As the seasons change and bring some warmer weather (fingers crossed!), you might be wondering where you can take your dog out for a walk.

If you like watching the waves and playing in the sand with your pooch, Morecambe Beach could be a good spot for a day out.

But does the beach allow dogs? Here’s what we know about the rules at Morecambe’s beaches.

Can I take my dog on Morecambe beaches in the summer?

Morecambe North and South beaches allow dogs every year but there is a period of time where they’re not allowed to enjoy the beach.

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Between May 1 and September 30 each year, dogs are not allowed to go on Morecambe’s beaches. This is “to comply with the Seaside Award”, explains Lancaster City Council’s website.

The council adds: “The awards recognise beaches in England that achieve the highest standards of beach management.”

The ban during the busy summer months means the water quality is maintained.

What happens if you take your dog on Morecambe beaches when they’re not allowed?

If you don’t follow the rules, you can expect some consequences.

Those caught breaking the rules will be given a fixed penalty fine of £100. It will need to be paid within 14 days.

If the offender pays this fine in seven days, the fine will be reduced to £65.

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If a fine isn’t paid, the offender could be prosecuted by Lancaster City Council in the Magistrates’ Court.

To report offenders, you can call the Animal Welfare Inspectors on 01524 582935.

More information is available via the council’s website.