Following a public consultation, East Devon District council has made some changes to restrictions on its beaches which will come into effect from 1st May. Each year, beaches across Devon limit areas where dogs can be exercised as a way to allow all beach goers can enjoy the coast safely.

The new changes include additional areas where dogs can be walked on leads and an increased penalty for those who breach the rules. Most of the beaches in East Devon will allow dogs, but there will be restricted zones in place from 1st May until 30th September.

The following beaches will have restrictions:


Dogs are allowed all year on Port Royal Beach at the eastern end of the prom, however, dogs are banned from the main town beach. Dogs are banned between Jacobs Ladder and the last access ramp on the beach at the turning circle. However, they are permitted on the west end of the beach. Dogs must be kept on a lead by Jacobs Ladder beach huts and the Esplanade.


Dogs are banned between Castle Hill and Trevelyan Road. Dogs must be kept on a lead between the Axe Yacht Club and the Esplanade from the Chine to Trevelyan Road.

Budleigh Salterton

Dogs are allowed all year at either end of the beach, they are not allowed between South Parade and Lime Kiln Car Park.


Dogs are allowed all year at the two ends of the beach from the third groyne east and from the Octagon Cafè west. Dogs are prohibited from the centre portion of the beach. Dogs must be kept on leads along the Esplanade at Exmouth as well as by Queen’s Drive space.


Dogs are banned from a point below the access path at Sea Hill onto the beach to the edge of the cliffs to the west. This excludes the dogs on a lead access ot the beach café which is located within the restriction zone.

You can find out more about restrictions on beaches across East Devon by checking local signage or visiting East Devon District Council online. Full information can be found here.

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