A Filey Walk
Maureen Robinson has been writing about walks in our area for some time, and we have her special permission of and that of the Scarborough Evening News to include one of her published walks about Filey on this site. It is excellent, we could not have written it better and it is reproduced here to give the reader a the flavour of her work.
Please note that due to some changing circumstances, the information has been updated.
Filey is fantastic. It has a fascinating history, beautiful beach, cliff top, Wolds Way, gorgeous gardens, Country Park amazing museum and much more. Go now and waste not a moment exploring the four mile pearl of a walk. Pick a sunny day and a low time, and it’s perfect for the brigg.
Starting from Filey bus station, easily accessed by all, there’s a car park to the rear for those with public transport.
Leaving the bus station, cross the Station Road and immediately pass a garage, bear left along Church Street. (Passing the end of Queen Street off right you must include a visit to the Filey museum, later where you’ll discover the history and charm of Old Filey. This building was originally two single story cottages with thatched roof, and is the oldest domestic building in Filey, dated 1696 above one door. It was originally refurbished in 2000.)
Then continue from the white rails, as signed to St Oswald’s church and Country Park, along Church /Street with its interesting old cottages. This guides you over Church Bridge spanning Church Ravine to an information board near St Oswald’s church.
From the board go right and right again to keep the church walling on your left, and Church ravine far below on your right. Fencing then replaces walling alongside the graveyard as your shady tree lined walk leads to an open field. Entering, keep to the right of the field as it heads to the cliff top.
Bracing and beautiful, this the Wolds Way hugs the cliff edge as it goes north alongside Filey’s country Park towards the rocky promontory jutting out into the sea, known as Filey brigg., Its creamy coloured limestone rocks contrast with the high chalk cliffs of Bempton and Flamborough to the south side of the bay.
Across the field, you’ll see the Country Stores and Café, and the distant caravans sited on the Country Park camping ground. Shortly, from the wooden rails descend 100 or so steps winding down into Arndale Ravine, with Filey Sailing Club close by. Go straight across and up the steps directly opposite to snake your way between bushes to the cliff top once again. Please take heed of the dangerous cliff signs prominently displayed. The sailing club is seen at the foot of the cliff.
Leave by an exit in the corner (near the car park barrier), and you’ll see the totem pole or rocket post in the field to you left. Heading towards a stone sculpture marking the end of the Cleveland Way and its union with the Wolds Way, fork along the top of Carr Naze. This is where a Roman signal station was sited, and you can read all about it on the information board set in stone.
Shortly you reach a railed off section warning “no access beyond this point. A pity as Filey Brigg, s ornithological group have their hide beneath the cliff, but this can be seen later. So return to the rails (seen on the right) and from a seat cut off left between the posts and descend the cliff along a sheltered footpath (i.e. if it’s a land breeze). Having enjoyed about two thirds of the descent you are suddenly and unexpectedly confronted by a sign "no safe access. Route Closed". (Why place the notice here rather than on the cliff top?) return if you wish. But we seldom turn back and have experienced worse. The choice is yours, of course. (Please see the note at the foot of this page)
Reaching the shore, turn left along the brigg , which reveals a most variety of marine life at low tide. A good path can be appreciated, and Filey Brigg ornithological group’s sea watching hide features which is a favourite spot for bird watching (erected on august 1992).
Take time to explore the brigg on an outward going tide, and then return along the brigg and beach for a complete contrast of scenery. The firm, golden sands are beloved by all, and strewn with a variety of shells.
At the foot of Arndale Ravine is the Filey sailing club, beyond are Baker’s beach chalets, as the Coble Landing is welcomed. Apart from a few amusements at Funland, the scene is peaceful and tastefully in keeping with Filey’s charms.
There’s a chance for refreshments, with Baker’s Snacks; Bay view Diner; ice cream, shellfish, burgers and hot dogs available at Coble Landing.
The Filey Lifeboat stands nearby. In 2004 it announced its 200th anniversary year. The RNLI relies on donations and bequests to maintain its invaluable service, 24 hours a day throughout the year.
Here at the junction with Church Ravine are public conveniences. Go down the slipway to the beach – with its seven miles of glorious sands one of the best and safest beaches in the country.
Turn right alongside beach walling and from the foot of the Royal Parade where walling ends take the railed ramp to the foot of Martins Ravine. Take the steps as signed to Glen Gardens etc and turn off first left to double back briefly in line with Martins Ravine below.
More flights of steps lead to the top near a boating lake. Turn right to a shelter, and keep it away to your right as you walk parallel with White Lodge House and The Crescent through the glorious gardens (i.e. Glen Gardens). Keeping near the hedged boundary, at the far end cross Crescent Hill and continue straight ahead to the bandstand Just beyond, to your left are Roman stones found near Filey Brigg.
Passing a wishing well, walk to the exit of Crescent Gardens and turn right past the information board no. 2. Then bear left as signed to the bus station. Follow Belle Vue Street to the cross roads and go straight along into Belle Vue Crescent. At the road junction turn left and return to the bus station.
Distance – four miles
Allow – two hours plus for exploration.
Refreshment – Country Park café (in season), coble Landing, Filey Town Centre
Tides and weather, Humber Coastguard Tel. 01262 672317
NOTE The path is no longer closed but as it is intended as an escape route from the Brigg, care must be exercised when traversing it. It is not recommended that young children or the inexperienced use this path and as with all these country walks, stout boots, a stick and good walking clothing are a necessity.
Do not venture on to the Brigg during the two hours before and after high water.
While it goes without saying that walkers observe every sensible precaution relating to their own and the safety of others, every attempt has been made to ensure that the information here is correct and we do not accept liability for any loss, damage or injury caused by the information given here. Please observe the advice of the professional services and the weather forecasting service and enjoy your experience.