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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

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UPDATED - 20th Jan 2019 10.00pm


Leven Walking Club

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Dave Fox on the night of 28-29th November after a 5-year battle with prostate cancer.
Dave was a founder member of Leven Walking Club some 40 year ago.
Back then it was associated with PTFA of the village school as an activity for the school-children to get out into the countryside on the third Sunday each month.
The Club still walks on the third Sunday to this day.
I'm sure many members of Leven Walking Club, past and present, will recall many happy times with Dave - he will be sorely missed.



Rachel's Walnut Cottage Tea Room
Tea, Coffee, Homemade Cakes & Scones


Raincliffe Woods - North Yorkshire

Forestry Operations were due to start in Raincliffe Woods in October.
This will involve 'thinning' of the woodland largely on the upper parts of the hillside above Middle Road also affecting the higher path known as Lady Mildred's Ride.
It would appear that machinery will be access the woodland via Middle Road and felled trees will be stored adjacent to Middle Road.
I would suggest Raincliffe Woods be best avoided for a few months!


*** The CALENDAR has been updated with WALKS for 2019***

These details include:
* HDWC Short Walks - 1st Sunday of each month.
* HDWC Long Walks - 2nd and 4th Sundays.
* LWC Walks - 3rd Sundays.

The Walks programme for the first few months of 2019 is being added to the calendar page. Some walks are still subject to confirmation
Details are based on information supplied to me.


Download the Hornsea & Leven 2019 Walks Programme (Version 2 Jan - June) pdf file to view, save or print

Click here and follow the instructions to view or save the document - 2019 Walks Programme






A 9 mile walk via Kilnwick, Cawkeld and Burnbutts returning past the site of Watton Priory
Park in Watton Lay-by off the A164 for a 10.00am start
Watton Parking Information
Leader: Arnold Underwood




A shorter 7 mile circular walk via Skerne and Wansford. Meet at Driffeld Riverhead for a 10.30am start.
Driffield (Riverhead) Parking Information
Leader: Stuart Kemp



HWC near Bratingham/Photo  Arnold Underwood, Jan 11th 2009

Hornsea District Walking Club near Brantingham, Jan 11th 2009



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 and Shepherds Nab' - 8 miles
A walk for all seasons, but especially so in Autumn with the bracken turning golden brown, adding colour to the scene.
Via the secrete valley of Douthwaite Dale and Gillamoor, with its 'Surprise View, and an optional visit to 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




Sunday Dec 2nd
There were fourteen of us on today's flat, 7 mile HDWC walk from Bishop Wilton via Gowthorpe and Fangfoss. The weather overcast with light rain at times with a convenient bright spell coinciding with our lunch stop by the church in Fangfoss. After lunch we deviated via Jubilee Park in Fangfoss to have a bit of fun with the 'science-themed' activities there - three actually have goes on the zip-wire! On our drive home we diverted again, this time to visit the Robert Fuller Gallery for a glass of mulled wine or cup of coffee, and to purchase Christmas cards.

Thursday Dec 6th
Not a particularly cold day for December, but some rain at first then brighter for this 8 mile figure-8 walk with Suzie, starting from Goodmanham. Our walk followed a section of the Yorkshire Wolds Way, then via Kiplingcotes Station, and part of the Beverley - Market Weighton Rail Trail (the former Beverley to York railway line, closed in the 1970s). Tea afterwards at the Fiddle Drill tearoom in Goodmanham.

Sunday Dec 9th
For once we had lovely weather for the HDWC Christmas Walk & Lunch. There were 26 booked in for lunch at the Lazaat Hotel, Cottingham but before that 15 of us did 4 mile walk to work up an appetite. Our route skirted Skidby Links Golf Course, then past Burn Park Farm to the highlight scenic attraction of the walk - the National Grid Electricity Substation at Wanless. From there we returned past Poplar Farm and Jillywood Lane. At the Lazaat Hotel we enjoyed an excellent hot buffet lunch - plenty for everyone and plenty of choice - in a private room. At the end Betty gave a few words of thanks to the hotel & staff, but being still in 'pantomime mode' she then led everyone into a rousing chorus of 'Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer' to conclude our day!

