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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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Deep Dale & Wharram Percy/Photo © Arnold Underwood

View down Deep Dale towards Wharram Percy 25th July 2021


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

UPDATED - 20th September 2021, 9.00am

SUNDAY WALKS NOW CATEGORISED : SHORT (6-8miles), MEDIUM (8-10miles), and LONG (more than 10miles)

*** CLUB WALKS RESTART ***

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HORNSEA DISTRICT WALKING CLUB (Incorporating LEVEN WALKING CLUB)

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* COVID-19 - CURRENT RESTRICTIONS FROM 19th JULY 2021 *

STEP FOUR - ENDING LOCKDOWN


MOST RESTRICTIONS REMOVED
• Remember, carry a FACE MASK with you at all times as you are advised to wear masks in busy places and on public transport.

• This information is subject to updates by HM Government

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With the relaxing of COVID Restrictions a 'Walks Restart Programme' has been planned on a month by monnth basis

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On SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 29th there is a MEDIUM (9mile) starting from near ELLER BECK BRIDGE on the NORTH YORK MOORS. Leader David Holtby (07931 904151)
Meet there at 10.00am for the start of this walk which coincides with Autumn Steam Gala on the NYMR.

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The SHORT walk on SUNDAY OCTOBER 3rd is from OTTRINGHAM, leader Carron York.
Parking has been arranged at Sunken Treasures Garden Centre, at The Elms, off Sunk Island Road, Ottringham, HU12 0DX.
Meet there at 10.00am for the start of this walk.
Please inform Carron 24hours in advance (on 07588 467643) if you would like tea & cakes at the Garden Centre after the walk

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Details of forthcoming walks can be found on this website's Calendar. Click here: Calendar

** If you intend joining any Club walk please contact (phone/text/email) the Walk Leader in advance (Contact details are on the Calendar) **

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Walks Photographs

Links to my walks photos are being compiled in the 'Photo Albums'page on this website

Click this Photo Albums link Photo Albums

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:

AUGUST 2021
'Google photos - 1st Aug 2021 Kiplingcotes'
'Google photos - 5th Aug 2021 Goodmanham'
'Google photos - 8th Aug 2021 HDWC Ravenscar'
'Google photos - 15th Aug 2021 Thixendale & Hanging Grimston'
'Google photos - 19th Aug 2021 Leven Loops'
'Google photos - 29th Aug 2021 Goodmanham - Disused Railways'

SEPTEMBER 2021
'Google photos - 5th Sept 2021 Thixendale & Uncleby Wold'
'Google photos - 12th Sept 2021 Thixendale & Fairy Dale'
'Google photos - 19th Sept 2021 Wetwang'

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WALKS REPORTS

The activities of Hornsea and Leven Walking Clubs are reported on regularly in the monthly Hornsea Community News and the quarterly 'Leven Life'.

For those who do not receive these publications copies of previous Walks Reports will be avialabe as PDF Downloads here.

(Note: complete copies of back issues of Hornsea Community News can be downloaded from its website)

To download a HCN or Leven Life Walks Report click on the relevent link:

HCN Walks Report January 2021
Leven Life Walks Report March 2021
HCN Walks Report March 2021
HCN Walks Report April 2021
HCN Walks Report May 2021
Leven Life Walks Report June 2021
HCN Walks Report July 2021
HCN Walks Report August 2021
**NEW** HCN Walks Report September 2021
**NEW**Leven Life Walks Report September 2021

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FLASHBACK TEN YEARS AGO

Setting off from Ravenscar Mast/ 28th Aug 2011 by Arnold Underwood

On 28th Aug 2011, HDWC walkers up on Stoupe Brow Road, near the Ravenscar transmitter mast for a 9½ mile walk that took us inland through Harwood Dale Forest, Jugger Howe and back along the Lyke Wake Walk over Stony Marl Moor.

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Tog 24 Outlet Store, Hornsea Freeport.

