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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.


Panoramic view over the Vale of York from Sutton Bank/Photo  Arnold Underwood, Nov 5th 2017

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e-mail: arnold.dalestrails@gmail.com


Leven Canal in Winter



UPDATED - 10h Dec 2017 10.30pm



The next LWC walk (about 9 miles) around the Top of the Wolds will be on Sunday Dec 17th from Huggate, East Yorkshire
Meet Leven Sports Hall, 9.00am. Parking and walk start will be from Huggate (Church Street) at about 10.00am.

Click here for map showing parking Huggate Parking Information
Leader: Christine Mitchell



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
Thixendale - Kirby Underdale

'Up 'n' Over Dale' - 9 miles.
A classic walk for Winter on the Yorkshire Wolds. A slight detour can incorporate a visit to the Robert Fuller Gallery at Fotherdale Farm

Click on this link for details: 'Thixendale - Kirby Underdale'


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




At last Caroline was showing signs of improvement, so we were able to extend our walks to about 8 miles, provided there weren't many steep hills (which was fine by me!)

Sunday Nov 5th
A sunny autumn day, albeit with a chilly north-easterly blowing, but just great for a walk at Sutton Bank with Suzie and Caroline. It may have been a long drive for a 7 mile walk but with great views across the Vale of York, and no hills, it was worth it. Parking near the gliding club our route took us along the edge above Kilburn White Horse to Sutton Bank Visitor Centre then continuing north above Whitestone Cliff along the Cleveland Way for about 2 miles. Here we turned away from the edge onto the Hambleton Hills then headed south back to the A170 at the closed Hambleton Inn to retrace our route back past the gliding club.

Thurs Nov 9th
Allerthorpe Woods and Common - just the place for a 7 mile walk, again with no hills, on a sunny autumn day with Caroline and Suzie. Our route from Allerthorpe was via Waplington followed by a loop round Allerthorpe Common. After lunch in a sunny clearing we headed across the common to join a muddy farm track, ending with a loop around Allerthorpe to visit the church.

Sunday Nov 12th
And now something different - a visit to the Humber South Bank. It was a cold and windy day for the twelve of us on this 10mile walk, led by Carron, along the south bank from Barton to New Holland and back through Barrow. New Holland was the terminal for the ferries from Hull before the opening of the Humber Bridge. Fortunately we missed the heavy rain that affected the coast of East Yorkshire.

Thursday Nov 16th
The morning didn't look good for this walk on the Wolds with Caroline & Suzie. It was cold, overcast, and a little rain - but the forecast promised better and so it turned out to be. I had arranged parking at Robert Fuller's Gallery at Fotherdale Farm from where we set off down to Thixendale. By late morning we were in Brubber Dale and the sun had appeared, and the afternoon light was glorious as we followed the Yorkshire Wolds Way via Gill's Farm and Thixen Dale back to Fotherdale Farm. A great little 6 mile loop featuring some of the best of the Wolds landscape and including a visit to Robert Fuller's Gallery, where the mulled wine was much appreciated, and a rare sighting of the artist himself at work!

Sunday Nov 19th
After an overnight frost, a cold sunny day for the eighteen of us on an 8 mile walk from Kirkham Abbey via Crambe to Howsham Mill. Lunch break was taken at Howsham Mill where quite a few of the group took advantage of a guided tour of the restoration and workings of the electricity turbines at the mill. Our return was through Howhsam Woods and up on to Spy Hill before descending through Westow back to Kirkham.

Thursday Nov 23rd
Caroline had suffered a bit with hills on the Kirkham walk so back to just 6 miles today with Caroline and Suzie with a loop around Wharram Percy and Wharram le Street. We just finished as the sun gave way to squally showers, so abandoned any idea of an extra loop and headed for the tearoom at Sledmere House.

Sunday Nov 26th
Today there were twelve of us on a 'bracing' walk around Flamborough Headland. However the low winter sun did show off the chalk cliffs at their best. There are several steep downs and ups on the cliff-top path so me and Caroline cut it short at New Fall to join the road back to Flamborough village, completing about 8 miles whilst the rest continued via South Landing and Danes Dyke.



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.


Dales Trails Photo Galleries

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

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With 'Picasa' being closed down by Google in the next few weeks, please try using the Google+ link.
If you experience any problems please let me know.


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.

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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)

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Visitors to Dales Trails since August 1st 2007


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