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Life's A Beach - 8 dog friendly beaches to enjoy this summer.

This lockdown thing has been good for us doggies in more ways than one. The humans have been around a lot more and everyone has been keen to take us for walks, even those teenagers who don't normally leave their bedrooms all day! Mine have even taken to baking for me.

More good news for us pooches this year is that the humans are not so keen to get on those noisy flying things and leave us for a week this summer. Instead, they are looking for somewhere in the UK where they can go to relax and that means we can go too!

Now I don't know about you but I love the beach. There's nothing better than feeling the sand between your toes and the wind in your fur as you chase a ball or run with one of your pals. The humans always seem much happier too when they are by the sea.

So here are some great beaches to visit this summer, personally recommended by me and my pals.

The human says to remind you all to still maintain social distancing and please don't ruin our lovely beaches with litter when you visit.

I have to start with my all time favourite, Cornwall. I have been here many times and the humans love it so much they even bought a house there!

Many Cornish beaches are dog friendly all year round and the coastline is so varied, you could go for years and years and still discover something new. Here's a few of my favourites:

Porthcurnick, which has a lot of steps to navigate to get to but so worth it because it's a lovely quiet cove and then you can head back up for lunch at The Hidden Hut. For those dogs that want more space, Crantock Beach has a vast expanse of golden sand and is close to bustling Newquay if you also have small humans to entertain.

This is me on my local beach at Par, from where you can visit the lovely nearby harbour village of Fowey, where most shops, pubs and restaurants are dog friendly. It is also close to Looe and Polperro which are equally dog friendly.

I have so many tips and recommendations for Cornwall, I can't fit them all in one blog so please contact me if you are thinking of visiting and would like more information.

There is a huge selection of dog friendly places to stay (including my house) at Sykes Cottages.

If you live in London and are not so keen on long car journeys, the I recommend a visit to West Wittering, which is under 2 hours away.

This is another beach I have visited many times and has a large section which is dog friendly all year. It's a great place to spend the day because you can find your own secret spot in the dunes and hide away. The humans will have to pay to park here as it is a private estate, but there are toilets and a couple of cafes which usually have dog treats if you've forgotten yours.

There is also a huge grassy area

where you can picnic if you prefer

your sandwiches without the sand. BBQ's are allowed here and on the beach.

I like to paddle but am a bit scared of waves so I particularly like this beach because the shore is very calm and gentle. Perfect for getting your paws wet and cooling down on a hot day.

There are shops and cafes to enjoy in nearby East Wittering.

If you want to explore the North West then a visit to Crosby Beach is highly recommended by my pal Bertie.

You can walk for miles on the promenade which has a wide grassed area with benches for a fair stretch. As you walk you can dream of owning one of the beachfront houses or watch the big ships and freighters sailing out to sea. It's a huge stretch of wide beach at low tide, but be careful to check tide times as at high tide there's no beach at all. It's great for kids and super dog friendly.

Liverpool is only 2 miles away and the seaside resorts of Southport and Blackpool are also nearby.

The beach is famous for Antony Gormley's "Another Place" sculptures. The sculptures are strikingly eerie as some will be fully exposed but others may just have heads appearing and disappearing as the waves lap over them.

Canine Cottages have dog friendly accommodation in Blackpool.

Another place on my wish list is Wales and my friend Millie recommends Rhosneigr Beach on Anglesey.

The beach has everything! Rockpools to explore, sand dunes to play in, long stretches of sand with amazing views and plenty of surfing. This is all set to the backdrop of RAF valley where you can watch the jets and helicopters take off and land. It's perfect for the kids and dogs. The beach is dog friendly all year.

You can find dog friendly accommodation in Anglesey with Canine Cottages and you can also explore other parts of North Wales from here.

Wales is not open to tourists just yet but we will definitely be visiting when it is.

Another favourite of mine, for obvious reasons, is Norfolk and Wells-next-the-Sea is particularly dog friendly. The beach is dog friendly all year round and is very wide with lovely soft sand. It is overlooked by pretty, colourful beach huts and is surrounded by a wooded area if you need a walk in the shade.

One of the best things about this beach is The Beach Cafe which has plenty of outdoor seating. The humans can enjoy food and drinks while us pooches can enjoy a delicious Pupsicle or treats that are on sale in the cafe along with some other essentials for visiting dogs.

Wells itself has plenty more dog friendly places to eat and drink and is a good base from which to explore the rest of North Norfolk such as Cromer and Brancaster - which has another favourite beach of mine.

You can find plenty of dog friendly places to stay with Norfolk Hideaways.

As my grandpawrents live there, I had to mention Sutton on Sea in Lincolnshire.

Sutton is a small, quiet seaside village with not a lot going on but the beach is a beautiful long stretch of sand. We are allowed on the beach from the right of the village centre all year round and this beach never gets busy. There is a wide promenade alongside the beach which houses hundreds of beach huts.

Sutton is the perfect place if you want to get away for some peace and quiet but the busier resorts of Skegness, Mablethorpe and Cleethorpes are all under an hour away.

If you like donkeys, then I can highly recommend a visit to the nearby Radcliffe Donkey Sanctuary where you can help feed them some carrots. They don't even seem to mind if you bark at them!

The area is a little lacking on dog friendly places to eat but there are some pubs where we can go. I would recommend you do some research on this before going.

Another great beach that's only a couple of hours from London is Camber Sands. You have to climb up and over the steep sandy dunes, but it's worth the effort to see this stunning stretch of beach which has been used in several films, including Dunkirk.

I can highly recommend staying at The Gallivant which is opposite the beach and super dog friendly. If you don't stay, then do go for lunch!

There is plenty to explore nearby, including the quaint harbour town of Rye with a good selection of dog friendly pubs and cafes.

I can also recommend a visit to Dungeness. There's nothing there but the strange landscape

makes for some great photos and it's a good place for bird spotting if you like that kind of thing.

You can find more dog friendly places to stay at Canine Cottages.

If you'd rather not leave London at all this summer, then you can still enjoy all the benefits of the beach at Neverland London, you just have to swap the sea for the Thames!

This fabulous space on the river in Fulham welcomes pooches of all sizes to join in the fun and even throw some shapes like me if you'e up for it! Probably best not to take us pooches on Friday and Saturday nights as it gets very busy.

The space is redesigned every year but they always offer good food, cocktails and entertainment.

Visit their website for booking details and follow them @neverlandlondon

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