Day Trip to Filey and Hunmanby

Last week we decided on a whim to have day trip to the coast. During the Covid-19 lockdown we have barely been out of the house. In fact, I didn’t leave the house and garden for over a month at one point! I was missing the smell of the sea and our day trips so I suggested we have a day trip to Filey. As social distancing is still essential in the UK, I wanted to try and stay away from the crowds if possible. The day trip started off a bit overcast…

Filey as seen from Filey Brigg Day trip to Filey

It’s a couple of hours drive to Filey from us as we’re right in the middle of the UK. We set off good and early and arrived for 10am. We parked up on Ravine Road and faffed around for ages trying to pay for parking by Ringo, the parking app. The machine was out of order so I tried to pay on card via the app, but it kept declining my payment! Rude! Especially as there was actually money in my account haha! We eventually sorted it out and got going.

Yorkshire Wolds Way sign post, Filey

Seabirds nesting on Filey Brigg

Filey Brigg with the tide in.

We decided to wander on the cliff tops first, mistakenly thinking we could get out onto Filey Brigg at this time. We only realised when we got to the end of Carr Naze that we couldn’t so trekked back again. It’s only about a mile…! The beach at Filey is pretty narrow until the tide goes out, which can be mid afternoon so there was no space for us to sit and enjoy the beach, it was so crowded!

Filey RNLI Lifeboat Station at Coble Landing

We had some cockles from Coble Landing (you’ve got to have a tub of cockles in vinegar at the seaside!) and then wandered along the front to the other end of the resort.

High Tide in Short Wellies statue on Filey seafront

Mr R and Holly had a game of crazy golf as it was quiet, and then we wandered up into the Glen Gardens. There are some stunning Victorian properties fronting onto these gardens that wouldn’t look out of place in Kensington! There’s also a fun maze, a pitch and put course and a statue of a plesiosaur.

Glen Gardens, Filey

Beehive and flower meadow in Glen Gardens, Filey day trip

We then wandered around the town and down Queen Street back to the sea. Queen Street was the centre of Filey up until the 1850s and a few of the old fisherman’s cottages still remain. There’s also a museum dedicated to the history of the town but it was closed when we were there.


Filey Museum, former a farmhoise, on Queen Street, Filey

Pastel fisherman's cottages in Filey

Historic Fisherman's cottages on Queen Street, Filey

We then had another go at walking out on Filey Brigg. When the tide goes out, Filey Brigg is an amazing place to go rock pooling. We saw fish and crabs and all sorts of seaweeds and limpets, then wandered right out to the end of the Brigg.

Filey Brigg rockpooling day trip

Filey Brigg rockpooling day trip

Filey Brigg rockpooling day trip

Filey Brigg rockpooling day trip

Filey Brigg rockpooling day trip

We then headed back to the car and drove round to Hunmanby, stopping off to buy some fish and chips on the way. By this time it was 6pm and most of the day trippers had headed back. We parked in the field at the top of the road to the beach and walked down. The beach is beautiful and we enjoyed the views whilst eating our fish and chips. Perfect! Unfortunately I left my camera in the car and Mr R isn’t renowned for his photo taking, so you’ll have to imagine how lovely it was. Here’s some hydrangeas to say sorry!


Pink hydrangeas Filey War Memorial Gardens


We’ve really missed our day trips, and if you want to see more of where we like to go on day trips, see Day Trip to Spurn Point Lighthouse or Day Tripping – Saltaire

Have you had any day trips recently? Let me know below! X

Comments (6)

  • chalkandcheesetravels

    15 August 2020 at 10:45 am

    Looks like a great day

    1. lifewithholly

      3 September 2020 at 1:29 pm

      It was, thank you! x

  • Laura

    16 August 2020 at 2:05 pm

    Stunning pictures – and what a lovely day for you and the family! If I’m ever in that part of the county I’ll definitely check it out. It’s so nice to have a day somewhere new isn’t it – I feel lockdown have given me a whole new level of appreciation for the beautiful landscape near me! Xx

    1. lifewithholly

      3 September 2020 at 1:29 pm

      Thank you so much! I felt exactly the same about the countryside near our home. We are so lucky to live where we do x

  • Anneka @ New Shades of Hippy

    16 August 2020 at 4:52 pm

    What a lovely place – I’ll have to plan a visit when the weather isn’t so rainy! Loving your photos too – you’ve clearly got a talent for it!

    1. lifewithholly

      3 September 2020 at 1:29 pm

      It’s a lovely place to visit, you definitely should go x

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