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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.

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Farndale Panorama/Photo © Arnold Underwood


Walks Photographs

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

Click this Photo Albums link Photo Albums

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:

SEPTEMBER

'Google photos - 6th Sept Northdale & Simon Howe'
'Google photos - 13th Sept Robin Hood's Bay'
'Google photos - 20th Sept Newton-on-Rawcliffe'
'Google photos - 27th Sept Goathland & Grosmont'

OCTOBER
'Google photos - 4th Oct Millington & Kilnwick Percy'
'Google photos - 11th Oct Hutton-le-Hole & Shepherd's Nab'
'Google photos - 18th Oct Hovingham & Nunnington'
'Google photos - 25th Oct Around Goathland via Hazel Head'

FIVE YEARS AGO

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: 6th Sept 2015 Winteringham & Scampston'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 13th Sept 2015 Knaresborough'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 20th Sept 2015 Bethell's Bridge'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 27th Sept 2015 Newgate Bank to Hawnby'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 4th Oct 2015 Fridaythorpe & Huggate'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 11th Oct 2915 Kirkham & Howsham Mill'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 18th Oct 2015 Lockton & LeVisham'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 25th Oct 2015 Hackfall Woods'

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NOTE - EMAIL ADDRESS
e-mail: arnold.dalestrails@gmail.com

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

UPDATED - 26th Oct 2020 11.00pm

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

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)

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PENNINE WAY CONQUERED PART 2

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.

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CLUB WALKS COMING SOON - ALL CANCELLED

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HORNSEA DISTRICT WALKING CLUB

LEVEN WALKING CLUB

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

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FLASHBACK 10 YEARS

Byland Abbey/ Photo by Arnold Underwood, Oct 24th 2010

'Those were the Days' - Autumn tints on our walk from Byland Abbey via Mount Snever, HDWC, Oct 24th 2010, by Arnold Underwood

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Tog 24 Outlet Store, Hornsea Freeport.

*** HORNSEA FACTORY-CLEARANCE STORE ***

NOW OPEN

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.

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HUGGATE'S BEST-KEPT SECRET

Rachel's Walnut Cottage Tea Room

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

CLOSED 26th Oct - 2nd Nov inclusive

See FACEBOOK 'Hobsons in Huggate'

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DALES TRAILS

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.

FEATURE WALK - MILLINGTON & GIVENDALE

* 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'

THE WALK GUIDE/ALBUM INCLUDES A ROUTE MAP
REPRODUCED WITH PERMISSION OF ORDNANCE SURVEY

Please do not print the route maps - purchase the relevant OS Map (Explorer 294) or subscribe to the OS Maps website 'OS Maps Online'

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DALES TRAILS - WALKS REPORTS

BOGTROTTER'S BLOG - SEPTEMBER 2020

Although the spread of COVID-19 in the UK seemed to have peaked, 'hotspots' where appearing around the country and the Government was enforcing local restrictions, particularly across the north of England and South Wales. Fortunately as yet these restrictions do not affect rural East and North Yorkshire. We can continue to meet in groups of up to six, whilst still maintaining the 2 metre 'social distancing'. Pubs, cafés, and restaurants reopened although hours have been restricted, particularly where outdoor seating was available to allow groups (bubbles) to meet but still social distance from others. Ann whilst slowly recovering from her earlier 'set-back' has been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, something she had suspected for some time, so I've continued to limit my walks to Sundays. The unsettled weather has continued, which has affected my plans for walks, but with no scheduled walks that's not a big problem.

