Dog walkers face picking up big fines on Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh beaches

Contributed by editor on May 06, 2017 - 11:00 AM


Dog owners are being warned that nine stretches of beach along Shepway’s 26 mile coastline are now dog-free until 30 September.



The reminder comes after two dog owners had to pay fines and costs of more than £500 for flouting last summer’s ban.

They were each fined £100 and ordered to pay £150 costs and a victim surcharge of £30 by Canterbury magistrates earlier this year after failing to pay £80 fixed penalties issued by Shepway District Council’s environmental protection officers.

One owner had been seen walking her dog on the beach at West Parade, Hythe and the other was spotted at Sunny Sands.

The summer restriction is in place at the following beaches:

Folkestone: Sunny Sands and Mermaids Beach.
Sandgate: Sandgate Castle to BP Garage.
Hythe: Twiss Road to St Leonard's Road.
Dymchurch: Sycamore Gardens to Martello Car Park.
St Mary’s Bay: The Fairway to the river outfall.
Littlestone: Water tower at Madeira Road to Clark Road.
Greatstone: Beach opposite the Jolly Fisherman and beach opposite Romney Sands holiday camp

Dog-free beaches for bathers

“Everyone loves the beach in the summer - but not everyone wants to share it with dogs, which is why some of our beaches are dog-free," said a council spokesman.

"There are still plenty of others for dog owners to enjoy whatever time of the year so there is no excuse to flout the ban and we will pursue those owners who do.”

Details and maps of dog-free beaches can be found by visiting

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