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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 - 13th Oct Lockton & Levisham Station'
'Google photos - 17th Oct North Cave & Hotham'
'Google photos - 20th Oct Thixendale & Kirby Underdale'
'Google photos - 24th Oct Flamborough Head'
'Google photos - 27th Oct Fountains, Markenfield & Studley Park'
'Google photos - 31st Oct Goathland & Two Howes Rigg'
'Google photos - 10th Nov Cropton & Sinnington'
'Google photos - 14th Nov Hovingham'
'Google photos - 17th Nov Kirkham, Crambeck & Whitwell'

e-mail: arnold.dalestrails@gmail.com



UPDATED - 18th Nov 2019 1.00pm


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 NOV 24th 2019

A 9 mile circular walk via Kirby Underdale. Meet at Bishop Wilton Village Hall for a 10.00am start.
Parking/Start 'Bishop Wilton Parking'
Depart Hornsea 8.45am, Leven 9.00am
(15 mins ealier than on printed programme)
Leader: Graham Hadfield



SUNDAY DEC 1st 2019

A 6 mile circular walk on the edge of the Wolds. Meet near Nunburnholme Church for a 10.30am start.

Depart Hornsea 9.15am, Leven 9.30am

Leader: Sue Copeland



SUNDAY DEC 8th 2019

A 5 mile circular walk followed by Buffet Christmas Lunch at Lazaat's Hotel, Cottingham
Walkers meet at Lazaat's for a 11am walk start.Lunch 1.30pm
Buffet Lunch 13.50. Payments to HDWC Treasurer by the end of November please.



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
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



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


For promotions and offers from Tog 24 Outlet Store, Hornsea Freeport.


Exciting time at the Hornsea Store which has changed to become a Factory Clearance Store!
This means lots of wonderful bargains for our customers!
For example we have zip neck fleeces from just 8.00, technical ts from 10.00 and waterproofs from 20.00 for a 3K jacket and just 65.00 for a 20K!

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 wet weather continued through October - resulting in wet walks, cancelled walks, and some fine autumn walks

Sunday 6th Oct
Due to yet more heavy rain being forecast the walk from Thornton-le-Dale was cancelled

Thursday 10th Oct
With Suzie away walking the Fife Coastal Path, there was just me and Caroline on our weekday walk today. With a fine day forecast we ventured to Ravenscar on the North Yorkshire Coast - the plan was to do a shorter version of a walk I'd done previously via Stoupe Brow, but in the opposite direction. So at about 10.30am we headed back up the road from Ravenscar, into a surprisingly strong wind turning along School Road and heading for Stoupe Brow. On Stoupe Brow Road we reached about 750ft above sea level after which the trend was gradually downhill as we contoured round below the 'Brow' with views across Robin Hood's Bay. There is a string of hillside cottages along this narrow lane. We turned down to Browside Farm and joined the old railway - the Cinder Track - which was busy with walkers and cyclists. My original plan was to continue back along the track, but there are other options which are more interesting. So we took a path down a field towards Home Farm where we had a chat with the nice elderly lady who, all alone, seems to manage the farm. She has some brown sheep which she told us were Soay sheep, from the island of that name in the Inner Hebrides. She had her arm in a sling, having dislocated it as a result of a fall, not on her farm, but by stepping into quick-sand on Stoupe Beck Sands! She warned us to be careful on the beach, but we didn't intend going down as far as that. At Stoupebrow Cottage Farm we joined the clifftop Cleveland Way and headed back towards the site of Peak Alum Works, where we found a sheltered spot among the ruins for lunch. From there it was all up hill but we lessened the gradient by following the track which loops round the golf course below the Raven Hall Hotel to join the road by the hotel entrance. We had completed almost exactly 6 miles, just before the first spots of rain arrived.

Sunday 13th Oct
The weather forecast didn't bode well for today's walk from Lockton to Levisham Station for the NYMR Wartime Weekend - last year this walk was cancelled because of bad weather, as was last week's walk from Thornton-le-Dale. Although a number of club members were away in Scotland, I didn't wish to cancel again, so I drove up to Lockton in the hope that others would be there - there were, just two of them, David and Margaret. So kitted out for the weather, just three of us set off from Lockton at 10 o'clock. It wasn't the falling rain that was a problem it was the wet ground and mud! Along the narrow path on Levisham Brow much care was needed as there's a steep drop to the right, and with relief we reached Dundale Griff. Although the ground was still wet, muddy, and boggy on the moor we didn't have a steep drop to worry about. We descended to Skelton Tower for a coffee stop. From Skelton Tower we dropped down to the forest road in Newtondale and just missed seeing a southbound train, but did catch a glimpse of one northbound, headed by the blue GWR 'King Edward ll' still at the NYMR after the Autumn Steam Gala. Having not seen anyone since leaving Lockton, the station was buzzing with activity with the bar and food counter doing a brisk trade in the marquee with many visitors dressed for the 1940s. The area around the level-crossing was protected by the 'Home Guard' who were giving demonstrations involving some loud gunfire! We took our lunch break in the shelter on the platform before headed off to join the muddy track to Farwath. We got a glimpse of the World War ll American built USATC loco heading north, and a better view of NER 0-8-0 2238 heading towards Pickering. From Farwath we trekked along a muddy track, known as Sleight's Lane, to reach the bottom of the hill below Lockton. At last after a slog up the hillside we arrived in the village, where the tearoom was closed, so we headed back past the church to our cars.

