Cleveland Way: Scarborough to Filey Brigg

Notes

General Data

The trail heads south from Scarborough Harbour along the promenade; when the promenade ends near Holbeck Gardens it climbs up onto the cliff top once again. It remains high until descending slowly towards Cayton Sands.

It does not descend onto the beach, and instead starts climbing once more over Lebberston Cliff and past the Blue Dolphin Holiday Park. A long and gentle descent then follows to the end of the trail at Filey Brigg.

Distance  8.6 miles
Ascent  1201 feet
Descent  1066 feet
Est. time  4 hours 0 minutes
Difficulty  easy

Map of the leg


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Directions

This leg starts at Scarbourough harbour (TA050887).

The promenade starts heading along the east harbour wall; as soon as possible drop down some steps on the right and turn right past a cafe on the right to reach a road. Turn left down this road for a few yards to reach a roundabout at TA050887. Continue along the pavement beside the road as it heads westwards with the harbour to the left. The road and pavement curve to the left and pass the RNLI lifeboat station on the left, where the pavement becomes a promenade. The promenade takes a more southerly direction as it passes beneath the Grand Hotel, after which the road diverts inland whilst the promenade continues on past the Spa Complex. Shortly after the spa complex, descend down onto a lower promenade on the left. 1.3 miles after the lifeboat station, the promenade reaches a large arc of grassy land that is the remains of the Holbeck Hall landslip at TA049870.

Walk halfway across the grass and then turn right to head uphill along a wide path towards the top of the cliffs. At the top ignore paths leading up to the right towards a hidden car park, and instead turn to the left to continue along the path that follows the top of the cliffs. It passes between bushes which open out onto a golf course on the right. It descends down steps to reach a track; turn right to start following the track steeply uphill. When it reaches a car park at the top next to a water compound at TA057860, turn left to follow the path as it continues south along the cliff top.

It passes some woodland and then crosses a boardwalk to enter a field. Follow the edge of the field; the going is more or less level until it reaches some houses. Here the trail is diverted away from the route on the map; turn right to head up a path with the houses on the left and a fence on the right. After 250 yards the path reaches a clapper gate that leads out onto Filey Road in Osgoodby at TA058852. Turn left to start following the road uphill to the southeast; there is a pavement on the left. The road crests a slight hill and starts falling; keep on the pavement on the left. After a quarter of a mile a path leads down to the left through a gap in a fence at TA060848 to enter some woodland.

A series of steps lead downhill into a wooden valley, crossing a boardwalk and falling some more before undulating and curving to the right through the trees. The path is easy to follow as it heads southeastwards, with a beach below to the left. It descends down more steps to reach a pedestrian gate at TA065845; go through this and turn left. The path then curves to the right and climbs uphill to reach a second pedestrian gate, after which steps lead steeply uphill to the top of the cliffs. At the top turn left through another pedestrian gate and follow a fence on the left. The fence soon curves away to the left and the path continues straight on down to a track at TA066843.

Cross the track and then head up steps and cross some grassland to pass to the left of a white cottage. The path passes a field before curving to the right away from cliffs. It turns left to follow a track on the right for a few yards to reach a path leading up from the beach. Cross the path and continue on along the clifftop, passing some houses on the right. A steady ascent follows up the cliffs; near the top it joins a fence on the right and follows this uphill, with the cliffs to the left.

It reaches a little summit and starts descending, including a flight of steps, to reach Red Cliff Point. Here the path curves to the right and starts climbing gently once more, heading towards a caravan park on the higher cliffs ahead. As it approaches the caravan park the path carries on through a fence and then curves up to the right, following a fence on the right. It joins a track in the caravan park and passes seaward of the caravans; as the track curves to the right continue straight on along a path. The caravans on the right soon end and the path continues out of the caravan park.

At the end of the caravan park the path curves to the right up five steps and then to the left to continue along the cliff edge. It crosses a little bank and curves to the right; go past the end of a fence and continue along the edge of Newbiggin Cliff. The going is relatively level and the path is of good quality. A couple of miles after the caravan park, the path curves to the right slightly away from the cliffs to reach a stone bench on the left at TA124816. This bench marks the end of the Cleveland Way.

