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Dales Trails - Walking in Northern England

From East Yorkshire's Wolds and Derbyshire's Peak District to the North Yorkshire Moors and Pennines, you will find the valleys among the rolling hills, the limestone scars, the gritstone ridges universally known as 'Dales'. This vast area provides some of the best & most varied walking opportunities in the country.

Dales Trails gives you some ideas how to explore Yorkshire and other parts of Northern England on foot, and find hidden delights off the beaten track. You can follow one of my medium distance Trans-Dales Trails, try one of my day walks as featured in 'Walking with Underwood' , or join one of the two Walking Clubs featured below.


Panoramic view across farmland towards Burton Agnes Hall, East Yorkshire Wolds/Photo  Arnold Underwood, Jan 18th 2018

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UPDATED - 21st Feb 2018 10.30am



The long walk on Sunday, Feb 25th starts from Wharram Percy
Meet at Wharram Percy car park at 10.00am for a 9 mile walk via Wharram-le-Street, North Grimston, and Grimston Brow
Click here for map showing parking Wharram Percy Parking Information
Leader: Arnold Underwood


Download your own 2018 Walks Programme pdf file to view, save or print.

Click here and follow the instructions to view or save the document - 2018 Walks Programme




The short walk on Sunday, Mar 4th will start from West Lutton
Meet near West Lutton Church at 10.30am for an 6 mile walk via Kirby Grindalythe
Click here for map showing parking West Lutton Parking Information
Leader: Sue Copeland



The long walk on Sunday, Mar 11th starts from Millington
Meet near Millington Church at 10.00am for a 9 mile walk via Givendale
Click here for map showing parking Millington Parking Information
Leader: Bob Cutts



The walk on Sunday, March 18th will start from Wayrham Picnic Site (A166) at about 10.00am
Meet at Leven Sports Hall at 9.00am or Wayrham at 10.00am for an 9 mile walk via Deepdale and South Wold Dale (Access Land)
Click here for map showing parking Wayrham Parking Information
Leader: Sue Copeland


Saturday 19th May
Nepal Youth Foundation

Sponsored Walk from Horton-in-Ribblesdale
25 or 7 miles
For details click on: '2018 Yorkshire 3 or 1 Peak Challenge'



Leven Walking Club by Pocklington Canal/Photo  Arnold Underwood, Feb 17th 2008

Leven Walking Club by Pocklington Canal, 17th February 2008



New walks will be added regularly to give a selection of walks for you to experience England's Landscape at its finest.
See Walking with Underwood.


Yorkshire Wolds
Thixendale - Kirby Underdale

'Up 'n' Over Dale' - 9 miles.
A classic walk for Winter on the Yorkshire Wolds. A slight detour can incorporate a visit to the Robert Fuller Gallery at Fotherdale Farm

Click on this link for details: 'Thixendale - Kirby Underdale'


Please do not print the route maps - purchase the relevant OS Map (Explorer 300) or subscribe to the OS Maps website 'OS Maps Online'



Trans-Dales Trails

Booklets for my three Trans-Dales Trails are now out of print, but it is intended to make these routes available as free PDF file downloads.
Trans-Dales Trail 2 and Trans-Dales Trail 3 are now available to download. Go to Trans-Dales Trail 2 or Trans-Dales Trail 3 and follow the links.
Trans Dale Trail 1 will be available in this format in due course




With the festive season over, things can get back to normal. However it transpired that Caroline, was still suffering with a painful inflamed hip. So for the time-being our walks tended to be a little shorter, and if possible with no steep hills.

Monday Jan 1st
The traditional New Year's Day Walk is a joint affair with Hornsea District Walking Club (nearly all the walkers belong to both Clubs anyway!) This year the chosen route was 5 miles around Hornsea Mere via Wassand. There was a large turnout of 29, including several new faces. On what was a cold but dry day we set off walking towards Seaton, taking to a field-edge footpath behind Brockholme to the walk's highest point with views back across the Mere. After passing Wassand, flooding of the direct path meant we had to deviate past Weather Hill Farm onto Southorpe Lane joining Hull Road near the railway bridge for the walk back into Hornsea. Afterwards most of us adjourned to the Stackhouse Bar for soup and sandwiches, and a beer or two.

