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Happy Dogs and Happy Wildlife | Top Tips for Beach Walks

Sandy shores, pristine waters for paddling paws, and big blue skies. We know that beaches are a dog’s paradise and our three Fetch & Follow in-house dogs, (George, Lacy and Frank) maybe city dogs day to day but they are all sandy beach dogs at heart. Therefore whenever we get the chance we head out across the country to explore the different beaches the UK has to offer. Below is a list of our Top 5 UK beaches, which are dog friendly throughout the year and have been giving the paws up by our own dogs

Fetch & Follow's Top 5 Dog Friendly Beaches
Winterton beach - Norfolk
Camber Sands – Kent
Harlyn Bay – Cornwall
Harlech Beach – Wales
Southbourne Beach (Bournemouth) – Dorset

 However it’s important that we don’t forget these special surroundings attract more than dog walkers, our beaches are wonderful havens for rare wildlife too. Beaches are home to an array of different animals. In the spring and summer, many of our seabirds choose to nest on our beautiful beaches raising their families. In winter, some slightly larger creatures, like grey seals will haul themselves onto our shores to pup. With this in mind the team at the RSPB have shared with us below their top tips for when you are out and about on your dog walks

Read and follow the signs! If important wildlife calls a beach home, often conservationists will have put up a sign to let you know. The advice on the sign is there to help protect other animals and plants, so if you love all animals you can help your local wildlife by sticking to this advice.

Look out for cordons. Areas for beach nesting birds and rare plants are often fenced off with a cordon. If you see a cordon, pop your dog on a lead, and walk as far from this area as possible. Sometimes, there are electric fences up in these areas, so it’s important to keep your dog on a lead for their safety too.

Find a suitable off-lead area. In most places our beaches are large, so if you know that wildlife inhabits one part of a beach, head in the opposite direction, and have a run in a more suitable area. Some beaches will have designated off-lead dog walking zones.

Chat to volunteers. Where there’s a particularly important wildlife population, it’s likely there are people there to look after the animals. For instance RSPB volunteers look after nesting little terns at Winterton-on-sea beach, and volunteers protect seals at Horsey beach – both in Norfolk. Volunteers are there to answer your questions, and are always happy to tell you where’s best to walk your dog.

Together we can share our shores, which make for happy dogs, happy people, and happy wildlife.

Fetch & Follow and Friends Pop Up | Whitstable

From London to Whitstable, we’re taking our creative dog lifestyle brand on a trip to the coast with a week-long Fetch & Follow and Friends Pop Up Dog Shop. Open from Saturday 2 June until Sunday 10 June, we’ll have our extensive range of coats and clothing, leads, collars, bowls and more, along with select items for dogs and their humans from some of our favoured friends.
 
Whether you are familiar with Whitstable or a first-time visitor, stay tuned as we will be sharing our dog-friendly guide to a day out in one of our favourite seaside town, as tested by our four-legged champs George, Frank and Lacey, for both you and your dog to enjoy
Fetch & Follow and Friends Pop-Up Dog Shop is open from Saturday 2 June until Sunday 10 June. Find us at the Show Off Gallery Space, 13 Harbour St, Whitstable, CT5 1AQ, which will be open daily from 10-4pm Monday to Thursday, Sunday, 10-5pm on Friday and 10-6pm on Saturdays.

Whitstable

With the current heat wave taking its hold on London, we decided to head to the coast for a long weekend. The dogs always enjoy a swim in the sea and what better place then Whitstable, a small fishing town on the north coast of Kent famous for its pebbled beaches and oysters.
 
Now we are lucky enough that one half of Fetch & Follow is originally from Whitstable and if we ever need a coastal fix we just hop on the train from King Cross St Pancras and in just under an hour and a half we are enjoying the crisp, fresh sea air.
 
The town it self is very dog friendly and it is hard not to walk down the quaint little high street without passing a few of the four legged locals of on their daily walks. This seaside town has a great selection of shops especially down the later part of the town known as Habour Street, with its large mix of independent stores. 
Whenever we visit, we like to stop of at Tea and Times for one of their famous doorstop sized sandwiches and Whellers (which is a couple of shops further along) for some fresh seafood and enjoy our picnic on the beach.
 
 
With the beach fresh in our minds we thought we would share with you our favourite dog walk while visiting this beautiful Kent town.
Any walk along this pebbled coastline is an enjoyable experience, however we always like to go slightly out of the way of the main beaches, which can become overcrowded in the summer.
We start our walk on Clifton road, which is the first right turn when you hit Oxford Street (the towns high street). We follow Clifton road all the way down to the golf course, which you can cross by turning left onto West Cliff road. This is a great short cut as it takes you pretty much straight to the beach which means the dogs can come straight of their leads and start to explore their surroundings (however be careful as there is a road at the end of the golf course path before you hit the beach).
Once you hit the beach you can either go left which will take you along a more remote quite beach and towards Faversham or right which will eventually take you to the towns local harbour perfect for a spot of seafood (Plus you will pass the Neptune pub and the Oyster Fishery Restaurant on your way, all of which are dog friendly).
This part of Whitstable beach also allows dogs all year round.