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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.


Panoramic view of Nidderdale, North Yorkshire/Photo © Arnold Underwood, July 10th 2017

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Harewood, North Yorkshire/Photo © Arnold Underwood, July 22nd 2007

Hornsea Walking Club in Harewood Park, near Leeds on 22nd July 2007



UPDATED - 14th Aug 2017 7.30am


The footpath between Heigholme Lane and Starcarr Lane has been severed by the removal of the footbridge across Barff Drain (Grid Ref: TA 098467).
This was done because the bridge had been declared unsafe by ERYC. Relevant 'Footpath Closed' notices will be put in place by the council.

There appears to be no alternative route to what ia a popular 4/5 mile circular walk from either Leven or Brandesburton.

A casualty of this was the final HDWC Wednesday Evening Walk on 9th Aug from Leven.
Upon reaching the 'missing bridge' there was no option but to retrace our steps via Heigholme Lane to Leven, adding about a mile to the walk.




The next LWC WALK (about 9 miles) is on Sunday August 20th from Bramham, West Yorkshire.

Meet at Leven Sports Hall at 8.30am for an approx 10.00am start to the walk.

Journey to Bramham about 53 miles, time about 1¼ hours via A1079 and A64 towards Leeds.
Park on Bowcliffe Road (Grid Ref: SE 425 426; Post code: LS23 6QY) which is off Paradise Way at the south end of Bramham.
Click here for map showing parking/walk start from Bramham - Bramham Parking
Leader: Arnold Underwood



The next LONG walk (about 9 miles) will be on Sunday Aug 27th from Lockton.
Parking opposite the Cemetery in Lockton, just off the A169, for a 10.00am walk start.
Journey 45 miles, time 1hr 15mins. Meet Leven 8.30am
Click here for map showing parking Lockton Parking Information
Leader: Caroline Gowthorpe



9th - 17th September

Visit Hull & East Yorkshire.....Yorkshire Wolds

For full programme click on this link:

If you do not have Adobe Acrobat on your machine you are able to download it for free. Visit the Adobe web site to download a copy.


Moorsbus 2017

Moorsbus Services for 2017 commenced on Sunday May 7th
Services operate on Sundays and Bank Holidays until the end of September

M1 & M2 Saltburn - Redcar - Guisborough and Darlington - Stockton - Middlesbrough 
M3 Guisborough - Danby - Hutton Le Hole - Pickering - Thornton Le Dale 
M4 Guisborough - Stokesley - Bilsdale - Rievaulx - Helmsley - Sutton Bank 
M5 Stokesley - Northallerton - Thirsk - Coxwold - Byland Abbey - Helmsley
M6 & M7 Malton - Pickering - Rosedale Abbey - Danby and Pickering - Thornton Le Dale - Danby Forest Visitor Centre

Also Moorsplus Services on Saturdays and Mondays
M3, M6 & M8 York - Malton - Pickering - Hutton Le Hole - Danby.

For full details visit http://www.moorsbus.org/index.html



Moors Explorer is back for Summer 2017!
The popular bus from Hull, Hessle, Anlaby, Willerby, Cottingham and Beverley up to the North York Moors will run on certain Sundays and Bank Holidays throughout the summer

For more information and times visit EYMS Moors Explorer

For ideas for walks using the Moors Explorer bus visit Dales Trails Moors Explorer Walks



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




It was generally good walking weather this month, although it did become more 'changeable' towards the end of the month, and this meant rain again for two of our Thursday walks! With some walking club members away, attendance was down on some programmed walks despite the fine weather.

Sunday July 2nd
With fine weather forecast me and Caroline headed to the moors to try out some paths new and not so new to us. From the free car park just south of Hutton le Hole we completed a quite strenuous 9 mile walk. There were some great views from on the top near Spaunton before dropping down into Hutton le Hole. From there we headed towards Gillamoor via Shepherd's Nab - one of the best viewpoints on moors, and a great location for our lunch stop. Then a descent to Mill Farm followed by the climb up to Gillamoor. Two miles on the flat, wading though ripening barley, before another descent to cross the river at Yorwath Mill and back up to the car park.

Thursday July 6th
Today, after two previous postponements, the weather and an early start meant we, just me and Caroline today, could do our walk from Kirkham Abbey. This 9 mile route in the Howardian Hills by Yorkshire's River Derwent took us via Crambeck, Hutton Hill, and Low Hutton. After surviving two hazardous crossings of the A64, our timing was spot on so that from our lunch stop near Low Hutton we could watch 45699 'Galatea' steam past on the Scarborough Spa Express. After re-crossing the river by the suspension bridge at Low Hutton our return was via Jeffry Bog and Firby. On this warm day cool drinks from the kiosk at the Abbey were most welcome.

Sunday July 9th
Another warm day and another fine walk although. Unfortunately with many club members elsewhere this HDWC walk was only appreciated by five of us. There was a rather unconvincing start to the walk, with hesitation and deviation, but we eventually found the footpath from Brimham Rocks leading down via Smelthouses to the River Nidd. After a coffee stop, we followed the river to Glasshouses then climbed to rejoin the Nidderdale Way. Here we found a lunch spot with panoramic views down the valley. Our return continued past the Llama Trekking Centre and White Houses back to the Brimham Rocks, where there was time to explore the rock formations and get a drink from the café.

Wednesday July 12th
It was a lovely evening for our 5 mile walk from Walkington via Risby Park, although there were this time just six of us. Our walk took the form of a figure-8 loop passing the sites of the 16th Century Cellar Heads hunting lodge and Risby Medieval village.

