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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.


Sunset/Photo © Arnold Underwood, Dec 31st 2016

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:
'Google photos - April 28th Sherburn & Heslerton Wold'
'Google photos - May 2nd Wolds Way & Tour de Yorkshire'
'Google photos - May 5th Fordon & Cans Dale'
'Google photos - May 10th Hovingham/Howardian Hills'
'Google photos - May 12th Thurgoland Boundary Walk'
'Google photos - May 16th Around Goathland'
'Google photos - May 19th Stamford Bridge & Hagg Wood'

e-mail: arnold.dalestrails@gmail.com



UPDATED - 23rd May 2019 10.00am




The next evening walk will be from Lund, Village Green on May 29th setting off promptly at 7.00pm.

Locations of starting places for the evening walks are listed on the Calendar.

Download the provisional 2019 Evening Walks Programme (May-Aug) pdf file to view, save or print.

Click here and follow the instructions to view or save the document - HDWC Evening Walks Programme 2019


Summer 2019

The East Yorkshire Moors Explorer (ME1) operates on the Spring Bank Holiday Sunday/Monday 25/27 May, Sundays 21 and 28 July, and Sundays 4, 11, 18, 25 August, plus Bank Holiday Monday 26 August.
For ideas for walks using the East Yorkshire Moors Explorer and other bus services visit the Dales Trails Moors Explorer page.
Click here: Moors Explorer


For promotions and offers from 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


East Yorkshire
Yorkshire Wolds Way

Hessle - North Ferriby
Footpath closures and diversions in place due to Humber river bank erosion between Hessle foreshore and North Ferriby.


North Yorkshire

Cleveland Way
North of Hayburn Wyke - closed due to land-slip


*** The CALENDAR has been updated with WALKS for 2019***

These details include:
* HDWC Short Walks - 1st Sunday of each month.
* HDWC Long Walks - 2nd and 4th Sundays.
* LWC Walks - 3rd Sundays.
* HDWC Wednesday Evening Walks - May to August

The Walks programme for the first half 2019 has being added to the calendar page, along with provisional details of walks later in the year, but these are subject to confirmation
Details are based on information supplied to me.


Download the Hornsea & Leven 2019 Walks Programme (Version 2 Jan - June) pdf file to view, save or print

Click here and follow the instructions to view or save the document - 2019 Walks Programme





MAY 24th-27th 2019

Weekend Away
Based at the Teesdale Hotel, Middleton-in-Teesdale

Organiser: Joyce Davidson



SUNDAY JUNE 2nd 2019

A 6½ mile circular walk from Gillamoor via Hutton-le-Hole. Meet in Gillamoor for a 10.30am start.
Gillamoor Parking Information
Leader: Sue Copeland



SUNDAY JUNE 9th 2019

A 9½ mile circular walk through Broxa Forest. Meet at Langdale Bridge for a 10.00am start.

Leader: Christine Mitchell



SUNDAY JUNE 16th 2019

A 9 mile walk from Filey via Lebberston Cliffs, Gristhorpe and Muston
Meet at Leven Sports Hall 9.00am or at Filey (North Cliff Country Park) for a 10.00 am start
Leader: Arnold Underwood



HDWC near Elton, Derbys/Photo © Arnold Underwood, April 26th 2009



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 York Moors - Sinnington

'Round via Lastingham' - 8 miles
A walk for all seasons linking the picturesque villages of Sinnington, Appleton-le-Moors, Spaunton and Lastingham, but especially so in the Spring when the daffodils are in flower by the river in Sinnington and elsewhere.

Click on this link for details: 'Round via Lastingham'


Please do not print the route maps - purchase the relevant OS Map (Explorer OL26) 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




The weather this month was still unsettled with showers and chilly easterly winds. But again the scheduled Sunday walks missed the worst of the weather, and one weekday walk was moved to the Friday to avoid a wet Thursday!

