Filey North Yorkshire

Beautiful Filey at Sunrise!
Beautiful Filey at Sunrise!

Filey is a seaside town and civil parish in the Borough of Scarborough in North Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the East Riding of Yorkshire, it is located between Scarborough and Bridlington on Filey Bay. Although it was a fishing village, it has a large beach and became a popular tourist resort, but I’m guessing you knew that already…

Filey is one of my favourite places to photograph on the Yorkshire coast, if ever you are going to see and indeed photograph the spectacle of sunrays or Godrays or beams burning through clouds in all directions, Filey beach is the place you are most likely to see this beautiful wonder of nature or happen I’ve just been lucky over the years? Either way, it’s something special.

Sunburst over Filey Beach
Sunburst over Filey Beach

A few quick facts about Filey

  • Re-development took place in the camp. The Bay Filey features the development of 600 homes for holiday housing. In 2007, the first homes were built in the camp. ~ Not sponsored but a lovely place to stay
  • The primary problem faced by the people who lived in Filey in 2007 was the flash floods.
  • Filey is home to a Grade I listed building located in the north part of Filey. It is the parish church constructed in the 12th century. The church was established to honour St Oswald.
  • Until the 18th century, people recognised Filey as a small village. Filey offered the people from Scarborough with quiet and peaceful space.
Reflections on Filey Beach
Reflections on Filey Beach
  • On Filey Brigg the Romans built a coastal signalling station which was excavated in 1923.
  • Filey Brigg is a partially submerged ridge of Oolite rock that has caused many shipping mishaps including in 1932 the trawler ‘James Lay’.
  • Filey Town Council was granted its coat of arms in 1952
  • On the promenade is a drinking fountain erected by James Varley, (hotelier), for Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee in 1897

Tips for photographing Filey

  • Filey or indeed anywhere always looks better at sunrise, the light can be superb and you have the beach and seafront almost to yourself, don’t be lazy, it really will pay when it comes to taking images on and around the beach.
  • When photographing reflections and light reflections from Filey beach, switch to F/16 (for light stars), make sure your shutter speed is fast enough or use a tripod and get down low if needed for a better view and image of the reflections, see my image above which hangs on a few walls around the UK.
  • If the tide is out explore the beach, there are lots of pools of seawater which are great to photograph reflections, and also the sunrises over the sea most of the year.
  • Shoot your images with whatever you have, phone, mirrorless camera, bridge camera, whatever, shoot with what you have in hand, get up early and explore, you will come home with lots of good ones and may become hooked on photography if your lucky 🙂 ~ Try and use ‘The Rule of Thirds‘ and ‘Leading Lines‘ to help your composition.
  • ENJOY! Don’t get so hung up on taking good images that you don’t take in the sea air, feel the sunrise on your face and take time to talk with others along the beach, they are mostly a friendly bunch and glad to have a quick chat with others up at that unearthly hour.
  • Respect Filey and the council workers who keep the place looking lovely, never drop litter and always clean up after your lovely dog, please.
Burning sunrise over Filey Brigg
Burning sunrise over Filey Brigg

Before I share a gallery of selected images I have taken since starting photography seriously, in a pleasurable kind of way, back in 2013, if you do head to Filey with taking a few photos in mind, be sure to head left along the promenade to the old boat ramp, if you cannot find a picture there then throw your camera or phone in the sea 🙂 (Joke!)

Filey crab and lobster boat
Filey crab and lobster boat

A few images since 2013

Please note, that all images on this page are optimised for the web, the original images are a far better resolution, to say the least.

Thank you for reading and looking as always

Kindest regards


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