Top 10 Dog Friendly Walks

With many popular dog walking spots now under the summertime exemptions, we've compiled a list of our favourite dog friendly walks that you can enjoy all year round.

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


cosmeston lakes country park

Cosmeston Lakes Country Park - Penarth


Circular walk through extensive woodland surrounded by lakes. On site café, as well as toilets, free car parking and BBQ and picnic areas. 


Pubs/cafés nearby: Cosmeston Café.


Coast and Pier Dog Friendly Walk - Penarth


No livestock or stiles and numerous dog litter bins along the trail. Starts at a dog friendly pub with water bowls. This is an easy, linear walk with stunning views of Flatholm, Steepholm and Sully Island.


Pubs/cafés nearby: The Captains Wife (dog friendly).


Ogmore by Sea Dog friendly walk – Llantwit Major and Heritage Coast


No stiles however sheep possible along any sections of coast path. Minimal road walking with Option 1 hour long circular walk toward Dunraven Castle and Gardens or Option 2 linear walk starting at Ogmore by Sea. Heritage coast centre, refreshment kiosk, picnic tables, bins and toilets, spectacular views and accessible beach at Dunraven Bay (seasonal exceptions apply).


Pubs/cafés nearby: The Three Golden Cups (dog friendly) & The Pelican in her Piety.

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Jackson’s Bay – Barry Island


170-metre long sandy beach, with some flat rocks. Behind the cliffs is a grassy area also popular with dog walkers.


Pubs/cafés nearby: Whitmore and Jackson (dog friendly), K9 plus 1 Café (dog friendly), Cadwaladers (dog friendly).


Summerhouse Point Beach – Llantwit Major


Accessed by walking through the village of Boverton. Mainly a beach of flat rock, we’d recommend a nice walk from here to Llantwit Major Beach, where you can have a coffee in the cafe and walk back.


Pubs/cafés nearby: The Beach Café.


Nash Point - St Donats / Marcross


Home of Nash Point Lighthouse, an iconic grade 2 listed building. Large bedrock beach full of fossils and fertile rock pools, stunning rugged cliffs and rock formations.


Pubs/cafés nearby: Cliff Top Café.

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Fontygary Bay – Rhoose


Stunning bay of mostly rocks with some low-tide sand backed by cliffs of shale and limestone. Set in the pictoresque village of Rhoose. Highwayman Inn pub also a short distance away.


Pubs/cafés nearby: The Fontygary Inn, Fontygary Fish Bar.

lakes at aberthaw

The Leys – East Aberthaw


One of the best areas of beach along this part of the coast, with good areas of sand, some small dunes and a pebble bank. There are also some small sea and fresh water lagoons.


Pubs/cafés nearby: The Blue Anchor (dog friendly).

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Porthkerry Park - Barry


Large country park on the Vale coast. With extensive fields, woodland, nature trails, cliff-top pathways and pebble beach. On site cafe. 


Pubs/cafés nearby: Marcos in the Park.


Salmon Leaps Dog Friendly Walk - Dinas Powys


With minimal stiles and livestock and walks along short sections on quiet roads. You've the option to do a circular 6 mile walk, or a 3 mile shorter option. Most of the walk is through woodland and meadows.


Pubs/cafés nearby: The Star Inn, The Plug Cafe, The Three Horseshoes, Crosskeys Inn.



Please remember to keep dogs on a lead and under control when walking them near livestock. Your dog might be extremely docile and friendly, but remember that farm animals won’t know that.