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
Dogs friendly beach?
We do not have information on this beach but restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)
- Good fishing
OS grid ref.
TG 5150 1554
Parking is available
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Scratby Beach Reviews
New Ramp and Toilets open
TimAug 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 WrightDec 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
Charlotte CookJun 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
ClaireJul 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!
Too many idiot dog owners......
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!!