The clean sea washed sands of Filey Bay stretch for six miles from Filey Brigg in the North to the Cliffs of Speeton in the South. Waders paddle in the shallows near Filey Brigg The rockpools of the Brigg provide homes for myriads of shrimps and small fish. For hundreds of years visitors from all nations have stood on this rock promontory marvelling at the view.
Sand mason worms carpet the shallows and tiny plaice graze on them.To the South the Clays of Speeton hold fossils of national importance, including a famous plesiosaur. Above the seashore of Bempton Cliff’ seabird reserve, Gannets, Puffins, Guillemots and Razorbills fly overhead, as they feed their young, perched precariously on cliff ledges.
Dominating the Bay is the Town of Filey, once a small fishing village and then elevated on Victorian Times to world status as a resort for the quieter soul. Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, the Mountbattens, TH Huxley, Frederick Delius, Edward Lear, Margaret Gatty; all once visited our seashore. In the early 20th Century some of the world’s first aircraft flew from Filey Beach.
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