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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.


Panoramic view of Nidderdale, North Yorkshire/Photo © Arnold Underwood, July 10th 2017

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UPDATED - 18th July 2017 11.00am


Details of the Sunday Walks programme for July - December have now been added to the Calendar - click to view
Note: There will be some minor changes to the provisional details previously published


Summer Evening Walks : May - August
The next Evening Walk is on Wednesday 19th July. Meet 7-00pm in Tickton, near the New Inn

Please do not use the pub car park without permission from the landlord
Details of all Wednesday Evening Walks are on the Calendar - click to view.




The next LONG walk will be on Sunday July 23rd meeting at Egton Bridge about 10.30am
Parking at car park near RC Church in time to catch the 11.05am train from Egton to Danby
This will be a linear walk of about 10miles following the Esk Valley Walk back from Danby to Egton Bridge.
Click here for map showing parking Egton Bridge Parking Information
Leader: Graham Hadfield




The next SHORT walk (about 6½ miles) will be on Sunday Aug 6th from West Heslerton.
Parking near the Dawney Arms for a 10.30am walk start.

Click here for map showing parking West Heslerton Parking Information
Leader: Ann Horner



The next LWC WALK (about 9½ miles) is on Sunday July 20th from Bramham, West Yorkshire.

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

Journey time about 1½ hours via A64 towards Leeds.
Click here for map showing parking/walk start from Bramham - Bramham Parking to be confirmed
Leader: Arnold Underwood


Moorsbus 2017

Moorsbus Services for 2017 commenced 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



Moors Explorer is back for Summer 2017!
The popular bus from Hull, Hessle, Anlaby, Willerby, Cottingham and Beverley up to the North York Moors will run on certain Sundays and Bank Holidays throughout the summer

For more information and times visit EYMS Moors Explorer

For ideas for walks using the Moors Explorer bus visit Dales Trails Moors Explorer Walks



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




Generally a good walking month with some very high temperatures - which gave rise to isolated downpours. Family commitments have meant missing most of the evening walks, one of which was cancelled anyway due to heavy rain. However before getting back into the routine, there were two more days on the Cote d'Azur......

Thursday June 1st
Nice day 2. After guidance from Cath we were left to ourselves to visit nearby Monaco. We took the No 100 bus from Nice which deposited us, eventually, near the Monte-Calo Casino. €1.50 for a 50min bus ride was excellent value with spectacular views of the rugged coastline. We then spent about 4 hours exploring the area around Monaco harbour, with all the millionaires' yachts. Clearing-up operations were still ongoing following the previous weekend's Monaco F1 Grand Prix. We then climbed up to the old town and Royal Palace before catching the train back to Nice from Monaco's underground SNCF station.

Friday June 2nd
On the third and final day of our 'flying visit' to Nice Cath took us to the old town of Valbonne for its market, then to the historic hilltop village of Mougins and the nearby Church of Notre-Dame de Vie, where Picasso spent his final years. Then it was back to Nice to pack our bags for the late-evening flight to Luton airport. After staying overnight at Matt's in Milton Keynes we returned home on Saturday.

Sunday June 4th
A lovely day for a walk on the Yorkshire Wolds with Caroline. Skipping the scheduled 'short walk' , our route comprised a 9 mile loop from Wayrham Picnic Site via Bradeham Dale, Brubber Dale and Thixendale.

Wednesday June 7th
Evening Walk from Beverley via Kitchen Lane and the Westwood. It was pleasing to see about 12 turn out for this walk on a pleasant evening. Afterwards most of adjourned to Wetherspoons for a drink or two.

Thursday June 8th
Suzie was back with me today - the first time for about a month with her being in Madeira and then me in France. Our 9¼ mile walk from Wetwang on the rolling landscape on the edge of the Wolds was much better than expected. Our route took in the Tatton Sykes Monument, with extensive views to the south. Considering the cloudburst on the drive there, we escaped with just a light shower on the walk! Back in Leven, time for a drink in the New Inn before heading home.

