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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.

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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:
'Google photos - 10th Nov Cropton & Sinnington'
'Google photos - 14th Nov Hovingham'
'Google photos - 17th Nov Kirkham, Crambeck & Whitwell'
'Google photos - 21st Nov Fother Dale & Pluckham Dale'
'Google photos - 24th Nov Bishop Wilton'
'Google photos - 5th Dec Kilnwick Percy'
'Google photos - 15th Dec North Cave'
'Google photos - 19th Dec Reighton Sands'
'Google photos - 22nd Dec Huggate Tops & Trails'
'Google photos - 29th Dec Fraisthorpe..again'

'Google photos - 1st Jan 2020 Skipsea New Year's Day Walk'
'Google photos - 5th Jan Wharram & Raisthorpe'
'Google photos - 9th Jan Barton-upon-Humber'
'Google photos - 12th Jan Leven - Rise - Hornsea'
'Google photos - 16th Jan Cloughton'
'Google photos - 19th Jan North Newbald'
'Google photos - 23rd Jan Wheeldale'

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NOTE - EMAIL ADDRESS
e-mail: arnold.dalestrails@gmail.com

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

UPDATED - 24th Jan 2020 11.00am

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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.

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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

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WALKS COMING SOON

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HORNSEA DISTRICT WALKING CLUB

SUNDAY JAN 26th 2019

DRIFFIELD (East Yorkshire)
A 9 mile circular walk from Driffield via Driffield Wold and Garton Balk
Meet at Driffield Old Cattle Market car park for a 10am start
Parking/Start 'Driffield Parking'
Depart Hornsea 9.00am; Leven 9.15am
Leader: Julie England

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HORNSEA DISTRICT WALKING CLUB

SUNDAY FEB 2nd 2019

NORTH CAVE(East Yorkshire)
A 6 mile short walk from North Cave via Hotham
Meet at North Cave (Church Lane) for a 10.30am start
Parking/Start 'North Cave Parking'
Depart Hornsea 9.30am; Leven 9.45am
Leader: Arnold Underwood

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HORNSEA DISTRICT WALKING CLUB

SUNDAY FEB 9th 2019

WEST KNAPTON (North Yorkshire)
A 10 mile circular walk from West Knapton via Scampston, Winteringham and a section of the Wolds Way
Meet at West Knapton (A64 Lay-by) for a 10am start

Depart Hornsea 8.30am; Leven 8.45am
Leader: Graham Hadfield

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LEVEN WALKING CLUB

SUNDAY FEB 16th 2019

MARKET WEIGHTON (East Yorkshire)
A 9 mile circular walk from Market Weighton via Londesborough and the Yorkshire Wolds Way
Meet at Market Weighton (Market Place) for a 10am start

Depart Leven 9.00am
Leader: Joyce Davidson

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FLASHBACK 10 YEARS

Snow in Leven/ Photo by Arnold Underwood, Jan 8th 2010

Snow in Leven, Jan 8th 2010, by Arnold Underwood

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Tog 24 Outlet Store, Hornsea Freeport.

*** HORNSEA FACTORY-CLEARANCE STORE ***

SALE STARTS FRIDAY 20th DECEMBER

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.

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HUGGATE'S BEST-KEPT SECRET

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

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DALES TRAILS

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.

FEATURE WALK - AUTUMN

North York Moors - Hutton-le-Hole

'Hutton, Gillamoor & Shepherd's Nab' - 8 miles
A walk for all seasons, but especially so in Autumn with the bracken turning golden brown, adding colour to the scene. Incudes an optional detour up onto Shepherds Nab.


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

WALK OF THE MONTH INCLUDES ROUTE MAP
REPRODUCED WITH PERMISSION OF ORDNANCE SURVEY

Please do not print the route maps - purchase the relevant OS Map (Explorer OL26) or subscribe to the OS Maps website 'OS Maps Online'

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DALES TRAILS

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

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DALES TRAILS - WALKS REPORTS

BOGTROTTER'S BLOG - DECEMBER 2019

The unsettled weather continued into December, and with other distractions such as being unwell at the beginning of the month and then Christmas, meant the usual walks routine was somewhat disrupted.