*** HORNSEA FACTORY-CLEARANCE STORE ***

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

Refurbished TEAROOM & GARDEN NOW OPEN
For Tea, Coffee, Homemade Cakes & Scones and more


See FACEBOOK 'Hobsons in Huggate'

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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 - BISHOP WILTON & GARROWBY HILL

* Please bear in mind the current COVID-19 restrictions when encountering other walkers*

East Yorkshire Wolds

Parking at Bishop Wilton Village Hall (Honesty Box for donations)

This walk takes you over the Wolds on Garrowby Hill and then via access land and permissive paths to picturesque village of Kirby Underdale, which is further brightened by daffodils in early Spring.
The return is straight back up to Garrowby Hill but deviates from the outward route by dropping down through access land into Worsendale and back into Bishop Wilton (7 miles)
Can also be divided into two 3 mile walks by starting from Bishop Wilton and Kirby Underdale, omitting the crossing of Garrowby Hill Top

This link below opens my photo album for this walk and provides a pictorial guide of the route:

'Google photos - Bishop Wilton & Garrowby Hill'

THE WALK GUIDE/ALBUM INCLUDES A ROUTE MAP
REPRODUCED WITH PERMISSION OF ORDNANCE SURVEY

Please do not print the route maps - purchase the relevant OS Map (Explorer 294) or subscribe to the OS Maps website 'OS Maps Online'

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DALES TRAILS - WALKS REPORTS

BOGTROTTER'S BLOG - JULY 2021

With three HDWC evening walks on top of my regular Sunday walks with Caroline I logged my highest monthly 'official walks' mileage since May 2020. The weather was very hot for the part of the month, but then became unsettled with heavy downpours so there was some last minute juggling of where and when to walk.

Sunday 4th July
We chose Sledmere for the start point of our walk today as this provided options of between about six and nine miles, depending on how we felt and what the weather was doing. It was a warm sunny morning but with thundery showers forecast from about 2pm. From the parking area by the road junction me and Caroline set off through the village, passing the two monuments and taking a little detour through the Woodyard which has a few shops, gallery, and take-away café. The road through the village was busy with traffic taking the 'scenic route' to the coast. We left the traffic for a fairly overgrown path towards Croome. Here we encountered cattle - firstly cows with calves, but once I had pointed out to them that we were on a public right-of-way, they allowed us past. Then after passing Croome House Farm a field of young bullocks. We squeezed through the gate and Caroline decided to go left, drawing their attention, which left the way clear for me to continue straight ahead! It was amusing to see the 'face off' between the cattle and Caroline, who then came back to follow me across the field whilst the cattle just stood and watched us. It's a long straight road up to the Trig Point on Thirkleby Wold where we paused to consider options. We decided to miss West Lutton over to the right and drop down into the Great Wold Valley to follow the Gypsey Race to Kirby Grindalythe. Parts of this path were seriously overgrown with the nettles, brambles etc and just past Thirkleby Manor we chose to climb over a wire fence and walk in the field. The rest of the way was mostly long grass along the field sides. Near Kirby Grindalythe we reached the paddock that has been the home of a 'crazy' horse, and I had made plans of how to avoid the area. But the paddock was empty, the stables derelict, with a large pile of rubbish, and deep post holes where a fence had been taken out. We made another decision here, choosing to head back to Sledmere along Kirby Lane, a quiet single track road. Although we were feeling peckish we decided to get to the top of the hill before taking a break. We made good progress up the long gradual gradient towards Crook Plantation at the top, where to our amazement there was a bench - how convenient! After lunch we continued along the lane, with rain clouds gathering, down into Sledmere where took a little detour to visits St Mary's Parish Church before returning to our cars, to complete a walk of 7¾miles. It was two o'clock and we were able to listen the start of the Austrian F1 Grand Prix before heading off in opposite directions.

Wednesday 7th July,
This HDWC Wednesday evening walk from Leven was the first one I had managed this year. The weather was unsettled with heavy showers, but the forecast said the rain would clear in the evening - it didn't! The weather, plus there was some football match on TV that evening, may have deterred some people from turning out. However eight of us gathered in the New Inn car park for this walk led by Betty. We began with a brief talk about bricks outside the pub by a local historian - who explained about the expensive Flemish Bond brickwork of the New Inn frontage. From the Inn we headed alongside the canal to Sandholme with Betty pointing out the canal side flora. Heading out of the village through Little Leven, the rain began in earnest with dark clouds amassing from the west. With waterproofs and umbrellas we headed along the lane towards Heigholme Hall. Here we turned to follow a field path to the footbridge over the Barff Drain and along the track across Star Carr to the road. Finally back along the roadside pavement with skies brightening in the west, we arrived back in Leven just as a big cheer went up from the Hare & Hounds - apparently England had equalised in the Euros semi-final (which England went on to win 2-1)

