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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.


Farndale Panorama/Photo  Arnold Underwood

Walks Photographs

Links to my walks photos will are compiled in the '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,February & March Walks are now on the 'Photo Albums' page

With all Club Walks cancelled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, and everyone instructed to STAY HOME and avoid contact with others, my walks continue to be fairly local 'exercise' walks

May 2020
'Google photos - 3rd May Hull Bridge to Leven'
'Google photos - 7th May Hull Bridge & Aike'
'Google photos - 14th May Fridaythorpe & Thixendale'
'Google photos - 17th May Fridaythorpe via Pluckham Farm'
'Google photos - 21st May Millington & Givendale'
'Google photos - 24th May North Grimston'
'Google photos - 28th May Hutton-le-Hole'
'Google photos - 31st May The Heslertons'

With all Club Walks cancelled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, I have dipped into the archives to feature walks fom Five Years Ago
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 3rd May 2015 Kilnwick Percy'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 10th May 2015 Hawsker & Whitby'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 17th May 2015 Helmsley & Riccal Dale'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 24th May 2015 Nettleton (Lincolnshire)'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 31st May 2015 Moors Explorer'

e-mail: arnold.dalestrails@gmail.com



UPDATED - 2nd June 2020 11.00am


The HDWC Committee has sadly made the decision to cancel all group walks and social activities with immediate effect, until further notice.
This follows the Government advice to avoid all unnecessary social contact.
All members and walk leaders should have received an email from the HDWC Chairman. This website Calendar has been updated accordingly.

However fresh air and gentle exercise can do a world of good for your mental and physical health.
With the latest instructions to STAY AT HOME & STAY SAFE, walking is now largely restricted to your local area, for exercise by yourself.
DO NOT make unnecessary journeys.

The advice from the government is that unless you are showing symptoms, you can continue to walk outside whilst staying a safe distance from others.

(This information based on that issued by The Ramblers HQ to its Groups and Members)



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 30 years ago in May/June 1990.
The second half of Pennine Way Conquered (Days 9 - 15, Baldersdale to Kirk Yetholm), can be viewed by following this link:
Pennine Way Conquered Part 2.



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

Note that all walks shown on this doument have now been cancelled.




SUNDAY JUNE 7th 2020



SUNDAY JUNE 14th 2020



SUNDAY JUNE 21st 2020



SUNDAY JUNE 28th 2020




Derbyshire - White Peak/ Photo by Arnold Underwood, May 16th 2010

'Those were the Days' - LWC in the Peak District - Weekend based at YHA Alstonefield, May 16th 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.

FEATURE WALK - currently on hold


This link below opens my photo album for this walk and provides a pictorial guide of the route:
Currently unavailable


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




By mid-May the spread of COVID-19 in the UK seemed to have 'peaked' and the Government slightly relaxed the 'Lockdown' rules. We were now instructed to STAY ELERT and could meet one other person, outdoors whilst still maintaining the 2 metre 'social distancing'. With Caroline still working four days per week, it meant we could meet for walks on Thursdays, her day off. With group gatherings still not allowed, we also decided that the two of us could meet up and walk together, 2 metres apart, on Sundays. We were therefore able to make the most of glorious weather - the sunniest May for many years.

Sunday 3rd May
With a reasonable weather forecast I was lucky that Ann was able to drop me near Tickton on her way into Beverley for me to walk the 6.5miles back home from Hull Bridge alongside the river and canal again. This time I intended diverting via Hall Garth and the site of the former St Faith's Church to enter Leven along West Street. The river bank path was popular as usual with dog walkers, but by the lake near Eske there were fewer people about .. but a lone walker appeared towards me along the river bank - it was Betty! She had walked by the canal from Leven and done a loop round the lake as I did last week, and intended going back via Hall Garth. So together, keeping the regulation 2 metres 'Social Distancing' apart, we headed back towards Leven.

Thursday 7th May
For this Thursday's walk, I returned to Hull Bridge to meet up with Caroline. The idea of an extended walk beyond Arram alongside the River Hull to the hamlet of Aike, a place I had never previously visited and where Caroline lived about 50years ago! Although sunny, there was a chill easterly following breeze from the start, but after a lunch break on the river bank near Aike the weather changed - the breeze became a warm wind from the south and with the sun, temperatures must have exceeded 20C. It was the first time Caroline had been back to Aike to see the farm where she grew up. Our return was across the open 'prairies' near Arram Grange to rejoin the Minster Way then alongside the road back to Hull Bridge, to find we had walked about 10 miles!

Thursday 14th May
With a slight relaxing of the Coronavirus 'lockdown' rules, it was now possible to drive and meet one other person outdoors, whilst maintaining the 2 metres 'social distancing'. So on a bright and breezy morning I met Caroline in Fridaythorpe for a walk on the Yorkshire Wolds. We opted to walk via Thixendale, and after visiting the little St Mary's Church in Fridaythorpe we set off down Thixendale Road downhill to cross Brubber Dale. Here there is a memorial (suitable adorned following the VE Day Anniversary) to the crew of a Halifax bomber shot down by the Luftwaffe over Yorkshire whilst returning to its base at Driffield. We crossed the boundary into North Yorkshire and headed uphill to Paradise Cottage where there is a great view north over Raisthorpe Manor. Around Thixendale, Caroline was in her element among the sheep and lambs! Passing the closed pub, next to which was a chicken-wire sculpture of a barn owl, we skirted the village and picked up the Wolds Way. At the 'Waves and Time' artwork we turned uphill to Gills Farm passing the dewpond and the beautifully sculpted Dewpond display board. Then down again to cross Brubber Dale and finally up again into Fridaythorpe to complete a great little walk of exactly 7 miles. With all pubs and tearooms still under enforced closure, it was back to our cars to head home

