Our favourite dog friendly beaches in winter
We love nothing more than a good brisk walk along the beach on a crisp, clear, sunny winter’s day! You know, the sort of day where you return to your car and your eyes are watering, your ears tingling from the cold and the heating gets turned up to full! Our idea of the perfect beach for winter walking is to have car parking facilities close by, and a dog friendly pub to get warmed up!
Porth Dinllaen – Llyn Peninsula
Starting from the car park near Llanengan village, get your heartbeat raised crossing 500 metres of sand dunes and low and behold, there is the glorious 4 mile long beach! This pebbly beach is surfing territory so rather predictably can be a tad windy! Don’t forget to take your poop bags with you as there is a distinct lack of bins along the way! When you are feeling the need for warmth, pop into the Ty Coch (recently voted no3 of the best beach bars in the world) for a drink and a bite to eat. During the winter months, the Ty Coch is open weekends only from 12 to 5pm, food served 12 to 2.30pm so make sure to get your timing right!
Rhoscolyn – Isle of Anglesey
Rhoscolyn beach (Borth Wen) is at the very southern tip of Holy Island, where the coastline begins to get tough and rugged. The Anglesey Coastal Path meanders through the greenery above the stark, vertical cliffs. There is a car park, albeit quite small, but you shouldn’t struggle to park in the quieter months. The White Eagle is open from 12pm, and is just a short stroll from the beach welcomes dogs and children in the snug and even provides dog biscuits for its canine customers and colouring books & pens for the children!
Criccieth – Llyn Peninsula
Like many beaches, Criccieth does have some restrictions, (a dog ban between the harbour wall and the groyne at the end of the promenade between 1st April & 30th Sept), however we have still included in our list as it ticks every box and this blog is for winter walkiing! Toilets and parking nearby, in fact right on the promenade! There are many pubs and cafes in Criccieth, but one of our favourites for a warm welcome extended to your pooches in the Castle Inn.
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Black Rock Sands – Morfa Bychan
Rather unusually, you can actually drive onto the beach here! This makes this wide, golden sand beach popular with the boating and jetski fraternity as well as families and dog walkers. There are restrictions & zones for dogs and for vehicles clearly marked. With low tide rock caves and rock pools, it is a very popular beach and can get quite busy! When you are done and in search of the warmth, pop into the Tafarn Glanaber, where dogs are allowed in the conservatory and food is served 12 to 8, including a Sunday carvery!