Sunday 11th July,
After some unsettled weather the forecast for today looked promising, so I arranged to meet Caroline on Mill Lane near Huggate for a walk on the Wolds. The plan was for a walk of about 7miles round to Huggate village. At the same time there was a longer HDWC walk led by David Holtby setting off from Huggate in the opposite direction. Anyway we set off down the lane to join the Hawold Bridle Road along the top of Well Dale to Cobdale Cottage and on to Nettle Dale. We never tire of walking here as the scenes change with the seasons - in particular the acres of barley were showing a golden tinge as the crop ripened. As we headed round the top of Nettle Dale (access land) we encountered cattle among the gorse bushes. We picked our way carefully past the cattle and gorse - the cattle calmly watched us pass. Then it was downhill towards the road through Millington Dale and into Frendal Dale. It was quite warm in the dale, with sun on our backs and less breeze than on the tops. Frendal Dale leads into Tun Dale and before we entered the wooded section we paused for a drink stop. The track through Tun Dale has been 'improved' with chalk ballast, and it goes on and on! To be fair this section used to be rutted and wet and muddy. Round the corner and into the clearing between the two areas of Great Plantation we met the walking group led by David. We stopped and chatted for a while as, although I had met some of the group on recent walks or via Zoom, Caroline hadn't met any of them for over a year. Continuing we two were face with a steady climb up through the trees to the road. At the top there was a single-bar gate across the track. "I'm going to limbo under it" said Caroline.... and she did, whilst I went round, to the right of the gate post. Down off Huggate Wold we discovered the path had swapped sides of the wire fence with the cattle now on the left, path on the right. This is achieved by a clever arrangement of field and path gates at either end of the fence. We chose a grassy knoll overlooking the top of Horse Dale for a lunch stop. After lunch we crossed Horse Dale and past more cattle to reach the farm road at Glebe Farm and into Huggate village. We took our usual detour round the back via the church and pond. As we passed St Mary's Barn the sound of engine caught our attention - a lawnmower? a turbo-charged lawn tractor? - the noise increased to a whine with a 'threshing' sound, and at the back of the property a helicopter lifted off! Peace restored we continued through the village and back along Mill Lane to our cars completing a walk of just over 7 miles.

Wednesday 14th July,
What a difference a week makes - last week heavy rain, this evening warm sunshine. I was down to lead this walk with just eight of us this evening - eleven members were away for a five days in the Dales at Settle. From Cross Hill in Brandesburton we headed out of the village along Pasture Lane passing a paddock with a colourful border containing a marquee being prepared for a wedding. Through the hamlet of Burshill we took a path through a field of cattle with a bull, and along an overgrown path then tractor tracks through ripening barley to Heigholme Lane. Opposite Heigholme Hall we took the same path as last week (when it was pouring with rain) to cross the drain and past Star Carr to the main road. After walking the roadside path for 200yds we took the path into the golf course. At about 9pm there were a few stalwarts on the course completing a golfing marathon for charity. As usual it was tricky following the path across the course as there is a complete lack of waymarks. The OS map shows the public right-of-way straight across which is what we did to emerge at the gate, there turning right along the road into the village back to Cross Hill to complete a pleasant walk of about 5 miles (followed by drinks in the Black Swan for four of us)

Sunday 18th July,
With another very warm day forecast we decided not to venture too far away, so at 10 o'clock I met Caroline in the large car park at the Primary School in Warter. The school serves a large rural area with most pupils 'bussed in', hence the large car park and bus turning area. Out of school hours it is available for visitors to the area - a very sensible idea. We set off along Mill Lane past the red brick Warter Priory Estate cottages to join Back Lane towards Nunburnholme. There are views north across the Warter Estate to Warter Wold and Kilnwick Percy Hill. Turning off Back Lane we faced a steady climb of Nurnburnholme Wold before turning into the welcoming shade of Merebalk Plantation. Out in daylight there were more extensive views towards Kilnwick Percy Hill and the Vale of York. At the top of Londesborough Hill we turned into Cleaving Coombe which cuts into west facing escarpment of the Wolds with views across the Vale of York. The Coombe is access land and we kept along the top to exit via a gate onto a permissive path down to the road. Here we joined the Yorkshire Wolds Way briefly, through Partridge Hall Farm, along Burnby Wold and down into Nunburnholme village. The Wolds Way turns left towards Kinwick Percy, but we headed the opposite way through the village to the picnic tables at East End for our lunch stop. Here we decided against adding any loops to our walk and opted for the gentle stroll along Back Lane. So after a leisurely break we continued on our way to come upon a 10% gradient sign on Back Lane! Fortunately this hill isn't very long and once over the top it was an easy walk back to Warter, completing our walk of just over 7 miles by about two o'clock. In Warter, St James' Church has a new role as the Wolds Heritage Discovery Centre where I discovered they serve teas on Sunday afternoons - noted for future visits.

