Dog owners in Swansea can still use many of the beaches along its coastline to walk their dogs during the coronavirus restrictions.
From May 1, the annual ‘dogs on beaches’ bye law comes into effect, enabling some of the city’s beaches to become dog-free for those who do not wish to be around dogs.
The Swansea Labour-led Council states that only a third of beaches in Swansea and Gower are included in the bye law and dog owners can still walk their dogs on 15 beaches.
Labour Cllr Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management said: “The bye law has been in place for many years to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy our beaches during the summer. We recognised that some visitors to the beaches do not want to be around dogs and possibly can feel intimidated by larger dogs.
“Even though the current situation will mean less people on the beaches, residents will still want to use local beaches for exercise.
“Dog owners have access to two thirds of the total number of beaches in Swansea and Gower all year round and we have not closed our local parks during the restrictions, so we are confident that everyone has the opportunity to take their exercise on a daily basis.”
- Beaches where dogs are allowed all year round: Swansea Bay (from the slip opposite Victoria Park to the beach access at Sketty Lane), Horton (from the lifeguard station east towards Oxwich), Mumbles, Pwll Du, Pobbles, Three Cliffs, Tor Bay, Crawley, Oxwich, Mewslade, Rhossili, Llangennith, Broughton, Whiteford Sands, Port Eynon (from the main steps west to the Salt House).
- Beaches where dogs are not permitted from May 1-September 30(inclusive): Swansea Bay (from the River Tawe to the slip opposite Victoria Park/from the beach access at Sketty Lane to the northern edge of the slip at the West Cross Inn), Bracelet Bay, Limeslade Bay, Rotherslade Bay, Langland Bay, Caswell Bay, Port Eynon beach (from the eastern edge of the steps to Port Eynon beach to the eastern edge of Horton beach access). These restrictions do not apply to guide dogs.