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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.


Great Wold Valley/Photo  Arnold Underwood

Kirby Grindalythe in the Great Wold Valley - 28th Feb 2021


UPDATED - 30th July 2021, 10.00am

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







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


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


On SUNDAY AUGUST 1st there is a SHORT (7 mile) walk from THWING going via Octon.
Roadside parking in Thwing for a 10.30am start.


The final EVENING WALK will be on WEDNESDAY 4th AUGUST in HULL
Meet at the AMY JOHNSON statue on Prospect Street
Setting off at 7.00pm to follow the 'Hull Firsts' Trail
Nearest car park - Albion Street


Details of forthcoming walks for AUGUST and SEPTEMBER 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) **

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:

MAY 2021
'Google photos - 2nd May 2021 Bishop Wilton & Fangfoss'
'Google photos - 9th May 2021 Hotham Carrs'
'Google photos - 16th May 2021 Everingham & Seaton Ross'
'Google photos - 23rd May 2021 Kirby Underdale & Deep Dale'
'Google photos - 30th May 2021 Westow, Howsham & Kirkham'

JUNE 2021
'Google photos - 6th June 2021 Warter & Blanch Farm'
'Google photos - 13th June 2021 HDWC Fridaythorpe'
'Google photos - 27th June 2021 Wharram Loop'

JULY 2021
'Google photos - 4th July 2021 Sledmere'
'Google photos - 7th July 2021 HDWC Leven Evening Walk'
'Google photos - 11th July 2021 Huggate'
'Google photos - 14th July 2021 HDWC Brandesburton Evening Walk'
'Google photos - 18th July 2021 Warter to Nunburnholme'
'Google photos - 21st July 2021 HDWC Seaton Evening Walk'
'Google photos - 22nd July 2021 Bainton & Kilnwick'
'Google photos - 25th July 2021 Thixendale'


With fewer Club Walks due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, I have dipped into the archives to feature walks from Five Years Ago

'Google photos - Five Years Ago: Sunday, 22nd May 2016 Roche Abbey'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: SUnday, 29th May 2016 Goathland to Levisham Station'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: Sunday, 12th June 2016 Baslow (Peak District)'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: Sunday, 19th June 2016 Barnetby-le-Wold (North Lincs)'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: Sunday, 26th June 2016 May Beck(North York Moors)'



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:

Leven Life Walks Report August 2020
HCN Walks Report September 2020
Leven Life Walks Report December 2020
HCN Walks Report December 2020
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
**NEW** Leven Life Walks Report June 2021
**NEW** HCN Walks Report June 2021



Tornado near Beck Hole/ 29th May 2011 by Arnold Underwood

On 29th May 2011, the fifth Sunday of the month, a few of us did an extra walk in the Goathland area which surprisingly coincided with the visit of A1 locomotive 'Tornado' to the NYMR.
Here the loco heads through Beck Hole gorge with the lunchtime Pullman service to Pickering.


Tog 24 Outlet Store, Hornsea Freeport.


RE-OPENS 12th APRIL 2021

Members of Hornsea and Leven Walking Clubs can take advantage of some wonderful bargains
Special reductions for first week of re-opening.

Tog 24 is a Yorkshire Company, established in 1958, specialising in Outdoor & Leisure wear.



Rachel's Walnut Cottage Tea Room

For Tea, Coffee, Homemade Cakes & Scones and more

See FACEBOOK 'Hobsons in Huggate'



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.


* Please bear in mind the current COVID-19 restrictions regarding unneccessary journeys and social distancing 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'


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




For various reasons, only three 'proper walks' this month, but one of them was a HDWC walk, the second Sunday walk since restarting following Covid-19 pandemic, which halted all such activities back in March 2020.

