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Dog-friendly beaches on the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is famed for its magnificent beaches, but it can be difficult to find one that allows dogs on it during the summer months. That’s why we created this handy guide, which contains information about the top dog-friendly beaches on the Island. Finally, Rover can get involved in moat-digging and stone-skimming!

dog playing on beach in the sea

Let’s take a look at where these beaches are, how to get to them and what dog-friendly eateries are nearby.

Springvale Beach, Seaview

Accessible to dogs all year round, Springvale Beach is a paradise for families. It’s a mix of stone and shingle, so perhaps not the best for building castles, but it’s perfect for swimming, as the water remains shallow whether it’s high or low tide. Meaning your little ones and your pooch can swim in safety. Adults, meanwhile, will fall in love with the beautiful views of Portsmouth and its Spinnaker Tower.

When you and your pet get tired of playing fetch, Puckpool Tea Gardens in Puckpool Park is just a short walk away. Dogs are welcome here, and it’s a great place to grab a quick snack and a drink. The beach has its own, large car park, so you can leave your vehicle there while you go for a wander and enjoy the beach.

How to get to Springvale Beach

St Helens Holiday Park is the closest of our three parks to the beach – just a 10-minute drive away.

Start by heading south on Field Lane, staying on the road until you see a turn off for The Diggings on your right. Drive down this road until you see the left onto Upper Green Road/B3330. Continue on the B road for 2.3 miles then turn right onto Oakhill road, which you’ll need to stay on for half a mile before turning left onto Springvale Road. You’ll see the beach straight away.

Seagrove Bay, Seaview

Seagrove is another great dog-friendly beach, situated in Seaview, near Ryde. Sitting between Seaview Beach and Priory Bay on the north-east coast, Seagrove has beautiful golden sands – but only when the tide is out. You’ll need to time your visit well, as the beach practically vanishes at high tide. Even when that gorgeous sand is exposed, this beach is a fairly quiet one, so you should be able to enjoy it with your pooch in relative peace.

There aren’t many parking spaces, so we recommend leaving your car in Seaview village instead. If you’re looking for somewhere to eat following your dog walk on the beach, The Old Fort in Seaview welcomes all well-behaved pets (and children!). This restaurant is famed for its amazing curry burger, but it serves a huge variety of dishes and consistently gets great reviews.

How to get to Seagrove Bay

Again, St Helen’s Holiday Park is a ten-minute drive away from this stunning dog-friendly beach. Just follow the directions below and you’ll be dipping your feet and paws in the water in no time.

Begin by heading south on Field Lane, then turn right at The Diggings. After 400ft or so, take the next left onto Upper Green Road/B3330. Stay on the B road for about five minutes (1.6 miles) until you reach a roundabout, at which you want to take the third exit onto Pier Road. You should soon see the beach.

Bembridge Beach, Bembridge

This is a stone and shell beach, but there are some sandy areas, should you have little ones who love to make sandcastles with you. However, you’ll have to wait until low tide for these to appear. In the meantime, you can admire the wonderful views of Portsmouth and St Helen’s Fort.

The whole family will love exploring this fascinating beach, plus it’s also the ideal place to try some watersports. If you’re driving to the beach, there’s a small car park behind it. When you start to feel peckish, The Beach Hut is just a short walk away, where your pet will be more than welcome. This small café overlooks the Solent and serves a variety of seafood dishes, plus sweet treats and afternoon tea.

How to get to Bembridge Beach

You can easily walk to the beach from St Helen’s Holiday Park, as it’s only 30 minutes away. However, if you’d prefer to drive, just follow the directions below.

As above, start by heading south on Field Lane, then turn right at The Diggings. Take a right again at Upper Green Road/B3330. When you reach a roundabout, you need to take the first exit onto Station Road/B3395. Continue to follow the B road for 1.4 miles, then turn onto Beach Road and you’re there!

Colwell Bay

Pets may not be allowed on the main beach during the summer months, but there is a zone where this is an exception. You’ll find it just right of the slipway at Colwell Chine. This dog-friendly zone stretches all the way from here to Brambles Chine, so your pet has a large area to sniff and explore.

This stone and sand beach boasts amazing views of Hurst Castle and we highly suggest you wait around until sunset, as this is when that view looks its best. There are a couple of places you can park near the beach – if you are lucky, you’ll find a space on Colwell Chine Road or Colwell Common. If not, there is a council car park at the bottom of Colwell Chine Road.

In term of dog-friendly places to eat, The Boat House Pub is your best option. The food here is excellent and the service friendly, plus it’s just a ten-minute drive from the Bay.

How to get to Colwell Bay

If you’re staying at our Colwell Bay Holiday Park, you might want to walk to the beach, as it’s only 20 minutes away. However, if you’re planning to head to a restaurant following your beach walk, then you may prefer to take your car. Here are some useful driving directions.

Start by heading south-east on Fort Warden Road towards Island View, then turn left onto Colwell Road/A3054. After just over half a mile turn left again onto Monks Lane, then take the very next left. From here you should see signs for the beach!

Wherever you’re planning to stay on the Isle of Wight, we hope you enjoy the above dog-friendly beaches. There’s no reason to leave your beloved pets when you holiday with us, as all of our parks  welcome your four-legged best friends. For more information, please get in touch – we’re more than happy to answer any queries you have.

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