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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.


Beverley Westwood/Photo © Arnold Underwood

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:

January Walks are now on the 'Photo Albums' page

February 2020:

'Google photos - 2nd Feb North Cave & Hotham'
'Google photos - 7th Feb Back to Le Street'
'Google photos - 16th Feb Londesborough Snowdrop Sunday'
'Google photos - 23rd Feb Huggate & Haywold'

e-mail: arnold.dalestrails@gmail.com



UPDATED - 24th Feb 11.00am



Sad news - this popular tearoom closed its doors for last time in September 2019 after 23 years in business following the 'semi-retirement'of the owners.
They will be retaining the B&B and self-catering accommodation side of their business for the foreseeable future.


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 MAR 1st 2020

THORNTON-LE-DALE (North Yorkshire)
A 6½ mile short walk from Thornton-le-Dale via Howl Dale
Meet at Thornton-le-Dale (Car Park) for a 10.30am start
'Thornton-le-Dale Parking'
Depart Hornsea 9.00am; Leven 9.15am (Journey time 1 hour from Leven)
Leader: Sue Copeland



SUNDAY MAR 8th 2020

FRIDAYTHORPE (Yorkshire Wolds)
A 9 mile circular walk via Thixendale & Brubber Dale
Meet at Fridaythorpe, Pond for a 10am start

Depart Hornsea 8.45am; Leven 9.00am (Journey time 35min from Leven)
Leader: Sue Copeland



SUNDAY MAR 15th 2020

A 9 mile circular walk from Wharram Percy via the Luddith Road to North Grimston returning along part of the Yorkshire Wolds Way
Meet at Wharram Percy car park for a 10am start

Depart Hornsea 8.45am; Leven 9.00am (Journey time 40min from Leven)
Leader: Arnold Underwood



SUNDAY MAR 22nd 2020

BINBROOK (Lincolnshire)
A 9 mile circular walk on the Licolnshire Wolds from Binbrook via Stainton-le-Vale
Meet at Binbrook, Kirmond Road (LN8 6DS) for a 10am start

Depart Hornsea 8.15am; Leven 8.30am (Journey time 1¼ hr from Leven)
Leader: David Holtby



LWC Hedon/ Photo by Arnold Underwood, Feb 21st 2010

'Winter Blues' LWC at Hedon, Feb 21st 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
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.


East Yorkshire - Goodmanham & Londesborough 7 - 8 miles

This walk from the historic village of Goodmanham passes through Londesborough Park into the village of Londesborough where a detour to the site of the original Hall can be made to see the carpet of snowdrops at this time of year.
An Admission Fee may apply at this time of year on Snowdrop Sundays, with proceeds going to the upkeep of the Parish Church.
An optional extension to the walk includes Cleaving Coombe access land, with extensive views over the Vale of York.

This link below opens my photo album for this walk (Feb 2019) and provides a pictorial guide of the route:
'Google photos - Goodmanham & Londesborough'


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




The unsettled but mild weather continued into the New Year but generally I managed to avoid the worst and completed 9 walks this month. No signs of winter, with rain the continuing problem rather than snow and ice.

Wed Jan 1st
Our New Year's Day walk was about 5 miles in length from Skipsea via Ulrome. Eighteen turned out for this walk on a bright winter's morning. Our route crossed waterlogged and muddy fields to reach Ulrome where we skirted past the Church round north of the village and back into Ulrome East End. Now the tricky bit as the direct road to Skipsea along the clifftop has gone - gone into the sea that is! We continued past the warnings and blockade until we reached the jagged end of the tarmac on the clifftop. Fortunately we were able to cut through Skipsea Sands Holiday Park to reach the Skipsea Road (Mill Lane) without being caught, to retrace our steps back to the Board Inn at Skipsea for our soup and sandwiches, and a drink or two.

Sun Jan 5th
On a rather overcast day I picked up Caroline and after some discussion we headed to Wharram Percy. The plan to do a fairly gentle 6 mile walk past the medieval village site and around Raisthorpe Wold. However as often is the case, we didn't quite stick to the plan. After completing the loop around Raisthorpe Wold and arriving by the woods above the long-closed Burdale railway tunnel we decided to go 'off piste' and head down through the woods, roughly following the line of the tunnel. This is NOT a public right-of-way. A rough track leads down through the trees, which appear to be growing on spoil tips from the tunnel excavations. Part-way down we came across a tunnel ventilation shaft and then the north portal of the tunnel itself (we had seen the south portal in Burdale on previous walks). We emerged from the trees to rejoin the Wolds Way back up to the car park.