Thursday Jan 4th
A band of heavy rain moving northwards was forecast for today. However my theory was that if we headed south into Lincolnshire the rain would clear from there sooner. And I was right - by the time we (me and Caroline) reached Tealby the rain had stopped. So we set off for Walesby taking a new route along the top of the Wolds to Risby Manor. However the rain may have stopped, but the going underfoot was wet and muddy, very muddy in places. And low cloud obscured the views across Lincolnshire. The hillside near Walesby is now given over to deer farming on a large scale, with double gates providing access through the high deer fences. After passing one herd of deer in the mist we arrived at the hill-top 'ramblers' church' above Walesby, a convenient lunch spot. After lunch we did a loop around Walesby and by the time we arrived at St Mary's Church in the village, the sun was shining. The lower route back to Tealby was very boggy having been churned up by the herds of deer, some of which we could see on the hill above us, but we made it back to Tealby in pleasant sunshine.

Sunday Jan 7th
A gorgeous day for a walk on the Wolds - sunny after a sharp overnight frost. Me and Caroline headed for Fridaythorpe, as did a large group of Ramblers and fellow walkers Bob & Christine. They were heading north towards Thixendale whilst we planned turning south towards Huggate. After Brubber Dale and Gills Farm we headed south and then ventured 'off piste' along the top of Horse Dale for lunch in the sunshine. Then it was back up Holm Dale and past the fallen tree to Fridaythorpe. Only 7 miles but that's about all we can manage these days with our aches and pains! Nice lemon drizzle cake with our cups of tea at TJ's at Cranswick Garden Centre on the way home.

Sunday Jan 14th
Seventeen of us on this HDWC walk on a chilly overcast day from Goodmanham. A figure-8 route had been devised by Graham that initially followed the Yorkshire Wolds Way up Arras Hill. Then it was downhill passing under an impressive railway bridge to reach the former station at Kiplingcotes on what is now the Hudson Way Rail Trail. Picnic benches here provided an ideal place for lunch. Then it was over the bridge and along the Hudson Way back towards Market Weighton, passing St Helen's Well, and turning up the road to Goodmanham. Afterwards many adjourned to the Fiddle Drill Tearoom in Goodmanham.

Thursday Jan 18th
Almost a repeat of last year because I had to deliver some photographs to Kilham for a forthcoming competition, after which we continued to Burton Agnes for a little walk. The weather was much better than expected for our walk and I had promised Caroline that my route would avoid the worst of the mud, unlike last year! So we headed along the road over the railway crossing (where there is a memorial plaque to prisoners of war killed in accident here in 1947) then down the lane to Harpham. So far so good. From Harpham church we headed along field sides towards Lowthorpe, and hereabouts things started to go wrong. A combination of poor way-marking and not having the correct map meant we finished up in the wrong field - a large squelchy field. My error not realised until we had crossed the field to find no way out. So back across the field to pick up a track I was familiar with - the very wet, muddy track we had negotiated last year - the one I had promised to avoid. All this to-ing and fro-ing had wasted time so after a quick lunch stop near the well-filled Lowthorpe Beck we arrived back in Harpham and opted for the shortest route back to Burton Agnes - across fields, which fortunately were not as sticky as they might have been!

Saturday Jan 20th
With sleet and snow forecast causing the cancellation of tomorrow's Leven walk me and Caroline decided to make the most of today with an alternative walk from Sledmere. This took us around the Deer Park (no deer), past Sledmere Castle (not a castle) and then around the grounds of Sledmere House on the Snowdrop Walk (no snowdrops) - about 6 miles in total. The cafe at Sledmere was very busy so we stopped off at the Farm Shop at Cranswick on the way home.

Thursday Jan 25th
Another lovely day for a walk, this time along the cliffs from Sewerby to South Landing and back via Danes Dyke with Caroline and Suzie. Great views from the cliff-top but those steep steps were not good for Caroline's hip. After negotiating the muddy path from Flamborough village and the Danes Dyke nature trail we arrived back in Sewerby formost welcome cups of tea in the Old Forge Tearoom, (and a pint in the New Inn back in Leven!)

