Top Local Dog Walks : Pt 1 Beaches

May 20, 2024

Top Local Dog Walks : Pt 1 Beaches

If you’re looking for the perfect spots to take your furry friend for a walk, you’re in luck!

Suffolk’s stunning coastline offers some fantastic beaches that both you and your dog will love. Here’s a guide to some of the best local dog-friendly beaches where you can enjoy the fresh sea air and beautiful scenery.

Whether you’re staying in one of the charming holiday homes on the Suffolk Coast or just visiting for the day, these beaches are sure to make your dog walks memorable

Dog friendly Pakefield beach - holiday homes on the Suffolk Coast

1. Pakefield Beach

Pakefield Beach is a hidden gem along the Suffolk coast. Known for its expansive sandy shore and low cliffs, it’s a fantastic spot for dog walking. The beach is relatively quiet, making it perfect for letting your dog run freely and play in the waves. Plus, there are some excellent local cafes where you can grab a coffee while your pup enjoys the outdoors.

Pakefield beach is within easy walking distance of all our holiday homes and is the prefect place to start your Suffolk Coast exploration!

Pakefield beach is dog friendly all year round.

Kessingland to Pakefield walk from our dog friendly holiday homes in Pakefield on the Suffolk coast

2. Kessingland Beach

Just a short distance from Pakefield, Kessingland Beach offers a unique blend of sand and shingle. This beach is wonderfully spacious, providing plenty of room for dogs to explore and exercise. The natural dunes and scenic views make for a picturesque walk, and the nearby nature reserve adds an extra element of adventure for you and your dog to discover.

Check the tide times for low tide and head south along the beach from Pakefield. take refreshments with you as its over an hour before you reach Kessingland.

Kessingland beach is dog friendly all year round.

Lowestoft beach - dog friendly accommodation on the Suffolk coast

3. Lowestoft

Lowestoft Beach, known as the UK’s most easterly point, features golden sands and a lively promenade. It’s a bustling area with a great mix of facilities, making it a convenient choice for dog walkers. The beach is dog-friendly outside of the peak summer season, offering a wonderful stretch of coastline for your dog to enjoy. The charming seaside town atmosphere adds to the appeal, with plenty of spots to rest and refresh.

From Pakefield, head north along the prom to walk to Lowestoft.

Dogs permitted on the prom all year round and on the beach during the off season of October to April.

Dunwich Beach - Holiday homes on the Suffolk Coast

4. Dunwich

Steeped in history, Dunwich Beach is part of a tiny village that was once a bustling medieval town. Today, it offers a serene beach perfect for quiet walks with your dog. The beach is part of the larger Dunwich Heath, managed by the National Trust, providing miles of trails through heathland and woodland, perfect for more adventurous walks. The combination of coastal and rural scenery makes this a unique spot for dog walking. There are a couple of cafes and a lovely pub for a well earned refreshment stop, my personal recommendation would be Dingle Hill tearooms.

Dunwich is just a 20 minute drive away from our holiday homes and there is ample parking available at the car park on the beach.

Dunwich beach is dog friendly all year round.

Southwold beach dog walk - dog-friendly holiday homes on the Suffolk Coast

5. Southwold

Southwold Beach is renowned for its iconic pier and colourful beach huts. While parts of the beach have seasonal dog restrictions, there are areas where dogs are welcome year-round. The beach itself is beautiful and well-maintained, making it an ideal place for a leisurely walk. The nearby town of Southwold offers plenty of amenities, including dog-friendly pubs and cafes, ensuring both you and your furry friend have everything you need for a perfect day out.

Southwold is just a 20 minute drive from our holiday cottages and is a must see during any stay here on the Suffolk coast.

Southwold gets extremely busy in peak season so I would suggest parking on the outskirts and walking through the town to the beach. There is a seasonal car park on the right as you enter Southwold. In quieter months we either park on the common or down Pier Avenue.

Covehithe and Benacre beach - dog walk - dog friendly holiday homes on the Suffolk coast

6. Covehithe and Benacre beaches

These adjacent beaches offer a more secluded experience compared to the busier coastal spots. Benacre Beach, with its striking lagoon, is a peaceful retreat where you can enjoy long, uninterrupted walks. Covehithe Beach, though slightly more challenging to access, rewards visitors with dramatic cliffs and a sense of untouched natural beauty. These beaches are ideal for those seeking a quiet and more private setting for their dog walks.

Probably the best wild beaches in Suffolk, Covehithe and Benacre are certainly worth a visit during your stay. Remember to take your own refreshments as there are no facilities nearby. 

Covehithe and Benacre are just a 15 min drive from our holiday cottages and the beaches are dog friendly all year round

Photo credit: Gill Moon Photography


Exploring these beaches with your dog not only provides great exercise and fun but also allows you to experience the diverse landscapes of the Suffolk coast. From sandy shores to rugged cliffs and tranquil heathlands, there’s something for every dog and owner to enjoy.

If you’re planning a longer stay, consider booking one of the cosy holiday homes on the Suffolk coast. Staying in a local holiday home gives you the perfect base to explore these fantastic beaches and the wider Suffolk countryside.

So grab your lead, pack some treats, and head out to discover the best dog walks Suffolk’s coastline has to offer. Each beach has its own unique charm, ensuring you and your furry friend have an unforgettable adventure by the sea.