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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.


Beverley Westwood/Photo © Arnold Underwood

Walks Photographs

Unfortunately GOOGLE+ has been closed down by Google

Links to my walks photos will now be compiled in a 'Photo Albums'page on this website

Click on Photo Albums link at the top of this page

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:

January Walks are now on the 'Photo Albums' page

February 2020:

'Google photos - 2nd Feb North Cave & Hotham'
'Google photos - 7th Feb Back to Le Street'
'Google photos - 16th Feb Londesborough Snowdrop Sunday'
'Google photos - 23rd Feb Huggate & Haywold'

March 2020
'Google photos - 1st March Thornton-le-Dale'
'Google photos - 6th March Hornsea & Wassand'
'Google photos - 8th March Fridaythorpe Figure 8'
'Google photos - 12th March Risby Park & Walkington'
'Google photos - 13th & 14th March Trip to London'
'Google photos - 15th March Wharram & Grimston'
'Google photos - 19th March Allerthorpe Common'
'Google photos - 22nd March Bridestones Revisited'
'Google photos - 27th March Leven to Hempholme Bridge'

With all Club Walks cancelled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, I have dipped into the archives to feature walks fom Five Years Ago
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 5th April 2015 Seaton Ross'

e-mail: arnold.dalestrails@gmail.com



UPDATED - 5th April 10.00am


The HDWC Committee has sadly made the decision to cancel all group walks and social activities with immediate effect, until further notice.
This follows the Government advice to avoid all unnecessary social contact.
All members and walk leaders should have received an email from the HDWC Chairman. This website Calendar has been updated accordingly.

However fresh air and gentle exercise can do a world of good for your mental and physical health.
With the latest instructions to STAY AT HOME walking is now largely restricted to your local area, for exercise by yourself.
DO NOT make unnecessary journeys.

The advice from the government is that unless you are showing symptoms, you can continue to walk outside whilst staying a safe distance from others.

(This information based on that issued by The Ramblers HQ to its Groups and Members)



Enforced 'social distancing' due to the Coronavrus Pandemic has given me the opportunity to complete the upload of the remaining chapters of my Pennine Way adventure, completed almost 30 years ago in May/June 1990.
The second half of Pennine Way Conquered (Days 9 - 15, Baldersdale to Kirk Yetholm), can be viewed by following this link:
Pennine Way Conquered Part 2.



Sad news - this popular tearoom closed its doors for last time in September 2019 after 23 years in business following the 'semi-retirement'of the owners.
They will be retaining the B&B and self-catering accommodation side of their business for the foreseeable future.


The DALES TRAILS CALENDAR now shows CLUB WALKS for the first half of 2020 - some may still be subject to confirmation

These details include:
* HDWC Shorter Walks (about 6 miles) - 1st Sunday of each month.
* HDWC Longer Walks (8 to 10 miles)- 2nd and 4th Sundays.
* LWC Walks (8 to 9 miles)- 3rd Sundays.


Download the 2020 Walks Programme (January-June) pdf file to view, save or print.

Click here and follow the instructions to view or save the document - Walks Programme Jan - June 2020

Note that all walks shown on this doument have now been cancelled.









SUNDAY APRIL 12th 2020

Hovingham (North Yorkshire)CANCELLED



SUNDAY APRIL 19th 2020




SUNDAY APRIL 26th 2020

Falling Foss (North York Moors)CANCELLED



Forge Valley/ Photo by Arnold Underwood, Mar 28th 2010

'Those were the Days' Walking near Hackness, March 28th 2010, by Arnold Underwood


Tog 24 Outlet Store, Hornsea Freeport.



Members of Hornsea and Leven Walking Clubs can take advantage of some wonderful bargains

Tog 24 is a Yorkshire Company, established in 1958, specialising in Outdoor & Leisure wear.



Rachel's Walnut Cottage Tea Room


Tea, Coffee, Homemade Cakes & Scones



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.


East Yorkshire - Goodmanham & Londesborough 7 - 8 miles

This walk from the historic village of Goodmanham passes through Londesborough Park into the village of Londesborough where a detour to the site of the original Hall can be made to see the carpet of snowdrops at this time of year.
An Admission Fee may apply at this time of year on Snowdrop Sundays, with proceeds going to the upkeep of the Parish Church.
An optional extension to the walk includes Cleaving Coombe access land, with extensive views over the Vale of York.

