Today we head south along the coast road of the Yorkshire Heritage coast to the glorious beaches of Filey Bay and favourite place to spot seals and porpoises. The genteel seaside town of Filey is home to Edwardian houses, quirky shops and an intriguing museum, as well as several lovely gardens, a seafront promenade and sculpture trail. A lovely quiet place to relax and enjoy the sea air and coastal views.
Rugged and windswept, the dramatic chalk cliffs of Flamborough Head are one of the Yorkshire coast’s most dramatic locations. The white cliffs tower over beautiful beaches and offer stunning, offering panoramic views of both Filey and Bridlington Bays along the Flamborough Head Heritage coast. This Special Area of Conservation is a bird-lover’s paradise and home to an RSPB nature reserve and many mammals can be spotted here too. There are 2 lighthouses, one being the oldest in the UK and also one of the oldest in the world.
We make our way inland to the historic market town of Beverley. It was once one of the largest and richest towns in England due to its wool trade and as a place of pilgrimage. The medieval Minster is an architectural gem, widely regarded as one of the finest gothic churches in Europe, containing fine stone carvings, stained glass and decoration. Visit also the parish church of St. Mary’s nearby. Take the town trail to discover the medieval skyline of the town and stop off at The Treasure House art museum. Explore the pretty cobbled streets and courtyards housing an interesting array of shops and cafes. And on the outskirts is Beverley Racecourse, famous for flat racing for over 300 years.
We return via the lovely seaside town of Bridlington on the Holderness coast. It boasts a pre-Roman harbour and in the old town is the beautiful Augustinian Priory, Bayle Gate museum and harbour heritage museum. Bridlington is a minor sea fishing port with a working harbour and is well known for its shellfish. The wide sandy beach is fronted by a long promenade, ideal for a stroll and ice cream whilst admiring the views across the marina. In the town are beautiful gardens and a model village. Once home to David Hockney, the town boasts many galleries and arts venues.