Thursday 4th April
After heavy over-night rain we, that's me and Suzie, decided to stay on the well-drained chalk Wolds for today's walk. So referring again to the East Riding Council's Open Access Walks booklet we opted for this Figure 8 walk from Fridaythorpe. The day was cloudy with some sunny breaks but with a chilly easterly wind, which picked up through the day. Our route followed the Yorkshire Wolds Way down into Brubber Dale, up past Gill's Farm and down again into Thixen Dale. This dale leads down to the road below Fotherdale Farm. For some reason the booklet misses out Thixendale village by keeping to the road up the hill. We looped round by the Cross Keys, which was closed, and took our lunch break on the veranda of Thixendale's cricket pavilion. After replacing the anti-sheep gate we continued through Water Dale, crossed the road and climbed the track up the hillside to Paradise Cottages. By now there was more sun with a great view across Raisthorpe towards Burdale. It was also getting very windy! We rejoined the road downhill to Brubberdale and along the dale, through the flock of sheep (again) and on into West Dale, battling against the head-wind. Behind us, a splintering crash made us jump as a tree came down in the woodland! That's twice now we've witnessed a falling tree in Brubberdale in strong winds! It was hard work walking into the wind making it seem a long way to the end of West Dale, where a short steep climb brought us up to the roadside near Fridaythorpe. The final ¼ mile along the verge and pavement back into the village was not very pleasant with a stream of traffic including many HGVs thundering past.

'Google photos - April 4th Fridaythorpe'

Sunday 7th April
On a grey, misty morning sixteen of us gathered at Cottam Lane End for this month's 6½ mile 'short walk' on the Yorkshire Wolds. We set off past the ruined church which overlooks the site of the 'lost' medieval village of Cottam, then across the site of the WW2 airfield, which hardly saw any active service. With the weather brightening we headed west along 'York Road' - an ancient route across the Wolds which possibly dates from Roman times. We took a coffee stop in Garton Bottom where York Road crosses the Cowlam road. Heading up Cowlam Well Dale the rain started and continued steadily for about half an hour. By Phillip's Slack, the rain had stopped and so here we made our lunch stop. Then followed a steep climb out of the dale, after which it was level-going across the tops past Cottam Grange into an easterly breeze which dried us off by the time we got back to the cars.
'Google photos - April 7th Cottam'

Sunday 14th April
Today we ventured into South Yorkshire to start our walk from Roche Abbey, near Maltby. Another dry day but overcast with a cold easterly wind greeted the walkers at the Abbey car park. We set off past the extensive ruins of the Cistercian abbey, which is in the care of English Heritage, and headed across fields to the hamlet of Stone and on by way of farm tracks and field paths to the attractive village of Firbeck. We took our 'elevenses' coffee break on the green in Firbeck, with its ornate village name-board displaying scenes from the village's past. The first St Leger Stakes horse-race took place here in the grounds of Park Hill House, the home of Anthony St Leger, in the 18th Century. The race moved to Doncaster in 1778. Firbeck Hall dates from the 16th Century but was modernised as a Country Club in the 1930s complete with an airstrip. Amy Johnson was a regular visitor. Our walk continued across fields to another picturesque village - Letwell. Here the village sign depicts a dovecote, which can be seen in the fields behind the village hall. After crossing some seemingly endless fields we reached the edge of the large village of Laughton en le Morthen. We found a little shelter from the cold wind for our lunch break behind the church of St John's, which is actually in the neighbouring settlement of Throapham. Moving on, we skirted Laughton passing the earthworks of the Norman castle to arrive at All Saints Church with its impressive spire. Then it was down across fields to Slade Hooton, and alongside the railway, only used by freight trains I believe, and down again, into the wooded valley of Hooton Dike, where a well-used path alongside the stream leads back to Roche Abbey.
'Google photos - April 14th Roche Abbey'

Thursday 18th April
A return visit with Suzie to the access land of South Wold Dale. This time starting from Wayrham, heading to the hamlet of Painsthorpe and walking the opposite way through South Wold Dale to a lunch stop overlooking the dale. Although it was a dry, sunny day there was still the cold easterly wind, which made itself felt on Garrowby Wold, the highest point on the Wolds at around 800ft above sea level. Here we came across the memorial to the crew of a WW2 Halifax bomber which crashed here killing all on board, and a local milkman whose van was passing along the road at the time. A section of wide verge and cycle path alongside the A166, then a minor road, and field paths over Callis Wold brought us back to Wayrham picnic site. Afterwards we called at Rachel's in Huggate for tea and scones, and back in Leven, at the New Inn for a pint of Isaac Poad Brewery No 86.
'Google photos - April 18th Wayrham & South Wold Dale'