Thursday Dec 13th
A return walk onto Hotham Carrs with Suzie on a much better day than a few weeks ago. Starting from Hotham we headed downhill and across the Carrs to the disused Market Weighton Canal. Here we turned north coming to a disused lock which is the only remnant of the former canal - south of here the canal is now a drain, and north of the lock it has been infilled and returned to farmland. At Wholsea Grange we turned again passing fishing ponds as we headed east towards South Cliffe Common. The winter sun highlighted the silver birch trees here. We passed a herd of cattle, with young calves, near Carr Farm and found a convenient place for lunch in the sunshine, sheltered by the pine trees at Sandy Camp Plantation. At South Cliffe we climbed the steep hillside to pass the edge of Houghton Woods and turned back towards Hotham with views east to the Yorkshire Wolds beyond North Newbald to complete our 9 mile walk in almost exactly 4 hours

Sunday Dec 16th
After terrible weather yesterday we were so lucky today with sunshine and light winds making for a very pleasant LWC walk from Welton. There were seventeen of us and we set off from Welton taking the 'high road' path above Welton Dale to a coffee stop near Wauldby Manor. Continuing from Wauldby eventually turning along the top of Nut Wood towards Raywell, we found some convenient although widely scattered logs in the woods on which to sit for our lunch stop. As is tradition on this LWC Christmas walk there was the sharing of savoury and sweet 'bites' and mulled wine among the walkers. Our return took us back past Wauldby Manor, with the little church in the grounds, and down through woodland into Welton Dale back to Welton, where most visited the Green Dragon for drinks

Wednesday Dec 19th
It has become something of a tradition at this time of year for a walk in Hull from Holderness Road/Mount Pleasant via Victoria Dock along the Humber river bank path past the Deep to The Minerva for a drink or two and lunch. This year was rather special as it coincided with Stuart's 70th birthday. So a larger group than normal - around twenty - made the brisk walk on a rather damp and dismal morning to the Minerva. Along the way we had a view of the Siemens Wind Turbine factory, then on past the Victoria Dock Village housing development on the former dock site. Our path bridged the 'basin' where shipping would have once entered the dock via lock gates. After the Deep we crossed another newer bridge over the River Hull past "The Voyage" statue to reach Victoria Pier, from where ferries once crossed the Humber in the days before the Humber Bridge. At the Minerva, Stuart had booked a room for our lunch.

Thursday Dec 20th
Today's walk was rather different - after dropping my car off for its MOT in Beverley at 9.00am me and Susie headed south alongside the River Hull as far as Thearne. We then headed along Ferry Lane and turned north to follow the Wilberforce Way by the Beverley and Barmston Drain. Somehow we finished up on the wrong side of the drain and had to walk as far as Beverley Beck before being able to cut back across Figham Common. Crossing the main road we then picked up the public footpath through the derelict Lake Minster Park 'holiday home' site. We had made good time so we diverted to visit Beverley Minster, where the Beverley High School choir was rehearsing for the school Carol Service. We then continued through Flemingate and alongside Beverley Beck, where three preserved Humber barges - The Amy Howson, Comrade, and Syntan - were moored. We had walked 9 miles by the time we collected my car at about 1.30pm.

Sunday Dec 30th
With a fine day forecast, today was probably the last opportunity to get in a walk before the end of the year. As Ann was driving through to Beverley, she dropped me off near Hull Bridge so that I could walk back to Leven along the banks of the River Hull and Leven Canal, a distance of 6 miles. The Lake (I call it Pulfin Lake because its near Pulfin Bog Nature Reserve) near Eske was home to a large number of water-birds - ducks (of various kinds), geese, cormorants, swans, coots and moor-hens. A large bird of prey took off from on the ground in the nature reserve and flew off towards the trees - a marsh harrier?



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.


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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)

Stuart Kemp's report in each issue of the Hornsea Community News.

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