and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

Its pristine swathes of soft golden sands lapped by crystal-clear waters have been likened to those of the Caribbean, and what beach-loving canine couldn’t resist the chance to bound across tropical shores? Luckily, your tail-wagging companion need not miss out on this treat of a beach as it is dog-friendly all year round. Only accessible on foot, it has the air of an undiscovered gem.

The dog-friendly beach with the best facilities

Rhossili Bay, Gower Peninsula

Rhossili Bay
Rhossili Bay credit: Instagram @labrador_sweep

 

For the sat nav: SA3 1PP

Any restrictions? None

Parking: National Trust-owned car park in the village of Rhossili.

Accessibility: The beach is reached by steps so is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.

Facilities: There are toilets, a shop and visitor centre selling refreshments.

About: Stretching for 3 miles on the south-western tip of the Gower Peninsula, the glistening sands of Rhossili Bay eagerly await four-legged sandcastle-bombers. Often recognised as one of the best beaches in all of Wales, this beautiful bay is taken care of by the National Trust and has also nabbed the greatest award (and the only one that we are really interested in) – ‘the UK’s No.1 dog-friendly beach’! Playful pups are welcome all year-round to splash in the surf, admire the incredible views and sniff out the intriguing shipwreck, Helvetia, washed up on the beach. If you’re lucky, you might also catch a glimpse of seals and dolphins riding the crests of the waves.

Best hidden beach

Pobbles Bay, Swansea

Pobbles Bay, South Wales
Pobbles Bay credit: Instagram @rhys_gallent

 

For the sat nav: SA3 2AL

Any restrictions? None

Parking: The nearest car park is in the village of Southgate (National Trust).

Accessibility: The beach is reached on foot via the coastal path from Southgate, just over half a mile away. It is a mostly level walk followed by a steep, sandy descent. The walk back up from the beach is fairly strenuous.

Facilities: There are no facilities nearby, but Southgate car park has a coffee shop and toilets.

About: The secluded little cove of Pobbles Bay requires a bit of effort to get to, making it somewhat of a Welsh hidden gem. Best suited for the more adventurous canine, the reward for your windswept stroll across the cliff path is a gorgeous sandy beach backed by limestone cliffs and sand dunes, where happy hounds can run, play and socialise to their heart’s content. The beach lies to the east of the distinctive headland of Three Cliffs Bay, and at low tide, it's possible to scamper along the shore to Three Cliffs, Tor Bay and as far as Oxwich Bay. 

Best beach for exploring

Ogmore Central Beach, Vale of Glamorgan

Ogmore Central Beach, South Wales

For the sat nav: CF32 0PH

Any restrictions? None

Parking: A pay and display car park is located just above the beach.

Accessibility: The beach is easily accessible by the long ramp which goes down the side of the cliff.

Facilities: There are toilets by the car park and usually an ice cream van. This is one of the best dog-friendly beaches in summer due to the seasonal lifeguard patrol. Further facilities including a pet-friendly pub, can be found nearby in the village of Ogmore-by-Sea.

About: If you have a keen explorer in your pack, the beach at Ogmore-by-Sea on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast is sure to be a hit. A mixture of sand and pebble, the beach seemingly stretches on forever, with an exciting assortment of craggy rocks and rock pools to sniff out along the way. Located where the River Ogmore runs into the sea, this dog-friendly beach in South Wales has a reputation as being one of the cleanest beaches in the region, and is also popular for swimming, surfing, fishing, and walking. At low tide, curious canines can discover a series of mysterious caves and terraces.

Best beach for something different

Jackson's Bay, Barry Island

Jackson's Bay, South Wales
Jackson's Bay credit: Instagram @emiyorwade

 

For the sat nav: CF62 5TU

Any restrictions? None

Parking: There is parking available within a 5-minute walk.

Accessibility: The beach can be reached by a footpath around Nell's Point or alternatively down a tarmac footpath from Redbrink Crescent. It is possible to get pushchairs down this path, although care needs to be taken because of the incline.

Facilities: There are public toilets immediately adjacent to the slipway leading down to the beach, but no other facilities. Refreshments can be found nearby in Barry.

About: After all those evenings spent chuckling away at the telly watching BBC’s Gavin and Stacey, you and your four-pawed pal might have your hearts set on visiting the famed Barry Island. Luckily for you, there is a great pet-friendly beach nearby perfect for furry frolics. This lovely little cove is popular with families and kayakers - even those with four legs! It’s the ideal stretch of sand to walk off those fish and chips after a fun day enjoying all the attractions and amusements that Barry has to offer.

Most scenic pet-friendly beach

Three Cliffs Bay, Swansea

Three Cliffs Bay, South Wales
Three Cliffs Bay credit: Instagram @doggydoosbath

 

For the sat nav: SA3 2HD

Any restrictions? None

Parking: There is a pay and display car park in Southgate on the cliffs, from the where the coastal path can be followed just under a mile to the beach. 

Accessibility: Walking to the beach involves some rough terrain. The most direct route includes a bit of a scramble over the sand dunes, although there is a flatter route through the valley from Parkmill. However, at high tide, the river (Pennard Pill) may not be crossable here, meaning you'll have to climb back over the dunes.

Facilities: There aren’t any facilities on the beach, but there are toilets, a shop and a coffee shop in Southgate. There is a seasonal lifeguard service and it is only advisable to enter the water during this period.

About: Wide, sandy and backed by wild dunes, a small pebble bank, and three signature limestone cliffs, Three Cliffs Bay is one of the best dog-friendly beaches in South Wales and certainly one of the most beautiful. Best of all, despite its obvious attractions, it rarely gets busy and in winter it’s often empty, creating a vast open space for Fido to let off some steam. Nothing beats the feeling of sand in your paws and the wind running through your fur! This is one of the Gower's most photographed locations, so be sure to bring your camera for some canine selfies.

Even more doggy adventures in South Wales

Book your South Wales escape and browse some of our fantastic dog-friendly cottages in South Wales.

 

You can also check out the best dog-friendly attractions, restaurants, and walks in our Canine guide to Wales.

 

Looking for more dog-friendly beaches to explore with your pup? Here's our UK-wide guide - you'd be barking mad not to read it. 

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