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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.


Farndale Panorama/Photo © Arnold Underwood

Walks Photographs

Links to my walks photos are being compiled in the 'Photo Albums'page on this website

Click on Photo Albums link at the top of this page

There will still be the photo album link via Facebook after each walk.
However if you are not signed up to Facebook you can still see the albums of my most recent walks by following these links:

Walks earlier in the year are now on the 'Photo Albums' page

'Google photos - 2nd August Huggate Again'
'Google photos - 9th August Around Goathland'
'Google photos - 16th August Bishop Wilton'
'Google photos - 20th August Leven Canal'
'Google photos - 30th August Pickering'


'Google photos - 6th Sept Northdale & Simon Howe'
'Google photos - 13th Sept Robin Hood's Bay'


With all Club Walks cancelled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, I have dipped into the archives to feature walks from Five Years Ago
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 2nd Aug 2015 Millington & Kilnwick Percy'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 9th Aug 2015 Something Different - Drax'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 16th Aug 2015 Around Chatsworth'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 23rd Aug 2015 Coxwold & Byland Abbey'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 30th Aug 2015 Moors Exporer Lion Inn to Castleton'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 6th Sept 2015 Winteringham & Scampston'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 13th Sept 2015 Knaresborough'

e-mail: arnold.dalestrails@gmail.com



UPDATED - 14th Sept 2020 10.00am


The HDWC Committee has sadly made the decision to cancel all group walks and social activities until further notice.
This follows the Government advice to avoid all unnecessary social contact.
All members should have received an email update from the HDWC Chairman.

However fresh air and gentle exercise can do a world of good for your mental and physical health.
* Please bear in mind the current COVID-19 restrictions regarding groups (6 people maximum) and social distancing within your group and when encountering other walkers *
The advice from the government is that unless you are showing symptoms, you can walk outside whilst staying a safe distance from others and with no more than 6 people in a group.

(This information based on that issued by The Ramblers HQ to its Groups and Members)



Enforced 'social distancing' due to the Coronavrus Pandemic has given me the opportunity to complete the upload of the remaining chapters of my Pennine Way adventure, completed 30 years ago in May/June 1990.
The second half of Pennine Way Conquered (Days 9 - 15, Baldersdale to Kirk Yetholm), can be viewed by following this link:
Pennine Way Conquered Part 2.







Although there has been some relaxing of Covid-19 restrictions there wwil not be any scheduled Club walks for the time being



Staintondale/ Photo by Arnold Underwood, Sept 19th 2010

'Those were the Days' - Crossing Staintondale Beck between Ravenscar and Hayburn Wyke, LWC, Sept 19th 2010, by Arnold Underwood


Tog 24 Outlet Store, Hornsea Freeport.



Members of Hornsea and Leven Walking Clubs can take advantage of some wonderful bargains

Tog 24 is a Yorkshire Company, established in 1958, specialising in Outdoor & Leisure wear.



Rachel's Walnut Cottage Tea Room

Tearoom Garden Open - For Tea, Coffee, Homemade Cakes & Scones
Also Pick-up and Delivery

See FACEBOOK 'Hobsons in Huggate'



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.


* Please bear in mind the current COVID-19 restrictions regarding groups (6 people maximum) and social distancing within your group and when encountering other walkers*

East Yorkshire Wolds

Parking near Millington Church.

This walk takes you over the wolds down to the hamlet of Givendale with the little St Ethelburga's church in a picturesque setting.
Continuing towards Grimthorpe Wood there are views over the Vale of York before returningto Millington by way of field paths and minor roads (6½ miles)

This link below opens my photo album for this walk and provides a pictorial guide of the route:

'Google photos - Millington & Givendale'


Please do not print the route maps - purchase the relevant OS Map (Explorer 294) 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




With the spread of COVID-19 in the UK having'peaked' the Government continued to relax the 'Lockdown' rules. We could now meet in groups of up to six, outdoors, and in some situations up to 30 people could meet whilst still maintaining the 2 metre 'social distancing'. Some pubs, cafés, and restaurants reopened, particularly where outdoor seating was available to allow groups (bubbles) to meet but still social distance from others. Ann was slowly recovering from her earlier 'set-back', so I continued to limit my walks to Sundays for the time being. The unsettled weather in August caused some last-minute changes to plans, but with no scheduled walks that's not a problem.

