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Five fantastic beaches that welcome four-legged friends

If you’re planning a coastal outing with all the family – dogs included – take a look at the beaches you should be heading to. Do you agree with our choices?

Published 31 Oct. 2018 by Suffolk Places HQ

Walberswick 
You know it as Suffolk’s best crabbing destination. But it’s also a great place to take your four-legged friends, as dogs are permitted on the beach all year round. Stop in at The Anchor for a well-deserved pint post-walk – the dog-friendly pub sits on the main street of the town, just a stone’s throw from the beach.

Thorpeness
If you’ve overdone visits to the Meare and the golf club, take it back to basics with a blustery coastal stroll from Thorpeness to Aldeburgh. Admire the charming colourful houses along the seafront, as you work up an appetite for cracking fish and chips when you reach your destination. Bear in mind that dog restrictions are only lifted from 30th September, so keep your eyes peeled for signposts that’ll direct you if you’re in doubt. 

Dunwich
Dogs are welcome throughout Dunwich Heath* and beach. Enjoy a tranquil walk in between the cliffs, before finishing up at the famous tea room (also dog-friendly).

* Keep a lead close to hand to avoid upsetting the wildlife.

Fancy making a night of it? Book The Ship at Dunwich for cosy rooms, great views, and even better food.
The Ship at Dunwich
Felixstowe
From 30th September until May, dogs are welcome on Felixstowe’s main beach. Just be mindful that signposts may instruct you to keep them on a lead.

Kessingland
Another beach that’s dog-friendly all year round. It’s the perfect choice for anyone seeking peace and quiet – there are no regulations, and very few other people around to disturb the tranquility.

Covehithe (ok – we know this is number six, but it was too good to leave off)
Previously shortlisted in  by The Daily Telegraph as one of the Best 40 Beaches in Britain. Yes – it’s a bit of a faff to get to (now only accessible by foot or bike due to rapid erosion), but you’ll see it’s well worth the effort.

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