11 October 2017

Filey

Filey Sands
Just down the coast from Scarborough you will find its little brother - Filey. For hundreds of years it was a significant fishing village - long before seaside tourism was conceived. There's still a slipway down by the beach called Coble Landing. A "coble" was a kind of fishing boat unique to this part of the Yorkshire coast.

On the way home from Scarborough we decided to drive into Filey. It was a lovely, sunny morning and we managed to get parked very close to Coble Landing. The outside temperature was unseasonably warm and the sea breeze was very light. I decided to go coatless as we set off along the beach to Filey Brigg.

I hadn't gone there since I was a teenager.
Filey Brigg
Harder layers with boulder clay above
Geologists would find the Brigg very interesting. Hard layers of sandstone and limestone are topped by a thirty foot layer of boulder clay that was pushed there by bulldozing ice sheets during the last Ice Age which began 1.8 million years ago.

The boulder clay is very susceptible to erosion by the sea but the underlying layers are more resistant and it is they that form the wave-battered point known as Filey Brigg. In stormy weather or high tides it is a dangerous place to ramble. Numerous people have been swept off the brigg over the centuries. Death by drowning is normally the only prospect.
On Old Quay Rocks - looking to Flamborough Head
Looking landward from Filey Brigg
The hut is a refuge in case of emergency.
After our walk to Filey Brigg we returned to the seafront and bought ice cream cones from a kiosk. We sat on a bench looking out to sea - basking in lovely sunshine on what would have been John Lennon's seventy seventh birthday...
Eating ice cream cones - looking out to Flamborough Head

23 comments:

  1. The emergency hut seems to me to be positioned uncomfortably close to the cliff but then I am completely terrified of heights.
    It sounds like a very nice day: seaside, sun and ice cream is perfection :)

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    1. The hut is anchored securely to the hard layer but as time passes erosion will indeed require the re-positioning of this little shelter with its emergency telephone.

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  2. Your photos are gorgeous. What kind of camera are you using?

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    1. It's a Sony bridge camera Mich. It has 50x zoom on it and you never change lenses.

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  3. I love that first shot, with the reflections on the wet sand. What great weather you had!

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  4. Only once in all the times we were holidaying in Scarborough did we take a bus to Filey. I remember mostly that I liked the quiet, relaxed atmosphere - the opposite of Bridlington, where I didn't really feel at ease.

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    1. I am pleased that you visited Filey. It's more genteel and peaceful than either Brid or Scarbie.

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  5. Rick would just love to run across those sands at Filey. Did you go for a paddle?

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    1. I didn't go for a paddle but I went for a piddle!

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  6. Eating icecream iis a pleasant way to end your tour. I would have a coffee.

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    1. I'm not fond of coffee flavoured ice cream Red. It's vanilla all the way for me.

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    2. I like vanilla ice cream best, too.

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  7. Beautiful scenery. I love being near the water (but not in it).

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    1. I love to swim in sea water but not The North Sea. It's always so damned cold!

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  8. I've been to Scarborough once. Hinckley United played there and lost 3-1.

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    1. I hope you didn't cry on the way home Terry.

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  9. A fascinating area that's for sure...on the shore and beyond.

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    1. Yes it is Lee. Shirley and I hope to go back before too long.

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  10. Fascinating geological formation in the cliff face and those rocks look treacherous for anyone wanting to walk over them.

    Alphie

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    1. We didn't venture too far along Alphie but there was a lone woman near the end of the brigg.

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  11. Such wonderful pictures!

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    1. Thank you Mrs Barlow. Glad you liked 'em.

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