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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.


Deep Dale & Wharram Percy/Photo  Arnold Underwood

View down Deep Dale towards Wharram Percy 25th July 2021





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UPDATED - 26th November 2021, 4.00pm



5 Nights, Sunday April 24th - Friday April 29th 2022
Contact Joyce Davidson for more details and to book your place



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


On SUNDAY DECEMBER 5th there is a SHORT (6 mile) walk starting at 10.30am from WEST HESLERTON
Via Wolds Way & Heslerton Brow
Leader Sue Copeland


On SUNDAY DECEMBER 19th there is a MEDIUM (8 mile) walk starting at 10.00am from SKIDBY MILL
Via Risby and Walkington
This is our CHRISTMAS WALK with the sharing of Seasonal eats and drinks at lunch

Leader Neil Patrick



The walk will be around Beverley (Heritage & Elwell Trails) starting at 11 am from Saturday Market.
Followed by Soup, Sandwiches, & chips at the Rose & Crown at 2pm
The charge for this will be 10 pp.
Expressions of interest to the Club Secretary ASAP please


Details of forthcoming walks 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:

'Google photos - 3rd Oct 2021 HDWC Short Walk: Ottringham'
'Google photos - 10th Oct 2021 HDWC Medium Walk: Cot Nab'
'Google photos - 25th Oct 2021 Leven to Hull Bridge'

'Google photos - 2nd Nov 2021 Leven Loops, again'
'Google photos - 7th Nov 2021 HDWC Short Walk: Kirby Grindalythe'
'Google photos - 14th Nov 2021 Home to home via Heigholme'
'Google photos - 21st Nov 2021 HDWC Medium Walk: Thixendale'



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:

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
Leven Life Walks Report June 2021
HCN Walks Report July 2021
HCN Walks Report August 2021
HCN Walks Report September 2021
Leven Life Walks Report September 2021
HCN Walks Report October 2021
**NEW** HCN Walks Report November 2021



Hackfall Woods/ 23rd Oct 2011 by Arnold Underwood

On 23rd Oct 2011, just six HDWC members made the journey to Masham for a 9 mile walk through Hackfall Woods bordering the River Ure


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

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 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'




A couple of Club walks this month plus one local walk. Caroline is not walking due to on-going treatment for her back & hip problems.

Sun 3rd Oct.
For October's short walk, our leader Carron had arranged parking (and tea and cakes afterwards) at the small Sunk Island Garden Centre near Ottringham in South Holderness. Sunk Island is an area of former marshland, drained to create a vast area of flat arable farmland, so there would be no hills on this walk! Fourteen walkers (and three dogs) met up on a sunny but windy Sunday morning, and at 10.30 we set off alongside the bank of Ottringham drain for the village itself, where we passed St Wilfred's Church to arrive at the main A1033 Withernsea road. We then had to walk the pavement of this busy road for about a mile towards Keyingham before turning off onto Dam Lane. Here we took a drinks stop before heading south along this lane into the sun and wind. For a lane that doesn't appear to go anywhere there was quite a bit of traffic meaning we had to step off the tarmac onto the verge a few times. Along the lane we passed the one item of interest on the walk - the Ottringham VOR (VHF Omni-directional Range) Beacon which controls the flight-paths of commercial aircraft flying overhead. We followed Dam Lane for a *** long way to Far Marsh Farm (home of Yorkshire Dairy Goats) where we turned off to follow a bridleway to a bridge over Ottringham drain and our lunch stop. After lunch it was just a matter following the drain back to the Garden Centre to complete a 7 mile walk in part of the county that I hadn't previously explored.

