Sumary of Sea, sand and dogs galore: the best British beaches to run free:
- Pick up fish and chip-flavour dog treats, cherry barkwells or one of the extraordinary doggie gateaux.
- For human culinary treats, Chineside is set above the beach, with dog-friendly terraces and a nice line in burgers and local fish.Saunton Sands, DevonA vast sprawl of a beach that’s as welcoming to dog-owners as it is surfers, paddleboarders and the families who come for the safe, shallow waters and sugar-soft sand.
- Besides the beach, there are plenty of lovely inland walks, too.Holkham, NorfolkVast skies and a seemingly infinite horizon characterise this wide expanse of the north Norfolk coast.
- 70% remains free to roam, while the central “Holkham gap” area requires dogs to be on leads between April and September.Formby, LancashireOne of the only beaches on the Sefton coast where dogs can run free all year, Formby is a gorgeous swathe of sand, rolling out from a wave of low dunes and lush woodland.