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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.


Bluebells in Riccal Dale/Photo  Arnold Underwood

Bluebells in Riccal Dale, North Yorkshire




Follow this link to browse at your leisure my 'Slide Show'depicting the adventures of members of Hornsea District Walking Club
'Google photos - HDWC 25 YEARS'


* COVID-19 - FEBRUARY 2022 *


This information is subject to updates by HM Government



UPDATED - 30th June 2022, 1.00pm


SUNDAY WALKS NOW CATEGORISED : SHORT (6-8miles), MEDIUM (8-10miles), and LONG (more than 10miles)


Sunday 3rd July 10.30am
HDWC SHORT Walk - CAYTON BAY (7 miles) via Cleveland Way and Osgoodby

Beach car park, Cayton Bay
Explorer 301; Grid Ref: TA 069 841; Approx Postcode YO11 3NR

Leader : Sylvia Caygill (07843 770753)


Wednesday 6th July 7.00pm

Cross Hill near Black Swan, Brandesburton
OS Explorer 295; Grid Ref TA 118 475; Approx Postcode YO25 8RG.

Leader : Betty Lusby (07974 432498)


Sunday 10th July 10.00am
HDWC MEDIUM Walk - ROOS (9 miles) via Rimswell Valley

Main Street, Roos
Explorer 292; Grid Ref TA 290 305; Approx Postcode HU12 0HB

Leader : Betty Lusby (07974 432498)


Wednesday 13th July 7.00pm
HDWC EVENING WALK - HOTHAM (4 miles) via The Park & North Cave

Rectory Lane or Main Street at/near Hotham Arms
OS Explorer 293; Grid Ref SE 894 343; Approx Postcode YO43 4UD.

Leader : Arnold Underwood (07989 292522)


Details of forthcoming walks can be found on this website's Calendar. Click here: Calendar

** If you intend joining any Club walk please contact (phone/text/email) the Walk Leader in advance (Contact details are on the Calendar) **


East Yorkshire Buses Moors Explorer (ME1) is back on selected dates for Summer 2022

East Yorkshire Moors Explorer

Connecting Cottingham, Hull and Beverley with Pickering, Hutton le Hole, and Danby

Visit the East Yorkshire Buses website for more details: Click here > 'East Yorkshire Buses'


Moorsbus is back for Summer 2022

Moorsbus 2022

Weekends from 2nd July until 25th September 2022

Visit the Moorsbus website for more details: Click here > 'Moorsbus'

NOTE: Service M31 is operated by East Yorkshire Buses from Pocklington Depot.
It runs via York to Helmsley continuing to Guisborough (M4) on Sundays, or to Danby (M3) on Saturdays


DalesBus is back for Summer 2022

DalesBus 2022

Sundays and Bank Holidays through the summer

Visit the DalesBus website for more details: Click here > 'Dalesbus'

NOTE: Service 822 is operated by East Yorkshire Buses from Pocklington Depot.
It runs via York to Grassington, continuing to Hawes as service 875


Walks Photo-Blogs

Links to my walks photos are being compiled in the 'Photo Albums'page on this website

Click this Photo Albums link Photo Albums

There will still be the photo album link via Facebook after each walk.

However if you are not signed up to Facebook you can still see the albums of my most recent walks by following these links:

MARCH 2022
'Google photos - 6th March 2022 Sinnington & the River Seven'
'Google photos - 13th March 2022 Huggate again'
'Google photos - 20th March 2022 Hutton & Spaunton Moor'

APRIL 2022
'Google photos - 3rd April 2022 Millington & Givendale'
'Google photos - 10th April 2022 Round near Goathland'
'Google photos - 16th April 2022 Round by Grosmont'
'Google photos - 24th April 2022 Howardian Hills from Hovingham'

MAY 2022
'Google photos - 1st May 2022 Into Riccal Dale from Beadlam'
'Google photos - 8th May 2022 Lockton & the Bridestones'
'Google photos - 15th May 2022 Kilnwick Percy'
'Google photos - 22nd May 2022 Wheeldale & Northdale'
'Google photos - May 2022 HDWC Evening Walks'
'Google photos - 29th May 2022 Around Howard's Way'

JUNE 2022
'Google photos - 5th June 2022 Wharram & Grimston'
'Google photos - 12th June 2022 Goathland & Julian Park'
'Google photos - 15th June 2022 HDWC Evening Walk - Harpham'
'Google photos - 19th June 2022 Lockton - Horcum Loop'
'Google photos - 22nd June 2022 HDWC Evening Walk - Woodmansey'
'Google photos - 26th June 2022 Lockton, Levisham, & Farwath'



The activities of Hornsea and Leven Walking Clubs are reported on regularly in the monthly Hornsea Community News and the quarterly 'Leven Life'.

