Following press reports stating that owners will be fined for taking Dogs on Northumberland beaches, we'd just like to clear this up with the facts...
Dogs are welcome on our beaches as long as they have well-behaved owners who act responsibly and pick up after them. In nature reserve areas dogs need to be kept on leads to avoid disturbing breeding birds. There are seasonal restrictions in Beadnell Bay, for breeding birds (this is well-signed) and at Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve (Ross Sands, Budle Bay, Holy Island and Goswick) dogs should be on a lead or at heal.
Please see attached leaflet 'Taking your dog to the coast' for more info.
Dog walking in public spaces and on beaches
Information on walking your dog in public spaces and on beaches (from Northumberland County Council website)
Following the introduction of the Northumberland County Council (Dog Control) Public Spaces Protection Order order of 2017, throughout Northumberland dogs are not allowed in
1. All enclosed children’s play areas at any time of the year.
2. The section of beach at Newbiggin by the Sea from the breakwater at Church Point to the beach access from the promenade at Sidney Crescent, between 1st May to 30th September each year
3. The section of beach at Blyth from the beach access at Beachway to the beach access at the southern end of the Links Road car park, between 1st May to 30th September each year
Iain Robson (Access and Natural Environment Officer - Northumberland Coast AONB) says "Nothing has changed in Northumberland, still seasonal bans in Blyth and Newbiggin, but none further North. Our website has the latest information, http://www.northumberlandcoastaonb.org/bring-your-dog-to-the-coast/"
Visit Berwick and bring the dog!
Photo: Gavin Duthie