Filey Bay is a haven for all kinds of marine wildlife with one of England’s most important Seabirds colonies at Bempton. The waters of the bay are a vital nursery for all kinds of fish, including plaice.
Since Neolithic times man has been attracted to the Bay with it’s good shelter, springs and easy access. In Roman times a signal station stood on local cliffs. In medieval times roads were poor and the quarry at Filey Brigg offered a sea route for transporting building stone .
Our local fishermen thrived and in the early 19th Century a great Primitive Methodist Revival had a major impact on them. By Victorian times they were renowned for conserving local fish stocks . Only a handful now survive, using the traditional wooden Yorkshire Coble for sustainable fishing.
Fishing and commercial ships stopped off in the Bay to shelter, trade and refill water casks. Sometimes poor navigation, weather forecasts and conditions resulted in tragedy. Filey Bay is littered with wrecks, more than a hundred altogether. One 18th Century Wreck in the Bay is now protected after being discovered by local divers. Could it be the wreck of the famous US Navy ship Bonhomme Richard, that American groups have spent millions of dollars searching for ?
These days the Bay’s main use is Recreational. The Filey Sailing Club provide excellent facilities at their Arndale base. Anglers are seen on Filey Brigg most days of the year, Divers launch from Coble Landing and watersports including kayaking, surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing are increasingly common. Jet Ski’s are prohibited from launching from Filey Seafront.
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