Dogs on Studland Beach

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We welcome well behaved dogs all year round here at Studland Beach.

To make sure everyone enjoys themselves, there are restrictions in some areas at certain times of year – please follow the coloured paw print code displayed on flags:

  • Green – dogs are welcome off lead
  • Amber – dogs are welcome on a lead
  • Red – dogs on a lead welcome before 10am and after 6pm

The restrictions apply mainly in busy areas during the summer months. Please download our leaflet (pdf) to find out more. There are always areas of beach where your dog is welcome, but Fido may need to be on the lead. If you want to go walkies off the lead, there is a route available all year round marked by green paw prints.

South West Coast Path

The path follows the shoreline. You are welcome to walk it at any time of day throughout the year with your dog on the lead, but if you want to stop and spend time on the beach, please check the flags and respect any restrictions which apply.

Knoll Beach Café

Well behaved dogs are welcome in the outside seating area at the café where there are shelters, water bowls, dog ties and shade. Please make sure your dog does not disturb other customers.

Doggie do's

  • Do keep to the paths: heathland is home to ticks and adders and your dog will be safer on the path. If your dog is bitten by an adder, visit the vet immediately or call the beach rangers on 07970 595963.
  • Do respect other visitors and keep your dog in sight: not everyone loves dogs, so before letting your best friend approach other people, please check with them first.
  • Do bag it and bin it: there are dog bins with free bags on the beach and surrounding area. Please use them.
  • Do protect nesting birds on heathland: rare birds nest on or near the ground so please keep your dog on a short lead when on the heath between March and July.
  • Do keep your dog on a lead near cliffs: every year dogs fall from the cliffs and some are fatally injured. Please don’t let your dog become a casualty.
  • Do keep your dog safe in hot weather: never leave your dog in the car when temperatures rise. There are water bowls available at Knoll Beach, Middle Beach and South Beach.

You’ll find more information on enjoying the coast and countryside with your dog at the Dorset Dogs website.