The genteel seaside town of Filey is unique: the only place in the country where three National Trails – the Cleveland Way, Yorkshire Wolds Way and England Coast Path – meet. Not that Filey makes a fuss about it. Despite its glorious golden beach, charming Victorian streets and surrounding scenic drama, it remains pleasingly low-key; picturesque, peaceful, relaxed.
Filey is also a great base for a three-day break, combining the best of North Yorkshire’s shores with the peaceful wolds inland. Pick any one of the town’s hospitable B&Bs, tuck into good old Yorkshire breakfasts and then strike out. Walk along the east coast’s highest cliffs and visit headlands busy with half a million birds. Drive across untamed moors and gaze from the battlements of ancient castles. Sail out to search for whales and join a twilight safari to look for creatures of the night. And stop off at a ream of country pubs, chocolatiers, tap rooms and teashops for a varied taste of the region – not least a dram of Yorkshire whisky, a slab of homemade cake and some of the best fish and chips you’ve ever tasted.
The icons below highlight the distance, difficulty and theme of this itinerary.
Walks from 4km to 6.5km
High Hills & Moorland / By Water
History / Food & Drink / Wildlife / Coastal
Walking / Water Fun / Heritage / Hands On
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Base yourself by the beautiful beach in Filey for a varied three-day stay. From the seaside town, it’s easy to explore the coast, with its mighty cliffs, wheeling birds and fossil-littered shores, as well as North Yorkshire’s rugged interior.
Filey has a variety of welcoming hotels and B&Bs, all well located for the beach. Rutland Street could be renamed ‘Guest House Street’, with numerous good options.
Find more accommodation at Discover Yorkshire Coast
You won’t go hungry on the North Yorkshire coast. Cafes, pubs and tea rooms pop up just where you need them, often in scenic locations – perfect after a little stroll. The fish and chips are usually excellent.
There’s so much adventure potential in the North York Moors, from long-distance trails to short, accessible strolls and a variety of other activities.
For further walking inspiration visit The Outdoor Guide.
Whether you’re feeling crafty or cultural, outdoorsy or just plain thirsty, the North Yorkshire coast has something to suit.
For further information on cycling visit Cycle England.
The Cleveland Way follows the Yorkshire coast for around half its length, between Saltburn-on-Sea and Filey. The England Coast path is soon to be extended southwards from Filey Brigg.
For further coastal walks visit England’s Coast.
Elements of the itinerary could be carried out using public transport, but a car is necessary to access all of the available options.
Northern Rail services the region.
No specialist walking equipment necessary. The walks should take around one to two hours and are fairly gentle – suitable for all abilities.
We advise that you check opening times and booking restrictions before travelling.
Please check out these links for latest advice when in the countryside
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The official guidebook and map for the Trail are available from the National Trails Shop along with a wide range of gifts and other merchandise.