Dog walkers are spoilt for choice when it comes to taking their canine friends for a trot on Hayling to blow the cobwebs away.

The unspoiled beaches of the island are the perfect place for man’s best friend to get that much-needed exercise in fantastic surroundings. Dog owners will certainly enjoy the experience as well, with plenty of open space and wonderful views.

You will find waste bins along the main stretches of beach provided for the disposal of dog waste. As the beaches of Hayling are all award winning blue flag recognised, we ask that as a dog owner you take responsibility for your animal and make sure you clean up after yourself. This way the reputation of the island remains intact. See the section below for restrictions regarding dogs on the Island’s beaches.

Elsewhere on the island you are more or less free to roam with your animal as you please (do take notice of private land boundaries and respect residents’ privacy). The Hayling Billy Trail, also known as the Hayling Island Coastal Path, is a great area for your dog to run off some energy, just be wary of horse riders, cyclists and walkers.

There are various pathways that offer the chance to stroll next to the waters of Chichester and Langstone Harbour too, and these offer a respite from the busy crowds of tourists on the beaches in summer.

If you head inland then there are a couple of parks that allow for dog walking – it is, however, worth using your discretion if these locations are busy.

Dogs on Hayling beach

Hayling’s unspoiled beaches offer plenty of open space for dogs as well as views and fresh air for their owners. There are however a few restrictions in place aimed at ensuring enjoyment of the beaches for all.

Year round

Red bins are provided along the main stretches of the beach for the deposit of excrement. Please help keep our award winning beaches clean by ensuring that these bins are used and dog mess is not deposited on the beach and surrounding land. Fouling on the beaches is prohibited by bylaw and can result in fines for the owners.

Additional restrictions from May 1st to September 30th

Between May 1st and September 30th dogs must be kept on a lead on any part of the beach or promenade. Dogs are not allowed on the areas of beach shown in red below between these dates.


Further information

This information is provided as a guide. Full details and copies of the relevant by-laws can be obtained from the Beachlands visitor information office by calling 023 9246 7111