The Lancashire beaches where dogs are now banned for the summer

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Dogs are banned from several beaches across Lancashire until September 30 – including in Blackpool

A dog named Ted runs along the beach on December 10, 2014 in Blackpool
Dogs are banned from some beaches in Lancashire during the summer months (Image: Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

The summer season is now upon us and though this is great for humans it’s not so much for our furry friends who love the seaside.

From May 1 right through until September 30 restrictions come into play which means dog owners can only walk their dogs on certain beaches across the UK.

The controversial measures are to maintain clean standards of bathing water and anyone caught breaking the rules can be fined at least £100 fine for each incident.

Blackpool, Fylde, Wyre and Lancaster local authorities all have dog control orders in place and will issue penalties if the regulations are breached.

Whilst some dogs are completely banned in the summer months from some areas, the restrictions come in three bands which may mean there are certain areas of a beach where dogs can be walked.

It’s likely that if you cannot walk your dog on the beach near you there will be another area you can legally exercise with your pooch, such as a promenade.

Here at LancsLive, we take a look at what dog control orders are in place for each area across the county.

On the Fylde Coast, there are bans in place at beaches in Blackpool, Cleveleys and Fleetwood for the summer season.

Lytham St Anne’s

There are no dogs allowed on St Anne’s beach at the right side of St Anne’s pier from Danfo toilets to the lifeboat slipway at the side of the pond.

You can go however from the Promenade gardens all the way along the seafront past Fairhaven Lake and Granny’s Bay.

From there at the White Church, you can go past Church Scar and the whole of Lytham front.

Blackpool

The beach at Blackpool
The beach at Blackpool

Dogs are not allowed to be exercised on the beach at all between North Pier and the Mirror Ball opposite the Solaris Centre.

This also applies to any area specified where there is no physical barrier between the highway and or tram track and the promenade.

Dogs are welcome however from the Solaris, Mirror Ball to Squires Gate (South) and the North Pier – Anchorsholme (North).

New South Promenade from the Solaris Centre at the Mirror ball to the sand dunes at St Annes as far as the pier is a dog friendly zone however.

You can also take your canine from Blackpool North Beach up the left hand side of the north pier.

Bipsham

Bipsham is a dog friendly beach however it is subject to tides as the sea comes up high on the sea wall during a high tide.

Cleveleys

Dogs are banned from Cafe Cove and the Blackpool boundary in the Borough of Wyre towards the end of the stepped sea defences opposite Kingsway.

You cannot take your dog along the whole of the stepped sea defences.

During the dog ban period however you are allowed to walk your dog on Rossall Beach or Anchorsholme beach.

For Rossall this is the shingle beach at Cleveleys, beyond Cafe Cove and The Venue, heading north in in the direction of Fleetwood.

You can therefore take your dogs from Rossall beach to the venue and at the start of the stepped sea defences.

For Anchorsholme beach this involves the beach adjacent to the new promenade at Princes Way.

Though this is technically in Blackpool, you can walk your dog on the beach here in summer.

This also includes from the shipwreck memorial on the boundary of Anchorsholme beach all the way through Bipsham to Blackpool.

Fleetwood

Rossall Beach in Fleetwood
Rossall Beach in Fleetwood (Image: Rossendale Free Press)

No dogs are allowed on Marine beach in Wyre.

On Fleetwood beach this includes from the east side, of the slipway opposite to the end of Promenade Road eastwards to the west side of the site of the former Fleetwood pier.

However you they can go from the Ferry and RNLI and along the Esplanade to the other side of former Fleetwood pier.

They are allowed however from the Kite Club opposite the Mount all the way past the boating lakes and new Rossall sea defences to Rossall beach at Cleveleys.

Pilling Sands Beach

Pilling Sands Beach allows dogs all year around.

Heysham (Half Moon Bay)

No dog restrictions.

Morecambe

Morecambe Bay
Morecambe Bay (Image: Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo)

Dogs are banned from the North and South beaches in Morecambe.

They are however allowed on the promenade but must be kept on leads.

Hest Bank

Hest Bank is proudly a dog friendly beach all year around