A coastal walk should always be a safe and enjoyable experience.
It is worth considering the following points particularly if you
are new to walking, likely to be subjected to poor or changeable
weather or you intend to explore the longer and more remote
sections of the Path.
- Stay on the path and away from cliff edges.
- Wear boots and warm, waterproof clothing.
- Take extra care in windy and/or wet conditions.
- Always supervise children and dogs.
- Leave gates and property as you find them.
- Remember that mobile signal can be patchy in some coastal
destinations so let someone know where you are heading and when you
are due to arrive.
- Protect plants and animals, and take your litter home.
The Wales Coast Path can be a fantastic place to explore with
your dog but please be aware that in some stretches you may be
exposed to cliff top walking, wildlife and livestock. It is the dog
owner’s responsibility to ensure that their dog is not a danger or
nuisance to farm animals, wildlife or other people.
Please be aware that, while dogs are widely
welcomed on the Wales Coast Path, you may find some stretches where
dog bans are in place (this includes some beaches in the summer
season). Please be aware of dog ban notices; a fine will be imposed
if you are found to be in breach of a dog ban.
- By law, you must control your dog so that it does not disturb
or scare farm animals or wildlife. You must keep your dog on a
short lead on most areas of open country and common land between 1
March and 31 July, and at all times near farm animals.
- You do not have to put your dog on a lead on public paths as
long as it is under close control. But as a general rule, keep your
dog on a lead if you cannot rely on its obedience. By law, farmers
are entitled to destroy a dog that injures or worries their
- If a farm animal chases you and your dog, it is safer to let
your dog off the lead – don’t risk getting hurt by trying to
- Take particular care that your dog doesn’t scare sheep and
lambs or wander where it might disturb birds that nest on the
ground and other wildlife – eggs and young will soon die without
protection from their parents.
- Everyone knows how unpleasant dog mess is and it can cause
infections – so always clean up after your dog and get rid of the
mess responsibly. Also make sure your dog is wormed regularly to
protect it, other animals and people.
- At certain times dogs may not be allowed on some areas of open
land or may need to be kept on a lead. Please follow any
Please also be aware that as dogs are curious animals and often
love to run and explore, it is advised that dogs are kept under
particularly close control when cliff top walking.