Sherburn to Filey – 17 miles (28 Km)
You will notice from the maps of this last section of the walk that there are many tumuli and linear earthworks marked. This suggests a long and complicated history of land ownership. Informed opinion is that Iron Age farmsteads became Romano-British villa farms. These in their turn became small hamlets under the Angles and Danes dependent on more important villages with a larger manor (such as Hunmanby). Bridlington Priory had control of large tracts of the high wolds in this area and the monks were responsible for clearing (or assarting) much of the remnant woodland between established villages for sheep farming.
The walk follows the foot of the escarpment between Sherburn and Ganton before climbing back up onto the Wolds for a short distance and then turning back into the Wolds landscape at Staxton Brow.
Beyond Stocking Dale you say goodbye to the Yorkshire Wolds and the landscapes of chalk country as you descend to Muston and onward to Filey. Relax at the sculpture carved with the National Trail acorn that marks the finish of the Yorkshire Wolds Way and also the Cleveland Way. Filey is the perfect place to kick off your boots and go for a paddle at the end of a long walk but if you have a day to spare, take the bus to Speeton and follow the cliff path along the airy heights of the magnificent chalk cliffs to Flamborough – a truly fitting finish to a superb Yorkshire Wolds Way!
There has been a settlement at Filey since at least the 8th century, and for much of that time, Filey was a small fishing village. The Victorian period transformed Filey to a bustling resort, due to its picturesque location and fine beaches. The first visitors arrived from Scarborough, drawn by the relative peace and quiet of what was simply a small coastal village.
The real transformation of Filey began in 1850 when a Birmingham solicitor named John Wilkes built The Crescent; a row of elegant townhouses. One resident of The Crescent was the composer Frederick Delius, who stayed here as a child and again as an adult.
The holiday theme continued in 1939 when Butlins built a holiday camp at Filey and for 4 decades the Butlins camp was a major employer and boon to the local economy.