Sunday 6th Sept
Although the weather was overcast we decided not to put off our moorland adventure again, so I met up with Caroline on the track leading to Fen Bog, just off the A169 near Eller Beck Bridge. Just after setting off we were surprised to hear a whistle from the NYMR down below. Dashing to a suitable view point we got a glimpse of Southern S15 class No 825 trundling towards Pickering, no doubt to return later on the 1200 'Optimist' service to Whitby. A short distance from the railway footpath crossing is the large Goathland Summit sign which signifies the change in gradient on the line. Following the Lyke Wake Path we headed up onto the moor and there turned left onto a track which brought us to the edge Northdale Scar with great views up and down the Dale, unfortunately with no trains scheduled. Entering the forest we turned right to follow a path then the forest road to the clearing called Wardle Green. Instead of turning here towards Simon Howe, we opted to continue ahead along the forest road. Some distance further on a waymark pointed the way out of the forest onto the open moor. Initially the faint path could be followed linking a couple of footbridges over moorland streams but eventually we had to keep referring to my OS Maps App to keep on course across the bleak moorland, passing a corrugated shed in the middle of nowhere. We reached the edge of the moor overlooking Wheeldale and found a convenient rock on which to perch for our lunch. After lunch we joined the Lyke Wake Path to head east towards Simon Howe. The westerly wind was now at our backs, but it was bringing some ominous dark clouds. Simon Howe, a crossroads of paths, was busy with walkers arriving from all directions - a family with two small children, a fell-runner, and an elderly couple walking briskly 'on a mission' to beat the rain. After a 'selfie' by the cairn, the rain arrived so we donned our waterproof jackets and continued on our way. Fortunately the worst of the rain passed to the south. As the path began to descend towards Fen Bog we decided to add a loop, bearing left across the moor to follow a stream down towards the railway. Here we turned to follow the fence overlooking 'Goathland Summit' along to the gate where dropped down to cross the railway at Fen Bog. It was twenty to three, and I guesstimated that the afternoon NYMR 'Optimist' would pass by in about 10mins, and so it did with 9F 92134 in charge of a socially-distanced well-filled 7-coach train. Back at the cars we had clocked up a walking distance of just over 8 miles.

Sunday 13th Sept
Something a little different for me and Caroline for this Sunday. We had to arranged to meet up with Daphne, a former Hornsea Walking Club member now residing in Hampshire, on her annual visit 'up North'. Daphne was staying in Whitby along with three other friends. I had arranged for the six of us to meet at Sledgate car park overlooking Robin Hood's Bay. Unfortunately several went to the wrong car park and it took two or three phone calls to get everyone together for a delayed start to our walk. Our walk would be about 7½miles and was basically all downhill in the morning and all uphill in the afternoon! There was a very strong westerly wind but as we dropped down past Fyling Hall School into Ramsdale we were more sheltered from the wind. After passing the restored water-mill we climbed onto high pastures with the wind behind us and views towards Ravenscar and Stoupe Brow. Heading down hill we joined the 'cinder track' (the former railway) for a level mile then turned off to join the clifftop Cleveland Way overlooking the bay. We found a spot for lunch overlooking Robin Hood's Bay, but the path was very busy and our lunch spot seemed to be at a popular viewpoint where everyone stopped to take photos! After lunch it was down the steep steps into Robin Hood's Bay which was very busy on this sunny Sunday afternoon. So we pressed onwards and upwards to the higher parts of the town and left the crowds behind as we headed out past the unusual-designed St Stephen's Parish Church. From near the old railway station we took to a field-edge path steadily upwards to the hamlet of Raw then along the 'brow' of the moorland overlooking Robin Hood's Bay. By now the wind had dropped and it was warm work in the afternoon sun to climb steadily up to the car park to finish our walk at about 3.15pm.

