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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.


Heading down Luddith Road towards North Grimston, Yorkshire Wolds/Photo  Arnold Underwood, Feb 25th 2018

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UPDATED - 18th June 2018 10.00pm



Congratulations to four members of Hornsea District Walking Club, and friends for completing the Cleveland Way between the 18th and 26th May.
This 109 mile route follows three sides of the North York Moors National Park from Helmsley round to Scarborough and then down to meet the Wolds Way at Filey.
The four club members being Betty Lusby, Sue Copeland, Graham Hadfield, and Neil Patrick

Footpath Closure - Mallyan Spout, OS explorer OL27 Grid Ref: NZ 823009

GOATHLAND - The path alongside West Beck upstream beyond Mallyan Spout Waterfall is closed due to a landslip.
Diversion is via the road and then (at NZ 822006) down the steep steps at New Wath Scar.


Download the latest Hornsea & Leven 2018 Walks Programme (June - Aug) pdf file to view, save or print

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


*** The CALENDAR has been updated with PROVISIONAL DETAILS for the second half of 2018 ***

These details include:
* Summer Wednesday Evening Walks, May to August
* HDWC Short Walks - 1st Sunday of each month, July to December
* HDWC Long Walks - 2nd and 4th Sundays, July to December
* LWC Walks - 3rd Sundays, July to December
* HDWC Social Events - contact Stuart Kemp for more information

Details are based on information supplied to me. Please can organisers/walk leaders check details and inform me of any necessary changes.





Prompt 7.00pm start for these evening walks

Coming up:
June 20th - South Cave (Market Place near Fox & Coney)
June 27th - Leven (South Street at/near the New Inn)
July 4th - Sproatley (Main Road/Pasture Lane near The Bluebell)
June 11th - Walkington (The Pond, East End near Dog & Duck)




The long walk on Sunday, June 24th starts from Kirkbymoorside at 10.00am
Meet/park in Kirkbymoorside (High Street)
The walk will be approx 9 miles via Kirkdale, Fadmoor, and Gillamoor
Click here for map showing parking Kirkbymoorside Parking Information
Leader: Bob Cutts



The short walk on Sunday, July 1st starts from Mauley Cross (North Yorkshire) at 10.30am
Meet/park at Mauley Cross, Stape (north of Newton-on-Rawcliffe). Grid Ref: SE 795943.
The walk will be approx 6 miles via Raindale and Brown Howe
Click here for map showing parking Mauley Cross Parking Information
Leader: Trevor Oates



The long walk on Sunday, July 8th starts from High Hawsker at 10.00am
Meet/park in High Hawsker
The walk will be approx 9 miles via Larpool Viaduct, Whitby, and the Cleveland Way
Click here for map showing parking High Hawsker Parking Information
Leader: Bob Cutts



The next LWC walk on Sunday, July 15th will start from Low Town Brow car park, near Sutton Bank Gliding Club at approx 10.00am
Meet at Leven Sports Hall at 8.30am or at Low Town Brow at 10.00am for a 9 mile walk via Hambleton and the Cleveland Way
Click here for map showing parking Low Town Brow Parking Information
Leader: Arnold Underwood


Social Events

Saturday July 28th - SALTAIRE - 6 mile walk to Shipley Glen and Baildon. *Train from/to Hull via Leeds
Saturday August 11th - BINGLEY - 6 mile walk via 5-rise Locks and Sunny Dale Reservoir. * Train from/to Hull via Leeds
Saturday Sept 8th - YORK - Gardens of York - The Rowntree, Minster and Museum Gardens

Further details from Stuart Kemp
*Numbers are needed for the Saltaire and Bingley walks by the end of May in order to book the cheapest rail tickets



Yes, Christmas Lunch!

Sunday December 9th at Lazaat Hotel, Cottingham

Hot Buffet Lunch - Two Courses
More details in due course



Wensleydale/Photo  Arnold Underwood, June 15th 2008

LWC in Wensleydale, 15th June 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.


North Yorkshire
Hackness, Silpho & Broxa

'Not all Misery' - 8 miles.
Criss-crossing the dales using forest and field paths results in an undulating route which, with some poor way-marking and indistinct paths, makes for a strenuous, sometimes tedious, but ultimately rewarding walk!

Click on this link for details: 'Hackness, Silpho and Broxa'


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




According to the MET Office, it was the warmest month of May since records began. This may have been true for most of the country, but as often happens, the east coast was plagued by sea fret (mist) and chilly winds!

