For those who love a coastal walk and would like to discover exciting new places along the England Coast Path, one of the longest coastal walking routes in the world. The walk takes you through extraordinary beautiful scenery. Many people have explored and enjoyed the Cleveland Way since the opening on 24th May 1969.
If you start in a clockwise walk from the town of Helmsley all the way to Filey Brigg, the wind will be behind you. Throughout the entire 109 miles walk, you will come across Helmsley Castle, Rievaulx Abbey, Sutton Bank. A spectacular walk through North Yorkshire Moors will take you to Roseberry Topping. Then the route will take you to Saltburn by the sea which is the half way mark where you start heading south with the amazing coastal views. You will love the views of Whitby Abbey, Robin hood’s Bay, Scarborough Castle till you reach the finish marker at the start of Filey Brigg.
If you don’t want a long hike, you can start your walk from Filey Brigg and head North to Scarborough in an 8 miles (4 hours) walk along the Cleveland Way and England Coast Path.
In general, you may experience some challenges along the route, but it all adds to the fun of exploring, experiencing and seeing the beauty of North Yorkshire.
Filey Brigg, a rocky promontory that extends 1600m into the North Sea is the official start and end of the Cleveland Way. You can take some memorable photos by the official marker-stone (which also marks the end of the Yorkshire Wolds Way). Filey Brigg is a long, narrow peninsula with steep cliffs. Don’t be tempted to go down the path at the end of the Brigg. This is closed off as the descent here is very worn and dangerous.
About halfway along the top of the Brigg lookout for a path to Old Quay Rocks, where there are excellent views of Filey seafront. If it’s low tide you can walk to the end of the Brigg on the walkway. Note that the end of the Brigg disappears two hours either side of high tide, so check the tide times.
It is then an easy 2 mile walk along the clifftop path to Newbiggin Cliff and North Cliff. Lovely walk in open country side as you’re heading towards the Blue Dolphin caravan site at Gristhorpe Cliff, which is quite steep and perilous. There is no route down to the beach below the Blue Dolphin. Obviously, the caravan site was built close to the cliff edge so that guests staying at the site could enjoy the beautiful sea views, but it does “intrude” on the walk a little bit. Apparently, it is possible to descend to sea level at Castle Rocks and Yons Nab just before Lebberston Cliff, but there doesn’t seem to be an obvious path or route down. The path here is not fenced on the seaward side and is quite close to the edge and some steep drops.
There are stunning views from here to Cayton Bay, and beyond to Scarborough.The path then follows the top of the cliff at Cayton Bay which takes you to Tenants Cliff, from there, the route is then diverted up onto Osgodby Hill (there is a signpost). The path then takes you to Frank Cliff which is overlooking Cornelian Bay, heading towards a golf course. You will reach Wheatcroft Cliff where you’ll see amazing views of Scarborough. The path will start descending to get to Star Disk, walk past the Sun Court Café, keep heading north along the seafront till you reach The Spa. It’s possible to catch the bus back to Filey, as it is on the EYMS 13 bus route. This runs every 30 minutes or so during the summer.