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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 - 10th Nov Cropton & Sinnington'
'Google photos - 14th Nov Hovingham'
'Google photos - 17th Nov Kirkham, Crambeck & Whitwell'
'Google photos - 21st Nov Fother Dale & Pluckham Dale'
'Google photos - 24th Nov Bishop Wilton'
'Google photos - 5th Dec Kilnwick Percy'

e-mail: arnold.dalestrails@gmail.com



UPDATED - 9th DEC 2019 11.00am


The DALES TRAILS CALENDAR now shows CLUB WALKS for the first half of 2020 - some may still be subject to confirmation

These details include:
* HDWC Shorter Walks (about 6 miles) - 1st Sunday of each month.
* HDWC Longer Walks (8 to 10 miles)- 2nd and 4th Sundays.
* LWC Walks (8 to 9 miles)- 3rd Sundays.


Download the 2020 Walks Programme (January-June) pdf file to view, save or print.

Click here and follow the instructions to view or save the document - Walks Programme Jan - June 2020





SUNDAY DEC 15th 2019

NORTH CAVE(East Yorkshire)
A 10 mile circular walk from North Cave via Drewton and South Cave
Meet in North Cave (near Church) for a 10am start
Parking/Start 'North Cave Parking'
Depart Leven 9.00am
Leader: Sue Copeland




A 5 mile circular walk followed by Soup and Sandwiches at the Board Inn, Skipsea
Walkers meet at the Board Inn for a 11am walk start.
Soup & Sandwiches at 1.30pm; Cost 5.50



SUNDAY JAN 12th 2020

A 10 mile linear walk from Leven to Hornsea via Long Riston, Rise, and Goxhill.
a. Meet in Hornsea to catch the 8.40am 240 bus to Leven (Church) arriving at 9.05am. Walk Leven to Hornsea.
b. Meet at Leven (Sports Hall) 9.00am and, after meeting others off the bus, walk to Hornsea. Return to Leven on the 3.40pm 240 bus.
Parking/Start 'Leven Parking'

Leader: Arnold Underwood



SUNDAY JAN 19th 2019

NORTH NEWBALD (East Yorkshire)
A 9 mile circular walk from North Newbald via Sancton Wold and the Yorkshire Wolds Way
Meet at Newbald Village Hall for a 10am start
Parking/Start 'Newbald Village Hall Parking'
Depart Leven 9.00am
Leader: Sue Copeland




HDWC at Nunnington/ Photo by Sheila Button, Nov 22nd 2009 HDWC at Nunnington/ Photo by Sheila Button, Nov 22nd 2009

Before and After. Hornsea District Walking Club taking a break at Nunnington, Nov 22nd 2009, when the wall collapsed! Photos by Sheila Button


Tog 24 Outlet Store, Hornsea Freeport.


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



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 York Moors - Hutton-le-Hole

'Hutton, Gillamoor & Shepherd's Nab' - 8 miles
A walk for all seasons, but especially so in Autumn with the bracken turning golden brown, adding colour to the scene. Incudes an optional detour up onto Shepherds Nab.

Click on this link for details: 'Hutton & Gillamoor'


Please do not print the route maps - purchase the relevant OS Map (Explorer OL26) 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 unsettled, very wet weather continued through November - resulting in wet walks, re-routed walks, and the occasional fine autumn walk

Sunday 10th Nov
On a bright autumn morning thirteen of us set off from Cropton on this 8 mile walk which would take us via the villages of Appleton-le-Moors and Sinnington. After passing Cropton Church we took a scenic loop via Cropton Banks Wood (in the care of the Woodland Trust) where we visited the viewpoint on the mound at the site of Cropton Castle. Down the road and we turned along Low Lane, which after all the recent rain was very wet and muddy in places. We made it to the bridge over the River Seven at bang on 11 o'clock and being Remembrance Sunday this made a convenient spot to observe two minutes silence. After our coffee break we then continued past Appleton Mill to follow a woodland edge path down the valley in lovely autumn sunshine. A steady climb up through the woods brought us to the flat plateau and the delightful village of Appleton-le-Moors. As it was now about twelve o'clock we made use of the convenient picnic tables in the garden of the Village Hall (former school) for our lunch stop. From Appleton we headed downhill where there was a great view over the Seven Valley to Sinnington and to the distant Yorkshire Wolds. After passing through Hagg Wood we came down alongside the river into Sinnington, crossing the river by the road bridge. In Sinnington we crossed the village green and headed up the lane towards the Church. Opposite the church is another historic building - the 12th Century 'Old Manor House' which over the centuries has been a Manor House, a Chapel, and a barn. It is a listed building and has been partially restored. On up the hill we joined a track called Wiley Flat Lane which follows the top of the river valley towards Cropton. There are occasional views through the trees across to Appleton and Spaunton. This track joins Bull Ing Lane which brought back into Cropton near the New Inn, home to Cropton Brewery. However today we decided against a pub visit and instead called at the Steam & Moorland Garden Centre near Pickering for tea and cakes, on our way home.

