Dog Friendly Southwold
Southwold is a fantastic place to take a pet friendly holiday, especially in the off-peak season such as late September – October. So Southwold offers many dog friendly cottages, so just pack Fido’s lead and doggy biscuits and enjoy a relaxing holiday in England’s quintessential seaside town.
On which stretch of beach can I walk my dog?
Throughout the year, dog walking is allowed on the southern part of Southwold beach, which is basically beyond the last beach hut on the beach to the river mouth. However the area starting at the very northern tip of the promenade (north of the pier at the very end of the council car park) to East Street steps (below Southwold Sailors’ Reading Room) operates a seasonal dog ban from 1 May to 30 September. Please note that local council guidelines ask owners to keep their dogs on leads whilst on the beach and dispose of waste in clearly marked bins. To view Waveney District Council's "Dogs on Beaches" map, click here.
If you fancy taking a longer stroll with your pooch, why not cross the River Blyth via Bailey’s footbridge and have a walk on Walberswick’s beautiful shingle beach. This stretch of the coastline does not currently operate a seasonal dog ban – but please do check Waveney District Council website for updates. Please remember to keep your dog on a lead as parts of Walberswick have been designated as a National Nature Reserve (NNR).
A few dog friendly pubs in Southwold...
The Harbour Inn, Southwold
Go for a lovely long stroll with man’s best friend followed by a pint or some lunch at one of Southwold’s most relaxed pubs. The Harbour Inn offers a friendly atmosphere and welcomes families and well-behaved dogs. The spacious rear garden has plenty of picnic benches and offers breath-taking views across the fields towards the town, Old Water Tower and lighthouse.
The Sail Loft, Southwold
Newly constructed and opened in 2015, The Sail Loft is a chic restaurant with a friendly atmosphere. The Sail Loft is located along Ferry Road in Southwold and just across from The Dunes which is popular with pet owners.
The Bell Inn, Walberswick
This is a friendly and relaxed pub with a large garden and a family play area. Well behaved dogs are welcomed throughout the pub.
The Anchor Inn, Walberswick
The Anchor is a fantastic dog-friendly pub with lots of outdoor seating and a tantalising menu. If you’re visiting during the summer, don’t miss the Anchor’s weekend BBQ featuring a range of seasonal treats including fresh local shellfish or Tamworth pork with homemade seasonal salads.
Where is the local vet?
Wangford Veterinary Clinic Pound Corner, Wangford, Beccles Tel: 01502 578999