by Maureen Robinson
Filey is renowned for its glorious bay of golden sands, its rocky brigg, and splendid colourful gardens. Such features attract discerning visitors who appreciate Filey’s peaceful scenes and relics of ancient charm as a fishing village.
Add to this the Filey Ornithological Group’s successful projects in creating Filey Dams, and the Parish Wood, and you have a centre with attractions for many interests.
This walk aims to include fields, cliff top views along the Cleveland Way, and pleasures of a Country Park. There’s the chance to view Filey Brigg, and finally Parish Wood to end your walk.
Entering Filey, park in the lay-by alongside the A1039 Scarborough Road named West Road. It’s about 50 metres past the Filey boundary. Public bus stops are close by too.
Opposite a bus stop is a public footpath beside Filey Fields Farm. Walk down the lane and continue along a track. Follow the track as it swings left and then right to head between fields towards the cliff top path.
Meeting the Cleveland Way turn right and fine views of the rugged coast are revealed. North Cliff can be very cold, so be prepared! Also take care of any warning regarding dangerous cliffs and don’t go near the edge.
The public footpath may be followed onto the headland of Filey Brigg, passing the site of a Roman Signal Station. Otherwise, from the huge sculpture marking the Cleveland Way and Wolds Way routes you should head south by way of North Cliff’s Country Park.
Enjoy the facilities provided by 48 acres developed as a leisure and environmental project. There’s a large car park, open spaces for walks and bird-watching, flying kites, or kicking a ball, along with a cafe and public conveniences. Just the spot for a brief rest.
Enjoy spectacular views all around as you explore this area before leaving the Country Park to follow the track into Sycamore Avenue.
Just head down Church Cliff Drive and turn right into Wooldale Drive, which veers left to pass Fir Tree Drive, into Sycamore Avenue.
Seek to your right an environmental venture named the Parish Wood. The entrance is designed for the disabled too, and there are paths to allow walkers access to various areas.
Dog walkers are welcome, but are requested to clear up animal droppings and place in a bin.
The six-acre site was at one time used as a refuse tip.
Then Filey Town Council and Filey Brigg Ornithological Group decided to preserve this green belt. The Forestry Authority and Rural Action for the Environment, along with Rural Action Agency, offered assistance.
Work began in November 1996 with trees and shrubs being planted by many local groups and volunteers.
A bird feeder station, nesting boxes, benches and commemorative trees were kindly donated.
Grassland was left to progress through scrub-layers to mature woodland in the years ahead. Read any noticeboards, and wander around this valuable community woodland which should be appreciated in all seasons. It has matured considerably since it was planted about 17 years ago!
Departing Parish Wood, turn right to continue along Sycamore Avenue as it sweeps left and briefly right to rejoin Scarborough Road.
Meeting the A1039 turn right along Scarborough Road to return to your original departure point. Bus stops are nearby.
Distance: 3.75 miles.
Refreshment: The Country Park Cafe in season. Otherwise take a picnic or enjoy the many facilities in Filey.