Dog friendly summer beaches in North Wales


As those of us who have a four legged friend will know, there’s nothing better than a stroll along the beach in summer, a play with the ball and a splash in the sea, and that’s just for the dogs! Add in a long leisurely lunch, and a cold beer or glass of wine and you’ve pretty much got the ideal summer day.

Unfortunately in summer most beaches have dog bans, which start on May 1st and run all the way through to October. Fear not though, we have rounded up some of the beaches in the area that do allow dogs so you can still enjoy the beach.

Carreg Wen Beach, Porthmadog

Carreg Wen is a sheltered sandy beach in Tremadog Bay, not far from the Golden Fleece Inn. Behind the beach sits sand dunes, rocks and grassland.

In the summer its sheltered position makes it a haven for sunbathers. Due to the strong currents though, it’s not recommended for swimming. It’s all dog friendly, so your pooch can enjoy the sand and the surf too.

Parking is found in nearby Borth-y-Gest.

Afon Wen Beach, Pwllheli

Afon Wen beach sits on the south side of the Llyn Peninsula, about half way between Pwllheli and Criccieth.

The beach is a mix of sand and shingles, and as well as the terrific coastal views to the front, and scenes from Snowdonia National Park to the rear, it’s a really scenic beach to take a walk on.

If you’re into fishing, you’ll pleased to know that the beach is a well known spot for casting your rod; with the Afon Wen and the Afon Dwyfor both entering the sea here.

It’s a bit off the beaten track, and there’s limited parking so best to either park up and walk down or get there early.

Porth Neigwl (or Hell’s Mouth) Beach

Porth Neigwel is one of Abersoch’s quieter beaches. Away from the packed busy beaches in the main area, this beach is ideal for some seclusion, and to give the dogs a run out.

You’ll see lots of surfers on this beach too thanks to the massive waves- something to probably be aware of before you or your dogs jump in for a swim!

At high tide it’s pretty pebbly but go at low tide and you’ll find sand galore. There’s a free small car park about 200 m from the beach so it’s easily accessible

Llwyngwril Beach, Llwyngwril

Llwyngwril Beach sits just below the village of the same name. Popular with experienced surfers and dog walkers, you’ll find lots of rock pools at low tide.

One of the best things about the beach is the feeling of it being completely unspoilt with some beautiful scenery. The beach isn’t far from the village, just a few hundred metres away, where you’ll find parking and public toilets.

Taking a long walk on a pebbly beach is just the right type of exercise to get your appetite going. Why not come back to the Golden Fleece Inn for lunch with your dog. Dogs are welcome in the bar area and we serve a wide range of home cooked food, alongside cask ales, good wines and great gin!