Scratby Beach

  • Scratby Beach - Norfolk
    © Janet Richardson and licensed for reuse under this Licence
  • Scratby Beach - Norfolk
    © Ashley Martin and licensed for reuse under this Licence
  • Scratby Beach - Norfolk
    © Ashley Martin and licensed for reuse under this Licence
  • Scratby beach is a good-sized stretch of sand and shingle set along low sandy cliffs. It is popular for fishing and swimming, although there is no lifeguard. During the winter there can be quite good waves here making it popular with surfers.

    The beach is also an ideal place for walkers as it stretches along the coast for many miles in either direction. In addition dogs are allowed all year round. To the south, visitors can walk to the town of Caister-on-Sea, or even to Great Yarmouth, whilst to the north they can walk to Hemsby Beach, and on to Winterton Dunes National Nature Reserve.

    There is a small car park along Rottenstone Lane and although there are disabled spaces, visitors with mobility problems may find access to the beach difficult as it involves descending a narrow path and steps. (Please note public toilets have been closed since 2018).
    In the village of Scratby, a short walk from the beach, there are a few small cafes, pubs and shops.

    Type of beach

    Sand & shingle

    Lifeguard service


    Dogs friendly beach?

    We do not have information on this beach but restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

    Norfolk dog friendly beaches »


    • Good fishing
    • Swimming/bathing
    • Surfing


    • Toilets

    Nearest town

    Great Yarmouth


    NR29 3PD

    OS grid ref.

    TG 5150 1554


    Parking is available

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    Scratby Beach Reviews

    New Ramp and Toilets open

    Aug 02nd 2020

    there is now a ramp all of the way down to the beach and only 3 or 4 steps to negotiate. Also the public toilets are open and have been recently refurbished.

    Tony Wright
    Dec 19th 2020

    Scratby is a great place lot’s of things to do for families with children it doesn’t matter what age there is always something to do there are plenty of places to eat I’m from North Wales I go to great Yarmouth every year my father is from a place called loddon Norwich and is buried there

    Steep steps

    Charlotte Cook
    Jun 30th 2020

    Steps to this beach steep. There is a slope that leads to the steps. Shame really that the steps are so steep because the beach itself is gorgeous with lovely soft sand

    Fantastic beach

    Jul 18th 2022

    This is a fantastic beach, and you can walk to Caister on Sea and beyond one way, Hemsby the other.
    Its dog all year, so be careful especially in the winter months of seals coming up onto the sand to have their pups or to have a rest. Check the beach before you let your dogs off.
    Even in the peak summer months you can always find a private spot somewhere on this beach.
    There is a ramp to access the beach one side which has an ice-cream van, public toilets and a fee car park, and on the other side of Scratby, steps with a chippy and pub at the top to reward you for the steep climb if accessing from the beach!

    Sep 13th 2020

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Too many idiot dog owners......

    Jul 26th 2022

    Not everyone is a fan of dogs but on this beach you’re expected to just soak it up! Unleashed, unmanaged dogs running around jumping at children and rummaging through your shelter for food. Then there’s the dog excrement that’s just left where children are playing, disgusting! Dogs should be on a leash at all times, crazy that councils state that their beaches are free for all areas for dog and their owners!!