Sunday 20th Sept
On a grey drizzly Sunday morning I met Caroline in Newton-on-Rawcliffe for a walk in forest and moorland round into Newtondale. Any hopes of the weather brightening didn't materialise, other than 5mins of sunshine during our lunch stop near Stape. Our route took us off the beaten track using access land to enter Cawthorne Roman Camp by an unofficial 'back way'. A clue to the approach of autumn was the number of different fungi in the woods near Elleron Lodge. After lunch we had a choice of routes - we opted for the old road down Raindale. This provided a good route, descending gradually into Newtondale near the Platelayers Cottages. My plan was to arrive at Levisham NYMR station in time to see the afternoon train from Whitby at about 3 o'clock. Due to Covid-19 the station is closed to the public, but refreshments were available from the 'Weighbridge snack bar'. We bought cups of tea and waited - the train was running about half-an-hour late due to having stalled on damp rails earlier in the day. So after standing around (there were no seats available for the public) the train arrived at about 3.30pm stopping on the crossing to exchange tablets before continuing non-stop to Pickering. We were now faced with about half a mile walk back to Newton-on-Rawcliffe - unfortunately this is almost vertical, straight up Newton Banks! With a few stops to look back to 'admire the view' we made it and arrived back at our cars about four o'clock. The weather back home had been fine all day!

Sunday 27th Sept
Caroline's Birthday Walk - Although the weather forecast wasn't great, we went ahead with our planned walk. So at about 10.30am I met up with Caroline on Cow Wath Bank just above Goathland station. As we took the path down to the station we just missed loco 92134 passing through on its way up to Pickering. We cut through the village, which was quite busy with visitors, and headed towards Darnholm. On our way down to the bridge under the bridge over Eller Beck, to our surprise we heard a train whistle. Dashing to the top of the bank overlooking the bridges just in time to see J27 65984 on a 3-coach shuttle to Goathland. Below the bridges Eller Beck cuts through the rock creating a mini-Strid (the Strid is on the River Wharfe near Bolton Abbey). We dropped down into Beck Hole and joined the Rail Trail, which follows the original 1836 line by the Murk Esk for an easy stroll towards Grosmont. The Rail Trail has been enhanced by new information boards explaining about the mines, which were the reason for building the railway. A new path has been made up to the site of Esk Valley Mine which we decided to explore - a fascinating spot with the foundations of the old mine buildings and stunning tree sculptures depicting the old mines. It also provided a sheltered spot for our lunch break. Continuing towards Grosmont we were passed by 92134 with the 12 o'clock 'Optimist' from Pickering. Above Goathland tunnel another new board shows what Grosmont was like at the height of the mining industry with smoking chimneys and iron-ore blast furnaces. Instead of continuing to Grosmont station we cut through the churchyard of St Matthew's Church and followed the track down to the Murk Esk. The sight here was quite amazing - the river makes a tight turn, cutting into the steep hillside creating a 75ft vertical cliff. A narrow road to Dale Head Farm fords the river twice, but how could we get across? A check of the map showed we should have taken a narrow path by the graveyard - this led us to a narrow footbridge over the torrent below. It was now a steady plod uphill on the road to Dale Head Farm - at least we now had the wind behind us. At Dale Head things levelled out a bit with views back towards Grosmont and the Esk Valley. Passing a couple more farms we eventually reached the Beck Hole road on Goathland Moor. Turning up this road we reached the top on Goathland Moor, about 800ft above sea level. Here we ventured off-piste into the man-made ravine created by quarrying the Whinstone Ridge. From up there the only way is down, down the route of the old wagonway with views over Darnholm. An easy stroll as the weather brightened, back down to Goathland to complete an enjoyable 8mile walk despite the mixed weather.

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

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NEW - PENNINE WAY CONQUERED

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.

PENNINE WAY CONQUERED PART 2

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.

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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.

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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.

Booklets for my three Trans-Dales Trails are now out of print, but all three routes are now available as free PDF file downloads.
Go to Trans-Dales Trail 1 , Trans-Dales Trail 2 or Trans-Dales Trail 3 and follow the links.
Arnold Underwood (Dales Trails)
41 The Orchard
Leven
East Yorkshire
HU17 5QA
e-mail: arnold.dalestrails@gmail.com

NOTE - NEW EMAIL ADDRESS

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.

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Visitors to Dales Trails since August 1st 2007

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Arnold Underwood