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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 over West Lutton, Yorkshire Wolds/Photo © Arnold Underwood, Sept 7th 2017

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HDWC on the bridge over the River Nidd/Birstwith © Arnold Underwood, Oct 7th 2007

Hornsea District Walking Club - On 'New Bridge' across the River Nidd near Birstwith, Oct 7th 2007



UPDATED - 16th Oct 2017 11.00pm



Three nights B&B in Castleton : Sunday 22nd - Wednesday 25th October
Contact Betty Lusby regarding availabilty of accommodation



The LONG walk (about 9 miles) on Sunday Oct 22nd from Nunnington, North Yorkshire takes in the banks of the River Rye, Stonegrave, and Caukleys Bank.
This is a longer version of the National Trust 'Up Bank, Round Rye' walk

Walk start 10.00am
Park at Nunnington Hall (National Trust) car park - pleae display NT Membership cards/car park sickers(Post Code: YO62 5UY, Grid Ref:SE 669795)
Click here for map showing parking Nunnington Parking Information
Leader: Arnold Underwood




This month's SHORT walk (about 6½ miles) is on Sunday Nov 5th from Huggate on the Yorkshire Wolds.
Park in Huggate (Church Street) for a walk start at 10.30am

Leader: Stuart Kemp



The LONG walk (about 9 miles) on Sunday Nov 12th is from Barton upon Humber.
Park at Water's Edge car park in Barton for a 10.00am start to the walk

Leader: Carron Brant



The next LWC walk (about 8½ miles) on Sunday Nov 19th from Kirkham Priory, North Yorkshire
Meet Leven Sports Hall, 9.00am. Parking and walk start will be near Kirkham Priory at about 10.30am.

Leader: Arnold Underwood


Moorsbus 2017

Moorsbus Services have now ended for this year



Moors Explorer has now ended for Summer 2017



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




Mixed weather with mixed fortunes this month!

Sunday Sept 3rd
Another great walk with Caroline on the North York Moors. Once again we covered some new ground on an 8¼ mile walk from Goathland via Goathland Moor and Arundel Hill and down into Grosmont. After lunch at the NYMR station we returned along the Rail Trial then via the new(ish) bridge over the Murk Esk reconnecting with Green End. Nice tea and cakes at the Mallyan Spout Hotel Tearoom afterwards.

Thurs Sept 7th
Pity it was a grey day as there were some great views across the Wolds on an 8½ mile walk with Caroline from Sledmere via Kirby Grindalythe. A familiar route with a slight twist, taking in new ground (to us) overlooking Kirby Grindalythe.

Sunday Sept 10th
With the walk in the Peak District cancelled, me and Caroline did a fairly local walk instead. Setting off from Wintringham (N Yorks) we followed the Wolds Way up the 'ski-jump' onto Knapton Brow. Then down to Knapton and across the Park in front of Knapton Hall and back via Scampston and Rillington - about 8¾ miles - finishing before the rain came. Tea and cake afterwards at Wolds Way Lavender.

Thursday Sept 14th
Suzie was back walking with us today for the first time in over a month. In fact there was only me and Suzie as Caroline opted out because her back was playing up. The forecast was sun and showers. We headed to Rievaulx, parking at the National Trust Rievaulx Terrace. We managed a 7½ mile walk via the permissive paths to Griff Lodge then to Rievaulx Bridge, Nettle Dale and Rievaulx village and Abbey. The walk ended with the climbe up to Rievaulx Terrace, getting back to the car just as the heavens opened. Back in Leven, where we called at the New Inn for drinks, there hadn't been a drop of rain!

Friday Sept 15th
After a rather damp and dismal day came a bright sunny evening. With my Fitbit saying 'take me for a walk' I did a brisk 2½ miles round the Leven Canal/Sandholme circuit to keep it happy!

Sunday Sept 17th
Well, this was a walk to remember. Whilst East Yorkshire basked in the autumn sunshine, Robin Hoods Bay was sitting under a dark cloud of depression. This dark cloud brought torrential rain, thunder and lightning. Footpaths became rivers, streams became raging torrents. Having reached Robin Hoods Bay from Ravenscar via Boggle Hole, the eight of us had no choice but to walk back. We chose the easiest route - the old railway cinder track - which today was a river. Although the rain had stopped by the time we got back to Ravenscar, water was still pouring off the surrounding farmland and cascading over the cliffs near Boggle Hole. Afterwards, although wet and bedraggled we were made welcome at the Ravenscar Tearoom.

Friday Sept 22nd
On what the weather forecast said would be one of the better days of the week, me and Suzie did a walk of nearly 8 miles in the Castle Howard area. Setting off in glorious sunshine we headed past Bog Hall and High Gaterley to a lunch stop on Hutton Hill. Unfortunately then the day clouded over for our return over New River Bridge and past the Temple to Coneysthorpe, but at least it didn't rain.

Sunday Sept 24th
A walk in new territory for me and some of the other thirteen on today's walk. This was from the picturesque village of Crayke which sits on a little hill near Easingwold in North Yorkshire. Our walk of just over 9miles took us across rolling farmland via Brandsby and the site of Marton Priory. Afterwards most of us visited the Dutch House Café & Gallery, near Crayke, for tea and cake.



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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'Dales Trails Google+ Photo Albums'

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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