Sunday 2nd Aug
A change of plan saw us back on the Yorkshire Wolds rather than on the Moors. I met Caroline in Huggate for this walk of nearly 7 miles which would take us the opposite way to that done a few weeks ago. However this time we stayed 'on the top' above Frendal Dale which is access land, from where there are great views across the Wolds and as far south as Drax Power station, 20 miles to the south. We used more Access Land to avoid the quite busy road through Millington Dale then climbed above Nettle Dale to our lunch stop near the old dew pond. Typically we had a short sharp shower whilst having lunch, but the sun and breeze soon dried us off. Along the Hawold Bridle Road we had the wind behind us, and finally along Mill Lane back into Huggate. With the Covid-19 restrictions being slightly relaxed, this time in Huggate we were able to visit Rachel's Walnut Cottage Tearoom garden for tea and scones, and admire Ken's beautifully restored Fergie tractor. Fortunately plenty of shelter was provided in the garden as there was another short sharp shower whilst we had tea and tried to check progress at the F1 British Grand Prix.

Sunday 9th Aug
On a day when the weather turned out better than forecast (but thankfully not too hot) we completed our walk around Goathland postponed from last week. Knowing Goathland would be very busy, I met Caroline at 'our' parking spot near Moorgates. To my surprise whilst waiting for Caroline, a train rolled past down towards Goathland - I thought they were only operating from Grosmont to Goathland and back. From Moorgates we walked the Rail Trail (the old 1836 incline route) as far as the camping & caravan site then cut across fields to Goathland Church opposite the Mallyan Spout Hotel. As expected it was very busy here - cars were parked on both sides of the road to the top of the hill above the hotel. We made the long descent to West Beck, but gave the waterfall a miss (probably not much water and too many people) and headed up and over to Beck Hole. From Beck Hole we took the path towards Thomason Foss waterfall. This path is very rocky and uneven in places but was busy with families in inappropriate footwear heading towards the falls, but it was not our intention to visit the falls. The map shows the path as a cul-de-sac but there is a way out. Before reaching Thomason Foss a faint path forks left and zig-zags up the steep bank to a fallen tree, which made a convenient place for a break. Continuing upwards the narrow path comes alongside the railway fence about 100ft vertically above the beck down to your right - not for the faint-hearted! An awkward scramble down and under the railway viaduct on a ledge high above the beck, brought us to open ground. Hear we met a couple with two small children, contemplating going the other way. We advised them otherwise and pointed them in the direction of the path to Darnholm. On the top, opposite Darnholm, we took our lunch break and watched the NYMR Goathland Shuttle trundle back down towards Grosmont.

Sunday 16th Aug
The unpredictable weather brought a change of plan - instead of the Moors I met Caroline in Bishop Wilton for a walk on the Wolds. On an overcast day with a brisk easterly wind and the threat of rain, we climbed out of the village onto Bishop Wilton Wold above the tree lined 'bowl' in the hillside which we would explore on our return. We then dropped down into Deep Dale, but decided against going down the steep steps by continuing down the track and back along the bottom. Now in Deep Dale the only way out is up, up the steep valley side and along the top. Here we sheltered from the wind and a shower by a corner of the woods for lunch overlooking the dale. From Deep Dale we joined the 'Roman Road' as far as the A166. Here a convenient cycle path was followed as far as the lay-by near Cot Nab Farm. Here, near the highest point on the Yorkshire Wolds, is a memorial to the Halifax Bomber Aircrew and an unfortunate passing milk-lorry driver who were killed here in 1944 when the aircraft crashed in dense cloud. We continued to avoid the main road by taking a field side path over Garrowby Wold. This path was seriously overgrown with long wet grass, nettles and brambles resulting in scratches and stings! Back across the A166 we took to the path overlooking Worsendale then decided to head down through the 'bowl' access land. Unfortunately the map didn't show the double wire fence across the middle, so we had to climb part-way back up to find a crossing point! In Bishop Wilton the village cricket match played on despite the light rain. Probably not for much longer though, because on my drive home I encountered torrential rain above Garrowby Hill where we had walked earlier, and the A166 was nearly flooded near Fridaythorpe. The heavy rain continued all the way back to Beverley.

