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Dog friendly beaches in North Wales

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Why should your best furry friend miss out on your next trip? North Wales' beautiful and rugged coastline is packed with all kinds of beaches perfect for people and pooches to explore together. We've narrowed down the huge list of beaches that the region boasts to give you a guide on where best to take your dog along for the day.

Each of these beaches offers the chance for a dog friendly day out, with features ideal for you to share with your canine companion. Our nearby parks, all of which will of course welcome your pet, will give you easy access to the wide range of beaches in North Wales, with long, broad sands, quiet coves, and looming cliffs on offer, all set against the stunning backdrop of Snowdonia's celebrated mountains. So, whether you choose Porthmadog, Pwlhelli, or Prestatyn, there will always be somewhere to pick from in our list of the best dog-friendly beaches in North Wales.

Porth Dinllaen Beach, Pwllheli

Porth Dinllaen Beach, Pwllheli

Dogs allowed: all year round

Hidden away on its own tiny headland north of Pwllheli, the village of Porth Dinllaen is a wonderfully picturesque place with one of the best dog-friendly beaches in Wales. Arriving in the village, you'll spot that the buildings run charmingly down onto the sand itself, but there's still plenty of space to stretch your paws as the beach sweeps away to the south. The headland hosts a part of the Llyn Coast Path, which loops around past the village and up onto the rugged low cliffs that surround it, making for a perfect short hike for you and your pooch to enjoy – away from the village you'll take in outstanding views of the sea and faraway mountains.

The village itself is car-free, allowing pets and families alike to freely enjoy some peace and quiet, and can be accessed by walking along the beach or the Coast Path from the National Trust car park below the headland. While visiting, why not take a break with your pet to enjoy a drink or meal on the sand from the Ty Coch Inn, a classic pub dating from 1823 and recently voted one of the top ten beach bars in the world.

Llanbedrog, Pwllheli

Llanbedrog, Pwllheli

Dogs allowed: all year round

Llanbedrog Beach is a great example of the beautiful, broad beaches to be found along the North Wales coast. At low tide it is crisscrossed by streams and pools ideal for pooches to prance and paddle around in. Or why not take your trail of paw prints up off the beach and into the idyllic woods to the south, perfect for families and furry friends alike to explore before reaching the breathtaking viewpoint at the top of the hill.

Easily reached from Pwlhelli and not far from Porthmadog, the beach has its own car park and cafe. The seafront is lined with brightly coloured beach huts, adding more charm to one of the best all-round dog-friendly beaches in North Wales.

Aberffraw Bay, Llangefni

Aberffraw Bay, Llangefni

Dogs allowed: all year round

This quiet sandy beach is tucked away on the eastern Anglesey coast. With low cliffs on either side and wide dunes behind, this is the perfect place to take your pet for an escape from the bustle of the seaside resorts. As it is popular with dog walkers, your pooch will have plenty of canine company to enjoy while you take in the wide sea views – and in warmer times, why not try a spot of doggy paddling?

The beach is reached by a very pleasant walk along the river from Aberffraw village, itself a charming place for a quick stroll with its classic Welsh cottages and church. The dog-friendly Y Goron pub also offers a cozy retreat for you and the pooch to grab a drink or bite to eat.

Talacre Beach, Prestatyn

Talacre Beach, Prestatyn

Dogs allowed: all year round

This popular summertime destination overlooks the River Dee estuary, just east of Prestatyn. Your dog will love the wide sands stretching away, ideal for sprinting over while you admire the panoramic view of the sea, best seen at sunset. The highlight feature of the beach is the old Point of Ayr lighthouse, first built in 1776. If you and your pet are feeling adventurous, at low tide you can walk out right to the foot of the structure, taking care not to stay too long – or come at high tide to see the tower surrounded by lapping waves.

Parking is in the village of Talacre beyond the dunes that surround the beach, which themselves are worth exploring. The village itself has everything you would expect from a seaside destination – a pub, fish and chip and ice cream shops, and all the supplies for a dog friendly family trip to the beach.

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