List of North Wales beaches where dogs are banned until later this year

Llandudno's West shore beach is ideal for dog walkers
Llandudno's West shore beach -Credit:Christopher Davies / North Wales Live

This week a seasonal ban on dogs started on numerous beaches across North Wales. This ban happens every year with councils saying it is to ensure the safety of beach goers at the busiest time of year.

Dogs will be banned on many popular beaches across each county in Wales - Conwy to Gwynedd - until Monday, September 30. Councils can use a number of methods to enforce the ban, with some using by-laws which can result in a fine of up to £1000. The ban does not apply to guide dogs.

These are the beaches across North Wales where dogs will be banned from May 1 to September 30.


  • Beaumaris

  • Benllech

  • Cemaes Bay

  • Llanddwyn, Newborough

  • Llanddona

  • Porth Dafarch

  • Trearddur Bay

Dogs must be kept on leads while walking on the promenade at Benllech, Cemaes Bay and Trearddur Bay.


  • Pensarn beach (between the low water mark and the promenade)

  • North Shore beach (from Llandudno pier to the first slipway)

  • West Shore beach (between the low water mark and the promenade extending between the two stone groynes)

  • Penmaenmawr beach (between the slipway by the Sailing Club to the promenade by the cafe)

  • Llanfairfechan beach (between the main slipway and the river mouth)

At Kinmel Bay beach dogs must be kept on a lead on the area of beach between the entrance to the beach from the car park on St Asaph Avenue, and the first entrance to the beach from the promenade, near Woodside Avenue.


  • Aberystwyth (North)

  • Borth beach

  • Clarach beach

  • Llangrannog beach (to the west of the stream on the beach)

  • Mwnt beach

  • New Quay - Harbour beach

  • Penbryn beach

  • Tresaith beach

  • Ynyslas - Northern Groyne (Sea) beach


Partial bans are in place at the beaches in Rhyl and Prestatyn throughout the summer. There are designated areas for dogs at this time which include: the beach area from the Kite Surf Café, Rhyl, eastwards to Ffrith Festival Gardens, Groyne 8, Prestatyn and the area to the east of The Sailing Club at Barkby beach, Prestatyn.


  • Aberdaron beach (between the river and the church)

  • Barmouth beach (from the area of beach between the leisure centre and the river)

  • Criccieth beach

  • Dinas Dinlle beach (the main section of beach between the stone breakwaters)

  • Machroes beach

  • Morfa Dyffryn beach

  • Porth Towyn beach

  • Tal-y-bont beach

  • Tywyn

  • Whistling Sands