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5 Best Dog-Friendly Beaches in Cumbria

When you think of Cumbria, you may think of the majestic mountains and lakes associated with the Lake District National Park but did you know that Cumbria is also home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. 

From long stretches of golden sand to secluded coves and an abundance of wildlife, life is certainly beachy here in Cumbria and the best bit, many are dog-friendly year round.

Below is our round up of the best dog-friendly beaches here in Cumbria.

1. St Bees Beach 

(dog-friendly year round)

St Bees Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Cumbria. The beach is made up of a shingle bank and a long stretch of golden sand offering stunning views towards the Irish Sea.  The beach is surrounded by red sandstone cliffs and St Bees Head, a rocky promontory is the westermost point of Cumbria. The area is also home to a nature reserve that is home to a variety of wildlife including Peregrines. 


2. Haverigg Beach

(dog-friendly year round)

Haverigg Beach is a beautiful beach located at the mouth of the Duddon Estuary and offers views across the estuary and towards the Lakeland fells. The beach is known for its clean sand and clear water. It is also a great place for birdwatching, as the estuary is home to a variety of bird species. The beach is somewhat sheltered by the dunes surrounding, making it a popular spot for families.


3. Roan Head Beach

(dog-friendly year round – restricted to beach only)

Roan Head is a long, sandy beach backed by dunes. A Nature Reserve, the area is home to rare plants and Natterjack Toads. The beach offers fantastic views across the estuary towards Black Combe and towards the Lakeland Fells. Due to the tidal nature of the estuary, swimming is not advised here. However the beach is perfect for drinking in the views and letting your dog run free.


4. Silecroft Beach

(dog-friendly year round)

Silecroft Beach is known for its long stretch of golden sand, as far as the eye can see. The beach offers views across the Irish Sea towards the Isle of Man. Popular with families Silecroft is also great place for walking, as the Cumbria Coastal path runs alongside the beach. The beach is also popular spot for fishing, kite surfing and horse riding. You’d think with all this going on the beach would be pretty crowded but the best thing, it never is! This is also a great beach to watch the sunset over the Irish Sea. 


5. Bardsea Beach

(dog-friendly all year)

Bardsea Beach is situated just a few miles south of the market town of Ulverston. This shingle and sand beach offers fantastic views across Morecambe Bay. The beach is popular with families and dog walkers especially during the summer months, given it’s immediate access to parking and the ‘Roy’s Ice cream’ van.


Here are our top tips for visiting the beaches here in Cumbria:

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