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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.


Springtime in Sinnington, North Yorkshire/Photo © Arnold Underwood, March 26th 2017

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e-mail: arnold.dalestrails@gmail.com



UPDATED - 30th April 2017

Moorsbus 2017

Moorsbus Services for 2017 commence on Sunday May 7th
Services operate on Sundays and Bank Holidays until the end of September

M1 & M2 Saltburn - Redcar - Guisborough and Darlington - Stockton - Middlesbrough 
M3 Guisborough - Danby - Hutton Le Hole - Pickering - Thornton Le Dale 
M4 Guisborough - Stokesley - Bilsdale - Rievaulx - Helmsley - Sutton Bank 
M5 Stokesley - Northallerton - Thirsk - Coxwold - Byland Abbey - Helmsley
M6 & M7 Malton - Pickering - Rosedale Abbey - Danby and Pickering - Thornton Le Dale - Danby Forest Visitor Centre

Also Moorsplus Services on Saturdays and Mondays
M3, M6 & M8 York - Malton - Pickering - Hutton Le Hole - Danby.

For full details visit http://www.moorsbus.org/index.html



Summer Evening Walks : May - August
Details of the Wednesday Evening Walks are now on the Calendar - click to view.




The next scheduled Sunday walk will be on May 7th.
This will be the SHORT WALK at 10.30am from Stamford Bridge



The next LWC WALK (about 9 miles) is on Sunday May 21st from Goathland.

Meet at Leven Sports Hall at 8.30am for a 10.00am start to the walk.

Leader: Caroline Gowthorpe



*****Member discounts at the Trespass store at the Flemingate Shopping Centre in Beverley****

*** 10% discount off all products in store all year round, which can also be used with certain running promotions, to Walking Club members and followers of this website ***
Just show your Walking Club membership card or mention 'Dales Trails' at the checkout for your discount.
Discounts also now apply to shopping online. Visit Trespass online shopping

Trespass supplies a fantastic range of outdoor wear and accessories which cater to all outdoor adventures from absolute beginners all the way through to professionals.



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




Another mixed up month because I suffered from a bout of tonsillitis! This meant I missed a few walks, including one I was supposed to lead - thanks to Graham and Bob for covering that one

Thursday March 2nd
A lovely bright and breezy spring day for a walk with Susie Watson and Neil Patrick. Setting off from Cranswick Garden Centre, our 8½ mile route took us via Watton Abbey, Kilnwick, Cawkeld and Burnbutts.The day was rounded off with very nice scones and tea at TJ's Coffee Shop at the Garden Centre, where Caroline joined us, and later a pint back at the New Inn Leven whilst waiting for the bus.

Sunday March 5th
There were thirteen of us today on this 7½ mile walk from North Grimston via Langton Wold and Settringto. Much of the route covered new ground for many of us. The weather was better than forecast, the morning being sunny and warm and we managed to finish before the rains came. Most of us stopped off on the way home at Sledmere for tea and cakes.

Sunday March 12th
Suffering from tonsillitis, I missed 'my walk' today from Leavening

Thursday March 16th
After being laid low with tonsillitis my energy levels were low, so decided to try just a little walk today. So with Suzie I headed north towards Scarborough to try a 5 mile walk! It may seem a long way to drive for a 5 mile walk? But it was a cracker - linking the villages of Ruston, Wykeham, and Hutton Buscel using rights of way and permissive paths created by the Wykeham Estate. A short walk with lots of interest - pretty villages, historic churches, disused railway, etc

Sunday March 19th
An excellent 9 mile walk today from Millington via Kilnwick Percy. Going 'the opposite way' to normal meant the gradients were broken down into easier stages - ideal for my 'out of practice' legs! The route took us up throuh Pocklington Woods and the 'nature trail' which meant we avoide crossing KP Golf Course. After lunch among the trees near KP Hall we coninued along the Wolds Way past Warren Farm and back down to Milllington. And we avoided the rain that seemed to affect the rest of East Yorkshire. Afterwards we stopped for tea at the farm shop on Pocklington Mile - lucky for us it was open, as it normally closes at 12.30 on Sundays!

Thursday March 23rd
With Suzie away and Caroline still not fit, I was all on my own today for a 6 mile walk from Kilnwick Percy via Nunburnholme. A sunny day but with a chilly easterly wind. Somehow in this short walk I included parts of the Wolds Way, Wilberforce Way, Minster Way, and The Pilgrimage of Grace Heritage Trail. Thanks to Dick Roberts at Paws Awhile for the cup tea and recharging my batteries (for my camera that is!)

Sunday March 26th
An absolutely gorgeous day for 13 of us on our first walk of the year onto the North York Moors. Our 10¼ mile walk from Sinnington via Lastingham Ridge and Appleton le Moors had a bit of everything - riverside, woodland (with woodpeckers), moorland, picturesque villages all looking their very best in the Spring sunshine. Afterwards some of us called at the 'Whole Hog' for tea and scones.

Thursday March 30th
A 6 mile walk from Pickering - Caroline's first 'walk' since before Christmas because of her hip problem. The walk alongside Pickering Beck and the railway line was planned so I could grab some pics of Royal Scot on the NYMR. Alas, the 'Scot' had failed to be replaced by a pair of ever-reliable Stanier Black 5's - 45407 and 45212. The other train of the day was also hauled by a Black 5, 44806 (accompanied by a Class 26 diesel). Our walk took us past New Bridge to the footpath limit where we crossed railway and beck to return on the other side to Pickering Castle. We had tea in the sunshine, people-watching, at the top of Pickering High Street.



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 5¼" 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 all walks by Hornsea and Leven Walking Clubs and more

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'Dales Trails Google+ Photo Albums'

With 'Picasa' being closed down by Google in the next few weeks, please try using the Google+ link.
If you experience any problems please let me know.


Dales Trails Featured Walk

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 - Helmsley

'Helmsley and Riccal Dale' - 8 miles.
A classic springtime (late April to early June) 'wild flower' walk on the edge of the moors from the delightful market town of Helmsley.
The walk heads north up Ashdale - look out for primroses, wood anenome, and orchids and returns via Riccal Dale for primroses, wild garlic and an amazing diaplay of bluebells.

Click on this link for details: 'Helmsley and Riccal Dale'


Please do not print the route maps - purchase the relevant OS Map (Explorer OL26) or subscribe to the OS Maps website 'OS Maps Online'


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.

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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/Dale Head Farm, Rosedale/photo by Arnold Underwood/23rd Sept 2012

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 Chairman Graham Hadfield or Walks Secretary Arnold Underwood (07989 292522)

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Visitors to Dales Trails since August 1st 2007


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Arnold Underwood