Sun 10th Oct.
Today I was down to lead the Club walk so I was joined by five Walking Club members at Cot Nab, highest point on the Wolds at 800ft above sea level, for this 8 mile walk on the edge of the Wolds. Cot Nab was the site of a WW2 air crash involving a Halifax bomber which just failed to clear the 800ft, hitting a milk lorry that unfortunately was passing along York Road at the time. On a sunny and breezy morning we set off along a minor road (on the line of a Roman Road) and field paths, after shooing cattle that were obstructing the gate. We crossed the main road at Wayrham and headed down the dale into the dark shade of conifer woodland. Into the brightness again at Bradeham Dale where we watched a flock of sheep head in single file up the hillside. We took a drink stop by the dry dew pond near the Artwork in Thixen Dale. Buzzards circled overhead. We were then faced with a steady climb up Worm Dale onto Painsthorpe Wold then down the road on the other side. We diverted to a spot overlooking Painsthorpe Dale for our lunch stop. No sooner had we left the road when a steady stream of 'classic' cars on a rally headed up the hill. From 1930s Austin Sevens, 1950s Wolesleys, to 1960s MG and Triumph sports cars. After lunch we continued down the road but at the hamlet of Painsthorpe diverted left onto a track which is a permissive path provided by Lord Halifax Estates of nearby Garrowby Hall. This conveniently links to an area of access land in South Wold Dale. Alas by now the sun and blue skies had been obscured by a veil of cloud. The permissive path leads down to a footbridge over Kirby Beck. Here we turned left and picked our way towards the pond, which is fed by springs issuing from the hillsides and is the source of Kirby Beck. From there we followed an over grown track which curved up the hillside and along the top by South Wold Plantation. Here on Megdale Brow there are great views north over Kirby Underdale to the Vale of York. We could just make out the Kilburn White Horse near Sutton Bank, about 25 miles away. With no more hills we followed a track and field edge paths over Garrowby Wold to cross the busy A166 back to our cars in the lay-by near Cot Nab Farm to complete an enjoyable but quite strenuous 8 mile walk.

Sun 24th Oct.
My plan was to drive to Huggate to do a short walk on the Yorkshire Wolds and possibly meet up with Caroline at Rachel's Tearoom after. Light rain was forecast for later, but when I arrived tin Huggate it was already raining in earnest. I sat in the car and waited, but with low dense cloud it didn't look like easing off any time soon, so with that I came home. I messaged Caroline that I was heading home - she was in Beverley and suggested we meet somewhere for tea/coffee at around 11am. The rain eventually caught up about midday.

Monday 25th Oct
A much better day, sunny with a brisk wind, so with nothing on the calendar, I decided to walk from home alongside the disused canal to the River Hull then to Hull Bridge and Tickton from where I would catch a bus home. Leven Canal was built in 1805 to connect the village with the River Hull (at Leven Lock) and so to Beverley and Hull itself. It was last used in 1935 and is effectively now a 3 mile long narrow pond, a haven for wildlife and anglers. A footpath follows the north side of the canal all the way to the River Hull, whilst sections of the opposite bank are the preserve of anglers. To the south the otherwise flat landscape is now dominated by the 12 wind turbines at Hall Farm near Routh. As I headed alongside the canal I caught glimpses of the arm of a working excavator ahead. I wondered if my walk might come to a premature early finish. From the top of the steps over the pipeline at the site of Far Fox Aqueduct (where the canal has been filled in) I saw the work was taking place on the adjacent Holderness Drain and the right-of-way over the footbridge was open. It would seem a new wider bridge is being constructed over the drain. I continued unhindered by the works past Waterloo Bridge which leads to the abandoned Waterloo Farm, now surrounded by wind turbines. The low-lying farmland by the canal at Leven Carrs has been returned to nature creating a wetland habitat which attracts a variety water birds and waders. From here a large bird of prey took to the air - not a buzzard, not a red kite - I'm convinced it was a Marsh Harrier as these birds have been sighted regularly at nearby Top Hill Low Nature Reserve and Hornsea Mere. At last after about 3 miles I passed the site of Leven Lock and climbed the bank up to the River Hull. Back in the 18th Century the River Hull was confined within banks and the surrounding flood plain was drained to create fertile farmland. The River Hull is generally higher than the surrounding land, much like the fens of East Anglia. I now turned south to walk along the river bank into the brisk wind - and cloud had moved in obscuring the pleasant sunshine. The footpath follows the river round a loop to the west, but I continued straight ahead past a lake, presumably a former sand and gravel quarry, which borders Pulfin Bog Nature Reserve. This lake attracts a variety of wildfowl - swans, ducks, & geese etc, and there are always a few cormorants in residence which sit on some posts drying their feathers. t's easy walking along the river bank with views over surrounding farmland and glimpses of the towers of Beverley Minster about two miles away. Soon the noise of traffic on the busy A1035 at Hull Bridge intrudes on the peaceful scene. Hull Bridge is NOT the Humber Bridge (to which Google takes you), it is a small settlement within Tickton Parish which grew up around the bridge over the River Hull. It was originally a high arched bridge, replaced by a rolling opening bridge to allow shipping to pass. Finally a new concrete high-level bridge was built in 1976 about 200yds upstream from the original, linked to the Tickton Bypass on what is now the A1035 road. The old bridge was replaced by a footpath/cycleway bridge. At Hull Bridge I joined the old road by the Crown & Anchor Inn and walked into Tickton village to await the next bus to take me back to Leven in time for lunch at 1 o'clock.

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