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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 - 23rd October 2018 11.00pm




7.30pm prompt start
More details in due course


Raincliffe Woods - North Yorkshire

Forestry Operations are due to start in Raincliffe Woods this month (October)
This will in volve '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!

Footpath Re-opened - Leven and Brandesburton Parishes, East Riding of Yorkshire
A new footbridge across the Burshill Drain (at TA 098 467) is now in place thus reinstaing the footpath link between Heigholme Lane and Star Carr Lane.


Download the latest Hornsea & Leven 2018 Walks Programme (Version 7 Sept - Dec) 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 for the remainder of 2018 and PROVISIONAL DETAILS for 2019***

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

Outline details for 2019 are being added to the calendar page. All walks still subject to confirmation
Details are based on information supplied to me. Please can organisers/walk leaders check details and inform me of any necessary changes.





The long walk on Sunday, Oct 28th starts from Hovingham (Village Hall) at 10.00am
The walk will be approx 10 miles via Coulton
Parking/Start at Hovingham Village Hall
Click here for map showing parking Hovingham Parking Information
Leader: TBC (Sub for Graham Hadfield)



The next short walk on Sunday, Nov 4th starts from Harpham at 10.30am
The walk will be approx 6½ miles via Burton Agnes
Parking/Start Harpham (near St Quintin Arms)

Leader: Sue Copeland



The long walk on Sunday, Nov 11th starts from Scalby at 10.00am
The walk will be approx 9 miles via Hovingham and Suffield Ings
Parking/Start in Scalby
Click here for map showing roadside parking Scalby Parking Information
Leader: TBC (Sub for Graham Hadfield)




7.15 for a 7.30pm prompt start
More details in due course



The next LWC walk on Sunday, Nov 18th will start from Coneysthorpe at approx 10.30am
Meet at Leven Sports Hall at 9.00am or on Coneysthorpe Green/near Village Hall for a 9 mile walk via Terrington
Parking near Village Hall (Honesty Box for Donations)
Leader: Arnold Underwood



Yes, Christmas Lunch!

Sunday December 9th at Lazaat Hotel, Cottingham

Optional 5 mile walk followed by Hot 2-course Buffet Lunch
Lunch £12.00 per person payable at the AGM (13th Nov) or soon after.
Meet at Lazaat's at 11.00am for the short walk
Buffet Lunch available from 1.30pm in a private room




Great Hatfield
5 mile walk followed by Soup & Sandwiches at The Wrygarth
More details in due course



Levisham/Photo © Arnold Underwood, Oct 12th 2008

HDWC Group photo at Levisham Village Green, Oct 12th 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 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




The weather this month was what can be described as changeable - however with a bit of luck and swapping days we avoided the worst.

Sunday Sept 2nd
What a difference a week makes! Last week we had wind and rain but for this short walk of about 7miles in Ryedale we were blessed with blue skies and sunshine, and a pleasant breeze. Our route took us from Marton via the villages of Great Edstone and Normanby over three small hills in this otherwise flat landscape between the Howardian Hills and the Tabular Hills of the North York Moors. 4 Hills, 3 Villages, 2 Churches, and 1 Pub all in just 7 miles!

Thursday Sept 6th
For the first time in a few weeks, Suzie was able to join me for this Thursday's walk. However things didn't go quite to plan because my car displayed a 'low tyre-pressure warning light' near Langton. The tyres looked ok, but not wishing to be caught out with a flat or puncture we turned back. So instead of 'Kirkham Revisited' our walk became 'Hull Bridge Revisited' from Leven, alongside canal and river, returning by bus from Tickton, a repeat of the walk I did a few weeks ago!

Sunday Sept 9th
It was overcast at the start and again at the finish, but for the majority of this 8½mile walk in the Peak District the weather was bright and breezy. Ten of us completed the walk from Longshaw along Froggatt Edge, then down into the Derwent Valley. After visiting Padley Manor and Chapel it was then back up by Padley Gorge into Longshaw, for tea and scones at the National Trust tearoom.

Thursday Sept 13th
This week we did make it to Kirkham Abbey! A 9 mile walk with Suzie, by the Yorkshire Derwent from Kirkham to Low Hutton returning via Crambeck Village. A route that included the hazards of Jeffry Bog (boggy) and two crossings of the A64 (busy)! From our lunch stop near Low Hutton we got a view of the final steam-hauled Scarborough Spa Express of 2018 hauled by LMS 8F No 48151.

Sunday Sept 16th
Overcast and windy weather, with a little drizzle gave way to a pleasant afternoon for this 9 mile undulating walk in the Rievaulx area of Ryedale, North Yorkshire. The 17 walkers, which included two newcomers, faced several 'testing' ups and downs on a route starting from Rievaulx Terrace. Using permissive paths we headed down to Griff Lodge and into Ryedale at Rievaulx Bridge. After passing the fishponds in Nettle Dale it was to Old Byland for a lunch stop on the village green, before heading down again into Ryedale at Rievaulx Abbey. After tea and cakes at the Abbey tearoom, we faced a final steep climb back up to Rievaulx Terrace! Here a few of us paid a quick visit to the National Trust Rievaulx Terrace and Ionic Temple.

Friday Sept 21st
Switching our weekday walk to Friday to avoid the bad weather initially looked like it could backfire! However on a bright, blustery day we missed the heavy showers on this 8mile walk on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds from North Newbald via High Hunsley and South Newbald using sections of the Wolds Way and country roads.

Sunday Sept 23rd
A bad weather forecast had caused the cancellation of our Rosedale walk. Typically the day turned out to be much better, so just four us, Betty, Mavis, Stuart and myself, tried out a short walk from Fraisthorpe to Bridlington. This enabled us to try out the new Cow Shed Café (twice) at Auburn Farm (Fraisthorpe) and visit Rosemary Abraham's Open Art Studio in Bridlington, before returning via Bessingby. With the tide being out we walked along the beach on the outward leg and on the low cliffs on the return.

Thursday Sept 27th
A very pleasant warm day for me and Suzie to do this 9mile walk from Pickering. From the CEMEX Quarry at Newbridge we headed up through Haugh Wood to Yatts Farm, then along Ruddings Road and down to Farwath. After a lunch stop it was up again through more woodland to Blansby Park, followed by another descent, crossing the railway and Pickering Beck to arrive back in Pickering past Lowther House. Channel 5 were filming around Pickering station for the next TV series about the North York Moors Railway. For the record I 'spotted' Q6 63395 and 'Schools' 926 at Pickering, and caught glimpses of B1 1248 and Standard 4 80136 on the walk.

Sunday Sept 30th
A bright and breezy day for the walk in Rosedale, postponed from last week. Thirteen of us set off from Rosedale Abbey village and headed up North Dale to join the former Rosedale ironstone railway at the 'East Mines'. After passing the ruined drying kilns we dropped down past Dale Head Farm and crossed the dale to return along the west side through the hamlet of Thorgill. A good day was rounded off with tea and scones at the Abbey Tearoom before the rain showers arrived.



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

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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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