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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.


Farndale Panorama/Photo  Arnold Underwood

Walks Photographs

Links to my walks photos will are compiled in the '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:

January,February & March Walks are now on the 'Photo Albums' page

With all Club Walks cancelled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, and everyone instructed to STAY HOME and avoid contact with others, my walks continue to be fairly local 'exercise' walks

JUNE 2020
'Google photos - 7th June Hornsea; Suzie's Birthday Walk'
'Google photos - 14th June Huggate'
'Google photos - 21st June Sancton & Houghton Woods'
'Google photos - 28th June Newbald & Sancton Wolds'

'Google photos - 5th July Thixendale & Hanging Grimston'
'Google photos - 12th July Horcum & the Bridestones'


With all Club Walks cancelled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, I have dipped into the archives to feature walks fom Five Years Ago
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 7th June 2015 Terrington'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 14th June 2015 Gilling East'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 21st June 2015 Thixendale'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 28th June 2015 Alport Castles (Peak District)'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 5th-8th July 2015 Keswick (Lake District)'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 12th July 2015 Allerston & Troutsdale'

e-mail: arnold.dalestrails@gmail.com



UPDATED - 13th July 2020 11.00am


The HDWC Committee has sadly made the decision to cancel all group walks and social activities with immediate effect, until further notice.
This follows the Government advice to avoid all unnecessary social contact.
All members and walk leaders should have received an email from the HDWC Chairman. This website Calendar has been updated accordingly.

However fresh air and gentle exercise can do a world of good for your mental and physical health.
* Please bear in mind the current COVID-19 restrictions regarding groups (6 people maximum) and social distancing within your group and when encountering other walkers *
The advice from the government is that unless you are showing symptoms, you can continue to walk outside whilst staying a safe distance from others.

(This information based on that issued by The Ramblers HQ to its Groups and Members)



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 30 years ago in May/June 1990.
The second half of Pennine Way Conquered (Days 9 - 15, Baldersdale to Kirk Yetholm), can be viewed by following this link:
Pennine Way Conquered Part 2.







There are no further scheduled Club walks for the time being



Houghton Woods/ Photo by Arnold Underwood, June 13th 2010

'Those were the Days' - A walk in the woods - HDWC in Houghton Woods, June 13th 2010, by Arnold Underwood


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

Tearoom Closed at the moment - Local home-baked deliveries to order

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.


* Please bear in mind the current COVID-19 restrictions regarding groups (6 people maximum) and social distancing within your group and when encountering other walkers*

East Yorkshire Wolds

Parking near Millington Church.

This walk takes you over the wolds down to the hamlet of Givendale with the little St Ethelburga's church in a picturesque setting.
Continuing towards Grimthorpe Wood there are views over the Vale of York before returningto Millington by way of field paths and minor roads (6 miles)

This link below opens my photo album for this walk and provides a pictorial guide of the route:

'Google photos - Millington & Givendale'


Please do not print the route maps - purchase the relevant OS Map (Explorer 294) 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




By now the spread of COVID-19 in the UK had 'peaked' and during June, the Government continued to relac the 'Lockdown' rules. We were now instructed to STAY ELERT and but could now meet in groups of up to six, outdoors, whilst still maintaining the 2 metre 'social distancing'. However at the beginning of the month things at home took an unexpected turn when Ann was taken ill (not COVID-19 related) and spent five days in Hull Royal Infirmary. Although back home she is not 100%. So through June my walks have been confined to Sundays, when I could leave Ann with Hannah.

Sunday 7th June
After the sunniest month of May on record, June was anything but 'flaming'; it was cold, windy and wet. We are still under Coronavirus 'lockdown' although there has been a slight relaxing of regulations. Today was a 'significant' birthday for Suzie and secretly, members of HDWC plotted to brighten her day. They sprung a 'surprise party' with birthday cake and bubbly, plus cards and gifts. Restrictions meant this had to be done outdoors, with everyone maintaining the 2m social distance. So we gathered, in the cold wind and drizzle, around a picnic bench on the green near Suzie's home. Celebrations over, five of us, including Suzie, decided to walk round Hornsea Mere by way of Wassand and Seaton, a distance of 6 miles. Fortunately the only rain we got was some light drizzle.

Sunday 14th June
Today I met up with Caroline in Huggate. The village was very popular with walkers with many couples, small groups, and families out and about on a day which started chilly and overcast, but soon brightened to give a lovely warm day with a refreshing breeze. Our route headed south along Mill Lane to pick up the Hawold Bridle Road as far as Nettle Dale. From there we threaded our way through Frendal Dale and Tun Dale and up through the woods. We took lunch near the road by Waterman Hole, above Tun Dale, and watched the world go by - walkers, cyclists, motor bikes, and cars. A couple of ladies walking with dogs appeared "We haven't got a map and want to get to Thixendale" they asked. We pointed them in the right direction (but I wonder if they found their way back to wherever they started from?). Then another group appeared "Which way to Fridaythorpe?" Again we gave directions. Next please! The next couple were not lost, and neither were we, as we continued back to Huggate via Horse Dale and Glebe Farm, completing a walk of about 7 miles.

Sunday 21st June
Heavy overnight rain had cleared and by the time I met up with Caroline in Sancton at 10.30am, the clouds were breaking, giving way to blue skies and warm sunshine. From Low Street in Sancton we took an overgrown path up to the church, with its unusual octagonal tower. Then up the hill by the main road as far as the track leading to Houghton Hall and Park. From Castle farm, field edge tracks and paths brought us to the top of Kings Hill overlooking the Vale of York. By now we were meeting a surprising number of people walking in the opposite direction and on arrival at the tiny village of North Cliffe we discovered an area set aside for car parking. Apparently the walk from North Cliffe via Houghton Moor & Woods had been publicised in the Hull Daily Mail a week ago as 'East Yorkshire's best kept floral secret' for seeing the rhododendrons! The hand written signs in North Cliffe suggested the villagers didn't entirely approve! By the road is a large church and tiny village hall serving the twin hamlets of North and South Cliffe. A steady climb brought us up onto Houghton Moor and the woods where we found a clearing with some tree stumps for our lunch stop. Continuing through the woods we soon realised that most of the rhododendrons were past their best. We also met the people we had passed earlier, some of whom asked "is this the way back to North Cliffe?" Out of the woods, we rejoined the lane to Sancton near Castle Farm and passed the entrance to the 'North Star Club' and 'Black Beard Forest School' to arrive back in the village, so completing a pleasant walk of about 6 miles.

Sunday 28th June
Last weeks heatwave was brought to an abrupt end on Friday and Saturday by heavy downpours and thunder. So today dawned overcast and very windy with a maximum temperature of around 18C. I met Caroline in North Newbald at 10am for this 7 mile walk onto Sancton Wold. We joined the Wolds Way on the top at Hessleskew. Heading south on the Wolds Way, surrounded by the wind turbines on Sancton Hill and Sober Hill, we found shelter from the wind for our lunch stop behind the hedge near the Trig Point on Newbald Wold . After lunch we dropped down from Newbald Wold and followed the Wolds Way into Swin Dale, but soon turned off up the bank through the trees to the road. From there it was all downhill, through a rogue shower, into North Newbald where the sun broke through to dry us off!

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.

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