Thurs Jan 9th
For today's short walk with Caroline we headed south across the Humber Bridge where the weather was expected to brighten sooner. So by 10 o'clock we were at Waters Edge in Barton-upon-Humber and indeed the clouds were clearing, being carried north on a brisk wind. Our 6 mile walk took us along the river bank under the Bridge and past the one remaining brick and tile works and round the ponds which now form Far Ings Nature Reserve. The ponds at Barton were formerly clay-pits which once provided the raw material for numerous brick and tile works along the south bank of the Humber. From Far Ings we joined Dam Lane then turned up hill onto Highfield where there was a good view back towards the Humber Bridge. The road back into Barton has been cut by the A15 but a footpath underpass has been provided. This brought us to Westfield Road in Barton from where we headed into the town centre and onto High Street. Originally the plan was to continue to St Mary's Church but I was distracted by a sign to the Wilderspin National School in Queen Street. This Victorian School now houses a museum, with café & toilets and other facilities. The school dates from 1845 and is named after Samuel Wilderspin who was a pioneer of infant schools across Britain. Barton is notable for the numerous blue plaques, provided by the Civic Society, relating to famous people and buildings in the town. With Caroline's hip becoming painful we headed directly back to the Waters Edge Country Park, passing the Ropewalk - the form rope works - and nearly a quarter mile in length. Cups of tea in the Visitor Centre concluded a short but interesting walk.

Sun Jan 12th
Today's linear walk from Leven to Hornsea fitted conveniently with the limited Sunday bus service, with the options to get the bus from Hornsea to Leven before or after the walk. I had done this walk in January 2019, when conditions were icy cold but with clear skies. Today was overcast, windy with the threat of 'light rain', but the forecast said it would brighten up later. Surprisingly eighteen walks gathered at Leven and set off through the drizzle at about 9.15am. We walked out of the village towards White Cross, pausing to see the Sculpture - one of three along the Beverley to Leven cycle path. Safely across the busy A1035 we joined the footpath by Monks Dike where the drizzle became light rain. By the time we reached Carr Lane, heading towards Long Riston, the light rain was becoming more persistent, and those who had come prepared donned more waterproofs! After negotiating Long Riston village, now with the weather at our backs, we followed the path by the horse gallops towards Farnton Hill. Here some woodland provided a little shelter for our coffee break at about 11am. Onwards towards the hamlet of Rise, which is actually on the top of a rise in the landscape. Last time I was here a 'local' pointed us in the right direction along 'Mucky Dick' lane - today the lane wasn't just 'mucky', it was flooded! We managed to negotiate the flood, and most of the muck by keeping on the bank by the fence. By now the rain had more or less stopped, and the skies were brightening from the west. Squelchy green lanes brought us to Great Hatfield where we joined the Rail Trail and took our lunch break in the shelter of some trees near the old station. Continuing, we turned off the rail trail and followed field side paths towards the hamlet of Goxhill. By now there were blue skies and sunshine. I had decided to avoid going via Wassand in case the path near the Mere was impassable, so after visiting the quaint little St Giles' Church we took to the diverted field path that brought us back onto the Rail Trail, for an easy stroll down into Hornsea. It was decided to continue on the trail all the way to Hornsea seafront and then along to the Floral Hall Café which was the only café open at this time of year. The afternoon sun had brought people out and the promenade and café were very busy. Extending the walk to the Floral Hall, meant the distance walked came to almost 12 miles, but there was the advantage of a convenient bus stop for those who needed to catch the 3.40pm bus back to Leven!

Thurs Jan 16th
With more rain forecast for the afternoon, me and Caroline headed up the coast for a better chance of fitting in a short walk before the rain. We decided on Cloughton, just north of Scarborough, where there were several options for walks utilising the 'cinder track' (former railway), the cliff-top Cleveland Way/England Coastal Path, and other paths. From Cloughton Old Station we headed north along the Cinder Track to Salt Pans Lane bridge then along the lane to Cloughton Wyke. Here we joined the Cleveland Way and made our way along the clifftop towards Hayburn Wyke. We didn't go to the shore at Hayburn Wyke but turned inland, pausing for a lunch break near the remains of the old station, before continuing up the steep hill to the Staintondale Road. Across the road we continued up to The Hulleys, the highest point on our walk. From there it was all downhill, into a strengthening wind, back to Cloughton and along the path by the beck to complete a walk of about 6miles. Unfortunately at this time of year the Station Tearoom is closed (I've since discovered that it is closed permanently) so with rain in the air we headed straight back to Leven.

Sun Jan 19th
After some recent wet and windy weather, Sunday 19th Jan couldn't have been more different - a 'proper' winters day with a touch of frost, blue skies and sunshine. Eighteen of us, including two newcomers, met at Newbald Village Hall for an 8½ mile walk, led by Sue Copeland. The route would take us up onto Sancton Wold, past the wind farms to join the Yorkshire Wolds Way at Hessleskew. From on the top the were views east towards the coast, and west across the Vale of York. After a lunch break our route followed the Wolds Way over Newbald Wold then down into Swin Dale from where it was back down the road into North Newbald. Afterwards, several of us called at the nearby, but very busy 'William's Den', not to try out the adventure playground, but for tea and cake, which concluded an enjoyable day.