Thursday 17th Oct
On a lovely autumn day, me and Caroline enjoyed a leisurely 6mile walk from North Cave via Hotham. With Caroline's hip giving some pain this route provided several options for distance and no hills to speak of. Setting off from the Hotham Park Gatehouse in North Cave our route took us through the park to Hotham village and on via Cliff Dales Lane to take a break on the seat with views east to the Wolds and west over the Vale of York. Back near Hotham village we took our lunch break in the sunshine on a bench on the edge of the village, before continuing through the village. We made a last minute decision to pop into the pub, The Hotham Arms, for a drink. Here we met Becky, the new manager of the pub, who is working hard to re-establish the pub as the 'place to go' for food and drink, with some success going by recent reviews. In North Cave we did a loop around the village to take in the path alongside Mill Beck then back towards the Parish Church, so completing 6 miles in all.

Sunday 20th Oct
At last, after three wet Sundays the forecast looked better for today, and the turn-out for this walk from Thixendale was a respectable seventeen. So on a bright, albeit chilly morning, the walkers set off from the village to head for Milham Dale and Thixendale Grange. A coffee stop was taken on the top near Greenlands before heading downhill over ground that became progressively more boggy as we descended! We reached Kirby Underdale church at about 12 noon and took our lunch break there because steps and a low wall in the graveyard provide convenient seating. With a chill wind and the threat of drizzle in the air, we didn't spend long over our lunch stop. From Kirby Underdale it was onwards and upwards, past Painsthorpe Hall and the long drag up the road onto Painsthorpe Wold. As we dropped down the other side through Worm Dale the drizzle became more persistent but by Fotherdale the sun was out again and we had dried off when we arrived back in Thixendale village. There, most of us adjourned to the Village Hall for tea and home-made cakes before heading home.

Thursday 24th Oct
After being lucky with the weather on Thursdays, today was not so good. However me and Caroline managed to fit in a 6 mile walk around Flamborough Head on a murky, misty morning. Fortunately we had finished before the heavy rain arrived in the afternoon! Considering the miserable weather there were quite a lot of people at Flamborough Head - playing golf, bird watching, dog walking, and two school/college field trips, one of which was from the Czech Republic!

Sunday 27th Oct
Only five of us made the long drive to Fountains Abbey for today's walk. After heavy rain the previous three days, the weather forecast was good but there was concern about flooding and how wet the ground would be. Bob elected to do the 'classic walk' via Markenfield, which for the most part keeps to tracks and minor lanes. So a bit later than scheduled we set off alongside the River Skell, normally just a trickle as it tends to vanish into the underlying limestone, but today a full, fast flowing river. We took a coffee break by the fishponds then crossed the narrow causeway between the two ponds - the water was just lapping over at one point but we made it across! From now on there would be no major problems, other than boggy fields and muddy tracks near Haddockstones. After passing the riding stables at Ingerthorpe we soon arrived at the moated manor house of Markenfield Hall, where we took our lunch break perched on the wall in the sunshine. After a couple more muddy fields we joined Whitcliffe Lane, then turned down through the woods towards the River Skell to follow the popular riverside path over the little stone bridges into Studley Park. Here the limestone river bed is usually dry and there is no need to use the bridges, but today it was a fast-flowing river. The park was the busiest I had seen it - walking groups, dog walkers, families - brought out by the autumn sunshine, the rare opportunity to see water flowing under the bridges, and the red deer in the Park. We climbed up through the park past the church where we witnessed a stag ushering his 'ladies' down to a quieter area away from the crowds (it is the rutting season!). Back at the National Trust Visitor Centre there was a long queue for tea, so we gave it a miss and opted to head home before the crowds.

Thursday 31st Oct
Another fine day so we headed for Goathland again where I had devised a shortish walk that I hoped would be suitable for Caroline. From our parking spot we walked along the lane past Partridge Hill and Birchwood to reach the road near Moorgates. Here we struck off across the moor, following a 'grouse shooters track' onto Two Howes Rigg. After walking about 3 miles without a break we came to a cairn where our path joined that coming up from Goathland. We had a short break here before turning to follow this path along the Rigg and down into Goathland. This path drops down from the Rigg to pass the Tarn, near where we found a sheltered spot out of the chilly easterly breeze for our lunch break. By now this easterly wind was also carrying smoke across the moors from areas of heather burning - controlled fires to encourage new growth for the grouse to feed on next year. We found the smoke rather irritating and it also created a haze spoiling the view. From the Tarn we dropped down into Goathland near the Mallyan Spout Hotel. We walked through the village taking in St Mary's Church and the NYMR Station where we had a good mug of tea, whilst watching LMS Black 5 No 5428 'Eric Treacy' arrive with a train to Pickering. After that, one final short steep climb brought us back to the car. Heading home on the A169 we paused to photograph the fires on the moors, then continued towards Pickering, only to come up upon stationary traffic. An accident had closed the road on Saltergate Bank, and we were forced to turn back and make a long detour via Sleights and Ugglebarnby to join the A171 Scarborough Road. Annoyingly in Scarborough, the cut-through via Stepney Drive was also closed (road works) causing gridlock on the A171/A170 into town!

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