Beach just an hour from Manchester named one of the best for dogs in UK

This Lancashire beauty spot has got the seal of approval from experts thanks to its safety and sweeping expanses of sand.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 9th July 2021

A popular beach that’s just over and hour drive from Manchester has been named one of the best UK beaches for dogs in the UK.

A trip to the beach is a family summer day out that’ll never go out of fashion.

But for those of us with four-legged friends in our lives, it’s not just about a paddle in the sea, soaking up some sunshine, and grabbing a portion of fish and chips and an ice cream to top off the day, it’s also about making sure our dogs have a cracking time too.

Most dog owners usually have a couple of favourite dog-friendly beaches they like to visit, but now, a new guide of the best beaches for dogs in the UK has named a North West gem at the top of the list.

Vets Now – an out-of-hours emergency veterinary care provider, with a branch based in Manchester – has got to work examining beaches right across the country.


It’s created a 32-page comprehensive digital guide on the best beaches for dogs.

Not only that, but the digital guide has also taken into account the safety of each beach on the list, as with potential dangers such as fish hooks, jellyfish, low tides to be aware of, it’s important we keep the welfare of our pups in mind too.


Bispham Beach – which is just north of Blackpool, and takes just over an hour to drive to form Manchester – has taken the coveted top spot.

Bipsham Beach claims the top spot on the 50 Best and Safest Dog-Friendly Beaches in the UK guide / Credit: Geograph (Steve Daniels)

This Lancashire beauty spot has got the seal of approval from experts thanks to its sweeping expanses of sand, and the fact that on a quiet day, there’s a good chance that you and your dog could have large swathes of the beach all to yourself.

“The team were really impressed with Bispham Beach,” said Laura Playforth, Professional Standards Director at Vets Now and one of the authors of the Best Beach Guide.


“Especially its pet friendliness and facilities on offer, and we believe it to be an ideal destination for the UK’s dog lovers.”

She continued: “Unfortunately, pet emergencies don’t take summer holidays and each summer we witness a significant rise in emergency cases that are related to beaches and the sea [so] we’ve only chosen beaches where water quality is deemed high, dogs are welcome all year round, parking and access is good, and a daytime vet is based nearby.

“All the beaches featured are within an hour’s drive of a Vets Now pet emergency clinic or hospital, so if you’re at the beach in the evening or weekend and suffer a pet emergency, you know you’re never far from expert help.”

You can read the 50 Best and Safest Dog-Friendly Beaches in the UK guide in full here.

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