Filey

Filey is a great place to explore up and down the Yorkshire Coast

Located just seven miles south of the historic resort of Scarborough, Filey is a great place to explore up and down the Yorkshire Coast, and was recently listed in Conde Naste Traveller Top 30 UK Beaches.  We agree!

 

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Apart from a fantastic beach where you can walk for miles or just a short trek out to the end of the Brigg,  you can also start or end your journey along the famous Cleveland and Wolds Way Walks.

Cyclists will enjoy a challenge at Dalby Forest, or perhaps follow some of the Tour De Yorkshire route and tackle the famous Cote De Harwood Dale or just pedal village to village along the idyllic country roads of the nearby Wolds and admire the views David Hockney has famously painted.

Bird lovers will want to go to the RSPB nature reserve at Bempton Cliffs to see the 250,000 gillemots, gannets and puffins who flock there to raise their young between April and August. Inland, Filey Dams Nature Reserve, a gem of freshwater marsh, is run by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, and is a haven for birds and animals, including an important colony of great-crested newts.

Scarborough is 20 minutes north of Filey where theatre goers can enjoy the world premieres of Alan Ackybourn plays at the Stephen Joseph Theatre. Make sure you book into the excellent EatMe Cafe,which is situated next to the theatre on Hanover Road. Alternatively, you can venture further afield and amble up to the moors and visit Goathland – where “Heartbeat” was filmed.

There are several stately homes in the area – Sledmere House, Burton Agnes Hall, Burton Constable, Castle Howard to name but  a few – each with their own special charm.

If you would like to explore Filey, we recommend you check out Treasure Trails Filey

History

Filey Brigg is a promontory, jutting out 1600 metres into the sea. Below the cliffs, the promontory continues as a blade of rock, barely above the waves. At low tide, this rocky point is a haven for fishermen, naturalists and fossil hunters.  The Spittal is an enigmatic rock structure running out from the Brigg, which may be the remains of an ancient harbour, perhaps serving the Roman signal station, which used to be on the cliffs above, which have now moved to Crescent Gardens for all visitors to enjoy.

The museum, a past winner of Discover Yorkshire Coast’s Small Attraction of the Year award, is housed in a building dating from 1696, and is crammed with fascinating memorabilia, including an extensive photographic archive.  The parish church, St Oswald’s, was built in the 12th and 13th centuries, and once boasted Charlotte Brontë amongst its congregation.

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