Filey Bay has 5 miles of glorious sandy beach, sheltered by the Brigg to the north and Bempton cliffs to the south. Whatever the season, Filey bay’s natural beauty is breathtaking and the long sandy beach is ideal for all sorts of activities.
Filey is a traditional family seaside resort and is the place of many happy holiday memories for generations of Yorkshire people.You can take a relaxing stroll along the promenade and gardens to the Coble Landing and watch the local fishing boats being launched.Close by is Carr Naze and the Brigg, a dramatic rocky outcrop of land stretching out to sea that was once a Roman signal station and is now a haven for birds and great for rock pooling.
For children there are donkey rides in Summer, rock pools to explore and miles of sandy beach to play and build sandcastles on. Filey Country Park, North Cliff has plenty of parking and it’s a good spot to start a walk along the Brigg or head north along the coast on the Cleveland Way footpath.
Filey is a short drive from the cottage and a 30-40 minute walk along the beach (don’t forget to check the tide times).
Find out more at Discover Filey
Filey Museum is in the old part of the town, near to the 12th century St Oswald’s Church. The museum collections and displays reflect the history and development of Filey from a fishing and farming community to its later development as a seaside resort.
At Filey Bird Garden and Animal Park there’s plenty for children to do including feeding the animals.
Nearby Playdale Farm Park has an animal barn, café and children’s play area.
Filey Dams nature reserve is a haven for wildlife. Just off Muston Road, the reserve is owned by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, open all year round and is free.
Bempton Cliffs RSPB reserve is one of England’s top wildlife attractions and just 10 minutes’ drive from the cottage (head along the A165 road in the direction of Bridlington and follow the signs for Bempton). Over 200,000 seabirds nest here between April and September, including Gannets and Puffins. There’s a Visitor Centre, nature trail and spectacular cliff top walks throughout the year. Well worth a visit!
South of Bempton are Flamborough Cliffs another popular spot for wildlife watchers where there is always a chance of seeing a rare bird during the annual migrations. It is also a great place for cliff top walks and if you are feeling energetic you can walk from Bempton Cliffs.