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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.


Heading down Luddith Road towards North Grimston, Yorkshire Wolds/Photo  Arnold Underwood, Feb 25th 2018

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UPDATED - 21st May 2018 10.00am

Footpath Closure/Diversion - Huggate Northfield House, OS explorer 294, Grid Ref: SE 886 567

The path past Northfield Hose is closed, linking the Wolds Way with Harper Dale is now officially closed.
The diversion is via Cow Dale and Rabbit Dale using the existing path, now designated a right-of-way over North Field, east of Northfield House.
A new link path now connects Cow Dale with the Wolds Way, west of Northfield House.


North Newbald - Parking Issues
North Newbald residents have raised concerns about walkers parking their cars and causing obstruction, disturbance and inconvenience by parking on or near the Village Green and in Eastgate in particular.
If you are planning on walking in the area please try to find a parking place that avoids these issues.
For the HDWC walk scheduled for May 27th, parking has been arranged at North Newbald Village Hall, Galegate, YO43 4SJ.


Download your own Hornsea & Leven 2018 Walks Programme (May-July) pdf file to view, save or print

Click here and follow the instructions to view or save the document - 2018 Walks Programme


*** The CALENDAR has been updated with PROVISIONAL DETAILS for the second half of 2018 ***

These details include:
* Summer Wednesday Evening Walks, May to August
* HDWC Short Walks - 1st Sunday of each month, July to December
* HDWC Long Walks - 2nd and 4th Sundays, July to December
* LWC Walks - 3rd Sundays, July to December
* HDWC Social Events - contact Stuart Kemp for more information

Details are based on information supplied to me. Please can organisers/walk leaders check details and inform me of any necessary changes.





Prompt 7.00pm start for these evening walks

Coming up:
May 23rd - Beverley (Wednesday Market)
May 30th - Brandesburton (Cross Hill/Black Swan)
June 6th - Skidby (Car park near Skidby Mill)



The long walk on Sunday, May 27th starts from North Newbald at 10.00am
Meet/park at Newbald Village Hall, off Galegate, North Newbald, Grid Ref: SE 909638.
The walk will be approx 9 miles via Houghton Woods and Sancton Wold
Click here for map showing parking Newbald Village Hall Parking Information
Leader: Arnold Underwood



The short walk on Sunday, June 3rd starts from Byland Abbey at 10.30am for a 6 mile walk via Wass and Oldstead.
Suggested parking in lay-by on Coxwold Road, 400yds south of Byland Abbey, then walk back to the Abbey.

Click here for map showing parking Byland Abbey Parking Information
Leader: Stuart Kemp



The long walk on Sunday, June 10th starts from Nettleton (Lincolnshire) at 10.00am
Meet/park at Nettleton Ramblers Car Park. Grid Ref: TF 110 991.
The walk will be approx 9 miles via the Viking Way, Normanby le Wold, Claxby, and Nettleton Hill
Click here for map showing parking Nettleton Ramblers Car Park Information
Leader: Graham Hadfield



The next LWC walk on Sunday, June 17th will start from Goathland (Weeldale Road/Hunt House Road) above Mallyan Spout Hotel at 10.00am
Meet at Leven Sports Hall at 8.30am or at Goathland by 10.00am for an 9 mile walk via Goathland Moor, Whinstone Ridge, Grosmont, and the Rail Trail
Click here for map showing parking Goathland Parking Information
Leader: Arnold Underwood


Social Events

Saturday June 16th - YORK - Goddard House and Gardens
Saturday July 28th - SALTAIRE - 6 mile walk to Shipley Glen and Baildon. *Train from/to Hull via Leeds
Saturday August 11th - BINGLEY - 6 mile walk via 5-rise Locks and Sunny Dale Reservoir. * Train from/to Hull via Leeds
Saturday Sept 8th - YORK - Gardens of York - The Rowntree, Minster and Museum Gardens

Further details from Stuart Kemp
*Numbers are needed for the Saltaire and Bingley walks by the end of May in order to book the cheapest rail tickets



Yes, Christmas Lunch!

Sunday December 9th at Lazaat Hotel, Cottingham

Hot Buffet Lunch - Two Courses
More details in due course


Saturday 19th May
Nepal Youth Foundation

Sponsored Walk from Horton-in-Ribblesdale
25 or 7 miles
For details click on: '2018 Yorkshire 3 or 1 Peak Challenge'



CaytonGill/Photo  Arnold Underwood, April 13th 2008

Looking wet and bedraggled, Cayton Gill near Ripley, North Yorks 13th April 2008



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
Hackness, Silpho & Broxa

'Not all Misery' - 8 miles.
Criss-crossing the dales using forest and field paths results in an undulating route which, with some poor way-marking and indistinct paths, makes for a strenuous, sometimes tedious, but ultimately rewarding walk!

