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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 - July 4th Ravenscar & Stoupe Brow'

'Google photos - July 7th Bempton Cliffs'
'Google photos - July 12th Reighton & Speeton'
'Google photos - July 14th Hawnby to Paradise'
'Google photos - July 18th Huggate & Fridaythorpe'

e-mail: arnold.dalestrails@gmail.com



UPDATED - 19th July 2019 8.00am




The next evening walk will be on July 24th from Hotham going via North Cave and The Park.
Leader Arnold Underwood

Meet at the War Memorial in Hotham for a 7.00pm start


Download the 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.


Exciting time at the Hornsea Store which has recently changed to become a Factory Clearance Store!
This means lots of wonderful bargains for our customers!
For example we have zip neck fleeces from just 8.00, technical ts from 10.00 and waterproofs from 20.00 for a 3K jacket and just 65.00 for a 20K!

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


*** The CALENDAR has been updated with WALKS for the remainder of 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 second half 2019 has been added to the calendar page, but some walks may be subject to confirmation
Details are based on information supplied to me.


Download the Hornsea & Leven 2019 Walks Programme (July-Dec)pdf file to view, save or print

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





SUNDAY JULY 21st 2019

RIPLEY (North Yorkshire)
A 9 mile walk in Nidderdale via Birstwith, Burnt Yates and Bedlam
Meet at Leven Sports Hall at 8.30am or at Ripley (Car Park) for 10.15am start
Ripley Parking Information
Leader: Arnold Underwood



SUNDAY JULY 28th 2019

A 9 mile circular walk via Ampleforth. Meet in Gilling East (near Church) (SE 614 769) for a 10.00am start.
Gilling East Parking Information
Leader: Bob Cutts




A 6 mile circular walk via Cornborough. Meet at Sheriff Hutton Village Hall for a 10.30am start
Sheriff Hutton Parking Information
Leader: Sue Copeland




CHOP GATE (North York Moors)
A 9 mile circular walk via Cold Moor and the Wainstones. Meet at Chop Gate Village Hall for a 10.00am start.
Chop Gate Parking Information
Leader: Bob Cutts



Become a Friend of the Trans-Pennine Trail - click on this link for more details:
Friends of the Trans-Pennine Trail



LWC near Skelton Tower, North York Moors/Photo  Arnold Underwood, June 21st 2009

Leven Walking Club near Skelton Tower, North York Moors, June 21st 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 Yorkshire - Fountains Abbey

'Fountains Abbey and Studley Park' - 9 miles
A walk of great variety; secluded dales, farmland and forest bordering the site of Fountains Abbey, with plenty of history and natural history to hold your attention all day. The walk passes the historic Markenfield Hall, and through Studley Royal Park, a World Heritage Site which also includes the ruins of Fountains Abbey.

Click on this link for details: 'Fountains Abbey'


Please do not print the route maps - purchase the relevant OS Map (Explorer 289) 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 for much of June remained unsettled with rain and showers, but a little warmer. As a result of weather and other commitments my walks mileage was down considerably compared with last month

Sunday, 2nd June
The short walk today from Gillamoor had more than its fair share of downs and ups in its 6 miles! After another 'false start' we headed down through the trees to join the Shepherd's Road with views across Douthwaite Dale. Then it was up again to join Back o' Parks Road, for a welcome drinks stop on this warm and windy day. Soon it was down again into the Dale to cross the River Dove at Yoadwath Mill, followed of course, by another up to the main Hutton road. After the road it was down again to the footbridge over Hutton Beck then steeply up to reach Oxclose Lane. A gentle stroll down the lane brought us into Hutton-le-Hole for a lunch stop on the green overlooking the beck. Onwards from Hutton, across the moorland below Shepherd's Nab (no takers today for a quick up and down here!) and down to Mill Farm with the Belted Galloway/Highland pet cattle, followed by one last long hill back up into Gillamoor by St Aiden's Church. Afterwards most of us enjoyed drinks in the Royal Oak.

Thurs, 6th June
Today the situation demanded we not travel far afield so we opted for the Leven to Hornsea linear walk - about 8 miles, and using the convenient East Yorkshire bus service for the opposite direction. After surviving the crossing of the Leven bypass this becomes is a very pleasant walk via the villages of Catwick and Sigglesthorne, then through the Wassand Hall Estate arriving in Hornsea overlooking the Mere.