Sunday 17th May
On a cloudy and breezy Sunday it was a return to Fridaythorpe for another walk on the Wolds with Caroline. Our route this time headed south across the top of Holm Dale towards Wold House Farm, with its bronze statue of former farm foreman, the well-respected David Midgley. Crossing the A166 we reached Pluckham Farm and then Gills Farm for a lunch stop sheltered from the wind. Then it was down into Brubber Dale where we observed the sheep being rounded up before bumping into fellow walking club member Steve Smith, in West Dale. A short steep climb out of the Dale brought us back into Fridaythorpe to complete an enjoyable little walk of just over 6 miles.

Thursday 21st May
On Thursday this week I met up with Caroline in Millington for this walk of just over 6 miles. Millington was popular with walkers, with many 'pairs' meeting up as per the current Coronavirus 'rules', for a walk on the Wolds. Fortunately the weather was not as hot as the previous day with more cloud and a refreshing breeze. From near Millington Church our route took us up The Balk and down past Little Givendale Farm (which appeared abandoned) into the dale leading towards St Ethelburga's Church at Great Givendale. From Givendale we headed towards Grimthorpe Manor and down through Grimthorpe Wood to the road at Ousethorpe Farm. Some sections around here are usually pretty wet underfoot, but with all this fine sunny weather the ground was baked hard. We continued past Mill Farm back into Millington, completing a little loop through the village past the Gait Inn and Ramblers Tearoom, both sadly still under 'lockdown'.

Sunday 24th May
The third day of unseasonal windy weather, and although generally cloudy no rain was forecast. I met up with Caroline in North Grimston for a walk that would take us via Settrington and up onto the northern edge of the Yorkshire Wolds. Between North Grimston and Settrington the path follows Settrington Beck which displays some classic 'text-book' meanders through the meadows. Skirting Settrington village our route headed up the road between the House and the lake and then past Wardale and Wold House Farms, where way-marking is a bit vague! Reaching the road on the top we decided to continue ahead down the slope of Bassett Brow to find a more sheltered spot for our lunch break. After lunch we met up with our old friend, the Yorkshire Wolds Way and followed this up over South Wold and through the woods to High Bellmanear. At least the woods provided some shelter from the wind which was now bringing squally showers! Finally we joined the farm road from Wood House Farm for the long trek down the dale back to North Grimston.

Thursday 28th May
With the continuing fine weather it was decided that I would meet with Caroline on Thursday at Hutton-le-Hole for a walk on the North York Moors. However initially we thought we had made a mistake - the moors were shrouded in mist and fog, with the temperature only 11C ! It will clear I said (hopefully), so at about 10.30am off we set according to my plan which would take us onto Spaunton Moor and back down into Lastingham. By the time we reached Bainwood Head, the sun was trying to break through and the mist and cloud was dispersing, and the temperature was rising. Just before midday we reached the seat above Lastingham for a few minutes break. Too early for lunch, this could wait until after the climb out of Lastingham! We cut down through Lastingham and then up the steep path towards Spaunton. Fortunately this is through trees, which provided shade and cool for this climb! At the top we diverted to the Victoria Monument for our lunch stop - a good spot with dappled shade, a light breeze and a view north over Lastingham. Continuing through Spaunton village we took to green lanes to zig-zag across arable fields on these 'Tabular Hills' to drop down to the south end of Hutton-le-Hole. We took the 'back lane' through the village to avoid the popular green by the beck and cut up through the closed car park to our cars parked on the roadside above the woods to complete an enjoyable walk of just 7 miles, with a few ups and downs.

Sunday 31sr May
Things continue much as before - the country is still in Coronavirus 'lockdown' (although some restrictions are being lifted in June), and the weather is still warm and sunny and dry (although that is due to change in June also). With crowds of people (bending the restriction laws) heading for the coast, moors, and dales on these fine weekends, for our Sunday walks we (me and Caroline that is) have tended to go somewhere less popular, off the beaten track. So this morning we met in the little village of West Heslerton at the base of the northern edge of the Yorkshire Wolds. The village is only a 'stones throw' from the A64, along which passed a continuous stream of traffic headed to the coast. Our route, the reverse of one we did three years ago would take us from West Heslerton up the hill to join the Wolds Way along the top - along the brows - round and back down to East Heslerton and across fields to finish. On the Wolds Way we headed through Knapton Wood (where a dispute over the right-of-way has been resolved) to the Artwork sculpture and dewpond on Knapton Brow. We were amazed to discover that the pond which is almost devoid of plant life, was home to thousands of tadpoles and scores of newts! From the pond we headed back past West Farm with its deserted caravan park to rejoin the Wolds Way, now heading east. We took a lunch stop on East Heslerton Brow. Although very warm and sunny, there was a refreshing easterly breeze on the tops of the Wolds. After Manor Wold Farm we took the track down to East Heslerton where we diverted to visit St Andrew's Church, which is cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust. Unfortunately Coronavirus restrictions means we couldn't go in. Then it was along some rarely walked field edge paths back to West Heslerton to complete a walk of about 7 miles - this is about the most Caroline's hip can manage, and to be fair it was about the most I could manage on such a warm day!

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.

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