Sunday 21st April
Easter Sunday, and twelve walkers and a leader met up near Lockton for this 9 mile walk over the moors into Dalby Forest. With the Ramblers also meeting in Lockton we moved our start/car parking up the main road to the disused quarry - our walk crossed the road here so it was no inconvenience to us. From the quarry we headed to Mount Pleasant and past High House Farm onto the high pastures where there were hundreds of sheep with very young lambs. After a coffee stop on the edge of Grime Moor we continued over Bridestones Moor, where we met the Ramblers group who had come the opposite way from Lockton. We first explored the High Bridestones then retraced our steps through Bridestones Griff to continue past the Low Bridestones. As it was a lovely day we chose to have lunch here before heading down into Staindale and Dalby Forest. From near Staindale Lake we needed to reach the Adderstone. The map suggested a 'path' alongside a wall heading diagonally up the steep wooded hillside. Alas, this path didn't appear to have been used since the forest was planted! Not daunted by this, we battled our way up, over fallen tree trunks and through self-seeded young conifers to reach a clear path at the top which led directly to the Adderstone. After some more tricky navigation through the forest we reached the clear track which led us straight down past High Rigg Farm to High Dalby House. Once across the beck we were faced with that little annoying deviation to avoid Staindale Lodge, which involves an extra up and a down, before the final climb up through Hagg Wood to the main road at Lockton. As it was now past 3 o'clock most of the party walked on through the village to the tearoom to order tea and scones, whilst the drivers continued above Jackdaw Griff to collect the cars from the quarry lay-by and rejoin the others at the tearoom.
'Google photos - April 21st Lockton & the Bridestones'

Friday 26th April
It was on a sunny and breezy Friday that we fitted in our weekday walk - just 7 miles from North Newbald. Our route took us over Sancton Hill (on Sancton Wold)and Sober Hill (Newbald Wold) passing very close to the wind turbines that now populate the hillsides. We used the permissive path (wind-farm funded) up onto Sancton Hill and returned along the Yorkshire Wolds Way as far as Swin Dale then back down the road into Newbald
'Google photos - April 26th Newbald & Sancton Wolds'

Sunday 28th April
After heavy rain on the previous day it was fortunate to have a scheduled walk on the Yorkshire Wolds today. Considering the amount of rain there had been, conditions were pretty good underfoot on the well-drained Wolds for our walk from Sherburn, led by Ann Horner. Setting off alongside the busy A64 it was with relief that we turned off to follow a track which led us unerringly up onto the edge of Wolds, here known as 'Brows'. Here we picked up the Yorkshire Wolds Way as far as Manor Wold Farm, above East Heslerton. An unusual discovery on East Heslerton Brow were the graves of two members of the Cussons family, together with a memorial seat. Cussons is a common local name, and family members have farmed at Grange Farm, East Heslerton for many years. From Manor Wold Farm we headed south across the rolling countryside of East Heslerton Wold dropping down into a shallow valley or 'Slack', Helperthorpe Slack. Here we found a convenient spot for lunch with some shelter from the chilly northerly wind. After lunch we continued adding an extra loop through the beech woods by Sherburn and Butterwick Whins, which provided a pleasant change from the open landscape of the Wolds. There now followed a long stretch of road walking as far as the top of Sked Dale, where a bridle path provided a pleasant alternative taking us around the top of the wooded dale. From Sked Dale Top we joined a narrow lane steeply downhill to re-join the road for last mile back into Sherburn to complete a walk of about 10½miles. Afterwards we adjourned to Sally Middlewood's tea room at nearby Potter Brompton.
'Google photos - April 28th Sherburn & Heslerton Wold'



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 so far), follow this link Pennine Way Conquered.


Dales Trails Photo Galleries

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

click on

'Dales Trails Google+ Photo Albums'

GOOGLE+ is being closed down in April. 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

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.

Hornsea Walking Club logo

Visitors to Dales Trails since August 1st 2007


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Arnold Underwood