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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.


The sun sets on 2016/Photo © Arnold Underwood, Dec 31st 2016

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UPDATED - 20th March 2017



The next HDWC LONG WALK (about 10 miles) is on Sunday March 26th from Sinnington (Green) at 10.00am.
Click here for: Sinnington Parking Information
Leader: Graham Hadfield




The next HDWC SHORT WALK (about 6 miles) is in York on Sunday April 2nd.
The details of this walk may be changed to a circuit of the City Walks starting from the Railway Station at 11am, NOT Clifton Sports Club.
Contact Stuart Kemp for details

Leader: Stuart Kemp



The next HDWC LONG WALK (about 11 miles) is on Sunday April 9th from Forge Valley at 10.00am.
Click here for: Forge Valley Parking Information
Leader: Graham Hadfield



The next LWC WALK (about 9 miles) is on Sunday April 16th from Warter at 10.00am.
Click here for: Warter Parking Information
Leader: Arnold Underwood



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Just show your Walking Club membership card or mention 'Dales Trails' at the checkout for your discount.
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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




A bit of a mixed up month resulting in fewer walks than usual. With saturated ground following winter rain, invariably we encounter mud at this time of year with some areas being especially bad! Caroline's hip problem still means she's still not walking with us, but we have managed to meet up for tea after some of our walks.

Thursday Feb 2nd
Today I tried to find a walk that avoided the mud! So with me and Suzie headed to an old favourite for this time of year - Huggate on the Yorkshire Wolds. The tops of the chalk Wolds are well-drained and usually free of standing water and mud. And this proved to be the case as was followed the Hawold Bridle Road (an ancient green lane) along the tops above Well Dale and Nettle Dale. Here we had to descend into Frendal Dale, which was populated by many sheep, but still ok underfoot. Alas as we entered Tun Dale there had been tree-felling and the track had been churned up and deeply rutted by machinery! Picking our way past the mud and water-filled ruts we rejoined firmer ground as we climbed out of the dale and over the tops back to Huggate. We stopped off in Beverley on the way home to meet up with Caroline for tea and cake in Café Velo.

Sunday Feb 5th
There were 18 walkers for this month's short walk of about 7 miles from Market Weighton. Certain parts of this walk are notorious mud 'blackspots' and this so on Market Weighton clayfield and the track down towards Goodmanham. Whilst the weather fluctuated between bright and cloudy our route took us from Market Weighton to Londesborough then back via the long-gone Selby railway line - well-used by walkers but not an official right of way. Whilst at our lunch stop by Londesborough church I explored the old hall grounds where there were plenty of budding snowdrops - almost ready for the Snowdrop Walks scheduled for 12th and 19th Feb. Afterwards most of us visited the Coffee Shop at Langlands Garden Centre.

Friday 10th Feb
A cold day with snow, sleet and sun. With Suzie and Neil, walked the 8 miles from Leven to Beverley - at least the wind was behind us for most of the way. Our route was alongside Leven Canal and the River Hull then across Swinemoor Common into Beverley. Sticky going along the first part of Leven Canal and tricky going avoiding the water-logged areas of Swinemoor! There we were joined by Caroline tea and cakes in Café Velo (again) , then followed by pint in Chequers Micro-pub where we bumped into Betty and James, and Ann.

Sunday 12th Feb
A genuine dose of 'man flu' meant I missed this Sunday walk from North Newbald, on one of the wettest walking days for a long time! However six brave souls did meet on the green in North Newbald and completed the full 10 mile walk via Houghton Woods, Sancton, and Newbald Wold. Afterwards they warmed up with hot drinks in the Gnu in North Newbald. Well done!

Sunday 19th Feb
What a difference a week makes. After last week's rain and cold, we had a gorgeous spring day for our 9 mile walk from Beverley enjoyed by 16 of us. Our route took us out of Beverley alongside the Beck and the River Hull past Figham to Woodmansey. Then via the very long Long Lane to a lunch stop in the Millennium Orchard. Our circuit continued along Shepherd Lane (now only a bridleway) and up onto the Westwood and back into Beverley. For the third time in as many weeks a few of us went to Café Velo where we were again joined by Caroline, who had walked the mile into town. Others went to Vanessa's.

Sunday 26th Feb
I thought today's walk might be muddy... and it was, making this 9 mile walk from Welton a pretty tough 'work-out' for the old legs! Welton Dale was particularly muddy, the path by Nut Wood also, and the 'green lane' above Spout Hill had been churned up by 4x4 vehicles. There were fourteen of us on this walk that took us up Welton Dale to Wauldby Manor and on to a lunch stop in Nut Wood. Then back along the Wolds Way to the top of Spout Hill and then through woodland into Welton, Afterwards most of us adjourned to the Green Dragon Welton for well-deserved drinks.



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.


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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'Dales Trails Google+ Photo Albums'

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.


Dales Trails Featured Walk

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.


East Yorkshire Wolds - North Newbald

'Newbald Wold & Swindale' - 9 miles.
A winter walk on the Wolds using field paths, green lanes and minor roads with extensive views across the Vale of York. Can easily be divided into two shorter walks each of about 5 miles.

Click on this link for details: 'Newbald & Swindale'


Please do not print the route maps - purchase the relevant OS Map (Explorer 293) or subscribe to the OS Maps website 'OS Maps Online'


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,
or Dave Fox on 01964 542564

Read Nomad'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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Arnold Underwood