Thursday July 13th
A shortish walk today to fit in between Caroline's gardener arriving in the morning and me picking up Caitlen in the afternoon. Something different though - we did a 7 mile circuit from Welton via Melton Bottom and North Ferriby down to the Humber river bank. After lunch overlooking Welton Waters we continued along the lane to Welton village crossing the main railway line by means of the manned level crossing. This has an unusual operational procedure - the crossing is normally closed to road traffic, and clear for trains. Upon arrival of road traffic the crossing keeper sets signals to danger then opens the gates for the road traffic - opposite to the usual practice. All this will end soon as automatic barriers are to be installed. On our way home we had time to stop off for tea and cake at Eliza's Coffee Shop in Walkngton.

Sunday July 16th
Great weather again today, for this month's LWC 9 mile walk from Helmsley. Our route took the twelve of us along the well-worn Cleveland Way to Rievaulx Bridge then via Ashberry Farm and Bow Bridge to Rievaulx Abbey. Our lunch stop in the grounds of the village hall there was immediately followed by a steep zig-zag path up through the woods onto Rievaulx Terrace. From there we used 'permissive paths', created to avoid the fast B1257 road, across high farmland with distant panoramic views. Our route continued down past Griff Farm, to rejoin our outward route at Griff Lodge. From there we retraced our steps into Helmsley, for tea and cake before driving home.

Wednesday July 19th
Things didn't look promising for this evening's walk from Tickton. It was warm, overcast and drizzling at 7pm and the forecast gave a risk of thunderstorms! However thirteen of us set out on the walk, prepared for the worst! But things only got better - the drizzle stopped, and we had to carry our waterproofs for most of the 5 miles via Weel and Swinemoor. Afterwards most enjoyed a drink in the New Inn at Tickton.

Thursday July 20th
Sunshine and showers, the weather 'app' promised! So me and Caroline headed to Scalby - the plan to complete a missing link in the Cleveland Way from Scalby Mills (Sea Life Centre) to Burniston and return by one of three possible routes. With some difficulty we eventually found Scalby village centre and set off across the northern fringe of Scarborough to Scalby Mills. Here we joined the cliff-top and head north. Soon things started to go pear-shaped - my camera battery failed and the rain started - not just a shower - but continuous rain. We tried sheltering on the rocky beach at Crook Ness for lunch, but the rain was coming straight down. We headed down the lane into the rain towards Burniston. At the old railway bridge we chose the shortest option - the rail trail - back to Scalby, arriving there wet and bedraggled after 7½ miles!

Sunday July 23rd
Once again the weather forecast today didn't look too good for our walk on the Moors, but we, well some of us, just avoided the rain. Ten of us caught the 11.05 Northern Rail train from Egton to Danby so as to walk back via the Esk Valley Walk. After passing the Moors Centre at Danby Lodge we faced a long steady uphill gradient to Danby Beacon. The late start to our walk meant this would be our lunch stop, including the obligatory group photo by the beacon. From Beacon Hill it was all downhill to Lealholm but by now Caroline's hip was feeling sore. So the two of us leap-frogged the next bit by catching the train to Glaisdale, where the single track Whitby line is controlled by the last remaining manual 'tokenless-block' instruments on the national rail network. We completed the final 2 miles to Egton Bridge on foot, finishing ahead of the others, and just ahead of the rain!

Thursday July 27th
Another Thursday, another walk on the Wolds, another walk in the rain! Actually we got caught in two heavy showers, one at lunchtime and again during the last 15mins before getting back to the car. After both, the sun came out and quickly dried us off in the brisk wind. The walk, with Caroline was from Kilham Westfield across Cottam WWll Airfield to the little ruined Church, From there we continued to Philip's Slack dale end, where we took shelter under trees from the first downpour. The rain stopped and the sun came out as we continued down Cottam Well Dale to Garton Bottom and the old York Road (Roman road). Here we were caught by the edge of another storm , but again the sun appeared as we got back to the car at Kilham Westfield (9 miles). We stopped in Driffied for tea and cake at the recently reopened Riverhead Café. Annoyingly it hadn't rained in Leven!

Saturday July 29th
The forecast suggested Saturday's weather would be better than Sunday. So today at 10.30am I was setting off with Caroline on a walk from Rosedale village up on the North York Moors .... in the drizzle! Fortunately things did improve and we completed an 8½ mile circuit via North Dale, Rosedale East Mines, and Thorgill. Being just the two of us we were able to explore more of the ruins of the iron ore kilns and workers cottages at the East Mines than you can with a group - we actually ventured further up the hillside to follow old wagon ways above the kilns. Back in Rosedale we had time for tea on the green outside the Abbey Tearooms before heading home.



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

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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.


North Yorkshire Coast - Robin Hoods Bay

'Robin Hoods Bay, Ramsdale & Boggle Hole' - 9 miles.
A classic summer walk from the delightful village of Robin Hoods Bay. The route first heads inland up the secluded Ramsdale, with its restored watermill.
Back on the coast at Stoupe Beck there is a choice either on the clifftop Cleveland Way or if tides are favourable, along the beach past Boggle Hole back to the 'Bay'.

Click on this link for details: 'Robin Hoods Bay'


Please do not print the route maps - purchase the relevant OS Map (Explorer OL27) 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.

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)

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Visitors to Dales Trails since August 1st 2007


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