Dog Walks on Bournemouth and Poole Beaches

03 November 2018

Our guide to dog walking along the beaches of Poole, Bournemouth & Christchurch

The beaches of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch are not very far away from Shamba Holidays and are great places to walk your dog, however please be aware that there are regulations in place. Here's our quick guide to taking your dog out on the local beaches:-

  • Dogs on the Beach during Winter - 1st October - 30th April
  • Dogs on the Beach during Summer - 1st May - 30th September

Dogs can enjoy the beach freely throughout the winter season which is from 1st October to 30th April. However between 1st May and 30th September dogs are only permitted on certain parts of the beach:

Dogs on beaches in Bournemouth…

Dog beach walks

Dogs are allowed at Alum Chine beach between the Alum Chine beach office (groyne 3) and the border with Poole’s first beach, Branksome Dene Chine beach.

At Durley Chine beach dogs are only permitted between groynes 5 (middle chine) and groyne 7.

From groyne 32 on Fishermans Walk beach to groyne 41 on Southbourne beach.

And finally from Groyne 45 to Hengistbury head beach.

Dogs on Beaches in Poole…

Dogs are permitted from the western end of Sandbanks beach to Haven Point (by the chain ferry).

They are also allowed from the beach office at Branksome Chine beach to the border with Branksome Dene Chine beach.

Dogs are allowed all year round, without restrictions, at the following beaches in Poole:

  • Branksome Dene Chine beach
  • Hamworthy Park beach
  • Lake Drive beach
  • Rockley Point beach

If you are unsure then please look out for the signs or enquire at the local beach office.

Also dogs must be kept on a lead at all times when on the promenade and paths between 1st May and 30th September.

Dogs on the Beach in Christchurch

The beautiful white sandy beach that circles Christchurch Harbour offers plenty of places to take your dog for a walk. Dogs are welcome but bins are generally not provided. If you start your walk at Bournemouth Pier head left you can walk along the prom, go through Boscombe and Southbourne then arrive at Christchurch.

This is a lovely walk that on a clear day has stunning views across to the Isle of Wight and the Needles.

Dogs on the Beach at Hengistbury Head

The headland that separates Poole Bay and Christchurch Bay, known as Hengistbury Head is a great place to explore with your dog. With a large car park at the start the beach is easily accessed and you can walk right round to the beach huts on the spit.

Most of the Hengistbury Head headland remains untouched and as a site Special Scientific Interest you'll find a visitor centre and plenty of sign post activities along the route.

If you don't feel like walking all the way down to the beach huts and back - you can always pick up the land train outside the Hungy Horse cafe. The kids will love this and there is only a small charge for accompanied dogs.

Responsible Dog Owners

Please ensure that you keep your dog under control and carry a lead with you at all times. And of course, please keep our beaches beautiful by cleaning up any dog mess. Bins are provided and the beach offices can usually provide doggy bags if you have forgotton one. Checks are undertaken and you could get fined if you fail to clean up after your dog or you allow your dog to cause a nuisance to others.

Finally please remember that the heat can cause serious problems for dogs that may be left in cars along the seafront, so please don’t do it.