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Filey seaside resort


Filey is an Edwardian English seaside town and holiday resort with a friendly family atmosphere.

Filey is the perfect place for those who want an active holiday, a short weekend break or for those who just prefer to relax with the restful background of fishermen mending their nets along the quaint harbour side. Filey is a small town and civil parish in North Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the East Riding of Yorkshire, it is part of the borough of Scarborough between Scarborough and Bridlington on the North Sea coast. Although it was a fishing village, it has a large beach and became a popular tourist resort.

The oldest building In Filey is the 12th century Parish Church of St Oswald, on Church Hill in the North of the town. Nicholas Pevsner said "This is easily the finest church in the North East corner of the East Riding Buildings of England". The English composer, Frederick Delius, stayed as a boy on the Crescent with his family at Miss Hurd's boarding house at number 24, in 1876 and 1877 and then also at Mrs.Colley's in 1897. In 1931 the spire of a church was damaged by the Dogger Bank earthquake.

Filey remained a small village until the 18th century when visitors from Scarborough arrived seeking the peace and quiet that Filey offered. Then in 1835 a Birmingham solicitor called John Wilkes Unett bought 7 acres of land and built the Crescent, later known as the Royal Crescent. It was opened in the 1850s and for 100 years it was the most fashionable address in the North of England.

The five-mile stretch of award winning sandy beach is protected by the rocky grandeur of Filey Brigg, a haven for a variety of birds and wildlife. All generations of families can enjoy the nature trail along Filey Brigg as they explore the many rock pools in search of sea creatures. Surfing, fishing, yachting, golf, walking and bird watching are just a few of the activities, which are here to be enjoyed.

Filey is at the eastern end of the Cleveland Way, a long-distance walking footpath. Starting in Helmsley and skirts the North York Moors, it was the second National Trail opened in 1969. It is also the northern end of the Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail which starts at Hessle and crosses the Yorkshire Wolds. Filey is also the finishing point for Great Yorkshire Bike Ride, a 70-mile ride that begins at Wetherby Racecourse.

Filey has a railway station on the Yorkshire Coast Line. Previously, Filey also had a second station, called the Filey Holiday Camp railway station to the south of the town, serving the former holiday camp of Butlins. For more than 40 years Butlins Holiday camp was a major factor in Filey's economy. Building work began in 1939 and continued through the war during which it became the Royal Airforce station known as R.A.F. Hunmanby Moor. In 1945 it became a very popular holiday resort complete with its own railway station and by the late 1950s it catered for 10,000 holiday makers. It closed in 1984, causing a decrease in the holiday makers visiting Filey. Butlins holiday camp has now been re-developed into housing.

Places to visit from Filey:
Filey Brigg  Filey Brigg The North side of the Brigg with its sheer cliffs is quite popular with anglers. They stand on ledges on the cliffs and  fish over the edges. If you're on top of the Brigg you might notice a rope going off the edge. That's where they scramble down, and there's an iron ladder fastened into the cliff to help them. If you look carefully at the picture on the right you can see a couple of them. Wouldn't recommend exploring the area though as it's a bit of a walk on the wild side. Lying on the South side of Filey Bay on Yorkshire's North Sea Coast, Filey Brigg is a natural rock promontory with a long history from Roman times only. With interesting geology, marine life and surrounded by hundreds of wrecks, 'the Brigg' and a rock built underwater structure on its South side 'The Spittals',  has always fascinated and mystified.
Filey Cleveland Way  Cleveland Way Wolds Way and Centenary Way meet above the famous Filey Brigg. Rich in history and heritage. Filey Brigg, thrusting out into the unique environment of Filey Bay, home to a variety of seabirds and marine life, full of fossils of a bygone era.