Today marks the end of the majority of dog beach bans throughout Devon - with owners now able to walk their pets on the popular shorelines.
Throughout the summer months dogs are banned from certain areas of most Devon beaches - with the ban generally starting on the 1st of May and continuing through to the end of September - proving a major annoyance to a plethora of dog owners.
The beaches in Devon prove for popular dog walking spots to both locals and tourists - yet many of them have strict regulations concerning at what points in the year you can facilitate this. These bans can be for a number of reasons; the beach being attached to a wildlife reserve, irresponsible owners failing to clean up after their dogs or purely to allow tourists an animal-free beach throughout the summer.
Many locals however are thrilled at the beaches once again being open to their pets - with Nathan Powell from Exwick saying, "I have a whippet who really needs to let off steam in big open spaces and socialise with other dogs - which is why the beach is perfect, especially with all the fields around us being built on". Graham Lamplough agreed with this comment, mentioning that, "living in Teignmouth means that the beach is on our doorstep - ideal for exercising our 3 springer spaniels - I can't wait to use it again".
For more information on restricted access on beaches visit www.visitsouthdevon.co.uk