We have been to Talacre beach many times and it really is dog friendly. We were lucky enough to spend the day there on October 6th and as they say on countryfile there is no such thing as bad weather just poor clothing choices so we wrapped up warm and walked along the sand playing ball with the boys – it was high tide when we were there but it’s still possible to walk for several miles along the beach and back through the sand dunes. The most obvious feature at Talacre beach is the old Point of Ayre lighthouse that dates back to 1776. If you do walk out to it please keep an eye on the tide as it is possible for the tide to come in behind you so you may have a paddle back to the beach!
In the height of summer it can be quite busy due to the holiday parks, but at out of season it is much quieter and we walked for over an hour and did not see anyone else. Then coming back we decided to come back through the sand dunes. It was still very quiet but as there is a flat path that is accessible for prams and wheelchairs there were a few more people but Bert was tired so relished the opportunity to stop and say hello.
In the past we have just parked in the free car park by the beach however on this visit it was shut off so we had to park in the pay and display car park which costs £2 for the day, but you do get a £2 voucher to use in the Lola and Suggs beach cafe where dogs are allowed inside or in the garden. This worked out really well for us as that is where we went after our walk and Bert and Pedro were so welcomed, and there were other doggie friends already there. There was an adequate choice of foods and we can highly recommend their homemade cakes. The staff really made an effort with the dogs who brought them doggie treats and water, they also have dog biscuits on the counter and plenty of water bowls.
This is an ideal walk for a lazy Sunday with a nice beach and somewhere for tea and cake afterwards and the boys agree!
How to get there
From the main A548 coast road, take the Talacre exit on the roundabout, follow the road (Station Road) over the railway bridge and continue on to Talacre Village, for satnav use CH8 9RS.