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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.


The sun sets on 2016/Photo © Arnold Underwood, Dec 31st 2016

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UPDATED - 20th February 2017



The next HDWC LONG WALK (about 9 miles) is on Sunday February 26th from Welton.
Meet on Welton Green (opposite the Green Dragon) for a 10.00am start.
The route will be via Wauldby Manor and Elloughton Dale.
Click here for: Welton Parking Information
Leader: Joyce Davidson



The next HDWC SHORT WALK (about 6½ miles) is on Sunday March 5th from North Grimston.
Meet at North Grimston (Station Road) for a 10.30am start.
The route will be via the Centenary Way to Mill Beck bridge, then via Langton Lane and Bellmanear Farm.
Click here for: North Grimston Parking Information
Leaders: Sue Copeland and Neil Patrick



Amendment: Leavening walk, Sunday March 12th
Due to inadequate parking space in the village, parking and start and finish of the walk will be at Leavening Brow Picnic Area (Grid Ref:SE 794631)

Click here for: Leavening Brow Parking Information
Leader: Arnold Underwood



The next LWC WALK (about 8½ miles) is on Sunday March 19th from Millington
Meet by Millington Church to start walking at about 10.00am
The walk will take us up onto the Yorkshire Wolds Way and past Warrendale Plantation to Kilnwick Percy. After crossing the park and golf course we descend through Pocklington Wood and return to Millington
Click here for: Millington Parking Information
Leader: Christine Mitchell



Saturday 18th March

By train from Hull to Saltaire via Leeds.

* Explore Saltaire Village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, near Bradford in West Yorkshire, England.
The village is named after Sir Titus Salt who built a textile mill, known as Salts Mill, and the village on the banks of the River Aire in 1853.
* Take a 3 mile walk along the canal to Bingley Five-rise lock staircase, the most spectacular feature of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

For more details contact Stuart Kemp



*****Member discounts at the Trespass store at the Flemingate Shopping Centre in Beverley****

*** 10% discount off all products in store all year round, which can also be used with certain running promotions, to Walking Club members and followers of this website ***
Just show your Walking Club membership card or mention 'Dales Trails' at the checkout for your discount.
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Trespass supplies a fantastic range of outdoor wear and accessories which cater to all outdoor adventures from absolute beginners all the way through to professionals.



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




With the festive season over, things can get back to normal. However it transpired that Caroline, one of our regular walkers, was suffering with a painful inflamed hip, and following a visit to her physiotherapist she was instructed not to walk for several weeks.

Sunday Jan 1st
There was a good turn-out on a damp Sunday morning for our New Year's Day walk from Beverley. The 5½ mile route took us via Beverley Westwood, Broadgates, and Jock's Lodge and back past the Minster into Beverley for soup & sandwiches (& beer) at the Monks Walk Inn.

Wednesday Jan 4th
On Wednesday evening we visited Hull to see the impressive Light & Sound presentation that heralded the start of Hull's year as UK City of Culture. From Victoria Square we headed along Whitefriargate to the Old Town then to The Deep, then back past the Marina.

Thursday Jan 5th
And so back to the old routine, with a weekday walk... on a Thursday. Thursday is now Caroline's 'day-off' so she can join Suzie and me on our walks - unfortunately Caroline has a painful inflammation of her hip and has been 'banned' from walking by her GP! So it was just me and Suzie today on a 7½ mile walk round Flamborough Headland via Thornwick bay, North Landing, The Lighthouse and South Landing in the pleasant winter sunshine. Afterwards we met up with Caroline for tea, cakes, and gossip in the tearoom at the new Farm Shop at Cranswick.

Sunday Jan 8th
A 9½ mile walk led by Graham from Watton via Hutton Cranswick and Blue Keld springs - and the sun came out for us! There were 18 of us on the walk and most rounded off a good day with tea and very nice scones in TJ's tearoom at Hutton Cranswick Garden Centre.

Thursday Jan 12th
As yet the really cold weather hasn't reached East Yorkshire, so it turned out ok for a fairly local walk with Suzie, ticking off a few paths not previously walked in the Scorborough and Arram area. The countryside near Lockington may be flat but is quite picturesque with pockets of woodland and meandering streams. Hereabouts we met a shooting party coming towards. We exchanged cheerful greetings and they promised to wait until we were well clear. We continued along a tractor track at a brisk pace but as a result missed a turning and after crossing a couple fields 'off piste' we reached Lockington Church, not on the original plan! From there we picked up the Minster Way back to Scorborough. So we actually visiting three churches - at Scorborough, Leconfield, and Lockington, instead of just two, and an extra mile of walking making 8½ miles in total!

Sunday Jan 15th
A cold wet, dull day for this month's LWC walk but thirteen of us ventured out and completed an 8½ mile circuit from Hornsea via Seaton, Wassand, Goxhill returning along the Rail Trail. Back at Hornsea seafront, the clear-up operations following Friday's 'storm surge' had just about finished. Some of us enjoyed welcoming cups of tea or coffee in the 'Crafty Coffee Shop' in Hornsea before heading home.

Thursday Jan 19th
After delivering the Hornsea Photography Group prints entry to Driffield, time for a short walk with Suzie and Caroline in the Harpham/Lowthorpe area. A 'short' walk because Caroline, although still suffering with an inflamed hip had decided to join us. Unfortunately for her, although the walk was short and level, it was very wet and muddy underfoot so tricky walking conditions! Afterwards we stopped off at River Head Cafe in Driffield for our cups of tea and very nice flapjack.

Sunday Jan 22nd
The day promised to be bright and sunny but cold. But alas on the Wolds above Driffield, the sun was for most of the time hidden by fog! Nevertheless there were 14 of us on today's 8½ mile walk over the Yorkshire Wolds from Kilham West Field via Cottam Grange, Elmswell Wold, and Driffield Wold. The route - mostly on green lanes and country roads - was not particularly muddy, so ideal for this time of year. Afterwards some of stopped off again at Riverhead Cafe in Driffield for tea and another slice of flapjack!

Sunday Jan 29th
Being a fifth Sunday, there was no scheduled walk, but me and Suzie decided to do our own thing. Although last week's adventure hadn't made Caroline's hip any worse, she has been effectively 'banned' from doing such walks by her physiotherapist for at least a month. On a bright, frosty morning we drove to Risby Park and from there completed a 9 mile walk which took us first to Walkington, where we observed a grey squirrel basking in the winter sun and a tiny Goldcrest flitting among the branches in the churchyard. Unfortunately, in the sunshine the ground thawed and became very muddy and sticky - not easy walking. From Walkington we headed to Skidby for a lunch stop by the Windmill, then back to Risby where Caroline joined us for cups of tea in the popular Folly Lake Café.



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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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.


East Yorkshire Wolds - North Newbald

'Newbald Wold & Swindale' - 9 miles.
A winter walk on the Wolds using field paths, green lanes and minor roads with extensive views across the Vale of York. Can easily be divided into two shorter walks each of about 5 miles.

Click on this link for details: 'Newbald & Swindale'


Please do not print the route maps - purchase the relevant OS Map (Explorer 293) 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.underwood@dalestrails.freeserve.co.uk

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,
or Dave Fox on 01964 542564

Read Nomad'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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