 
 

Places of interest

Scarborough

Scarborough is a big, brash and fun place, and quite a shock for those who have experienced the quaint coastal villages and towns further north. The town was allegedly founded in 996 by a Viking, who might find the excesses of the modern tourists slightly outrageous. If it existed, then that early settlement was soon destroyed by a rival tourist, I mean, Viking – perhaps they were angry at a temporary lack of kiss-me-quick hats.

King Henry II seemed to think these Viking excesses dangerous, so he built a castle and granted it town charters. The castle did not deter the Scots who, following the Viking example, burnt the town in 1318. Not wanting to feel left out, the Cavaliers and Roundheads left the town in ruins after the Civil War.

Its fortunes changed with the publication in 1660 of a book by an Elizabeth Farrow that mentioned a spring in the cliffs to the south of the town – perhaps this was what the Vikings, Scots, Roundheads and Cavaliers had really been fighting over. A spa was formed, and Scarborough became Britain’s first seaside resort. Its popularity increased with the arrival of a railway line from York in 1845.

In 1867 the seafront Grand Hotel was opened as the largest hotel and largest brick structure in Europe. When it opened it had four towers to represent the seasons, 12 floors for months of the year, 52 chimneys and 365 rooms (I have no idea if they added a temporary room every Leap Year).

As the town’s popularity grew, it spread inland away from the seafront. Five cliff lifts were built to service the trade down to the seafront, although only two remain (there was also a cable car at one stage).

Scarborough may be a disappointment if you want quiescent seaside strolls, but it can be great fun if you like kiss-me-quick hats, football shirts and amusement arcades. But if you need a break from these, then there is still some semblance of old Scarborough around the port.

location UID #359

Scarborough Castle

Scarborough Castle was first built in wood by the Earl of York in the 1130s on a high promontory protected on three sides by the North Sea. A few years later King Henry spent the massive sum of £650 rebuilding the castle in stone, including a great tower. King John then extended the castle, and it entered a rather slow decline.

The castle moved to the Royalist side during the Civil War, and Sir Hugh Cholmley was besieged inside for five months along with 500 men – the bombardment was so heavy that half the great tower collapsed. The ruin we see today is not a result of slighting, but of battle! Later on in the war, the Parliamentarians failure to pay their garrison led to the men declaring for the imprisoned king, leading to a second, less bloody siege.

Immediately after the Civil war the castle was used as a prison, and later barracks, many of whose buildings survive. A final indignity was a bombardment by two German warships in 1914 that caused significant damage.

It is now in the care of English Heritage.

location UID #360

Scarborough cliff lifts

Scarborough’s long, sandy beaches and status as a spa meant that tourism grew massively during Victorian times. This increased the need to move people down the cliffs to the seafront, and five cliff lifts were built:

  • Spa Cliff Lift (1875 - )
  • Queen's Parade (1878 to 1887)
  • Central Tramway (1881 - )
  • St Nicholas Cliff Lift (1929 to 2007)
  • North Bay Cliff Lift (1930 to 1996)

The short lifetime of the Queen’s Parade lift was caused by a landslide that damaged an already accident-prone lift. In addition, between 1972 and 2002 a chairlift operated in the North Bay.

location UID #361

Filey Brigg

Filey Brigg is a spur of land that juts souteastwards into the North Sea, as if part of the coast had not realised that the rest of it was diverting southwestwards. It was once the site of a Roman signal station, and if you walk out to its tip you can see why – the views are stupendous.

The peninsula is a trailhead for two national trails: the Cleveland Way and the Wolds Way.

location UID #362

Filey

Filey is a small town on the coast of Filey Bay in East Yorkshire. Once a small fishing village, its long beach led to it becoming a small resort, aided by its station on the Hull to Scarborough line. A Butlins camp increased tourist numbers after the war, but they declined once it closed after nearly forty years.

location UID #363
 
 

Transport

Scarborough is much better served by public transport. It has a railway station at the northern end of the Yorkshire Coast Line from Hull and Bridlington. See the National railway enquiries website for more information.

