Dog Walking on the Thanet Coast

Dogs & their owners are WELCOME on the following beaches/promenade:


GRENHAM BAY, Birchington          EPPLE BAY, Birchington

FULSAM ROCK, Margate               SACKETTS GAP, Cliftonville

PALM BAY, Cliftonville                    FORENESS POINT, Cliftonville

KINGSGATE BAY, Broadstairs        WESTERN UNDERCLIFF, Ramsgate

DUMPTON GAP, Broadstairs          EASTCLIFF, Ramsgate


WINTER BIRDS ALERT (October to March):  You can help our important coastal bird life by avoiding these beaches/lower promenades during high tide - 1.5hrs before, to 0.5hrs after high water, and at night - to avoid putting them to flight and using up valuable energy when they should be resting & feeding, as they need the energy to migrate. This is an increasing problem as numbers living and using our coast for recreational walks has increased dramatically over the last few years. We need to share our beaches with coastal birds and wildlife. See Turnstones.

Owners are requested to ensure their dog(s) are kept under control at all times & do not cause distress to other beach/promenade users, and are reminded to always clean up after their dog(s). Any offence not to pick up can result in £80 fixed penalty notices(£60 if paid within 7 days) or prosecution with a maximum fine of £1,000.

Dog Control Orders 

From 1 May to 30 September dogs are NOT ALLOWED at any time on the following beaches for recreational tourism and public health reasons:


 MINNIS BAY, Birchington (main area)


WALPOLE BAY, Cliftonville

VIKING BAY, Broadstairs


From 1 May to 30 September, dogs are NOT ALLOWED between 10am to 6pm on the following beaches:

WEST BAY, Westgate



STONE BAY, Broadstairs

BOTANY BAY, Broadstairs

JOSS BAY, Broadstairs

LOUISA BAY, Broadstairs 

All dogs on the lower promenades adjacent to these beaches must be kept on a lead.

From 1 October until 30 April dogs are welcome on these beaches subject to the cleaning up after any dog-fouling, under control, & help to avoid the high tide winter bird roosts.


Pegwell Bay: a natural treasure!

Dogs & walkers can help our impressive coastal bird life by avoiding the mudflats and saltmarsh of Sandwich & Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve to give them the space to rest & feed.  Access is available along the cliff top (part of the English Coastal Path) or for ‘dogs on lead’ along the chalk near the base of the cliff at low tide.

Sandwich & Pegwell Bay NNR leaflet - Cover 1a (PDF, 1,291KB)

Sandwich & Pegwell Bay NNR leaflet- Cover 1b (PDF, 1,202KB)

Sandwich & Pegwell Bay NNR leaflet - inside (PDF, 3,973KB)

Information: Sandwich & Pegwell Bay - birds (NE/ECP PDF, 1,583KB)

Access Restrictions - Western Undercliff signs (PDF, 117KB)



Parks & Open Spaces

Dogs & walkers can also access our impressive coastal cliff top grassland and promenades and Parks. These extensive grass areas include places such as as Warre & Boundary Road Rec or Ellington and King George VI Parks in Ramsgate; Memorial and St Peters Rec, or Holmes or Pierremont Park in Broadstairs,; to Dane Valley Rec, or Northdown, Dane or Hartsdown Park in Margate; to Lymington Road Rec in Westgate or Crispe Park in Birchington. 


Doggie 'pit-stops' & guided walk - Pegwell Bay NNR

These events helped with advise on hand to help local dog walkers with tips about looking after their dogs, where to go and about how to help wildlife in Pegwell Bay - Kent's largest national nature reserve.   The events were linked to the new English Coastal Path that is due to opened around the Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve in July 2016.

Further information: Calling all Canines (PDF, 155KB) 

Images from the 2016 events:  

11 March - Pit-Stop;

12 March -Pit-stop

12 March Pit-stop & walk      {click hyperlinks to see images of these events}  

Doggie 'Meet & Greet': Launch of Tikspac

28 October 2016:  Near The Look Out Cafe, Government Acre, Ramsgate



Further information:

Dog on the Thanet Coast leaflet (PDF, 572KB)

Dog Friendly beaches - Canterbury coastline (Whitstable to Herne Bay)

Thanet Coast (NEKMPA)

c/o Thanet District Council,

PO Box 9, Cecil Street, Margate, Kent CT9 1XZ
United Kingdom



Tony Child

Thanet Coast (NE Kent Marine Protected Area) Officer

Telephone: +44 (0) 1843 577672

(based in Manston Road Depot)