Sunday, 6th June
A change of plan saw me meeting Caroline in Warter for today's walk. After the previous day which had been full sun and very warm, it was something of a relief for today to be cloudy - more suitable for walking - although light rain was forecast for later but we expected to be finished by then. We opted to do the familiar walk via Blanch Farm, but the opposite way to last time. This involved a steady climb up the road out of Warter before branching right towards Lavender Dale. Here the countryside was just green and white - the green of the crops, hedgerows, and trees and the white of the flowering cow parsley and hawthorn (May blossom). In fact closer inspection revealed a lot of the white May blossom to be tinged in various shades of pink. It's a very steep drop down into Lavender Dale, the upper parts of which are access land. However instead of following the bottom of the dale we chose to follow the official right-of-way along the top, which picked its way through flowering hawthorn bushes, with glimpses over the surrounding countryside. From Blanch Farm it's a long trek along the farm road to the B1246. Across the road, field tracks led past belts of woodland (one being featured in David Hockney's painting 'Bigger Trees near Warter') to reach the head of Great Dugdale. Here we decided to take our lunch break, and here, several hours earlier than forecast it started to rain! Only light rain, for about 15 mins but annoying, particularly as I hadn't brought a waterproof. Continuing on our way we decided to keep along the top of the dale, it being access land. This brought us to the 'Warter Rock', a large boulder overlooking the dale, thought originally to be a glacial erratic, left by the retreating ice at the end of the last ice age. However an inscription, easily missed offers a clue to its true, more recent origin. Lord Normanby, who bought the estate in the 1960s, often used to hold family picnics at the spot. He asked that when he died, a memorial should be placed there. He died in 1994, and this rock was transported to the site to fulfil his request. From there we continued down the dale back to Warter, where it began to rain again, completing a walk of about 8 miles.

Sunday, 13th June
Following relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions today saw the first HDWC longer walk since March 2020. On a warm Sunday morning twelve walkers gathered by the pond in Fridaythorpe for an 8 mile walk on the Wolds on what was forecast to be the hottest day of the year. Fortunately for us there was more cloud which, with a fresh breeze on the tops, made conditions more bearable for us. Our route followed the Yorkshire Wolds Way down to cross Brubber Dale and up past Gills Farm to a drink stop overlooking Thixen Dale. From the Waves & Time Artwork we left the Wolds Way and headed into Pluckham Dale, where we were greeted by a herd of cattle accompanied by a large black bull! The cattle turned at the sight of us entering their territory and galloped up the dale, then stopping to look at us, then galloping on. This continued all the way up the dale until eventually they took to the higher ground to look down on us as we passed below. We then entered Pluckham Plantation which is notorious for becoming overgrown with nettles - this time it wasn't too bad and most of us got through without being stung. Out of Pluckham Dale we crossed the busy A166 road to reach the peace of field paths over Huggate Wold to our lunch stop at the head of Horse Dale. After lunch we continued along the top of Horse Dale being access land, with good views to the north across the Wolds. After dropping down to enter Holm Dale we again opted for the 'high road' along the top of this dale. This involved a steep climb initially, but does avoid the long drag up the dale by the 'low level' Wolds Way. From the top of Holm Dale we continued on the Wolds Way along Huggate Lane back into Fridaythorpe to complete an enjoyable walk of just over 8 miles.

Sunday, 27th June
After missing a couple of weeks I met Caroline in Wharram-le-Street for a walk on the Wolds which provided several options for distance. The weather was cloudy but no rain forecast, with a cool easterly wind. From our parking spot by the little green in Wharram-le-Street we followed the Yorkshire Wolds Way up past Bella Farm to the car park for Wharram Percy 'lost Medieval village'. English Heritage has imposed parking charges here (only 2 per day) but the sign (English Heritage small text on black background, in the corner by the hedge) is easily missed by drivers turning in to the car park. Payment must be made by Text. This was no concern for us as we headed down the 'improved' path towards the Medieval village site. There we kept to the high ground on the terrace where most of the lost village was situated. Wharram Percy was largely abandoned by the 16th century due to the plague and changes to less labour-intensive sheep farming. A farm was re-built on the site in the 18th century which in turn was converted to workers cottages (still standing) before they were in turn abandoned. Part of the tower of the church collapsed in the 1950s. The site is now in the care of English Heritage. From the terrace we dropped down the bank to the ruin of St Martin's Church but our planned loop round the pond was blocked because the footbridge was closed off (unsafe?). So back we went past the church to continue on the Wolds Way up the bank above Deep Dale (yes, another Deep Dale!) with views back over the village and church towards the distant misty Yorkshire Moors. We opted to continue along the top of Deep Dale as far as North Plantation where we turned off the Wolds Way and headed towards Raisthorpe. At a small plantation we turned to continue along Raisthorpe Wold with views south over Burdale with the eyesore of the ABN Mill at Fridaythorpe in the distance. Perhaps with the Wolds becoming an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), developments such as this will be restricted in future? There was a cool easterly wind blowing so we found a sheltered spot by the corner of a hedge for our lunch break overlooking Burdale. Continuing we joined the Centenary Way over Wharram Percy Wold back down the narrow road to retrace our steps to Wharram-le-Street. Here we took a diversion to the historic St Mary's Church, which dates from Saxon times, before return to our cars by the green, to complete a pleasant 7 mile walk.

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



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


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.


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.

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
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

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

Visitors to Dales Trails since August 1st 2007


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Arnold Underwood