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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 - 10th Dec 2018 10.00am


Leven Walking Club
It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Dave Fox on the night of 28-29th November after a 5-year battle with prostate cancer.
Dave was a founder member of Leven Walking Club some 40 year ago.
Back then it was associated with PTFA of the village school as an activity for the school-children to get out into the countryside on the third Sunday each month.
The Club still walks on the third Sunday to this day.
I'm sure many members of Leven Walking Club, past and present, will recall many happy times with Dave - he will be sorely missed.

(Dave's funeral will be at Haltemprice Crematorium on Wed 12th Dec at 11.30am)



Rachel's Walnut Cottage Tea Room
Tea, Coffee, Homemade Cakes & Scones


Raincliffe Woods - North Yorkshire

Forestry Operations are due to start in Raincliffe Woods this month (October)
This will in volve 'thinning' of the woodland largely on the upper parts of the hillside above Middle Road also affecting the higher path known as Lady Mildred's Ride.
It would appear that machinery will be access the woodland via Middle Road and felled trees will be stored adjacent to Middle Road.
I would suggest Raincliffe Woods be best avoided for a few months!


*** The CALENDAR has been updated with PROVISIONAL DETAILS for 2019***

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

Outline details for 2019 are being added to the calendar page. All walks still subject to confirmation
Details are based on information supplied to me. Please can organisers/walk leaders check details and inform me of any necessary changes.


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





The LWC walk on Sunday, Dec 16th will start from WELTON at approx 10.00am
Meet at Leven Sports Hall at 9.00am or at Welton (Green) for a 9 mile walk via Wauldby
Welton Parking Information
Leader: Arnold Underwood




Great Hatfield
5 mile walk followed by Soup & Sandwiches at The Wrygarth
More details in due course



LWC near Knaresborough/Photo  Arnold Underwood, Nov 16th 2008

Leven Walking Club near Knaresborough Nidd Gorge, Nov 16th 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 York Moors - Hutton-le-Hole

'Hutton, Gillamoor and Shepherds Nab' - 8 miles
A walk for all seasons, but especially so in Autumn with the bracken turning golden brown, adding colour to the scene.
Via the secrete valley of Douthwaite Dale and Gillamoor, with its 'Surprise View, and an optional visit to Shepherds Nab

Click on this link for details: 'Hutton & Gillamoor'


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




Thursday Oct 4th
With reasonable weather forecast me and Suzie headed up to West Ayton (near Scarborough) for today's weekday walk. Our 8 mile route took us through East Ayton and up onto Ayton Moor and, after a missed turning, down to Throxenby Mere. Then up into Raincliffe Woods and, after a missed turning, along Middle Road. Finally, after missing another turning, it was steeply down into Forge Valley to return along the board-walk and past Ayton Castle. On the way home we stopped off for tea and scones at the Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery Coffee Shop in Hunmanby

Sunday Oct 7th
On a bright and breezy day, with an autumnal chill in the air, thirteen of us gathered at West Lutton in the 'Great Wold Valley' for this month's short walk, led by Sue Copeland. Our route would take us along the valley by the side of the Gypsy Race - the stream that rises on the Wolds near Duggleby and flows eastwards into the North Sea at Bridlington. With little rain recently, the 'Race' was largely dry. Our walk then climbed onto the Wolds near Mowforth, an area new to me, before dropping down to Thirkleby Manor back to West Lutton. Most visited the Three Tuns Inn at West Lutton for drinks before heading home.

Thursday Oct 11th
Another warm day was forecast after earlier rain had cleared, but things didn't look promising on the drive to Castle Howard with rain then fog! At least it was dry when we set off from Coneysthorpe and the sun tried to break through, but didn't finally succeed until about 1 o'clock. A pleasant 8 mile circuit keeping the Castle Howard Mausoleum on our right all the way, with autumn tints beginning to show.

Thursday Oct 18th
An early 6.30am start from Leven for the 16 of us on this weekend break to the Isle of Man with National Holidays. Following pick-ups in Hull, Hessle, Wakefield and Leeds our coach arrived at the port of Heysham around 12 noon. A very smooth afternoon sailing across the Irish Sea from saw us arrive in Douglas about 5.00pm.

Friday Oct 19th
On Friday 19th a coach tour was scheduled to visit Laxey, Ramsey and the Point of Ayr. The 13 walkers in our party travelled as far as Laxey but after visiting the famous 'Wheel' we left the tour for an 11mile walk back to Douglas. This walk was 'stitched together' from several shorter walks in a guide book, and included a steep down and up to cross Glen Roy, Windy Corner (where it was windy), and a pathless stretch of heather moorland - a quite strenuous introduction to the island! Our non-walkers stayed with other holidaymakers on the coach for the tour around the north of the island.

Saturday Oct 20th
A day off for our coach driver, so we all went by steam train down to Port Erin. Ten of the group left the train at Port St Mary to complete a 7 mile cliff-top walk via the Calf of Man to Port Erin, whilst the remaining six continued by train. After exploring Port Erin we made our way back to Douglas where Ann and me just had to ride the Douglas Bay Horse-tram along the full 1 miles of the Promenade. Our horse was Charles. At the north end the horse-trams connect with trams of the Manx Electric Railway which operates to Laxey and Ramsey.

Sunday Oct 21st
Today's coach tour would take the non-walkers back down to Castletown and Port Erin, then to Peel and back to Douglas. It's route didn't quite fit with our planned walk - the Steam Heritage Trail along the disused railway from Peel to Douglas. So the thirteen walkers caught the 09.07 bus to Peel - a 40min ride for just 2.70 on a very nice Mercedes Citaro with free wi-fi and a very nice driver. After a quick look around Peel harbour and Castle we set off in gloomy weather along the disused railway, now a 'coast to coast' trail. Out of the gloom came drizzle then rain. At least the walking was easy today, no hills, no heather-bashing! We took a coffee break at St Johns where some visited Tynwald, ancient site of the Manx Parliament. St Johns was once an important railway junction but today nothing remains. By the time of our lunch stop near Crosby the weather was brightening. After about 12 miles we were back in Douglas, and a walk in the sunshine along the prom to our hotel. Today was the final operating day for the horse trams this year, and a special service was running using all of their tram-cars and horses.

Monday Oct 22nd
Early breakfast at our hotel to board the 8.45am ferry back to Heysham. Another smooth crossing and a comfortable coach ride the final few of us were dropped off in Leven about 6.00pm

Thursday Oct 25th
A lovely autumn day for this 8 mile walk with Suzie. Setting off from Cropton our route criss-crossed the valley of the River Seven to take in the villages of Appleton-le-Moors (and the Moors Inn) and Sinnington. An unplanned loop was included near the start upon discovery of permissive paths around Cropton Banks in the care of the Woodland Trust, which allowed a visit to the site of Motte & Bailey Castle overlooking the valley.

Sunday Oct 28th
A mix of short sharp showers and warm sunshine for this autumn HDWC walk in the Howardian Hills AONB in North Yorkshire. Twelve of us gathered a Hovingham for this walk, along with about 50 Ryedale Ramblers! Fortunately they were walking in the opposite direction to us. Our walk of nearly 10miles took us via Cawton Heights and Coulton through a mix of rolling countryside and woodland. The route was devised by Graham but was unable to lead the walk due to injury, so it was down to Bob and myself to follow the route, more or less, and we did so without a hitch!



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

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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.

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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)

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

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