Scarborough also has excellent bus links to Bridlington, Pickering, Leeds, Whitby and Middlesborough, amongst other destinations.

Filey Brigg is not served by public transport. However the town of Filey is a mile away and this has both a bus station and a railway station. The railway station is also on the Yorkshire Coast Line, so transport back to Scarborough is easy.

Filey bus station has services to various destinations in the area, including York.

For more public transport information, see the Travelline website.

Map information

Landranger (1:50,000)   Explorer (1:25,000)
Landranger 101 (Scarborough, Bridlington & Filey)
or
Explorer 301 (Scarborough, Bridlington & Flamborough Head)
 
 

Photos of this leg

Fishing ephemera at Scarborough Harbour.Scarborough Harbour and beacon.A trawler at Scarborough HarbourScarborough beach and beacon.Scarborough Grand Hotel and a cliff lift.A bridge near St Nicholas CLiff.Looking north across South Sands.Looking back towards Scarborough from Wheatcroft Cliff.Looking back towards Scarborough.The path along Frank Cliff.Cayton Sands.Yes, sir!The path leading up to Lebberston Cliff.The view along Cayton Beach from Lebberston Cliff.The view west from Gristhorpe Cliff.The cliffs stretching away towards Filey.Looking back along the cliffs.A Cleveland Way fingerpost.The bench marking the end of the Cleveland Way.Looking over Filey Brigg.

Accommodation information



Britannia Grand Hotel
St. Nicholas Cliff
Scarborough
North Yorkshire
YO11 2ET
P: 0871 2220047
W: www.britanniahotels.com

Grid ref: TA044884 (54.280592,-0.397975)
2766
inn
The Poachers Barn
Osgodby Lane
Osgodby
Scarborough
North Yorkshire
YO11 3QH
P: 01723 584372
W: www.thepoachersbarn.co.uk
E: info@thepoachersbarn.co.uk

Grid ref: TA056847 (54.247218,-0.381593)
2776
tents
Caravan
Cayton Village Caravan Park
Mill Lane
Cayton Bay
Scarborough
North Yorkshire
YO11 3NN
P: 01723 583171
W: www.caytonvillagecaravanpark.c...
E: info@caytontouring.co.uk

Grid ref: TA059835 (54.236306,-0.377258)
2777
 
tents
Caravan
Crows Nest Caravan Park
Gristhorpe
Filey
North Yorkshire
YO14 9PS
P: 01723 582206
W: www.crowsnestcaravanpark.com

Grid ref: TA086831 (54.232271,-0.334976)
2781
B&B
Station Hotel
Top House
Church Street
Filey
North Yorkshire
YO14 9ED
P: 01723 515117
W: www.thestation-filey.com
E: info@thestation-filey.com

Grid ref: TA116809 (54.211802,-0.289644)
2789
tents
Caravan
Filey Brigg Touring Caravan Park
North Cliff
Filey
North Yorkshire
YO14 9ET
P: 01723 513852
W: www.ukcampsite.co.uk

Grid ref: TA118813 (54.214906,-0.28632)
2792
 
B&B
Abbots Leigh Guest House
7 Rutland Street
Filey
North Yorkshire
YO14 9JA
P: 01723 513334
W: www.abbotsleighfiley.co.uk
E: booking@abbotsleighfiley.co.uk

Grid ref: TA117805 (54.208017,-0.28867)
8790
B&B
All Seasons Guesthouse
11 Rutland Street
Filey
North Yorkshire
YO14 9JA
P: 01723 515321
W: www.allseasonsfiley.co.uk
E: lesley@allseasonsfiley.co.uk

Grid ref: TA117805 (54.208004,-0.288466)
8791
B&B
The Seafield
9 Rutland Street
Filey
North Yorkshire
YO14 9JA
P: 01723 513715
W: www.seafieldguesthouse.co.uk
E: enquiries@seafieldguesthouse.co.uk

Grid ref: TA117805 (54.207922,-0.288177)
8792
 
B&B
The Filey Grange
27 West Avenue
Filey
North Yorkshire
YO14 9AX
P: 01723 513396
W: http://www.fileygrange.co.uk/
E: luis.hewitt@hotmail.com