Thursday May 3rd
Whilst Ann Underwood stayed near at home watching the Tour de Yorkshire cyclists navigate Leven roundabout, I ventured onto the Yorkshire Wolds to watch them tackle the first major climb on this year's tour. This was the 1.9km 'Cote de Baggaby Hill' through the bluebell woods between Warter and Pocklington. Before the cyclists came through, I did a short walk towards Nunburnholme through the bluebell woods.

Sunday May 6th
With many Club members escaping the British climate for the Med, there were only six of us today on a 7 mile walk from Dunnington, near York. On a glorious day, with cloudless blue skies and temperature in the high 20s our route took us through bluebells in Hagg Wood and the pretty villages of Warthill and Holtby. Drinks afterwards sitting outside the Cross Keys, Dunnington, were most welcome.

Wednesday May 9th
The first evening walk this year - the traditional one from Hornsea out to Goxhill and back past the Mere - attracted a good turn-out despite some regulars being away.

Thursday May 10th
After buying some packs of beer from Wold Top Brewery at Hunmanby Grange we, me and Suzie, were given permission to leave the car there and use the private farm track to access the Centenary Way and the Yorkshire Wolds Way. After heading through Camp Dale we crossed the Flixton Road and continued down to Fordon for a lunch stop near the little church. Another climb and along North Cotes Road (a farm track) with views across the Great Wold Valley to finish with a long climb up the driveway back to Hunmanby Grange concluding a walk of about 8 miles.

Sunday May 13th,
Better weather than expected as the rain seemed to have passed through overnight. This did lead to wet and boggy conditions for the ten of us on this adventure, led by Bob, across the 'undulating' ridges and valleys of Dalby & Langdale Forests in the North York Moors National Park. The long slog up Bickley Trod was rewarded with an high-level return down Langdale Rigg with panoramic views as the sun came through.

Wednesday May 16th
Just six of us today in Harpham for the evening walk - a pleasant stroll via Burton Agnes, followed by a drink in the St Quintin Arms.

Sunday Mayl 20th
We managed to avoid the sea fog (fret, mist, haar, etc) that affected the coast further south, and had lovely sunny weather for this 8 mile walk from Ravenscar via Hayburn Wyke. Seventeen on the walk, including one, Lyn, from Australia! Our return route from Hayburn Wyke was affected by the closure of the Cleveland Way due to a cliff fall. However, not wishing to retrace too much of our outward route using the official diversion, we took to less well-used paths via Red House Farm to re-join the cliff-top at Petard Point.

Wednesday May 23rd
An overcast evening with a cold NE wind blowing for the walk from Beverley round onto the Westwood, followed by drinks in the Monks Walk.

Thursday May 24th
An 8 mile walk via Whitby with Suzie done as a recce for Country Walking magazine, but also hopefully to meet our friends walking the Cleveland Way. Alas our timings for meeting in Whitby didn't quite coincide. So on a chilly, misty day on the NE coast we continued south but dropped down into Saltwick Bay in search of the 'black stuff' - Whitby jet, before cutting inland back to our start/finish in Stainsacre.

Sunday May 27th
A glorious day for the thirteen of us on this walk on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds. Starting from Newbald village hall we headed past Big Hill and up onto Sancton Wold using the permissive path provided by the Wind Farm Community Fund. After exploring Sancton village we continued through Houghton Woods with the rhododendrons in bloom, where we found some convenient logs to perch on for our lunch. Unfortunately the midges found us for their lunch! Back in North Newbald, a loop round the village via the Gnu Inn concluded the walk.

Wednesday May 30th
Another misty, drizzly evening for our evening walk from Brandesburton - even so, more than a dozen turned out! A brisk stroll via Burshill meant we were back in the Black Swan for a pint of Wainwright before 9pm!

Thursday May 31st
The delightfully named village of Kirby Grindalythe is situated in the 'Great Wold Valley' through which flows the Gypsey Race. This is a chalk stream which rises near Duggleby and flows eastwards through the Wolds to reach the North Sea at Bridlington. The route I had devised for me and Suzie today would investigate new and diverted paths in the area of Low Mowthorpe. Unfortunately we were again subjected to fog and mist which spoiled the views across the Wolds! The sun broke through just as we got back to the car.



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.


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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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