RULES on walking dogs on many of Dorset's beaches were relaxed at the start of this month.

With October now here, dog walkers can enjoy walks with their dogs on more beaches throughout the winter season.

The winter dogs-on-beaches rules are in place from October 1 until April 30.

Dorset Council has produced a handy interactive map showing the county's dog-friendly beaches.

Dogs must be kept on leads and be under their owners’ control while on the seafront and must pick up any waste.

Bins are provided and the beach offices can usually provide doggy bags for those who have forgotten.

Regular checks are undertaken and people who do not clean up after their pet could receive an on-the-spot fine of £50 to £80.