Thursday 14th Nov
The wet weather continued, but there appeared to be a 'window' on Thursday, away from the coast. So after picking up Caroline, we headed to Hovingham, a pretty village in the Howardian Hills AONB. There are options for several walks from Hovingham, but the mileage would have to kept to about 6 for Caroline's benefit. There was no rain in Hovingham, but it was overcast with a chilly NE wind, so keeping in the shelter of the hills and woods was the order of the day. Our route took us south on the Ebor Way up onto the wooded ridge between Hovingham and Terrington. The autumn colours were still looking good - a pity there was no sun! Dropping down off the ridge we had to cross some boggy ground before joining the farm track which took us past Airyholme and Moor House Farms to reach the road at Pollicar Bank. It was quite exposed and windy here so we pressed on past Hovingham Lodge and alongside Mill Beck over more boggy ground to the shelter of Mill Beck Wood and Horse Coppice where a convenient tree stump provided a seat for our lunch break. Then on through the woods into Hovingham Park, where a permissive path avoids having to walk along the fairly busy road, to arrive back in Hovingham just before 2pm, having completed just over 6 miles. Heading home we encountered rain near Malton, and it got progressively worse, become torrential with thunder & lightning in Beverley!

Sunday 17th Nov
Fear of flooding downriver near Howsham led our leader Bob Cutts to change the route of our walk from Kirkham to one keeping to higher ground by heading towards Castle Howard. One disadvantage of this route is that it crosses the busy A64 Scarborough road - twice! 'It's a Sunday so it'll be fine', said Bob (It wasn't !). After crossing the swollen River Derwent at Kirkham Bridge the seventeen walkers climbed through woodland to the little village of Crambeck and to our first encounter with the A64. It seemed that everyone in York was going to Scarborough, and everyone in Scarborough was going to York! We waited and waited for a gap in the traffic, until eventually one driver recognising our plight, slowed and flashed for us to cross halfway, whereupon a coach driver coming the other did likewise. Safely across we took a coffee break before heading through Pretty Wood. Emerging the other side the were views towards across the Castle Howard Estate to the Mausoleum, New River Bridge and the House itself. We took our lunch break in the shelter of a castle tower and wall - another of follies which are a feature of the Estate - before continuing towards Welburn. At the top of Welburn Bank there was a great view back over the village towards Castle Howard. After Bank Wood, the field paths past Monument Farm towards Whitwell-on-the-Hill were extremely wet and muddy and progress was slow. At last we reached the village and the hazard of re-crossing the A64. Here it is dual carriageway so you only have to worry about one way at a time - but traffic is faster! All safely across we made our way back down to Kirkham where we had a good view across the valley as a new Trans-Pennine Express train passed on its way towards York and Manchester. Drinks in the Stone Trough Inn ended a good day. The walk was hardly 8 miles, but conditions underfoot made it seem more.

Thursday 21st Nov
On a cold grey day we, that's Caroline, Suzie & me, headed to Thixendale or more precisely Fother Dale, to start and finish our short walk at the Robert Fuller Gallery. So at about 10 o'clock we set off down Fother Dale to join the Yorkshire Wolds Way. We passed the Waves & Time Artwork at the junction of Thixen Dale and Worm Dale and continued into Pluckham Dale. Here we noted a new footpath gate and clearer waymarking provided by the NYCC. We paused for a coffee stop by the old caravan (provided for shooting parties) then onwards through Pluckham Plantation and up the field side next to the busy A166 road. Here the farmer has left a broad grass track up the field side providing a safer alternative to walking up the roadside verge. After Pluckam Farm we joined the minor road as far as Gills Farm to meet up with the Wolds Way again. We headed to the seat by the small quarry over-looking Thixen Dale for our lunch stop. After lunch, instead of retracing our steps down the dale, Caroline suggested we return to the road from where there would be better views across the Wolds, which indeed there were. Arriving back at Fotherdale Farm, we appreciated the mulled wine on offer at the Gallery, had a few minutes chat with Robert Fuller, and stocked up on Christmas cards, calendars etc before heading home.

Sunday 24th Nov
The climb out of Bishop Wilton can be wet at the best of times, so with all the recent rain it made sense to get the worst over with early on. So the eleven of us slipped and slithered up onto Bishop Wilton where normally there is a grand view back over the village towards York. Alas, with today's overcast and murky weather it was not to be - but at least it wasn't actually raining! After a coffee break on Cheesecake Wold we headed down towards Kirby Underdale where again there are views across the Wolds... on a good day! From Kirby our route was across low-lying farmland which for the most part was waterlogged! We squelched across grassy fields, splashed along farm tracks, and got mud-splattered negotiating gateways! In a field near Garrowby a piece of farm machinery provided somewhere for us to perch for a lunch break, much to the amusement of a lady coming the opposite way - who appeared to have been to the shops? Crossing the main road we picked up the Minster Way back to Bishop Wilton. After more wet and muddy fields we eventually joined a road for the last half mile or so, which included diverting along the picturesque main street of the village with the beck running through the wide green. Back at the village Hall we had completed 9 miles, and for those of us who walked to the pub and back afterwards, this was rounded up to 10 miles.

Thursday 27th Nov
The miserable wet weather continued but the forecast suggested a slow improvement from the north. So ever hopeful, at about 10.30am me and Caroline headed north to Reighton Sands. The idea was for a walk along the sands as it would be low tide. At Reighton Sands cliff-top car park, rain and a very strong on-shore wind soon put paid to that idea. In fact the wind appeared to have stopped the tide going out. So we about-turned and headed inland, to find the minor road through Grindale flooded. About-turn again and back to Bridlington from where we drove through Rudston towards Sledmere. However the weather got worse, with heavy rain and mist and fog obscuring the Wolds. Thoughts of a walk from Sledmere were also abandoned so another about-turn and back to Leven, for a drink in the New Inn at about 1 o'clock before heading home.

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



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

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