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Dog Beach Ban

From 01 May to 30 September dogs are banned from a number of beaches in the Vale of Glamorgan.


The beach ban applies to:


  • Whitmore Bay (Barry Island)

  • Dunraven Bay (Southerndown)

  • Cwm Colhuw (Llantwit)

  • Penarth beach(between the Pier and the Yacht club only)  

  • Penarth Pier (decking area only)

  • Cold Knap

Dog Friendly Beaches

There are still plenty of beaches for dogs to enjoy throughout the summer:

Parks and Gardens

With a variety of different parks and gardens across the Vale of Glamorgan there are plenty of places to explore. 


Parks and Gardens


Public Rights of Way

Public Rights of Way give a right of access for members of the public over land in private ownership; they provide an important way for the public to access and enjoy the countryside.

There are approximately 586 km of Public Rights of Way in our County, including:

  • 525km of Public Footpaths – Can be used only by walkers

  • 39km of Bridleways – Can be used by walkers, horse riders and cyclists

  • 22km of Restricted Byways – Can be used by walkers, horse riders, cyclists and to non-motorised vehicles


Public Rights of Way


Dogs Are Clever

We are aware that there is a minority of owners who still fail to pick up after their dogs. We want your help to encourage owners to be responsible and clean up after their dogs.


If you take a dog for a walk and it fouls in a public space it is your responsibility to pick it up. If you fail to pick up after your dog you could be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £75 or be prosecuted which could result in a fine of up to £1,000.


We all know dogs are clever, for hundreds of years dogs have been used as working animals, trained to carryout a number of tasks including Sheep herding and even sniffer dogs to detect bombs and drugs. But one thing we are yet to be able to train dogs to do is pick up after themselves, so that is where you, the caring owners/dog walkers come in.


If you own a dog or are responsible for one then be sure to always:

  • Take bags on your walk
  • Pick up after your dog
  • Dispose of waste in any council litter bin


Dogs queuing for toilets


Dogs are Clever Cooper



Report Dog Fouling

If you have witnessed a case of dog fouling please report it to us via our online form. 


Report Dog Fouling