This link below opens my photo album for this walk (Feb 2019) and provides a pictorial guide of the route:
'Google photos - Goodmanham & Londesborough'


Please do not print the route maps - purchase the relevant OS Map (Explorer 294) 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 weather becoming more settled after the recent storms, who would have thought that by the middle of the month whole planet would be in crisis because of an unknown virus that appeared out of nowhere in China. The dramatic spread of Coronavirus COVID-19 has brought the world to a standstill with 'lockdown' being the situation in a many countries including the UK from 23rd March.

Sunday March 1st
Seventeen walkers gathered in Thornton-le-Dale for today's 7 mile walk via Ellerburn and Howl Dale. This weekend's storm ('Jorge') had passed through overnight leaving a windy day, squally showers, and sunny intervals. Our route took us past the parish church and up on the exposed Outgang Lane, fortunately with the wind at our backs. From there we crossed over the ridge and dropped down towards Paper Mill Farm and turned back down the dale past the Trout Farm to the hamlet of Ellerburn. Here we took a coffee break at the historic, Saxon church of St Hilda. This little church is well cared for by the 'Friends of St Hilda's Church' and even has a TV-video presentation of the Church's history! From Ellerburn we faced a steady climb up to the road at the edge of Dalby Forest. This was followed by a quarter-mile walk along the busy road into the wind, which also brought with it a 'face-tingling' shower of sleet! At last we turned down into the shelter of Orchan Dale to find a spot for our lunch break. After lunch we headed down the length of Howl Dale with the sun now shining and back across fields past Hagg House into Thornton-le-Dale. Afterwards we 'took over' the Lavenders Tearoom for our end-of-walk tea and cakes.

Friday March 6th
For the first time for several weeks, lovely weather for a weekday walk and also for the first time for several weeks Suzie was able to join me. We chose a straightforward clockwise circuit of Hornsea Mere keeping to the higher ground via Weather Hill to avoid boggy ground near the Mere. However we did make our way along the path (private) from Wassand to the bird hide in Decoy Plantation where we did encounter some boggy ground! Our return was past Brockholme from where there is a good view across the Mere, back into Hornsea in time for a pint of Wainwright ale in the Rose & Crown, before I caught the bus home.

Sunday March 8th
Today's walk was a 'lop-sided figure-8' route from Fridaythorpe led by Sue Copeland. For the outward leg we followed the Yorkshire Wolds Way from Fridaythorpe, down and across Brubber Dale and up to Gill's Farm to a coffee stop in the shelter (from the wind) of the small quarry overlooking Thixen Dale. From there we headed down the dale to the Fotherdale road and into Thixendale village. We found a convenient spot for an early lunch break near the village cricket pavilion. Setting off again after lunch, most failed to notice the large black cloud looming over the hill behind us. Soon we were being peppered by sleet which then turned to rain making us quite wet quite quickly. We sought shelter behind a conifer hedge, then the rain cleared and the sun came out , quickly drying us out as we continued up past Paradise cottages, then down the road into Brubber Dale. We walked the full length of this dale, crossing our outward route about half-way, to emerge by the A166 York Road to arrive back in Fridaythorpe, having completed about 8½ miles. Afterwards several of us visited the popular Seaways Café for tea and scones.

Thursday March 12th
With both Suzie and Caroline walking again, we completed a 6 mile walk from Risby Park Fishing Ponds via Walkington on a bright sunny day, but with a strong gusty wind. Our figure-8 route took us from the fishing ponds via Risby Park to Walkington for a drinks stop by the pond. The return was along Risby Park Lane, past Cellar Heads and round the perimeter of Fishpond Wood. Our morning out was rounded off with a visit to the Folly Lake Café.

Sunday March 15th
The weather once again served up the familiar mix of wind and rain. Despite this, seventeen walkers (including two newcomers) gathered at Wharram Percy car park. Setting off at 10.00am we initially faced a tricky slippery descent following the earlier rain. Then the long-closed Malton railway track provided level going for the walkers, albeit with a lot of standing water, as far as the site of Wharram station. Although there was no more rain, it was still very windy, so here we opted for a more sheltered route by continuing along the old railway track-bed to North Grimston rather than the Luddith Road over Grimston Brow. This section of the old railway is not a right-of-way but seemed well-used. Soon after leaving North Grimston we encountered our old friend the Wolds Way again, which we would follow back to the car park. First though, a slippery descent (where one of us came to grief, but I'll not mention any names, Margaret) to the footbridge over Whitestone Beck. Then came a steep and sticky climb up the other side to the shelter of some barns for our lunch stop. After lunch it was all straightforward through Wharram-le-Street with a detour to see the historic St Mary's church and finally along the road past Bella Farm to our cars, for a fairly early finish to our walk. Keeping to the old railway had shortened the walk to about 7¾ miles, and also eliminated one of the hills!