Sunday, 9th June
We were very lucky to have the one fine day among several very wet days for this 8 mile walk into Broxa Forest, North Yorkshire. Sixteen of us gathered near Langdale Bridge for this 8mile walk, which started with a very steep climb of Broxa Banks. This was the first of several steep ups and downs we would encounter on this walk. Although only 8 miles it was quite strenuous with those climbs, plus other hazards and obstacles such as rickety stiles, fallen trees, and boggy and muddy areas. The walk was led by Bob (Chris unfortunately being unwell) and it certainly was an adventure - what we have come to expect from Bob! Lunch was taken overlooking Harwood Dale, after which we contoured along the hillside to Barnes Cliff End and steeply down into Lang Dale. From there we walked down the dale parallel with the River Derwent back to Langdale Bridge. Afterwards many of us stopped off at the Everley Tearooms near Hackness for tea and cakes.

Sunday, 16th June
The best day for weather after a very unseasonal week of rain saw 15 of us gather (eventually!) at North Cliff Country Park in Filey. After issues with the parking ticket machines it was nearly 10.30 by the time we set off. The first part was straightforward - follow the cliff-top Cleveland Way for about 3 miles to Gristhorpe Cliff where we paused for a coffee break with views towards Scarborough. After our coffee stop we turned inland through the holiday caravan park then across the main coast road into Gristhorpe. This is a quiet, picturesque village bypassed by the main road with pretty cottages and neatly mown verges. From the village we took the narrow lane that crosses the railway at the site of the former station and continues to Magdalen Grange Farm. After skirting round the farm we found a convenient lunch stop at the corner of a field. After lunch we continued along an overgrown path by Main Drain, also known as the River Hertford, and across meadows into Muston. After a loop via the church we headed up to the main coast road, crossing over to pick up the Centenary Way past another caravan park to the cliff-top overlooking Filey Bay. Steep steps took us down to the promenade. With the tide now in, we walked the full length of the prom - there were plenty of people about on this fine day, but Filey's sea front is not spoiled by amusement arcades and fun-fairs. Then it was up the steps out of the Ravine passing near to the Parish Church to return to North Cliff Country Park to round off the day with tea and cakes in the tearoom there.

Thurs, 20th June
After a period of unsettled, wet weather things looked better today so me and Suzie headed to Thixendale. Our walk headed out of the village up Milham Dale to reach the 'edge of the Wolds' at Hanging Grimston. Looking west across the Vale of York, the weather didn't look promising - there was a chilly wind which appeared to be bringing heavy showers our way. We pressed on, overlooking Deep Dale and crossed the road to head down Brownmoor Dale. Fortunately we only felt a few spots of rain. From Aldro Farm we turned along the lane towards Toisland. This lane heads straight along the ridge for more than a mile to the junction with the Yorkshire Wolds Way. Here we found a little shelter from the wind for our lunch stop. After lunch it was a simple matter of following the Wolds Way back to Thixendale. Having seen no-one, other than a lady with her dogs near Toisland, this stretch was busy with walkers heading north on the Wolds Way. Alas the steep down and up through Vessey Pasture Dale would not be the last climb for them, but it was for us. From Cow Wold at the top of Beamer Hill we looked down on our outward route before making the steep descent into Thixendale, to complete a walk of about 8 miles.

Sunday, 23rd June
Our walk today headed east from Helmsley towards Riccaldale. The re-routed paths near Reagarth Farm caused a bit of confusion, but was soon resolved and we arrived in the picturesque village of Pockley for a coffee break at the Church. On again and there were a couple more down and ups to get to Howl Dale, from where we headed down the lane to the twin villages of Beadlam & Nawton. On Gale Lane we found a convenient grassy bank by Ryedale School for our lunch break. After lunch we continued along Gale Lane then via some overgrown field paths to Harome, another pretty village with more thatched cottages. The path onward past the pond was closed due to an unsafe footbridge - some ignored this whilst others went round by the road, passing the famous 'Star at Harome' Inn which was having its roof re-thatched. Re-united we continued towards Helmsley alongside the River Rye. Within sight of Helmsley a combination of poor waymarking and a navigational error meant we had to retrace our steps for a short distance to pick up the correct path. Back in Helmsley after walking about 10miles, it was time for cups of tea before the drive home.

Thurs, 27th June
After an unsettled couple of weeks summer finally returned. Me and Suzie made an earlier start and headed for Levisham on the North York Moors. On a glorious day we completed an 8 mile loop, firstly heading down to Levisham Bottoms to visit Skelton Tower and then along the edge of Newtondale where we got views of two steam trains on the NYMR line that threads through the dale. Then it was up onto the tops of Levisham Moor for panoramic views over the Hole of Horcum and back past Dundale Pond to Levisham.

Evening walks
Due to other commitments I only managed one this month, that being from Withernwick on 5th June. It was a pleasant evening for this 4 mile stroll via West Newton on field paths and lanes, which fortunately avoided the protestors and security at 'Fracking' site! Afterwards we enjoyed drinks at The Falcon in Withernwick, which we hadn't visited for a few years whilst the previous management tried to take it 'up market'.

Photos of these walks can be found 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 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 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

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