The UK is fortunate enough to boast some of the best coastlines surfers can enjoy, and surfing might be more commonly considered as a human activity – but have you ever seen videos of dogs surfing? If not, it’s the best YouTube search you’ll make today.
Our friends over at Mud Daddy have put together some of the UK’s best spots to go surfing that are also dog-friendly.
Rhossili Bay Beach
Not only is the Rhossili Bay Beach described as one of Wales’ best beaches, but it’s also been named one of the best beaches in the UK and has even been listed in the top 10 beaches in the world! You’ll struggle to find a better place to visit with your surfboard – and even better, you can take your dog along for the ride.
Picking up the Atlantic swell, the three-mile-long sandy beach offers a copious amount of space to chill out on both the sand and water, while watching the seals bathe in the sun on the nearby rocks. Not only will you find a top-notch surf, but, if you wait around for the low tide, the remains of the shipwrecked Helvetia can also be seen.
You can find Watergate Bay on the stunning shores of Newquay. The large open bay is a must-visit surf spot all year round for both you and your dog. Bringing in currents from the Atlantic, you’re able to surf here on most tides – but, for the best surf, pick a mid-to-high tide.
If you’re holidaying in Newquay and don’t have room to pack your surfboard, don’t worry! As you’re entering the beach, you’ll find the Extreme Academy which loans out equipment. If you have the kids with you, they can enrol in some surf lessons – and the beach is also home to many rock pools and caves for them to explore. If you have time, climb the clifftops and see if you can spot the dolphins having a swim off the shore.
The waves at Lunan Bay can be found on the east coast of Scotland. It’s a sheltered beach with a pretty consistent surf on offer, which makes it surfable regardless of the tide. The mile-long beach also means this is a perfect spot for the dogs to blow off some steam!
The secluded nature of the beach makes it a pretty quiet place to go and get your surf on. The caves towards the northern end of the beach provide a great place for the kids to explore, too. To top it off, there are a number of historic venues within walking distance of the beach – so make a day of it, take a picnic, do some surfing and make sure to explore the surrounding areas.
The South West is undoubtedly among the best-known areas of the UK when it comes to surf spots – but head towards the North East of England and you’ll find some of the best surfing beaches going. Beadnell Bay is situated on the coast of Northumberland and welcomes dogs all year round.
If you’re an adrenaline junkie and looking for an action-packed experience, you can count on the North Sea bringing in some impressive waves in the right weather. Due to the power of the waves and lack of lifeguards, we only recommend this beach to the more experienced surfers. There are also many other watersport activities on offer if you head into the local village and rent some equipment – which might be more appropriate for less confident surfers. The grassy dunes also provide a great run-around spot for the dogs, which lead down to the sandy, horseshoe-shaped beach.
Whatever level you’re at, Saltburn-by-the-Sea’s beach in North Yorkshire has you covered. Over the last few years, the surfing community has grown and grown, making it one of the friendliest places to catch a few waves. Note the signage as you make your way to the beach, as, although dogs are welcome all year round, this only applies on specific stretches.
The old pier is where the beginners and intermediates catch the smaller and safer waves, making it a great place to learn – while a little south of the pier, the more experienced surfers show off their expertise in the water. The North Sea brings some of the most powerful waves the UK has to offer, so it’s a great place to watch the talented community ride the waves.
There you have it – a handful of the UK’s very best dog-friendly surf spots, guaranteeing a great day out for wave-catchers of all ages and abilities.