Thursday March 19th
With the Coronavirus sweeping the planet causing the closures of schools and public buildings, and cancellation of many activities, the best way to leave these worries behind is to go for a walk in the countryside - but not in a group! On what promised to be a fine day weatherwise, I met Caroline in Allerthorpe for an easy stroll around Allerthorpe Common and Woods. We set of along the lane to Waplington Manor which continues as a tractor track to Allerthorpe Woods. The trees reflecting in flooded fields made a nice picture but this didn't bode well for what lay ahead! We joined one of the main paths through the woods, which gradually became more and more boggy until eventually it was completely blocked by floodwater. After some toing and froing we had to resort to climbing the fence into the adjacent field and skirting round the floodwaters to reach a road through a gap in the hedge. It was whilst making this diversion that I tripped on a brier and finished up on my hands and knees on the soft ground. That wouldn't have been a problem, but for the fact the new nettle growth was just coming through, and young nettles are particularly vicious! After that there weren't any more problems, just some small deviations to avoid boggy ground. The sun came out as we arrived back in Allerthorpe and so we added a loop to visit St Botolph's Church, where there was a wonderful display of daffodils. In the end my planned 5 mile stroll had become a 6½ mile adventure!

Sunday March 22nd
It is Mother's Day, and the Country is in crisis due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, 'Social Distancing' is the order of the day to control the spread of the virus, and it's a gorgeous Spring day! Getting out into the countryside is, at the moment, a good way of relieving the stresses of everyday life, which for Caroline included her father's funeral later in the week. Many folk were heading to tourist 'hot spots' thus defeating the 'social distancing' advice. We headed to a deserted lay-by in a disused quarry near Lockton. Our walk would take us onto David Lane and past High House Farm and across the high pastures on Grime Moor to Bridestones Moor. There was a chill easterly wind but the sun was out and the going underfoot surprisingly dry, considering the recent rains. We followed the clear track down the edge of the moor then turned right onto a faint path to head across real moorland, with peaty bogs to contend with, to reach the Bridestones. Here we opted to stay on the east side of Bridestones Gill and take the path past the Low Bridestones, the more interesting of the unusual rocky outcrops. We hadn't seen a soul in the 1½ hours since setting off, until we spotted a runner passing the High Bridestones on the other side of the Gill. As it was now about midday we decided to take an early lunch in the shelter of one of the rocks, with a view across the moor. As we were having our lunch we heard voices, and several groups of people began to appear across the moor behind us, many with dogs, having come up the path from the car park in Staindale. Time to move on, we took an alternative path down through the trees into Staindale, and didn't meet anyone. Turning back past Low Staindale we plodded uphill to Low Pasture Farm. We could follow this lane most of the way back to the car, but we opted for a 'more interesting' route using field paths across the oddly named Rustif Head. A footpath sign at Whitethorn pointed the way, but after that, waymarking was not very clear and we overshot a couple of turns involving retracing our steps after checking our whereabouts on the OS Maps app on my phone. Eventually we arrived back on David Lane (where we passed a Yorkshire Water man searching for his stop cocks using a metal-detector device) and dropped back down through the quarry to the car, to complete a walk of nearly 7 miles.

Friday March 27th
The restrictions on movements imposed by HM Government in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic, means that any walking for exercise must be done from home. I was invited by Betty to follow her (we must keep 2m apart) on this route from Leven, keeping to 'back lanes' and field paths (some rarely walked!) which took us via Heigholme and Burshill to Hempholme Bridge. We returned towards Brandesburton and across the deserted Hainsworth Park Golf Course, to arrive back home having completed about 8 miles. A sunny day, but with a cool northerly wind hinting that colder weather is on the way.

With Government restrictions becoming more severe - basically with the UK (and most of the World) being in 'lock-down' this could well be the last Walks Blog for some time!

Links to Photos of these walks can be found at the top of this page or on the Photo Albums page. Click on this link: Photo Albums



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 5¼" 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 has given me the opportunity to complete the upload of the remaining chapters of my Pennine Way adventure, completed almost 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.


Dales Trails Photo Galleries

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

Links to recent walks photo albums are shown at the top of this page.


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

Since 2017 the Walks Programmes for both Clubs have been fully integrated, with LWC on the 3rd Sunday and HDWC on the 1st, 2nd, and 4th Sundays each month

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)

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

Hornsea Walking Club logo

Visitors to Dales Trails since August 1st 2007


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