Getting out and about with your dog is something everyone wants to do, especially in the warmer months, but finding new spots can be challenging.

But as the months get hotter you might think about making a day of it and taking a drive to a beach. 

Although Watford is not near beaches, there are several great options that allow dogs that are only a 2-3 hours' drive away.

So you don't have to go around hunting down the perfect spots, check out these four dog-friendly beaches within range of Watford.

Watford Observer: Will you be visiting one of these beaches?Will you be visiting one of these beaches? (Image: Canva)


In recent years Whitstable in Kent has become very popular, especially among the inner city and town crowd with some moving down and others regularly visiting the scenic location. 

Just a two-hour drive away, Whitstable Beach allows dogs all year round with its pet-friendly shingle beach and plenty of space for your pet to run around. 

Kingsgate Bay

Also in Kent, Kingsgate Bay is just over two and a half hours away and is slightly further than Whitstable.

Similar to its nearby beach, Kingsgate Bay also allows dogs all year round and is overlooked by the 18th-century Kingsgate Castle. 

Camber Sands

If you're looking for a golden sand beach, Camber Sands is the ideal spot, with endless sand and impressive dunes. Also just over two hours away, Camber Sands allows dogs just not in one section from May to September. 


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West Mersea

At less than two hours for a drive, West Mersea in Essex is not only a great family beach but perfect for dogs as they are welcome all year round. The beach offers rock pools and crabbing off the jetties. 

The Naze

Also in Essex, The Naze is exactly two hours away and it does offer a unique spot for your friendly dog.

Open to dogs all year round, The Naze has cliffs adjoining a nature reserve and a sea of colourful beach huts.