For those who do not receive these publications copies of previous Walks Reports will be avialabe as PDF Downloads here.

(Note: complete copies of back issues of Hornsea Community News can be downloaded from its website)

To download a HCN or Leven Life Walks Report click on the relevent link:

HCN Walks Report Xmas & New Year January 2022
HCN Walks Report February 2022
Full Colour LEVEN LIFE Walks Report March 2022
(This link takes you to an online copy of the Hornsea Community News - click on Full-Screen to read the newspaper - the Walks Report is on Page 28)
April HORNSEA COMMUNITY NEWS - Walks Report for Feb/March 2022
May HORNSEA COMMUNITY NEWS - Walks Report for Spring March/April 2022
Full Colour LEVEN LIFE Walks Report JUNE 2022
JUNE HORNSEA COMMUNITY NEWS - Walks Report for May 2022
**NEW**JULY HORNSEA COMMUNITY NEWS - Walks Report for June 2022



White to Dark/ June 2012 by Arnold Underwood White to Dark Waymark/ June 2012 by Arnold Underwood

On 15th June 2012, With Denise Middleton and the team from Country Walking Magazine in Bakewell waymarking the 'White to Dark' route.
A 25 mile trail crossing from the White Peak to the Dark Peak in the Peak District National Park



Rachel's Walnut Cottage Tea Room

For Tea, Coffee, Homemade Cakes & Scones and more

See FACEBOOK 'Hobsons in Huggate'



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.


* Please bear in mind the current COVID-19 restrictions when encountering other walkers*

Yorkshire Wolds

Parking at the Robert Fuller Gallery at Fotherdale Farm, Thixendale (please ask for permission first and visit the Gallery afterwards)

Fotherdale Farm is the home of Wildlife Artist, Photographer and Film maker, Robert E Fuller.

The walk heads down the road to join the Yorkshire Wolds Way. This National Trail (Acorn Marker) is followed up the dale to the 'Waves & Time Artwork, then up the bank on the left to the Dew Pond and the road at Gill's Farm. Continue ahead on the Wolds Way down into Brubber Dale where you turn left, leaving the Wolds Way. Brubber Dale ia Access Land.
At the end of Brubber Dale join the road and turn left up the hill to the lane to Paradise Cottages. Go right here to the cottages, through gate to join track down into Water Dale.
Turn left then right through gateway to join footpath across hillside, past cricket pitch into Thixendale by the Cross Keys pub. Turn left up to road junction then right and follow minor road back to Fotherdale (6 miles)

This link below opens my photo album for this walk and provides a pictorial guide of the route:

'Google photos - 12th Dec 2021 Fotherdale & Paradise'


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



30 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, Edale to Baldersdale), follow this link Pennine Way Conquered Part 1.


Enforced 'social distancing' due to the Coronavrus Pandemic gave me the opportunity to complete the upload of the remaining chapters of my Pennine Way adventure, completed 30 years ago in May/June 1990.

The second half of Pennine Way Conquered (Days 9 - 15, Baldersdale to Kirk Yetholme), can be viewed by following this link Pennine Way Conquered Part 2.


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.

Booklets for my three Trans-Dales Trails are now out of print, but all three routes are now available as free PDF file downloads.
Go to Trans-Dales Trail 1 , Trans-Dales Trail 2 or Trans-Dales Trail 3 and follow the links.
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

The Walks Programme for Leven Walking Club is now incorporated into that of the Hornsea District Walking Club

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 on Fraisthorpe Beach/photo by Arnold Underwood/Jan 2019

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 Chairperson Joyce Davidson or Walks Secretary Arnold Underwood (07989 292522)

See the monthly Walks Report in each issue of the Hornsea Community News.

Hornsea Walking Club logo

Visitors to Dales Trails since August 1st 2007


This page was created by
Arnold Underwood