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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 - 12th Mar 2018 11.00am

Download your own 2018 Walks Programme pdf file to view, save or print.

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



The walk on Sunday, March 18th will start from Wayrham Picnic Site (A166) at about 10.00am
Meet at Leven Sports Hall at 9.00am or Wayrham at 10.00am for an 9 mile walk via Deepdale and South Wold Dale (Access Land)
Click here for map showing parking Wayrham Parking Information
Leader: Sue Copeland



The long walk on Sunday, Mar 25th starts from Hackness
Meet at Hackness Village Hall at 10.00am for a 9 mile walk via Whisperdales and Silpho
Click here for map showing parking Hackness Parking Information
Leader: Graham Hadfield


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'



Weekend away in snowy Wharfedale/Photo  Arnold Underwood, Mar 23rd 2008

Weekend in Wharfedale. Leaving Kettlewell through deep snow, 23rd March 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.


Yorkshire Wolds
Thixendale - Kirby Underdale

'Up 'n' Over Dale' - 9 miles.
A classic walk for Winter on the Yorkshire Wolds. A slight detour can incorporate a visit to the Robert Fuller Gallery at Fotherdale Farm

Click on this link for details: 'Thixendale - Kirby Underdale'


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




Thursday Feb 1st
Today did an 8 mile walk from North Cave with Suzie, an extended version of the walk of Dec 31st. Unfortunately the weather was nowhere near as good! Things looked promising early morning with last night's super-moon still visible in a clear sky. By Hotham on our walk it was overcast and damp, and on the way back from Newbald we were caught in a sharp shower with very strong winds and stinging rain! On the drive home we stopped off at Eliza's Coffee Shop at the Ferguson Fawsitt Arms in Walkington for tea and scones.

Sunday Feb 4th
I don't often do the HDWC short walks, but this one was rather special as it coincided with a 'significant' birthday for Betty. There was a good turnout of walkers that gathered at 'Beverley Clump' near South Cave on a sunny morning for this six mile loop via Hunsley Woods and Drewton Dale. Lunch was taken on a hillside overlooking Drewton Dale and here a surprise for Betty as if by magic a birthday cake and bottles of Prosecco appeared, to a resounding chorus of 'Happy Birthday to you'. After the celebrations our walk continued through the dale to Weedley Springs and back up to Beverley Clump. Some of us continued the birthday celebrations with tea in Eliza's at Walkington.

Thursday Feb 8th
Today's weekday walk with Suzie was 7 miles on the Yorkshire Wolds from Warter - the opposite way to one I'd done with Caroline a few weeks earlier. Today was cold and overcast but we did escape the rain that was forecast. We also included a visit to St James' Church in Warter which is now the Wolds Heritage Centre. Afterwards we called TJ's tearoom at Hutton Cranswick.

Sunday Feb 11th
On a cold blustery, but generally sunny day there were 14 of us on a 10 mile walk on the Wolds from Huggate. Bob surprised us by leading us 'off-piste' a couple of times using permissive paths and access land taking in areas new to many of us, the first being the Huggate Conservation Walk before continuing via Rabbit Dale and Horse Dale. A brief lunch stop was taken at Huggate Dykes after which we continued via Nettle Dale and the Hawold Bridle Road back to Huggate. On the drive home a few of us stopped off at Wolds Village at Bainton for tea and very nice scones.

Thursday Feb 15th
With Caroline still not walking because of her hip problem it was just me and Suzie again today on a walk of nearly 8 miles from North Cave via Drewton, South Cave, and Everthorpe. The route was similar to one I had recently done with Caroline, but explored different parts of South Cave. Lunch was taken in the shelter of the porch at All Saints Church before continuing via Everthorpe. A blustery day with sunshine and light showers. Afterwards we again visited Eliza's tearoom at Walkington, where we were joined by Caroline.

Sunday Feb 18th
Today's LWC walk explored an area not far from home - places you drive past on the way to somewhere else - linking the villages of Scorborough, Arram, Leconfield, and Lockington. The walk took in three historic churches, farmland, woodland, by-ways and bridle-ways and was enjoyed by seventeen walkers. It turned out to be an ideal walk for this time of year being largely on minor roads and farm tracks thus avoiding most of the wet and muddy conditions. Although near home, quite a few of us stopped for tea and cakes at Cherry Lane Garden Centre on the way home.

Thursday Feb 22nd
With Suzie not walking today, I had called Caroline to see if she was up for little walk. So by 10.30am we were in Bridlington parking overlooking the South Sands for a stroll along the prom towards Sewerby. On a bright breezy day we set off past the new lifeboat station, the Spa, and skirted round the harbour. We continued along the prom above North Sands, it being high tide onto Sewerby Cliffs. Here a number of paragliders were taking advantage of the on-shore wind soaring along the cliff-top. At Sewerby Hall we found a sheltered seat in the formal gardens for our lunch stop. On our return, the tide had receded so we took to the sands as far as the harbour Then back on the prom we called at The Spa tearoom before the journey home.

Sunday Feb 25th
Another walk selected for its avoidance of wet and muddy conditions - an 8 mile walk on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds from Wharram Percy via North Grimston, the opposite way to that walked with Caroline last year. Using farm tracks and country lanes for much of the way over the Wolds, on a clear day with great views from Grimston Brow and Duggleby Wold. Even the anticipated wet section by the beck into North Grimston wasn't as bad as expected. The return via Wharram-le-Street include a visit to its historic church, parts of which date back to the 11th century. After our walk from Wharram Percy, most of us called at Sledmere House tearoom for tea (and very nice lemon Bakewell slice) and a few of us then took a stroll round the grounds, as there was still free entry for the 'Snowdrop Walk'.



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
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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Visitors to Dales Trails since August 1st 2007


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