Lancashire beaches where dogs are now banned and you could face £1,000 fines

Summer is on the way and that means trips to the Lancashire coast to soak up the sun at the county's famous beaches and seaside towns.

However, if you are planning on making a family trip with your four-legged friend, it's worth checking if your dog is allowed on the sand. A number of beaches along the Fylde coast have now banned dogs and taking one can result in a big fine if you aren't aware.

Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) have been issued meaning there are some Lancashire beaches where where dogs are forbidden and you could land yourself in trouble if you take your dog walking on them. If you are caught out, the maximum fine that could be given is £1,000.


The seasonal restrictions are in place between May 1 and September 30 every year and there are around a dozen beaches where dogs are banned.

Blackpool Council said: "REMINDER FOR DOG OWNERS. As most dog owners will be aware the seasonal restrictions on the beach starts tomorrow. However, there's still miles of golden sands for you to enjoy.

"From 1 May until 30 September please only exercise your dogs on the following beaches: Mirrorball/ Solaris Centre to Squires Gate; and North Pier to Anchorsholme.

"These restrictions do not apply to guide dogs, they are allowed at all times throughout the year. We do advise that dogs are exercised on lead and or owners have full control using reliable recall, if unleashed."

Wyre Council said: "From 1 May - 30 September, dogs are not allowed in our designated bathing areas on Marine Beach in Fleetwood and Cleveleys beach between FBKafe and Wyre boundary. There are signs and flags to help you identify where the prohibited areas are.

"There's still plenty of beach that you can enjoy with your four-legged friends and the ban does not include the promenade, however dogs on the prom must be on a lead. Remember - Dog fouling will not be tolerated. You must clear up after your dog on the beach and anywhere else.

"Our beaches are extraordinary natural environments to explore, play and relax and are also important homes to some wonderful wildlife. We want everyone to be able to enjoy our beaches and most importantly, to respect them.

"Anyone found to be exercising their dog on these prohibited parts of the beach during the ban will be issued with a fixed penalty notice."

In St Annes, there are PSPOs for dog control in four locations across the borough. There are restrictions for the Promenade and Promenade Gardens between Fairlawns and North Promenade car parks for the same period.

However, owners are able to freely exercise their dogs without any restrictions along the beach stretching towards Squires Gate one way and Lytham Quays in the other direction.

Fylde Council also posted on Facebook saying: "Public Space Protection Orders are for everyone’s safety! This is a reminder as we get into the season that Alcohol is prohibited in public spaces all over Fylde."