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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.


Great Dug Dale/Photo � Arnold Underwood

Light snow in Great Dug Dale, near Warter




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'



UPDATED - 22nd Feb 2024, 10.30pm



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


Sunday, 25th February. **REVISED** KILNSEA (Sea Front Car Park) 10.00am
MEDIUM WALK (9 miles)
via Spurn Point & Wildlife Discovery Centre

Parking - Kilnsea Sea Front Car Park
Map: Explorer 292 ; Grid Ref: TA 416 158; Postcode: HU12 0UH (Approx) ; What3words (outfit.object.highly )

Leader: Steve Smith


Sunday, 3rd March. SLEDMERE 10.00am
SHORT WALK (7.0 miles)
via Thirkleby Wold and Croome

Parking - opposite Eleanor Cross, Sledmere
Map: Explorer 294; Grid Ref: SE 928 646; Postcode: YO25 3XU; What3words ( awoken.abode.snowboard )

Leader: Arnold Underwood


Sunday, 10th March. HOLME-ON-SPALDING MOOR 10.00am
via Everingham and Seaton Ross

Parking: Holme-on-Spalding Moor, Village Hall (High Street A163)
Map: Explorer 300; Grid Ref:SE ; Postcode:YO43 4EN; What3words (language.feelers.helpfully)

Leader:Sylvia Caygill


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) or via the HDWC WhatsApp Group **


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:

For earlier walks, click this Photo Albums link Photo Albums

'Google photos - 6th Aug 2023 Round Rievaulx Way'
'Google photos - 20th Aug 2023 Goodmanham'
'Google photos - 27th Aug 2023 The other way from Goodmanham'

'Google photos - 10th Sept 2023 A short walk from Huggate'
'Google photos - 17th Sept 2023 Farndale from Lowna'
'Google photos - 24th Sept 2023 Goathland for the NYMR Steam Gala'

'Google photos - 1st Oct 2023 Lockton to Pickering'
'Google photos - 7th Oct 2023 Sir Nigel Gresley Members' Day on the NYMR'
'Google photos - 8th Oct 2023 HDWC Bridestones & Stain Dale'
'Google photos - 15th Oct 2023 An Adventure from Hutton-le-Hole'
'Google photos - 22nd Oct 2023 To Newton Dale by Steam Train'
'Google photos - 29th Oct 2023 Fridaythorpe'

'Google photos - 5th Nov 2023 HDWC Cot Nab - on top of the Wolds'
'Google photos - 12th Nov 2023 Fridaythorpe Loop'
'Google photos - 19th Nov 2023 Thixendale'
'Google photos - 26th Nov 2023 Wharram & Burdale'

'Google photos - 10th Dec 2023 HDWC Xmas Walk - Brandesburton'
'Google photos - 17th Dec 2023 Fotherdale & Painsthorpe'
'Google photos - 24th Dec 2023 Sancton Loops'
'Google photos - 31st Dec 2023 Leven'

'Google photos - 1st Jan 2024 HDWC New Year's Day Walk - Atwick'
'Google photos - 7th Jan 2024 HDWC Goodmanham to Kiplingcotes'
'Google photos - 21st Jan 2024 Tibthorpe Wold'
'Google photos - 28th Jan 2024 HDWC South Cave'

'Google photos - 4th Feb 2024 Huggate'
'Google photos - 11th Feb 2024 HDWC Millington'
'Google photos - 18th Feb 2024 Pickering'


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

To download a Leven Life Walks Report click on the relevent link:
Full Colour LEVEN LIFE Walks Report - March 2023
JUNE 2023 LEVEN LIFE - Walks Report
SEPT 2023 LEVEN LIFE - Walks Report
**NEW**DEC 2023 LEVEN LIFE - Walks Report
**NEW**JAN 2024 Hornsea Community News - Walks Report



By North Cave Beck/ Dec 2013 by Arnold Underwood

The walkers by the beck on the walk from North Cave to Hotham and back.
The walk was followed by Christmas Dinner at the White Hart in North Cave.
8th Dec 2013



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

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 (6½ 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 5½" 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, now merged with the Hornsea District Walking Club
Go to Calendar for walking programme.

For further information contact Arnold Underwood on 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 at Burton Constable/photo by Arnold Underwood/Dec 2022

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