Click on this link for details: 'Hackness, Silpho and Broxa'


Please do not print the route maps - purchase the relevant OS Map (Explorer 300) 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 weather at last seemed more seasonal, spring-like with April showers, although a couple of days were very hot and a couple were very wet! A few days away in Shropshire with the walking club changed the normal routine.

Thursday April 5th
The forecast was good today so I planned going a bit further afield but at the same time not overdoing it for Caroline's benefit. I discovered a possible circuit around Goathland on the North York Moors could be achieved without any hills in about 5 or 6 miles. By 10.30am Caroline's red Fiesta was parked in 'our spot' just outside Goathland and we set off along the farm track towards Partridge Hill. There were panoramic views west over Goathland village. All the rain of recent weeks met the becks were flowing well, and we had to use the stepping stones to cross Brocka Beck. Joining the road at Moorgates we took a coffee break and watched steam trains pass on the NYMR. We then followed the 'rail trail' as far as the campsite then across very wet fields to Goathland Church. After lunch we headed for Darnholm and down to the stepping stones across Eller Beck followed by the only hill back up to the car.

Sunday April 8th
After gathering at Cloughton Old Station, Graham led a large group of us up a very muddy path past Quarry Bank to join the Harwood Dale Road, Half a mile along the road we turned off to follow forest tracks and paths through Harwood Dale Forest to the A171 coast road. After crossing the road we took to a very wet and muddy path down to the footbridge over Thorny Beck - progress also hampered by a couple of fallen trees. After a lunch stop near Island Farm we headed down into Staintondale to join the 'cinder track' rail trail. At last some easy walking along the trail as far as the Hayburn Wyke road. Across the road we walked up the track towards The Hulleys and down the field path back into Cloughton. The day was concluded with tea and cakes at the Old Station tearoom.

Sunday April 15th
Another fine day and another large group of walkers - about 16 or 17 I think. After leaving West Ayton alongside the River Derwent we immediately encountered a problem - footpath closed! Apparently caused by construction work associated with a new housing development. But it was a Sunday and nobody working and after a quick recce I discovered there was no problem and we continued ahead past the building site. The track brought us to a country lane near Wykeham Lakes after which we joined another track, Sandybed Lane, back to the A170. Across and up the hill it was time for a coffee stop on the edge of Hutton Buscel. From here a path through Revenge Plantation took us, via the old railway permissive path down into Wykeham, with ice house and interesting church. More permissive paths, provided by the Dawnay Estate, brought us to Ruston and a lunch stop at the convenient picnic tables overlooking the village. After crossing Sawdon Beck by walking the plank Bridleways and field paths brought us beck to Hutton Buscel. After a loop via the church we walked through this attractive one-street village to return to West Ayton down the Yedmandale Road.

Thursday April 19th
Thursday and Friday this week were there hottest April days for many years with temperatures in the high 20s Celsius! By around 10.15 on Thursday, me and Caroline were in Hutton-le-Hole for another 'easy' walk on the moors. We set off along the fields by the Ryedale Museum and quickly came across an expanse of boggy ground which was tricky to avoid and access the gate! Clear of the bog and the woods we crossed the Lastingham road and took to the path along the edge of Spaunton Moor passing Camomile Farm. We took a break on the bench above Lastingham then continued by the intake wall towards Tranmire Beck. He we found a convenient bank on which to sit for our lunch break. We then turned back to follow an indistinct path across narrow fields towards Lastingham. Route finding was tricky due to lack of waymarks and having to circumnavigate wet ground! Eventually dropping down into Lastingham to explore St Mary's church. It was so pleasantly cool in the church. As well as the incredible vaulted roof the church sits over a crypt said to be the burial site of St Cedd. Back out into the heat we took the easy way alongside the road back to Hutton. Here we encountered numerous young lambs, black and white, which pleased Caroline. Hutton was busy now, so we decided to head home but on the way called at the Whole Hogg near Malton for tea and cake.

