Scratby Beach


Scratby Beach
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

A sand and shingle beach at the foot of low sand cliffs. There are cafes and restaurants to chose from which line Beach Road, on the approach to the beach.


Bathing and fishing are popular here. The Waterside in Rollesby reserve is west of the beach, where you can survey the fabulous Trinity Broads from the bird hide.

Wildlife and Walks

Walk south to Caister or the busier Yarmouth or north, along this long beach, to Hemsby beach. The RSPBS Berney Marshes and Breydon Water is nearby, which has some spectacular wildlife including golden plover, redshank and wigeon.

What's tested here?

Water samples are not taken at this beach because it has not been designated as a bathing water and there is no voluntary sampling.
Why isn't this a designated bathing water?

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 Not tested

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.


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Potential hazards at this beach

This beach is not yet classified, please see our safety tips below or contact the local beach operator for further information.

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

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Facilities at Scratby Beach

Campsite Campsite Food Food Toilets Toilets



Parking is available near the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

No current information