Filey to Scarborough Cliff Top Walk


Chris & I have been looking forward to today's walk since we've arrived in England. We walk from Filey to Scarborough along the cliff tops every time we visit Filey and it is always a lot of fun. Following the highway, it's only 6 miles to Scarborough. Along the cliff tops, we walked about 12 miles in all. The coastal views were fabulous as usual.

We set off about 9:30 am under cloudy skies. It was a cool day but I still had my fleece top off for most of the walk. Shorts and hiking boots suited me just fine. Chris wore her new shoes and trousers with zip off legs but left the legs on the whole day. We stopped in Cayton Bay to enjoy our packed lunch on top of an old WWII bunker over looking the bay below.

Look closely and you can see Chris in her beige sweater in the top left corner near the crest of the hill in the above photo. The bunker we stopped at was just beyond the crest of this hill. Bunkers lined coastal Britain during WWII looking for enemy ships and aircraft.


This bush is always a sight to behold. The North Sea is off to the right in this photo and one can imagine the power of the wind during the winter time as it shapes this bush in such a peculiar way.

Looking back towards Filey about a third of the way to Scarborough. Fabulous views!

The above is the south end of the sea wall in Scarborough. The colored doors on the building are small chalets owned or rented by families spending the day on the sea front.

The largest hotel on the beach in Scarborough. The tide was coming in so we couldn't stand out as far as we normally do when walking past the hotel.

We stopped and talked to a couple we met walking towards Filey on the same stretch if trail near Cayton Bay. They had just recently completed the Coast to Coast walk from St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay in seventeen days. This is one of the walks on both our bucket lists. They highly recommended doing it with a company called Pack Horse who haul your gear from hotel to hotel or B & B to B & B on the way across and leave you to walk with just a day pack. We are still planning on doing this walk the year I turn sixty which will be 2015

We stopped for a fish & chips lunch at Winking Willy's in Scarborough before heading up to the pedestrian mall for a little shopping and sight seeing. Our train back to Filey didn't leave until 4:23pm and left right on time. Chris managed to pick up a few bits at Holland and Barrett's including another jar of coconut oil which will be gone by the time we head home. The train ride back to Filey was a short one but I don't mind saying that I nodded off on the way home. All in all, an excellent day out with plenty of fresh air and fabulous scenery to boot.