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Dog walking areas

There are certain areas in Shepway that require dogs to be on leads, some areas where dogs are banned or banned at specific times of the year

For safety, and to ensure people can enjoy our public spaces, there are many places where dogs must be on a lead or are banned altogether. These are called Dog Control Orders (DCO)

If you ignore a DCO, you can be fined:

  • £80 on the spot (a 'Fixed Penalty Notice')
  • up to £1,000 if it goes to court

Only owners of guide dogs are exempt.

Where you must keep your dog on a lead

As a general guide, your dog must be on a lead in:

  • all cemeteries
  • promenades and roads alongside beaches where a seasonal dog ban is in place

Folkestone areas:

  • The Leas
  • Kingsnorth Gardens
  • Cheriton Sports ground
  • Bowling greens and tennis courts at Wear Bay Road


  • The Street Football pitches


  • Village Hall playing field
  • "Trim Trail"

New Romney:

  • St. Martin's Field
  • New Romney Sports field
  • The Flagstaff land


  • The Greens

Certain people can direct you to put your dog on a lead

You must put your dog on a lead if told to by a police officer, police community support officer or someone from the Council. If you refuse you may be fined.

Where dogs are banned

As a general guide,

  • these places are dog-free at all times:
    • all children's play areas
    • Folkestone Harbour fountain

These beaches are dog-free from 1 May to 30 September:

Folkestone and Sandgate areas:

  • Sunny Sands
  • Mermaid Beach
  • Sandgate Castle to Battery Point


  • Twiss Road to St Leonard's Road

Romney Marsh and Lydd areas:

  • Sycamore Gardens to Martello Car Park
  • The Fairway to river outfall at the site of the Sands Motel
  • Water tower at Madeira Road to Clark Road
  • beach opposite the Jolly Fisherman
  • beach opposite holiday camp in Greatstone

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