Yorkshire Coastal Resorts – Bridlington, Filey and Thornwick Bay
It is stated that Thornwick Bay takes its name from “Thor” the god of thunder because this is likened to the roar of the waves breaking on the cliffs throughout one of the frequent North Easterly gails. The cliffs are simply magnificent. White chalk against the azure blue sea go together to make stunning scenery whichever direction you appear. The stretch of water close to Thornick Bay is nicknamed “the graveyard” by neighborhood fishermen due to the huge number of shipwrecks in the location. Situated not far from Flamborough Head and Bempton Cliffs, a vast abundance of birdlife can be seen in and around Thornwick Bay such as Puffins, Kittiwakes and Guillemots. There are in fact two bays here, separated by a headland. The larger is known as Thornwick Bay and the smaller Small Thornwick Bay. At low tide it is probable to walk in between the two bays along the pebble and flint beaches. There are numerous caves in and about Thornwick Bay but the largest three are: Smugglers Cave (the largest on the East Coast), Church Cave and Thornwick Cave.
It would be difficult to uncover a more conventional English seaside resort than Filey, with its lengthy sandy beach set in a wide bay, lengthy promenade with Sculpture Trail and fairly small beach chalets it is easy to connect with its Victorian heritage. The name Filey derives from “5 Leys” meaning a clearing of forest or meadow and is Anglican in origin and suggests that there has been a community there for about 12 centuries. For several years Filey was a modest fishing village with just a couple of inhabitants living in Queen Street. The oldest building in the town is the Filey Museum which is also situated on Queen Street and was built in 1696.
Filey remained modest until the 18th century when visitors from Scarborough started to look for places to stay away from the hustle and bustle of such a busy seaside resort. They stayed in neighborhood peoples houses until the Foords Hotel was built in the early 19th Century. In 1835 a Birmingham solicitor named John Wilkes Unett purchased 7 acres of land and built the Crescent, later renamed the Royal Crescent. It was opened in 1850 and for more than 100 years was the most fashionable address in the North of England. The railway reached Filey in 1846-7.
A ideal family members day out can be spent in Filey with Glenn Gardens, paddling pools and fantastic soft sand beaches at 1 end of the resort leading to the Cobble Landing with its Lifeboat station, beachfront cafes and amusement arcade at the Northern end. The hot chocolate with marshmallows and a flake from the caf on the corner of Cobble Landing is worth the check out as is Sterchis chocolate shop in the town centre! From the Cobble Landing you can walk along the beach to the Brigg which juts out into the sea and has some intriguing rock pools to discover and discover!
Bridlington is a seaside resort and small seaport, it lies just south of Flamborough Head on the East Yorkshire coast. Full of character and charm, Bridlington boasts two award winning beaches with golden sand which stretch out either side of its historic harbour. With wide promenades along its length it is feasible to encounter the hustle and bustle of the enjoyable fair or the straightforward quiet of a seaside walk where the only disturbance is the sound of the waves rushing to shore.
Whether you decide on to pay a visit to one of the cosmopolitan towns, tiny fishing villages or basic bays of the Yorkshire Coast you will discover rugged but stunning scenery which quickly rivals any other coastal area of England.