Grid ref: TA117805 (54.208399,-0.288989)
8793
B&B
Binton Guest House
25 West Avenue
Filey
North Yorkshire
YO14 9AX
P: 01723 513753
W: www.bintonguesthouse.co.uk
E: jag25@tiscali.co.uk

Grid ref: TA117805 (54.208515,-0.288987)
8798
B&B
The Forge Guest House
23 Rutland Street
Filey
North Yorkshire
YO14 9JA
P: 01723 514646
W: http://www.theforgefiley.com
E: theforge.filey@btinternet.com

Grid ref: TA118805 (54.207855,-0.288018)
8819
 
B&B
The Stuart House
1/2 Rutland Terrace
Queen's Parade
Scarborough
North Yorkshire
YO12 7JB
P: 01723 373768
W: www.thestuarthousehotel.co.uk
E: h.graham@btconnect.com

Grid ref: TA045891 (54.286781,-0.395975)
9875
B&B
The Selomar Hotel
23 Blenheim Terrace
Queens Parade
Scarborough
North Yorkshire
YO12 7HD
P: 01723 364964
W: http://www.selomarhotel.co.uk/
E: info@selomarhotel.co.uk

Grid ref: TA044891 (54.286952,-0.398405)
9876
Hotel
The Delmont Hotel
18 - 19 Blenheim Terrace
Scarborough
North Yorkshire
YO12 7HF
P: 01723 364500
W: http://delmonthotel.co.uk/

Grid ref: TA043891 (54.287038,-0.399107)
9877
 
Hotel
The Clarence Gardens
4-5 Blenheim Terrace
Queens Parade
Scarborough
North Yorkshire
YO12 7HF
P: 01723 374884
W: www.clarencegardenshotel.net
E: clarence.recp@hotel-group.co.uk

Grid ref: TA042892 (54.287704,-0.400902)
9878
Hotel
St Nicholas Lodge
15 St Nicholas Cliff
Scarborough
North Yorkshire
YO11 2ES
P: 01723 361095
W: http://www.thestewart.co.uk/
E: info@thestewart.co.uk

Grid ref: TA043884 (54.280623,-0.399376)
9879
Hotel
Esplanade Gardens Hotel
24 Esplanade Gardens
Scarborough
North Yorkshire
YO11 2AP
P: 01723 360728
W: www.esplanadegardensscarboroug...

Grid ref: TA042875 (54.272329,-0.401237)
9880
 
B&B
The Waves
39 Esplanade Road
South Cliff
Scarborough
North Yorkshire
YO11 2AT
P: 01723 373658
W: www.scarboroughwaves.co.uk
E: enquiries@ScarboroughWaves.co.uk

Grid ref: TA042874 (54.271977,-0.401151)
9881
B&B
The West Lodge
28 West Street
Scarborough
North Yorkshire
YO11 2QP
P: 01723 500754
W: www.accommodationscarborough.c...
E: info@accommodationscarborough.co.uk

Grid ref: TA044873 (54.271101,-0.398364)
9882
B&B
Shorehouse
52 West Street
Scarborough
North Yorkshire
YO11 2QP
P: 01723 363973
W: http://www.shore-house.co.uk/

Grid ref: TA044873 (54.270727,-0.397962)
9883
 
B&B
The Earlsmere
5 Belvedere Road
South Cliff
Scarborough
North Yorkshire
YO11 2UU
P: 01723 361340
W: http://www.theearlsmere.co.uk/
E: theearlsmere@gmail.com

Grid ref: TA044872 (54.269967,-0.398321)
9886
B&B
The Forge
23 Rutland Street
Filey
North Yorkshire
YO14 9JA
P: 01723 514646
W: http://www.theforgefiley.com
E: theforge.filey@btinternet.com

Grid ref: TA118805 (54.20786,-0.287651)
9890
tents
Caravan
Flower of May
Lebberston Cliff
Scarborough
North Yorkshire
YO11 3NU
P: 01723 584311
W: http://www.flowerofmay.com
E: info@flowerofmay.com

Grid ref: TA083833 (54.234102,-0.340168)
9891
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