Hiking the Yorkshire Coast

Hiking the Yorkshire Coast

Embark on an exhilarating journey along the stunning Yorkshire coast, following the iconic Cleveland Way from Scarborough to the serene shores of Filey. This 10.5-mile walk, Hiking the Yorkshire Coast offers some inspiring views without being too strenuous. Here you can discover rugged cliffs, scenic beaches and historical landmarks along the way.

Hiking the Yorkshire Coast

Begin your coastal adventure in Scarborough. Set off from the South Bay, a two- minute walk from our bed-and-breakfast, where the sweeping shoreline is adorned with colourful beach huts and the iconic Star Disk glistens in the sunlight, displaying a symbol of Scarborough’s maritime heritage and connection to the stars. Visit the Star disk again at night to experience it in its glory of lights.


The Star disk at night


Before you set off much further on your walk, take a few moments to visit the hidden oasis of tranquility known as the Italian Gardens. This picturesque retreat, adorned with lush greenery and vibrant floral displays, offers a serene escape and sets a glorious tone for your day’s adventure. Meandering pathways wind their way through manicured lawns and elegant fountains and invite you to stroll amidst the beauty of Italian-inspired architecture and design. The fragrance of blooming roses and the sound of trickling water create a peaceful atmosphere in every corner of the Italian Gardens. It’s the ideal place to reflect and enjoy the sparkling waters of the bay before you begin your walk.


Leaving the Italian gardens as you venture northward along the Cleveland Way, immerse yourself in the beauty of the Yorkshire coastline that offers breathtaking views of the endless expanse of the North Sea. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife sightings, from seabirds soaring overhead to seals basking on rocky outcrops below.

Discovering Cayton Bay: Make a stop at Cayton Bay, a hidden gem along the coastal path, where golden sands stretch as far as the eye can see. Cayton Bay offers the perfect retreat to reconnect with nature and rejuvenate your spirit. Here you can have a splendid chance for a pit stop halfway  along the route, admiring the views. Pop in to Lucy’s beach shack (follow the link to her facebook page) for a coffee or snack at Cayton Bay and catch up with the locals surfing the waves.

Once rested, follow the coastal path towards Filey Brigg, a dramatic headland that juts out into the sea, commanding panoramic views of the coastline. As you ascend the rugged cliffs, keep an eye out for seabirds soaring overhead and explore the rock pools teeming with marine life at low tide. At the tip of Filey Brigg, soak in the breathtaking views stretching from the distant horizon to the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Wolds.


Filey Brigg


Arrival at Filey: As you approach the town of Filey, the sight of its historic coble landing, where traditional fishing boats bob in the harbour, will greet you. Wander through the quaint streets lined with Victorian villas and boutique shops, admiring the panoramic views of the sea stretching out before you. Conclude your journey with a leisurely stroll along Filey’s award-winning beach, where the soft sands and gentle waves provide the perfect backdrop for reflection and relaxation.

Conclusion: From the lively streets of Scarborough to the tranquil shores of Filey, this suggested walk Hiking the Yorkshire Coast along the Cleveland Way offers a captivating journey through some of Yorkshire’s most picturesque landscapes. Whether you’re seeking adventure, solitude, or a chance to connect with nature, hiking the Yorkshire Coast promises an unforgettable experience.


If you didn’t want to take the walk back again, you could instead take the train from Filey train station to Scarborough. Train tickets can be bought from the trainline.comTrainline | Search, Compare & Buy Cheap Train & Bus Tickets (thetrainline.com)  with a short 15 minute journey back to Scarborough. It’s then a ten minute walk back to our accommodation where you can relax in your room and enjoy a well-earned refreshment drink and help yourself to our sweets and crisps from our guests’ pantry.


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The walking route of Hiking the Yorkshire Coast is also featured on the  Scarborough to Filey Coastal Walk | The Whitby Guide  and gives great tips about what to look out for during your walk – enjoy!


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