Dog walks in the Isle of Wight

There are so many dog-friendly beaches and walks on the Isle of Wight where your whole holiday group can spend hours of fun, including your pup!


Thanks to our dog-friendly accommodation at Away Resorts, you never have to leave your furry friends behind whilst you’re on an Isle of Wight holiday.

We have holiday parks all around the UK that offer dog-friendly accommodation, but we have four unique parks across the Isle of Wight, proving it’s an especially great location for you and your pooches to enjoy.

Thanks to the dog-friendly beaches in the Isle of Wight and the many unique dog walks – the Isle is the perfect backdrop for your next getaway.

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A couple enjoying a walk on the beach with their dog. The perfect way to spend your day!

Isle of Wight’s top dog-walking beaches

You can rest assured that there will be many dog-friendly beaches on the Isle of Wight you can bring your furry friend to all year round. You may face seasonal restrictions on certain Isle of Wight dog walks, though, so it’s always worth checking beforehand or keeping a lead with you.

With so many unique dog-friendly beaches on the Isle of Wight that can cater to you and your dog's needs – whether they want to run wild or take a beach nap after great exploration – it can be hard to know where to start.

Therefore, here are some of the top dog-friendly beaches on the Isle of Wight:

  • Colwell Bay
  • Whitecliff Bay
  • St Helens (The Duver)
  • Bembridge Beach
  • Brook Bay
  • Compton Bay

1. Colwell Bay

One of the best places to stay with your pooch for your next getaway is The Bay Colwell, especially as it has an amazing family seaside beach.

With plenty of accommodation to suit your family’s needs, alongside entertainment and activities – you’ll be spoilt for choice of things to do at The Bay Colwell.

However, it’s important to note that during the summer months (1st May – 30th September) dogs are not allowed on the beach at Colwell Bay. Your dog can enjoy the beach in the zone from the right of the slipway at Colwell Chine to Brambles Chine throughout the entire year, though. And don’t worry, you won’t miss the signposts!

With the beautiful sand that can weave between your toes and your dog's paws, there’s plenty of fun to be had at Colwell Bay.


Whitecliff Bay

Another destination for the entire family to enjoy is Whitecliff Bay, a sand and shingle beach at the foot of the Culver Cliffs.

There are no seasonal restrictions for dogs here – making it one of the best dog-friendly beaches on the Isle of Wight, so your pooches are free to frolic all year round!

If your dog enjoys making a splash, they will have plenty of fun in the crystal-clear waters, as well as getting stuck into the soft sand.

The sand is spread over 200 metres, so everyone can have the space to explore Whitecliff Bay, before heading back to the holiday park to find other dog-friendly facilities.


3. St Helens

To top off the list, St Helens, also known as The Dulver, is another ideal location to bring your dog for your next Isle of Wight dog walking holiday!

The beach here overlooks The Solent, where you can look out to the mainland and see the English Channel.

Yet another beach with no restrictions for dogs all year round, you can catch some spectacular sea views whilst on a variety of Isle of Wight dog walks.

Just remember during any dog walk to be mindful of other people along the beach and have a lead with you at all times.

This makes sure that not only do you and your pet have a great time during your dog walks on the Isle of Wight, but other people can too!


Dog walks on the Isle of Wight

Not only are there dog-friendly beaches on the Isle of Wight to take your dog to for leisurely walks, but the Isle of Wight has plenty of other scenic areas for dog walks.

The Isle of Wight is surrounded by both beaches and green space, serving as the perfect place for dog walks – no matter what you’d like to discover.

Here are some of the best Isle of Wight dog walks that you may want to explore during your next holiday…


Ventnor Downs

If you want a change from dog-friendly beaches on the Isle of Wight, why not take on some of the greenery that surrounds the island instead?

A great option to embark on your Isle of Wight dog walk is Ventnor Downs, which is a stretch of beautiful countryside managed by the National Trust.

Depending on how active your pups are, you can tackle the whole route, or just walk around a section of it.

They will be happy with the mass of open space, and if your pups are friendly, they can meet plenty of other cute pooches along the way.

Along with making your dog happy, you could witness some great views and historical landmarks to complete the walk.


Mottistone Estate

If you want some sea views along the way, why not try a hike over the Mottistone Estate with your pooch?

There are lots of paths, tracks, and fields that your dog can sniff out, and a dog-friendly café here too!

If your dog loves a long walk, this is ideal for them – they’ll definitely be worn out from all of the exploring here…


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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about dog-friendly beaches in the Isle of Wight:

What beaches are dogs allowed on in the Isle of Wight?

Dogs are allowed on a variety of beaches in the Isle of Wight – some have restrictions within the year and some don’t.

Some of the best ones have already been mentioned, but there are plenty more options, including Brook Bay, Yaverland Beach, and Gurnard Beach.

Remember to check the restrictions of your chosen beach(es) before you head off for your Isle of Wight dog walks!

Where can I take my dog on the Isle of Wight?

Alongside the beaches, there are a variety of other locations you can take your dog to on the Isle of Wight.

For example, you can take them to Yarmouth Castle, Carisbrooke Castle, and Parkhurst Forest.

Whether you prefer a beach walk or other attractions, there are plenty of places to take your beloved pooch on the Isle of Wight!

Is Sandown Beach dog friendly?

Yes, Sandown Beach is dog friendly, but there are some restrictions to them entering.

Except for assistance dogs, dogs are not allowed on the beaches here between 1st May – 30th September, but outside of these dates, they are welcome.

And with Sandown Beach being the only beach on the Isle of Wight with a Blue Flag award – demonstrating how well-managed the beach is (and only given to the best beaches in England) – you can rest assured that you’ll have the best time here!

Is the Isle of Wight coastal path dog-friendly?

Yes, the Isle of Wight coastal path is dog friendly, but you probably won’t want to take on the whole path as it will take multiple days.

However, you can take on manageable amounts with your pooch, remembering to check for restrictions along various parts of the path.

For example, you can try some of the best Isle of Wight dog walks from Compton to Brook, which is a great place for everyone, all year round, and when it’s low tide.

Can dogs go to The Needles Isle of Wight?

One of the most popular landmarks on the Isle of Wight is The Needles.

You may be planning a trip here whilst on holiday, so you’ll be glad to know that dogs can go to The Needles on the Isle of Wight.

They aren’t permitted inside or on the chairlift unless they are assistance dogs. However, dogs are allowed on site, the beach, and the boat rides, as long as they are kept on leads at all times.

Is the Isle of Wight dog-friendly?

Yes, the Isle of Wight is extremely dog-friendly!

There are plenty of dog-friendly beaches and Isle of Wight dog walks to embark on during your time away.

As well as the activities, the accommodations you can stay within are just as dog-friendly, so why not plan your next getaway with the entire family now?

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