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Scarborough Beaches

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Scarborough provides the perfect seaside holiday venue for people of all ages, with it’s safe beaches and numerous other attractions. the two bays have different and distinctive differences. the North Bay is the quieter more idyllic beach setting whilst the South Bay has the more traditional seaside town feel with arcades, fish and chips and novelty shops. 

Scarborough is divided into two bays – North Bay and South Bay – by the Castle Headland. Both of the bays have award winning beaches with close by restaurants, cafes, attractions and amenities. 

NORTH BAY is a sandy beach with rocky outcrops to the north which become isolated at high tide and provide rock pool areas at low tide. To the south, there is a flat sandy area which leads onto rock armour and continues around the headland to South Bay. The main road around the headland runs parallel to the beach with ample parking provided. The beach is used by a wide range of users, from families through to recreational water sports.enthusiasts, with there being a number of beach chalets available for hire, ice cream parlours, cafes and restaurants.

The beach is patrolled by an RNLI qualified lifeguard service during the summer season


South sands is a large sandy bay with good facilities, child friendly amenities and is popular with families. There is a working inner harbour with a small fishing fleet and outer harbour for pleasure boats and yachts. There are boat trips around the bay or along the coast. A handy cliff lift provides easy access to the town centre in minutes.

The historic Spa lies at the south end of the beach which holds live entertainment and houses the famous Spa Orchestra during the summer season. The Spa a widely used conference venue for the town. Heading north along the beach you will find amusements cafes and restaurants along with the traditional seaside stalls selling delights from cockles and winkles to sweets such as Scarborough rock and fudge.


This information is given by Scarborough Borough Council on the seasonal Dog Ban on the coast of North Yorkshire from Filey to Staithes.

Seasonal dog ban’s on some of the main tourist beaches in the Borough of Scarborough on the Yorkshire Coast begin normally on or around the 1st May as from the 1st of May 2011.

These restrictions, which prohibit dogs from certain stretches of local beaches, come into force on Sunday’s on or around the 1st May and continue until around the 30th September and cover the following areas:

  • Scarborough’s North Bay Beach
    From the northernmost beach slipway at the Sands development (Peasholm Gap) to the beach steps immediately to the south of the beach slipway at Scalby Mills.
  • Scarborough’s South Bay Beach
    From the West Pier to the southernmost flight of steps leading to the beach at the roundabout adjacent to the underground car park.

A number of new and replacement signs together with pavement stencils at the entrances to the above locations will be used to identify where dogs are not allowed to access the beaches. All other beaches within the borough are available for the exercising of dogs during this period.

Normal rules on dog fouling ‘clean up’ requirements apply to these areas.



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