Thursday 5th Dec
Although I wasn't feeling 100%, having missed a couple of walks recently I was determined to do a short walk this week with Caroline. The weather wasn't brilliant - overcast with a cold wind - but at least it wasn't raining. From Kilnwick Percy we set off along the road to join the Wolds Way, but I struggled with long climb past Warrendale Plantation. At the top an uncultivated stubble field provided an unofficial short cut. We followed tractor tracks across the field to the road, from where it was all downhill, pausing at the Trig Point Tumulus at 204m above sea level. Continuing the downward trend we headed through Bratt Wood towards Nunburnholme but at the bottom turned right to head along the road to Kilnwick Percy. We paused for a brief lunch stop on a log in the wood before continuing along the road back into the parkland around Kilnwick Percy Hall. After about 6 miles, cups of tea in the World Peace Café warmed us up a bit before the drive home.

Sunday 15th Dec
I had missed out on some walking due to illness, and didn't feel fit enough to walk 10 miles. Also with Sue Frazer visiting us from Dorset, who felt comfortable walking about 6 miles, plus finally we had a show to go to that evening in Hull. So it was that with our visitor Sue, I planned walking a shorter version of today's scheduled walk from North Cave. We would walk with the main group as far as Drewton Dale, but from there our paths would diverge and we two would head directly up Comber Dale to join the track on Little Wold, above South Cave. From there it was all down-hill past Swinescaif Quarry, which to my surprise was back in operation, to the main road. Across the main road we followed the minor road through Everthorpe towards North Cave, finally cutting across the fields to the football pitch and sports club in North Cave, completing about 6½ miles. The main group, by including High Hunsley and South Cave in their walk, would complete about 10½ miles.

Thursday 19th Dec
A window in the weather allowed a second attempt at this little walk from Reighton Gap. The idea to walk along the cliff top towards and past Hunmanby Gap. Within the next year this should become part of the England Coastal Path, although currently it is not all a right-of-way. At Flat Cliff Gill, me and Caroline made a tricky descent of Flat Cliff Gill (the Coastal Path will divert inland to avoid this) which was very wet and muddy after all the rain. Safely down we headed back along the sands, meeting Suzie who had sensibly returned to Hunmanby Gap to access the beach. After lunch on the rocks (actually WW2 concrete blocks) we used the steep path from the beach up to Reighton Sands Holiday Village (unfortunately the 'land train' doesn't operate in the winter months) to rejoin the road down to Reighton Gap car park. A quite strenuous little 4 mile adventure on a windy day, but with no rain. Afterwards we visited the Spirit of Yorkshire coffee shop at Hunmanby for cups of tea before returning to Leven (and a quick pint in the New Inn)

Sunday 22nd Dec
With no scheduled walk today, I invited Caroline to join me on a little walk on the Yorkshire Wolds. Our route from Huggate would keep to the tracks and trails on the tops of the Wolds. The well-drained chalk Wolds would hopefully mean that the conditions underfoot would be ok after all the recent rain - and for the most part this was the case. On a rather grey, misty morning we headed for Horse Dale and turned along the top of the dale (access land) to meet up with the Yorkshire Wolds Way. We followed the Wolds Way south along the top of Pasture Dale as far as Nettle Dale, where we took our lunch break. We then cut across the top of Nettle Dale (access land) to pick up the Hawold Bridle Road. This 'green lane' provided good walking above Well Dale and Keasey Dale as far as Mill Lane. Back in Huggate we took the loop round 'the back' for the reflections in the pond and a view of the church in the afternoon sunshine, to complete a walk of nearly 7½ miles.

Sunday 29th Dec
An extra walk, slotted in between Christmas and New Year, meant a return to Fraisthorpe Sands, last visited at the beginning of the year on Jan 6th. Not such a nice day being overcast with a strong SW wind. Nevertheless 15 walkers turned out and, with the tide going out, set out briskly along the sands towards Bridlington. We paused in the shelter above Bridlington Harbour for a coffee break than continued through the town passing the scenic delights of Tesco, McDonalds, and Morrisons and the back of the industrial estate to emerge in the countryside. A green lane led us to the delightful 'backwater' of Bessingby village where we took a lunch break in the shelter of St Magnus' Church graveyard. From Bessingby we followed field edge paths across the railway to the main A165 road. From there we passed the new Caravan and Holiday Park and along the lane to regain the beach at Wilsthorpe. Back at Fraisthorpe at about 1.30pm the car park was now full, there were hundreds of people on the sands (mostly with dogs) and the Cow Shed Café at Auburn Farm was doing good business.

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

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NEW - PENNINE WAY CONQUERED

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.

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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.

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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
Leven
East Yorkshire
HU17 5QA
e-mail: arnold.dalestrails@gmail.com

NOTE - NEW EMAIL ADDRESS

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

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Arnold Underwood