Scarborough South Bay

North Yorkshire

Scarborough South Bay
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2018 Poor
Advice against bathing   Advice against bathing

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

One of Britain’s most famous seaside towns. Scarborough has excellent choice of amenities and entertainments. South sands is a large sandy bay with good facilities and popular with families. A handy cliff lift provides easy access.


There is a bowling green and plenty of amusement arcades. There is a leisure centre nearby. If conditions are right this beach is suited to surfing and body boarding and there are several surf schools in the area.

Wildlife and Walks

Buy an ice-cream and stroll the promenade or explore this traditional seaside town. There is excellent walking inland as well as along the coast - at Forge Valley Woods - the North York Moors National park website has more information.

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

2018 Poor
Advice against bathing   Advice against bathing

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.

More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

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Facilities at Scarborough South Bay

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



There is a charge to park near the beach. During busy periods a park and ride service is available.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed.

Beach cleaning

Cleaned regularly.



Dates and times

Service provided by

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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.