Sunday Jan 28th
Graham had to make changes to the planned route because tracks had been blocked to deter 'off-road' vehicles. His revised route for me at least, was more interesting as it covered an area that for the most part new to me. Our route out of Driffield was via Water Forlorns and then by way of farm tracks and lanes to a lunch stop in the shelter of Beech Wood on Driffield Wold. After lunch a short stretch along the quite busy Kilham Road brought us to a bridle-way over Nafferton Wold - the highest point on the walk with panoramic views south over Holderness. We arrived back in Driffield along Meadow Lane where much new house-building is underway. At 10 miles this was the longest walk for me for some months! Afterwards some of us visited the cafe at Bell Mills for cups of tea or coffee



25 years ago myself and three friends completed the Pennine Way from Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders.
The document telling the story of that epic adventure has just come to light after being thought lost.
Written back in 1990 using a Commodore 64 computer and saved to a long-lost 5" floppy disk, this printed draft was the only copy of our story.
As I laboriously re-type the document, I will 'serialise' it on this website in 15 chapters, one for each day of or walk.
So if you are interested (Days 1 - 8 so far), follow this link Pennine Way Conquered.


Dales Trails Photo Galleries

See my Dales Trails Photo Albums for a photo record of all walks by Hornsea and Leven Walking Clubs and more

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Welcome to the Trans-Dales Trails

These Trails, Trans-Dales Trail 1, Trans-Dales Trail 2 and Trans-Dales Trail 3, are each about sixty miles in length and can be comfortably completed by anyone that is reasonably fit in five days, with four nights Bed & Breakfast accommodation.
The routes establish links across the Yorkshire Dales using some of the public rights of way that are less frequently walked.
There are three booklets in the Trans-Dale Trail series, each giving a detailed description of the route.

The booklets are now out of print, but it is intended that the routes will be downloadable for FREE as PDF files.
Currently Trans-Dales Trail 2 and Trans-Dales Trail 3 are available as PDF files.

Arnold Underwood (Dales Trails)
41 The Orchard
East Yorkshire
HU17 5QA
e-mail: arnold.dalestrails@gmail.com


Me, near Sleights/ from a photo by Sheila Button/Aug 2008

The Author

Arnold Underwood is an experienced walker and a leader of his local walking club. He lives near Beverley and is the East Yorkshire correspondent for Country Walking magazine. He has walked the Ridgeway (1983), the Pennine Way (1990), the Dales Way (1993), and A Bowland - Dales Traverse (1994), the latter two with Peter Tomkinson. He has walked much in the Yorkshire Dales, Moors, and Wolds, including completing the Three Peaks, Lyke Wake, and Saltergate challenge walks - the last two again with PeterTomkinson.

Arnold devised the three Trails with the help of Peter Tomkinson, and together they walked each of the routes - Trail 1 in 1995, Trail 2 in 1996, and Trail 3 in 1997.
Peter Tomkinson is a former Scout Leader, and as such has done much walking in all terrains and in all conditions. In addition to those walks mentioned above he has also completed the Cleveland Way, Minster Way and the Ebor Way.

Heading back to Keswick through Brunholme Woods/from a photo by Arnold Underwood/8th Aug 2008

Leven Walking Club

Leven Walking Club on Knapton Brow (Yorkshire Wolds)/from a photo by Arnold Underwood/Mar 16th 2014

Leven Walking Club is a long-established club. Members suggestions result in a varied programme of walks on the Yorkshire Wolds, North York Moors and elsewhere.
Go to Calendar for walking programme.

For further information contact Arnold Underwood on 01964 543883 or 07989 292522.

Read Bogtrotter's report in each issue of Leven Life.

Leven Walking Club logo

Stuart snaps the view of Grasmere from Tarn Crag/from a photo by Arnold Underwood/13th Aug 2009

Crossing Arnagill Moor/from a photo by Arnold Underwood/23rd Aug 2009

Heading down Howl Dale/from a photo by Arnold Underwood/20th Sept 2009

Hornsea District Walking Club

Hornsea District Walking Club/Dale Head Farm, Rosedale/photo by Arnold Underwood/23rd Sept 2012

Hornsea District Walking Club is an independent club relying on its members for suggesting and leading the variety of walks. Go to Calendar for walking programme.

For further information contact Club Chairman Graham Hadfield or Walks Secretary Arnold Underwood (07989 292522)

Stuart Kemp's report in each issue of the Hornsea Community News.

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