Filey , North Yorkshire
Filey is an Edwardian coastal holiday town that is situated on the beautiful Yorkshire Coast close to the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Wolds. It is roughly 8 miles south of the larger coastal town of Scarborough and 10 miles north of Bridlington.
Filey offers 5 miles of award winning sandy beach which is set in a wide bay from the Filey Brigg along the coast to Bempton Cliffs. Towards the Filey Brigg you shall find a lot of rock pools to explore, and it is dog friendly – so don’t leave your fury friend behind!
Filey Brigg is a natural rock peninsula that is to the north of Filey Bay. The fields on top of Filey Brigg are now one of North Yorkshire’s sites of special interest due to its biology and geology. The 15 metre cliffs each side of Filey Brigg are made from pure sandstone and pure limestone. The rocks around the Brigg provide the perfect habitat for a number of bird species such as the Oystercatchers, Redshanks and Sandpipers.
Bempton Cliffs is a nature reserve which is run by the RSPB with more than 200,000 birds making the cliffs their home during the spring/summer months – April to August. You can see a whole host of birds at Bempton Cliffs including; gannets, guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes, fulmars and puffins. Throughout the nature reserve you find special cliff top viewpoints or in the winter months you are able to view seabirds live through CCTV during their breading season.
Filey Roman Signal Station
The Filey Roman Signal Station was discovered at Filey Brigg and is the first to have been discovered in 1857. When it was excavated by Dr William Cortis a lot of Roman artefacts were found such as pottery, jewellery and foundations stones. The foundations stones can be viewed in the Crescent Gardens at Filey. From the later excavation work that has taken place more recently in 1993 – 1994 it is evident that the Signal Station would have been around 50 metres across with a 15 metre wide tower in the centre. It is also apparent that women and children also resided there.
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