Scarborough North Bay

North Yorkshire

Scarborough North Bay
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Good

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

A quiet and sandy family beach backed by hills and cliffs. A castle dominates the skyline, which overlooks the beach from the south.


Swimming, surfing, jet skiing and crazy golf are popular here. There is zoning for water sports. Peasholm Park park and garden is behind the beach and there is a golf club north of the beach. Rocky outcrops to the north of the beach make for good rockpooling at low tide.

Wildlife and Walks

There is a miniature railway and a SeaLife Centre at the beach. The area is excellent for walking, with stunning coastal views and the North York Moors National Park and Forge Valley Woods just west of the beach and further west is Ellerburn Bank Nature Reserve, managed by Yorkshire WT.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, 15th May to 30th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Good

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency
More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
Large breaking waves Large breaking waves
Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach
Strong winds Strong winds

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Facilities at Scarborough North Bay

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There is parking behind the beach and more parks in the town.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed on certain areas.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned regularly during the summer



Dates and times

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Please ensure you read beach notice boards for any changes to lifeguard service. Please see safety tab for more information on beach safety.