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Filey Anchorage

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Anchorage Area 54:12'.7 N 000:16'.08 W


Admiralty 1882

Rules & Regulations

V.Slow speed limit 200m off the beach


Extensive Shallows

Tidal Data Times & Range

Tides +0530 Dover Approx.

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General Description

Filey is another possible passage Anchorage for those pushing North....

.... and perhaps finding themselves beset by north-westerlies and needing a break.

The Anchorage gets some protection from the North from Filey Brigg which projects a good half mile or more from the shore in an easterly direction, thus is capable of providing reasonable shelter in winds from just east of North, anticlockwise round to West.

Filey is a popular little Victorian seaside town and Butlins once had a large holiday camp based here, served by its own railway station.

Dinghy landings can be made on the beach, but there are extensive shallows and you're quite likely to get wet.


Approaches to Filey from a southerly direction are straightforward, with depths shelving gradually and steadily.

From the North it is necessary to give Filey Brig a suitable offing, by passing round the outside of the easterly Cardinal buoy Filey Brigg (Q(3)10s).

This Anchorage is totally open to the East clockwise through to the South, so it would be wise to keep on top of the weather forecasts for the duration of your stay. Winds from an easterly direction bring in strong surf which is not what you want coming your way at anchor..

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

Anchorage can be had at a suitable distance off the town in depths of over 3 m at CD,....

.... or closer in to suit draft. The holding ground is good.You will see the coble landing ramp where locals launch from off the promenade.


For those who dinghy it ashore across the shallows, all the delights of a small seaside town await.

A quick rummage around the town will throw up all manner of shops and banks etc. There is also a railway station, but this is hardly a place for crew changes.

Trailer Sailors can use the Coble Landing at Filey. It consists of a shallow concrete and stone slipway leading onto the sand. There is a charge of under eight pounds per day, and access at all tide is possible providing you're prepared to lug your boat by hand in it's trolley across the sands. The site is really only suitable a couple of hours either side of high water for larger boats. The maximum horsepower engine allowed its 12.5, there's a speed limit within 200 m of the shore with waterskiing permitted outside of this area ( Hmmm.. with a 12 hp outboard ?).


Filey is a small town and civil parish in North Yorkshire, England. It forms part of the borough of Scarborough and is located between Scarborough and Bridlington on the North Sea coast. Although it started out as a fishing village, it has a large beach and is a popular tourist resort. Until 1974 it was an urban district in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Filey is at the eastern end of the Cleveland Way, a long-distance footpath; this starts at Helmsley and skirts the North Yorkshire Moors. It was the second National Trail to be opened (1969). It is also the northern end of the Yorkshire Wolds Way which starts at Hessle and crosses the Yorkshire Wolds. Filey is the finishing point for Great Yorkshire Bike Ride. The 70 mile ride begins at Wetherby Racecourse.

Filey has a railway station on the Yorkshire Coast Line. Previously Filey also had a second station Filey Holiday Camp railway station to the south of the town serving the former Butlins holiday camp. This camp has now been re-developed into a 600-home holiday housing development, The Bay Filey. It is one of the largest coastal developments of this kind in the UK and the first homes began to be handed over to buyers in 2007.

In July 2007 Filey was hit by flash floods which caused major problems in the town, with various areas suffering damage.


Filey remained a small village until the 18th century when visitors from Scarborough arrived seeking the peace and quiet that Filey offered. Then in 1835 a Birmingham solicitor called John Wilkes Unett bought 7 acres of land and built the Crescent, later known as the Royal Crescent. It was opened in the 1850s and for 100 years it was the most fashionable address in the North of England.

English composer Fredrick Delius stayed as a boy on the Crescent with his family at Miss Hurd's boarding house no 24 in 1876 plus 1877 and at Mrs. Colley's no 24 in 1897.

For more than 40 years Butlin's Holiday camp was a major factor in Filey's economy. Building work began in 1939 and continued through the war during which it became an military base known as R.A.F. Hunmanby Moor. In 1945 it became a popular holiday resort complete with its own railway station and by the late 1950s it could cater for 10,000 holiday makers. Unfortunately it was to close in 1984, causing a decrease in the holiday makers visiting Filey.

The Bonhomme Richard, the famous ship sailed by John Paul Jones, who was a Scottish born American known as the "father of the US Navy", was lost after a fierce landmark battle in 1779 (The Battle of Flamborough Head) in which hundreds died, still remains a mystery and is believed by many to lie somewhere within Filey Bay. The Bonhomme Richard fought in the Battle and even through its eventual sinking, the outcome of the battle convinced the French crown to back the colonies in their fight to separate from British authority. The location of the Bonhomme Richard to this day is unknown, and numerous expeditions have been undertaken to try and locate her, however, decades of fishing trawling and numerous other wrecks have made this procedure complicated. So far, she has not been located.

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Eating, Drinking & Entertainment

For the skipper prepared to leave his boat at anchor there are opportunities ashore, to relax while keeping a weather eye on the boat. The intrepid skipper however is unlikely to get ashore without getting pretty wet...


Your Ratings & Comments

Update June 2022
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 7th Jun 2022
No changes
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 5th May 2021
No changes
Update Spring 2019
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 16th Apr 2019
I reviewed these notes in April 2019. No changes. New chart. The observant among you will note the number of wrecks on this coast; all in deep water so no hazard but should be a warning that this is a hostile bit of water subject to some pretty horrendous seas.
Written by Don Thomson | 29th Mar 2017
Nothing has changed. I noted Barbados Billy's comment below. Sounds like Lundy in a bilge keeler!!
You have to stop sometime.
Written by Barbados Billy | 25th Jun 2014
Filey bay is listed in the pilots as the first place to stop having rounded Flamborough Head, particularly if you don't fancy the North Landing. If you have made it from the Humber then you are probably wanting to have a sit down by now so drop the hook and have a brew. It is well protected in the right winds, particularly at low water when the reef starts to circle round. However there can be a scend and it can be horrible as the permanent tide always seems to hold you broadside on to it. How a six inch wave can roll your gun'ls under I don't know. I ended up laying a big kedge out to the shore side but what with the wind and tide it was rather a palaver. The next time I anchored off Filey the wind was offshore and it was fine with barely a ripple.
Written by Bryant | 28th Jan 2014
Thanks for the amendment, the body text has been corrected now.
Approach amendment
Written by Trundlebug | 28th Jan 2014
2nd para of Approach should read that this anchorage is open from the East CLOCKWISE to the South, not anticlockwise as written
Updated 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 9th Apr 2013
These notes were reviewed by Don T on the 9th April. No changes were made
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