Sunday April 22nd
A surprisingly good number of walkers gathered at Market Weighton on a fine Sunday morning for the 9.54am bus to Pocklington. "I thought you would be walking there?", said the driver. "We're walking back", I replied. By 10.15 we were walking through Pocklington town centre and up the hill towards KIlnwick Percy Golf Course. There were a lot of golfers out this morning so we took to the 'Nature Trail' to avoid the direct path across the course. We arrived at Kilnwick Percy Hall and gathered in the walled garden for a coffee stop. Then along the road to join the Yorkshire Wolds Way which we would now follow much of the way to Market Weighton. We passed Warrendale Farm and headed down through Bratt Wood to Nunburnholme Church. Bob thought it better to get the climb out of Nunburnholme over with before lunch, so up the hill and a bank on the Wolds overlooking village provided an ideal spot. Continuing past Partridge Farm and down the road into Londesborough where we skirted the village to follow the Wold Way loop via Towthorpe back to Market Weighton. Afterwards some of us called at the Fiddle Drill tearoom in Goodmanham, which was very busy on this fine afternoon.

Tuesday April 24th
Eight in the morning, and after collecting Betty, we set off on the long drive down to Much Wenlock in Shropshire arriving there after a reasonable run at about 11.30. We met up with a few others in our party and had lunch in a tearoom overlooking the market square. The full group of 16 all gathered at Wenlock Edge car park at 1.00 for a walk along the edge, and it began to rain! Our walk took us along the ridge, and it rained and rained. At the viewpoints through the trees there were no views. We returned through the woods along the western side of the ridge and it still rained. Soaked through back at the car park we then drove half an hour down the flooded potholed 'B' road to Church Stretton to our base at The Belvedere Guest House (for most of us).

Wednesday April 25th
A better day with April showers. I had decide to skip the Long Mynd walk and keep Ann company for the day. So we did touristy stuff, visiting the Shropshire Halls Discovery Centre (very good) at Craven Arms before continuing to Ludlow. We managed to get parked in the centre to explore this historic town with its Tudor buildings and impressive Church. After a nice lunch in The Old Bakehouse we visited the Castle. There are great views from the top of the Keep, but it was very windy up there! Back in Church Stretton it had been arranged for us all to eat in Thai Restaurant that evening.

Thursday April 26th
Leaving Ann to Explore Ironbridge, the rest of us took the 'scenic drive' along the narrow roads over the Shropshire Hills to the delightfully named 'The Bog'. The Bog was once a centre for lead mining, but little remains today. A visitor centre has been created in the former school. Our walk followed the western edge of the Stiperstones ridge past the village of that name as far as Snailbeach. He we turned up a narrow valley into the hills which ended with a steep climb onto the top. It was very windy up here but on an otherwise fine day there were great views across the hills towards Wales. Our walk now followed a path along the ridge past the outcrops of quartzite known as the Stiperstones. These are said to be the work of the Devil, and he certainly lived up to his name, not only leaving the jagged outcrops but by scattering rocks all over the ridge making for very tricky walking! So it was tedious walking for a mile or more along the ridge before we dropped back down to the car park at The Bog. Here we had tea and cakes at the visitor centre before the drive back to Church Stretton.

Friday April 27th There should have been a short walk in the morning but it was raining heavily, so the walk was cancelled and people could 'do their own thing'. Some visited Ludlow, but many including us, decided to head home. Considering the awful weather it wasn't a bad journey and we arrived in Beverley in time to join family and friends for lunch at 'The Potting Shed'.

Sunday April 29th
April had managed squeeze in five Sundays this year so today was 'free' on the programme. By coincidence our friend Daphne, a former Club member who has lived 'down South' for a number of years had chosen this weekend to visit her friends 'up North'. So it was a small group of walkers met Daphne at Ravenscar at 10.30am. We set off following the Cleveland Way past the old Alum works and along the cliff-top to Stoupe Beck. The recent heavy rain had caused several cliff falls. The tide was out so walked along the beach to Boggle Hole and paused there for a coffee break. The we headed in land up the steep hill from the Youth Hostel then along a lane which went steeply down to re-cross Mill Beck and then back up. Joining the cinder track rail trail we then had easy walking for a couple miles, pausing near Fyling Old Hall for our lunch. Near Browside Farm we left the track and climbed up onto to Stoupe Brow. This lane along the Brow provided a different view across Robin Hoods Bay and Ravenscar, so unusually this walk finished by walking down into Ravenscar. Afterwards we visited the Ravenscar Tearoom on Station Square before we headed our separate ways.



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.


Dales Trails Photo Galleries

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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
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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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Visitors to Dales Trails since August 1st 2007


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