The North East beaches where dogs are no longer banned as summer restrictions are lifted

The arrival of autumn sees many changes for beaches in the North East.

Despite the region’s beautiful beaches, colder weather inevitably draws fewer crowds.

The seasonal ban restricted where owners could take their pets on numerous beaches in the region, generally running for five months from May 1 until September 30.

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However, that means dog owners are once again able to use beaches which restricted their furry friends during the summer months.

Here is a round up of all of the beaches in the North East where dog ban restrictions have been lifted until 2022.

Northumberland

Most beaches in Northumberland are popular throughout the year with dog walkers, such as Bamburgh and Druridge Bay.

In fact, there are only two beaches in the county where the council imposes a ban over the summer.

These are part of Newbiggin and Blyth beaches, with the restrictions being lifted on September 30.

Newbiggin Beach during a mini-heatwave in May 2021
Newbiggin Beach no longer has a dog ban in place
(Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

North Tyneside

North Tyneside’s beaches are easily accessible on public transport, making them popular with day-trippers during the summer months.

With colder weather moving in, you can now take your dog onto Whitley Bay (South) Beach, Cullercoats Bay, King Edward’s Bay, and Tynemouth Longsands (South).

King Edward's Bay in Tynemouth is one of four North Tyneside beaches where a ban on dogs has been lifted
King Edward’s Bay in Tynemouth is one of four North Tyneside beaches where a ban on dogs has been lifted
(Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

South Tyneside

Only one South Tyneside beach has a summer dog ban – South Shields’ Sandhaven Beach.

The ban ran between 8am and 6pm from May 1 to September 30 this year meaning dogs had no access on the beach.

However, dog walkers can still take their pooch on Littlehaven Beach and Marsden Beach all year round.

The Weeble Statues at South Shields' Littlehaven Beach
South Shields’ Littlehaven Beach is open to dogs all year round
(Image: TimMcGuinness/ChronicleLive)

Sunderland

Sunderland has two dog exclusion zones on its beaches between May 1 and September 30 at Seaburn and Roker.

Claire Rowntree, deputy leader of Sunderland City Council and Cabinet Member for the Environment and Transport, said: “Residents were very clear that they wanted to stay with existing dog exclusion zones that help keep areas of our beaches dog free, clean and safe for children to use over the summer months.

Dogwalkers on Seaburn Beach in Sunderland
A dogwalker on Seaburn Beach in Sunderland
(Image: Craig Connor/ChronicleLive)

“And as a listening council we agreed to keep them exactly as they were.

“We’re lucky enough to have miles of award-winning beautiful beaches in Sunderland and there is space over the winter months for those who want to take their dog to the beach.”

County Durham

There are no beaches in County Durham which do not allow dogs during the summer.

Dawn at Seaham Beach, which dog walkers are welcome to use year-round.
Dawn at Seaham Beach, which dog walkers are welcome to use all year-round.
(Image: Craig Connor/ChronicleLive)

Ian Hoult, Durham County Council’s neighbourhood protection manager, said: “We have some truly stunning beaches in County Durham, from Seaham to Blackhall Rocks and Crimdon Dene, and dog walkers and their pets are very welcome at all of them throughout the year.

“All we ask is that owners pick up after their dogs, do not let them stray and that they put them on a lead when asked to do so by one of our neighbourhood wardens or a police officer.”

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Chronicle Live – Sunderland