The Isle of Wight is a great dog friendly place to visit with your four legged friends, offering miles of walks from coastal, woodland and downland to enjoy while you are on holiday. Pooches love sea shores and the Isle of Wight cherishes hounds, so it’s a match made in paradise! We have everything from huge wraps of sand to play on to shake pools to climb over and, obviously, heaps of exquisite waves to swim in. A considerable lot of our sea shores are available to hounds throughout the entire year and greet them wholeheartedly – there’s nothing more pleasant than a sea shore brimming with hounds playing, burrowing and swimming.
Travelling with your Dog
Ferry travel to the Isle of Wight with your dog could not be easier as dogs travel completely FREE on all of our car ferry routes, plus the Ryde passenger boat and hovercraft services. On Wightlink there is a designated pet-friendly lounge area on to the outside deck available for pet owners . Once you arrive on the Island getting about is easy and well behaved dogs are welcomed on all of our bus and train networks.
Many of our stunning beaches are dog friendly all year round such as:
- Alum Bay – dogs on leads
- Colwell Bay (to right of slipway) – hidden away this Quality Coast Award winning beach offers stunning views
- Bonchurch – sand and shingle mix and includes both Horseshoe and Monks Bay beaches.
- Brook – sandy golden beach
- Fort Victoria – amazing views
- Seagrove – sandy stretch of beach between Seaview and St Helen’s beaches.
- Seaview – great sandy beach which is usually fairly quiet.
- Sandown – There’s degree to invest energy lying in the shade on the sea shore and cooling their feet in the shallows.
- Dunroamin – between Lake slipway and Hope Beach, Shanklin.
- Reeth Bay – at the most southerly point a relaxing andy quiet beach great for dogs who like to run
- Bembridge – pebble and sand beach with with rock pools to explore at low tide.
- Woodside Bay – a hidden gem of a beach alongside Wootton Creek.
- Players Beach – another hidden gem, tucked away below Ryde Golf Course
- Steephill Cove – dogs on leads
- Ryde Beach – left of the pier
Most of the Island beaches allow dogs out of season but a beach ban comes in effect between 1st May and 30th September which prevents dogs being allowed to use them.
Dog Friendly Things to Do: There are over 500 miles of footpaths on the Isle of Wight and we have some great ones to pick from on our Walking page.
The Island is full of great attractions from gardens, historic buildings and fun attractions many of which are happy to allow dogs such as Mottistone Gardens, Robin Hill, Ventnor Botanic Gardens, Isle of Wight Steam Railway and many more.
The Isle of Wight is an incredible destination to take your canine along; it’s a characteristic sanctuary brimming with differentiating living spaces splendid for hound strolling and disclosure, with trails and byways in abundance.