‘Absolutely beautiful’ seaside town in North Yorkshire named UK’s ‘best of the best’

Yours for £20m: An entire village in North Yorkshire

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Seaside resorts are popular holiday destinations. But with so much choice all over the country, where should Britons head for their seaside holiday?

With a beach recognised in 2018 as “Beach of the Year” and a spot on the list of the best seaside towns in the UK, Filey is the perfect spot for a seaside holiday.

Filey is a traditional seaside resort town which was described in 1806 by The Gentleman’s Magazine as “an escape from the boisterous crowds of Scarborough”.

Filey is still quiet, but Britons in need of some fresh air will find plenty to do around this North Yorkshire town.

The biggest draw of Filey, of course, is the sea.

Filey Beach is a five-mile sandy bay. At low tide, a quarter-mile width of sand is revealed.

Britons looking for a beach holiday should look no further, there is plenty of sand in Filey.

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Named as “the best of the best” by Tripadvisor in 2021, reviewer Kev L wrote: “A beautiful place. Unspoilt, serene and lovely place to walk, talk and enjoy the beach.”

The promenade alongside the seafront is also a sculpture trail, ensuring visitors never have to step too far from the sea, even to take in some culture.

Filey Brigg is a fantastic spot where Britons may be lucky and spot some wildlife.

Tripadvisor user Lane said: “We never knew this place existed. Absolutely beautiful and so clean. Plenty of pathways to walk and if you are lucky you can see seals. We didn’t but the place was still great.”

Filey Brigg is also the start of the Cleveland Way Trail.

The North York Moors National Park trail will take walking Britons nine days to complete.

It ends in Helmsley, after 109 miles.

Another long distance route ending – or starting – in Filey is the Yorkshire Wolds Way.

This 79-mile route finishes in Hessle.

However, Filey holidaymakers shouldn’t feel they have to go walk the entire routes to enjoy some of their beauty, as there is plenty to see even without venturing too far from town.

Nature-loving Britons can also go to Filey Dams Nature Reserve.

This is the last freshwater marsh in the area and it attracts plenty of migratory birds.

Tripadvisor user bdon257 said: “Super wildlife reserve.”

While Alex S wrote: “Only got to know about this after seeing someone had been on a Facebook post. What a wonderful hidden gem Filey has.”

Filey also has a Bird Garden and Animal Park, where visitors can see exotic wildlife.

Glen Gardens is a great place to go for a relaxing afternoon, and so is Crescent Gardens.

Filey has plenty of outdoors to enjoy, but the town also has a museum.

Housed in two old cottages from the 17th century, the museum is a great place to learn more about the history of the town.

Freddie wrote: “It certainly is worth looking in at and taking a trip down memory lane.
“Quite a compact museum, but so much to look at, and with the staff on hand, who are extremely knowledgeable it makes for an interesting visit.”

The museum is usually open from Easter to the end of October, but it is currently closed, reopening in April 2022.

Nearby, St Oswald’s Church is the town’s oldest building, dating from the 12th century.

The neighbouring village of Hunmanby is home to the Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery, Yorkshire’s first ever single malt whisky distillery.

Britons can go on a tour and try their Filey Bay whisky.

On Tripadvisor, user Fauconberg said: “A visit here is a ‘must do’ for any Whiskyteer!”
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