FILEY beach in North Yorkshire has beaten thousands of others across Europe to win a place in the top 20 chosen by travellers,

It's ranked 18th in Europe, beating some of the best known areas across the world including the French and Italian Riviera's. It's also the only one in the North of England to be chosen in Tripadvisor's Travellers Choice Awards.

Only Bournemouth beach and Porthminster and Perranporth Beaches in Cornwall also feature in the top twenty.

Tripadvisor say: "These awards highlight travellers’ favourite beaches across the globe, from sweeping white sand and turquoise waters in tropical climates, to dramatic cliffs and pounding surf in some of the most secluded spots on Earth, the awards are based on the quality and quantity of reviews and ratings from Tripadvisor travellers for beaches, gathered over the past 12 months."

The best in the world was named as Australia’s Whitehaven Beach followed by Santa Maria Beach in Cuba.

Dorset’s Bournemouth Beach is named fifth in Europe and just edges into the top 20 in the world, the only one in Britain. The best in Europe is Spiaggia dei Conigli in Lampedusa, Italy.