From 1st May to 30th September there are restrictions for dogs on Gower beaches and certain seafronts. In the winter my french bulldog cross Molly and I are constantly found checking out the winter swells at Langland and Caswell. With the arrival of May we have to leave our beach winter wonderland, but don’t worry there are great Gower beaches open to dogs all year. Here is a guide to where they are and all you need to know about the Gower beach dog bans.
From May 1st to Sept 30th here is a list of beaches where dogs are not allowed:
- Swansea Bay – from the River Tawe to the slip opposite Victoria Park and 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.
So that is where you and your canine best friend can’t go in Gower from May 1st. But don’t panic here are the beaches Molly and I recommend that are open to dogs all year, or what we call our endless summer.
Dogs are limited on these beaches:
- Swansea Bay – from the slip opposite Victoria Park to the beach access at Sketty Lane
- Horton – from the lifeguard station east towards Oxwich
- Port Eynon (from the main steps west to the Salt House
But DimExcuses don’t restrict your dog, go wild on these great Gower beaches all summer:
Swansea Council require that you keep your dog on a lead on the following paths.
- The entire promenade at Swansea Bay (from the River Tawe to the Knab Rock car park, Mumbles)
- The promenades at Langland Bay and Rotherslade
- The promenade at Caswell Bay.
I interpret these bylaws being enforced in the same 1st May to 30th September dog ban season as the beaches, but don’t take my word for that as I am no lawyer, and Swansea Council threaten a £500 fine for breaching the dog ban and £200 for breaching the lead rules. Molly says she can’t see how that could be enforceable for any visitor committing an offence out of ignorance, but again she too isn’t a lawyer and is also a bulldog. But with the information above you will be able to exercise your dog on Gower within the law with no worries, DimExcuses.