Thurs Jan 23rd
The day didn't look promising with some thick fog around, but the forecast said it would clear, particularly further north, so we, that's me and Caroline, headed north. I had a couple of short walks in mind in the Lockton area, north of Pickering, but as we drove along the A169 the fog got thicker than ever! Continuing past Lockton we approached Goathland where there was a hint of brightness breaking through. Parking near the Mallyan Spout Hotel a quick look at the map showed that a shortish walk was possible via Wheeldale. So under clearing skies, but later than planned we set off along the flank of Two Howes Rigg with views opening out to the west. By keeping along the edge for the views we 'lost' the path but then picked up a grouse-shooter's track we brought us down to Hunt House. From Hunt House we continued to Wheeldale Lodge and across some very boggy ground to the stepping stones across Wheeldale Beck. Safely across, it was then straight up the steep bank. At the top we opted for a lunch stop as it was just gone 12, the sun was shining, and there was a great view back towards Two Howes Rigg. After lunch we checked out the 'Roman Road' before heading across rough upland fields to reach the moorland road to Egton. Downhill again to Wheeldale Gill, crossing this by the footbridge near the ford. By the gill was a rope swing, which I think was the which Caroline had last swung on in 2004! Up again past Hazel Head towards Hollin House Farm and down a very wet muddy field - where, I have to admit, my feet went from under me and I ended up lying in the mud! No harm done we continued down to New Wath Farm to discover a new permissive path above New Wath Scar which provided a convenient alternative to walking along the road back to the car.

Sun Jan 26th
The weather forecast didn't look good for today's 10mile walk led by Julie, which would take us over Driffield Wold and down the green lane known as Garton Balk. Ten of us gathered in Driffield on an overcast Sunday morning and set off passing a large group of Ramblers who had arrived by coach from York. Our route out of town took us through Driffield Cemetery to reach the appropriately named Long Lane, which for about 2miles heads straight up onto Driffield Wold, where we took our elevenses coffee/banana break. Continuing past Wold Farm and across the B1249 we headed down past Wold House Farm to reach the Cowlam road at Spellowgate. Dark clouds were now gathering along with a strengthening wind and rain. As it was about twelve o'clock we found shelter by a wall at Elmswell Wold Farm for our lunch stop. One group of the York Ramblers had already occupied a barn at the farm for their break. Our walk continued onto the exposed Garton Wold to join the broad green lane known as Garton Balk where we turned directly into the wind and rain. Although attempts have been made to restrict 'off-road' vehicles from using this lane, the lower sections either side of the A166 York road are severely rutted. We all succeeded in negotiating the thick mud and ruts and reached the roadside path leading from Elmswell to Little Driffield. Alas several of my photos at this stage of the walk were spoilt by rain on the camera lens, which probably went unnoticed at the time due to rain on my specs! Our walk continued through Little Driffield, and after crossing the Driffield Bypass through an area known as the Keld, alongside Driffield Beck (the infant River Hull) near to the former mill, King's Mill. Wet and bedraggled we arrived back in Driffield Town Centre at about 3 o'clock, where most decided to skip visiting a local tearoom, opting to head straight home to dry out! Although conditions were bad, I'm pleased to have done it because the walk did include quite a bit that was new to me.

Thurs Jan 30th
This Thursday's walk with Caroline was on the northern edge of the Howardian Hills AONB. A spell of sunshine greeted us as we parked up by the green in Barton-le-Street, but alas the sun didn't last long as the clouds moved in and the wind picked up, exactly as forecast. At least it didn't rain! Our walk took us along farm tracks close to the long gone route of the Malton to Helmsley railway, to the large village of Slingsby. On the green, in front of the village school, is an extremely tall Maypole. The current Maypole dates from 1995, but there has been one on the village green since 1799. Also in the village are the ruins of Slingsby Castle, which in actual fact is a Jacobean mansion built around 1630-1640 for Sir Charles Cavendish. It is rectangular, with a projecting stair turret on each corner. There were two main storeys and a massive vaulted basement and had unusually high rooms and tall windows. It is surrounded by an impressive moat. The ruin is now in the care of English Heritage and is on the regional 'Heritage at Risk' register. It is in a dangerous state and is not open to the public. From Slingsby our route took us up a track onto the Howardian Hills. At the top, Firth Wood provided some shelter from the wind and felled tree trunks made convenient seats for our lunch stop. After lunch we had to negotiate the only muddy part of the walk to reach the Centenary Way above Fryton Wood. Here we turned east along the ridge, with the trees providing some shelter from the wind. There were views north over a misty Vale of Pickering, and, where there were breaks in the trees, south towards Castle Howard. We crossed the Stray - the avenue leading to Castle Howard - and by Coneysthorpe Banks Wood we left the Centenary Way to head back down towards Barton-le-Street. Here we explored the Church, which also has a fascinating history. The medieval church which had its origins in the 12th Century, was demolished in 1870 and the current building, in a similar style, was erected on the same site. Some ancient sculptures were incorporated in the new building, and several can be seen in the church porch (along with a swallow's nest). A path led us directly from the church back to the village green, to complete an interesting little walk of just over 6 miles.

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 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 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