Thursday 20th Aug
Taking advantage of a lovely warm, but breezy day, I decided to take a brisk walk from home alongside the Leven Canal and pass the re-instated wetlands to the airfield, home of the Hull Aero Club. I hadn't walked by the canal since the earlier days of 'lockdown' when we were advised only to do local walks for exercise. There were hundreds of dragonflies by the canal, plus the resident swans, ducks and moorhens, a roe deer watching me from a cornfield, hundreds of geese on the wetlands, along with egrets and herons. My return was along Carr Lane at a fairly brisk pace, crossing the scar on the landscape which is the route of the electricity cables from North Sea Wind Farms to the electrical sub-station near Cottingham, and visiting the graveyard at the site of St Faith's Church. Just before entering Leven there is the 25ft high hill to climb, before things level out again through the village, past Holy Trinity Church, the successor to St Faith's.

Sunday 30th Aug
After several very wet days we decided to postpone our intended walk on the North York Moors. Instead I met Caroline in Pickering for this walk of about 7 ½ miles. Our route took us out of town along Ruffa Lane and then up Howl Dale. At the end of the wood we climbed out of the dale, crossed the busy A169 and dropped down through Little Park Wood and across Pickering Beck and the NYMR. We were just in time for the 12 o'clock 'Optimist' train to Whitby which passed with 926 Repton, running tender first, in charge. As there are only two return trains running at the moment (the next being the return Optimist at about 3.00pm) we found a handy place to sit by the track for our lunch. After lunch we followed the course of Pickering Beck down-stream past the flood-prevention bank and Lowther Wood, and decided to call at Lowther House for cups of tea in the Tea-garden there. Then on down-stream to arrive in Pickering near the Beck Isle Museum. From here, with the weather brightening, we added a loop to explore parts of Pickering we'd never visited before. This brought us to Goslip Bridge over the long-gone railway line to Helmsley and then to Vivers Mill, a former water-mill by Pickering Beck and back alongside the Sports Field to where our cars were parked.

Links to Photos of these walks can be found at the top of this page or on the Photo Albums page. Click on this link: Photo Albums



30 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, Edale to Baldersdale), follow this link Pennine Way Conquered Part 1.


Enforced 'social distancing' due to the Coronavrus Pandemic has given me the opportunity to complete the upload of the remaining chapters of my Pennine Way adventure, completed almost 30 years ago in May/June 1990.
The second half of Pennine Way Conquered (Days 9 - 15, Baldersdale to Kirk Yetholme), can be viewed by following this link Pennine Way Conquered Part 2.


Dales Trails Photo Galleries

See my Dales Trails Photo Albums for a photo record of walks by Hornsea and Leven Walking Clubs

Links to recent walks photo albums are shown at the top of this page.


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.

Leven Walking Club logo

Since 2017 the Walks Programmes for both Clubs have been fully integrated, with LWC on the 3rd Sunday and HDWC on the 1st, 2nd, and 4th Sundays each month

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 on Fraisthorpe Beach/photo by Arnold Underwood/Jan 2019

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 Chairperson Joyce Davidson or Walks Secretary Arnold Underwood (07989 292522)

Stuart Kemp's report in each issue of the Hornsea Community News.

Hornsea Walking Club logo

Visitors to Dales Trails since August 1st 2007


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