Sunday June 11th
An adventurous walk for twelve of us today from Sandsend, north of Whitby. Our route took us through Mulgrave Woods to the ruins of Mulgrave Castle. After fording a 'raging torrent' we continued across 'uncharted territory' to arrive at the cliff top. Here the main group headed towards Kettleness, whilst Caroline (still not wishing to walk more than about 8 miles) and me (having to get home for Emily's 4th birthday party) took a short-cut through Goldsborough. Once on the cliff top it was now just the 'simple matter' of following the Cleveland Way back to Sandsend - fine, apart from the near vertical descent by means of ladder-steps and uneven stone steps at Deepgrove Wyke! With tide out, we walked along the sands as far as East Row Beck at the entrance to Mulgrave Woods.

Thursday June 15th
After checking the tide times we (Suzie, Caroline, and me) started today's Filey walk from Muston - this meant the tide was further out when we reached Filey, allowing us onto the beach and Filey Brigg. We actually reached the very end of the Brigg, something me and Suzie had never done! Back on the clifftop we headed north as far as Gristhorpe Cliff, then turned inland past caravan sites to Gristhorpe and back to Muston, completing about 9½ miles in total. Back in Leven we all had drinks in the New Inn before going our separate ways.

Sunday June 18th
Twelve of us gathered in the pretty village of Tealby on the Lincolnshire Wolds, on the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures of around 30C. Our route initially followed the Viking Way through Bayon's Park, before crossing the High Street and dropping down to Kirmond le Mire. Upon reaching our lunch stop at Stainton le Vale, because of the temperature, the sensible decision was reached to take a shorter route back to Tealby reducing the walk by about 2 miles by omitting Walesby. Back in Tealby most of us enjoyed drinks in the reopened Tealby 'Vintage Tearoom' - with its 1940s-50s theme.

Thursday June 22nd
After several scorching days the weather was bound to break, but the gardens did need the rain - pity it chose Thursday! With the threat of rain and possibly thunderstorms, I opted for a local walk with Suzie and Caroline - one we had all missed earlier the year - from North Newbald via Houghton Woods and Sancton Wold. Alas the rhododendrons in the woods had all but finished, the horse-flies were biting, and mist turned to drizzle as had our lunch in Sancton Church cemetery. After crossing Sancton Hill the drizzle turned to heavy rain with thunder, as we headed down the dale below Big Hill. Fortunately the good lady at Café 34 in Market Weighton didn't turn away we three, soggy customers when called in for tea and scones later.

Sunday June 25th
Just ten of us today on an venture onto new ground - Wharncliffe Woods and Chase on the edge of the Peak District north of Sheffield. Unusually, today the 'boys' outnumbered the 'girls' in our group. This 8½ mile walk was a little disappointing because for the first half of the walk we couldn't see the views for the trees! The return over Wharncliffe Chase was more open with views north and east. Nevertheless it was good to visit somewhere new, the threatening rain didn't materialise, and we found a nice tearoom in Wortley village.

Thursday June 29th
After 24hours of rain it may have been a silly idea to go walking today, but we (Suzie, Caroline and myself) did just that. The well-drained chalklands of the Yorkshire Wolds around Huggate provide excellent walking at any time of year, so much so that we covered 9 miles. A pleasant sight were the numbers of marbled white butterflies in Cow Dale and Oxlands Dale. Our route took in 6 dales and part of the ancient Hawold Bridle Road. The only issue, for me, was wet feet as a result of my no-longer-waterproof boots in very wet grass!



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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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 Yorkshire Coast - Robin Hoods Bay

'Robin Hoods Bay, Ramsdale & Boggle Hole' - 9 miles.
A classic summer walk from the delightful village of Robin Hoods Bay. The route first heads inland up the secluded Ramsdale, with its restored watermill.
Back on the coast at Stoupe Beck there is a choice either on the clifftop Cleveland Way or if tides are favourable, along the beach past Boggle Hole back to the 'Bay'.

Click on this link for details: 'Robin Hoods Bay'


Please do not print the route maps - purchase the relevant OS Map (Explorer OL27) 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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