Wednesday 21st July,
This HDWC evening walk started off as a bit of a mystery. Our leader, Neil, had decided against going via Catfoss and Sigglesthorne because of overgrown field paths. So at 7.00pm he led the group of twelve away from Seaton towards Wassand. However at the Croftings we turned north to re-cross the main road to join Bewholme Lane all the way to Bewholme. We took a drinks stop by the pond at Bewholme. We then headed south, as the sun went down, along farm tracks and field paths past Arram Hall Farm back into Seaton, to complete a longish evening walk of about 5½ miles at about 9.15pm

Thursday 22nd July,
As the forecast for Sunday coming didn't look promising I arranged to meet Caroline on Thursday, her day off work, at Bainton for a walk towards Kilnwick which gave options regarding length. We parked near the village hall and set off at about 9.30am past the Church and along the lane to Neswick. There we took to field-side path up to Oldfield Lane - a 'green' lane. This we followed along the top to join the minor road to Burn Butts Farm. From there it was a long gradual descent on a tractor track to Cawkeld, for a drink stop in the shade of trees, as after a misty start it was now getting quite warm. We picked up the Minster Way through the woods and past the lake at Cawkeld and on to Kilnwick. There we deviated to visit 'The Park' - an extensive children's playground. Fortunately for us there was no-one about so Caroline was able to try out the swings then together we rode on a substantial roundabout/swing/seesaw on which I recorded a video. Fun time over we continued past All Saints Church and the substantial brick wall around a former walled garden for Kilnwick Hall (I believe) then along minor roads and field paths towards the hamlet of Bracken. I spotted a tree that would provide shade for our lunch stop, and just as we got there a combine harvester arrived in the next field to begin harvesting the barley. We watched as it started harvesting. Then we continued over open ground with wheat and barley on either side of us as. On the Minster Way again we headed back up to Oldfield Lane. This time we followed this lane all the way down to Bainton - unfortunately the lower section is deeply rutted and overgrown - not easy walking. There was no sign of a field path down to the village hall so we had to continue down to the A614 and walk along the narrow pavement by this very busy road into the village. We had completed just over 8 miles - a walk that was enjoyable in parts, not so in others.

Sunday 25th July,
Originally we hadn't planned walking today because the weather forecast wasn't good , but the rain was taking longer heading north so today was another warm sunny day, with more cloud and a refreshing breeze. So I met Caroline in a quiet Thixendale at 9.30am. We set off following the Yorkshire Wolds Way up the steep track onto Beamer Hill and Cow Wold from where there are views back over the one-street village and Water Dale. On the Yorkshire Wolds, no sooner are you up then it's down - in this case into Vessey Pasture Dale. Vessey Pasture Dale is access land, but with no official way out at the other end. However I had it on good authority from a fellow walker that there was a track out at the far end. So we ventured along the dale - a typical Wolds dry valley. Sure enough at the end was a rickety gate leading to an overgrown track. There were butterflies everywhere - cabbage whites, marbled whites, common browns - which I tried to photograph without much luck. At the top the track joins the narrow road on Toisland Wold. The road becomes a track and is joined by the Wolds Way alongside North Plantation overlooking one of the Wolds' several 'Deep Dales'. This Deep Dale curves north towards Wharram Percy 'lost medieval village' site. We stayed on the top retracing a walk we did a few weeks ago from Wharram and headed along Raisthorpe Wold with views south towards Burdale. We took our lunch break here before continuing towards Raisthorpe Manor then turning to come to a viewpoint overlooking Honey Dale and Court Dale. There were young pheasants everywhere, bred for shooting later in the year! So it was now downhill to enter Thixendale village past the cricket pitch, which has two new 'camping huts' just outside the boundary (but at risk from any 'sixes'). We arrived back at our cars at 10 to 2 in the afternoon, having completed a walk of about 7½ miles.

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

30 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, Edale to Baldersdale), follow this link Pennine Way Conquered Part 1.

PENNINE WAY CONQUERED PART 2

Enforced 'social distancing' due to the Coronavrus Pandemic has given me the opportunity to complete the upload of the remaining chapters of my Pennine Way adventure, completed almost 30 years ago in May/June 1990.
The second half of Pennine Way Conquered (Days 9 - 15, Baldersdale to Kirk Yetholme), can be viewed by following this link Pennine Way Conquered Part 2.

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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.

Booklets for my three Trans-Dales Trails are now out of print, but all three routes are now available as free PDF file downloads.
Go to Trans-Dales Trail 1 , Trans-Dales Trail 2 or Trans-Dales Trail 3 and follow the links.
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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Visitors to Dales Trails since August 1st 2007

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Arnold Underwood