You and your dog

We welcome dogs all year round, but to make sure everyone enjoys themselves, please keep your dog on a lead of less than 2m anywhere on the beach between 1 May and 30 September.

From 1 October to 30 April dogs can be walked on the beach off the lead but please respect others – see doggie do’s, below.

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.