Filey Beach, Yorkshire East Coast

I don’t think there is anything negative about today’s adventure. The sun was shining, the kites were flying, the drive was relaxing, it was an all round great day out!

It was our first visit to Filey. The Yorkshire folk in our lives have often recommended it, but we didn’t fully understand how different it was to the Scarborough and Whitby seaside landmarks of the east coast.

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After a tough nights sleep, we set off early to enable two-thirds of the family to sleep in transit on our Leeds to Fily road trip. Taking around an hour and a half (faster if every caravan in the North of England isn’t also en route) it is a pleasant drive with some great views.

Parking at Filey Golf Course, we wondered through a lovely park that some of the best activities I have ever seen, including some sort of swing log contraption and a boating lake. The morning was spent slowly wandering through the gardens down to the beach, which was gorgeous.

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Building sandcastles, people watching and paddling in the sea can quickly take up several hours and it was soon time to find some food. If we had planned ahead, we would have made a picnic and perhaps made it a full beach day, but for our first visit we were ready to explore.

Mrs M is passionate about food, so after a few poor suggestions from myself resulting in us not eating in a lovely looking restaurant overlooking the sea, we found a newly opened eatery, just next to the lifeboat rescue centre. The beach hut looked after us well, and we refueled before exploring more of Filey.


May Bank Holiday Beach Filey-6-2 May Bank Holiday Beach Filey-15-2There is no doubt that Filey is beautiful. The open beaches on either side of a sea front village with enough activity to keep us entertained without becoming Blackpool. There was an amusements area, but filled with nostalgia instead of career gamblers and traditional Donkey rides along the beach.

The atmosphere was friendly, with families building some great memories as did we, building sandcastles, paddling in the ice-cold sea and sharing ice creams along the promenade.

Things to remember are the usual child things, but bucket and spade, towel, change of clothes for everyone and that the weather is always changing. If you can make a picnic do it, but be prepared for a long uphill walk back to the car.

Getting Little M ready for bed and finishing the day with the car journey ahead, we are all in agreement, this is the best beach in easy commute from Leeds for us Moody’s!

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