The North Yorkshire coast is an area of exceptional beauty. You've rugged cliffs combined with wide expanses of sandy beaches. Filey, in particular, is recognised for having a glorious sweep of soft, golden sand that is is one of the best in the country for families – it’s so huge that, no matter how busy it gets, it rarely gets crowded.

According to the tourist office, "It’s the perfect place to take a walk, fly a kite, build a sandcastle, snooze in a deckchair, or maybe do a spot of birdwatching at Filey Brigg, a peninsula at the northern end of the town. Early spring may find you face-to-face with a snoozing seal on the beach, and in summer porpoise sightings are regular. Then why not follow it up with a trip to the much-loved Coble Landing, a slipway with a picturesque jumble of boats and kiosks, for a cuppa and a bacon buttie? The town, too, is full of gentle pleasures, with its Edwardian architecture, quirky shops and intriguing museum."

Filey is located partway between the seaside resorts of Scarborough to the north and Bridlington to the south, both well worth visiting, as is nearby Flamborough Head with its lighthouse.

If you want to combine city life, take a day trip to York, which is not far away at all. There you can meander down the ancient cobbled streets, do a spot of shopping, take afternoon tea at the infamous Betty's Tea Rooms (booking is recommended) and visit the majestic York Minster. You'll find plenty of 4 and 5-star restaurants to choose from too!

Glorious North Yorkshire

The wide expanse of sandy beaches at Filey