One of the big attractions for residents and visitors alike is taking their dog on Southwold beach. However, there are some rules which Waveney District Council revised in January 2017. There are 3 main areas covered by what are called Public Space Protection Orders. These have the force of law and are summarised below. Please contact Waveney District Council for more detail if you require it. 

Dogs on the Promenade – dogs are allowed on the entire promenade but must be kept on a lead at all times. The promenade in Southwold is the concrete area next to the beach running from north of the pier down to the cafe at Gun Hill  and includes the concrete area at the northern end of the promenade set aside for beach huts.

Dogs on the beach – dogs are allowed off-lead all year round on the beach between the Gun Hill cafe and the River Blyth estuary and between October to March, they are allowed off lead on the whole of Southwold beach. From 1st April to 30th September, dogs are not allowed on the beach for the length of the concrete promenade i.e. from north of the pier to the cafe at Gun Hill.

Dog Fouling – owners must pick up dog waste at all times throughout the town, beach and surrounding marshes etc. Dog waste should be placed in any public waste bin (whichever colour) and bags should not be left on the ground or tied to trees, bushes etc. Suitable plastic bags are available free of charge at several cafes and shops in the town. 

SARDOG is working with Waveney District Council to keep the new rules under review including the possibility of allowing dogs on the beach early in the morning and in the evening. Progress on this depends on dog owners following the Super SARDOG Code and complying with the restrictions outlined here so please help us to help you ! 

FREE DOG BAG STOCKISTS IN THE AREA:

STOCKISTS IN SOUTHWOLD:
BOATING LAKE CAFE
CAFE ON THE GREEN (PUTTING GREEN)
CRAB APPLE – MARKET PLACE
FROMUS VETERINARY SURGERY
KIOSK – GUN HILL
KIOSK – HARBOUR
KIIOSK – PIER
KIOSK – SAILOR’S READING ROOM
PIT STOP CAFE – THE COMMON
SPOTS – HIGH STREET
THE FISHERMAN & FRIENDS – HURREN TERRACE
TOWN HALL – MARKET PLACE
WELLS – QUEEN STREET

STOCKISTS IN REYDON
BARBROOK’S STORE – LOWESTOFT ROAD
BOYDEN’S STORE – MOUNT PLEASANT
REYDON PHARMACY
HARBOUR CAFE