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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.


Great Wold Valley/Photo © Arnold Underwood

Kirby Grindalythe in the Great Wold Valley - 28th Feb 2021


UPDATED - 8th May 2021, 10.00pm


Club walks and social activities remain cancelled until after Step 3 of the UK Government 'Roadmap out of Lockdown', scheduled 17th May.
This follows the Government orders to avoid all unnecessary social contact.

Members online Zoom meetings continue on Sundays at 7.00pm.

However fresh air and gentle exercise can do a world of good for your mental and physical health.







In anticipation of the relaxing of COVID Restrictions on 17th May a 'Walks Restart Programme' has been proposed
From 17th May, walks can be for groups of up to thirty members. Social-distancing to be observed.

The first scheduled walk will be the EVENING WALK on WEDNESDAY, 19th MAY
This will be the traditional walk from Hornsea via Wassand.
Setting off at 7.00pm from Mereside/Fair Place (off Market Place in Hornsea)

The first SUNDAY walk will be a SHORT WALK on SUNDAY, 6th JUNE
Setting off from Morrow Avenue car park (off Cliff Road) at 10.30am going via Atwick and Bewholme Lane

Details of forthcoming walks can be found on this website's Calendar Calendar




• You can now MEET IN A GROUP OF SIX people from outside of your Household or Bubble OUTDOORS (in Public Parks, Countryside etc) whilst maintaining SOCIAL DISTANCING.
PUBS & CAFES can now serve customers OUTDOORS whilst maintaining SOCIAL DISTANCING.
• Remember, CAR SHARING with people from outside your immediate family and/or support bubble is still NOT PERMITTED.
• Remember, carry a FACE MASK with you at all times in case your circumstances change.

•These Rules will be ENFORCEABLE IN LAW
• This information is subject to updates by HM Government

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:

MARCH 2021
'Google photos - 7th March 2021 Around Wayrham Way'
'Google photos - 14th March 2021 Kirby Grindalythe & West Lutton'
'Google photos - 21st March 2021 Fridaythorpe - tops of the dales'
'Google photos - 28th March 2021 North Cave'

APRIL 2021
'Google photos - 4th April 2021 Bishop Wilton'
'Google photos - 11th April 2021 Goodmanham-Londesborough Loops'
'Google photos - 18th April 2021 Leavening, Birdsall & Burythorpe'
'Google photos - 25th April 2021 Huggate to Warrendale, & back'

MAY 2021
'Google photos - 2nd May 2021 Bishop Wilton & Fangfoss'
'Google photos - 9th May 2021 Hotham Carrs'


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: Sunday, 13th Mar 2016 Hovingham & Terrington'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: Sunday, 20th Mar 2016 Whixley & Allerton Mauleverer'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: Sunday, 27th Mar 2016 Lockton & the Bridestones'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: Sunday, 10th Apr 2016 Caistor (Lincolnshire)'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: Sunday, 17th Apr 2016 Hutton-le-Hole'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: Sunday, 8th May 2016 Cowhouse Bank'



The activities of Hornsea and Leven Walking Clubs are reported on regularly in the monthly Hornsea Community News and the quarterly 'Leven Life'.

For those who do not receive these publications copies of previous Walks Reports will be avialabe as PDF Downloads here.

(Note: complete copies of back issues of Hornsea Community News can be downloaded from its website)

To download a HCN or Leven Life Walks Report click on the relevent link:

HCN Walks Report March 2018
HCN Walks Report June 2018
HCN Walks Report September 2019
HCN Walks Report October 2019
HCN Walks Report June 2020
Leven Life Walks Report August 2020
HCN Walks Report September 2020
Leven Life Walks Report December 2020
HCN Walks Report December 2020
HCN Walks Report January 2021
Leven Life Walks Report March 2021
HCN Walks Report March 2021
**NEW** HCN Walks Report April 2021



Skeletal Tree/ 2015 by Arnold Underwood

The storms of March 2021 brought down the much photographed 'Skeletal Tree'near Leven. A feature of local walks for many years.

'Then' taken by Arnold Underwood. 'Now' taken by Betty Lusby

Fallen Tree/ March 2021 by Betty Lusby


Tog 24 Outlet Store, Hornsea Freeport.


RE-OPENS 12th APRIL 2021

Members of Hornsea and Leven Walking Clubs can take advantage of some wonderful bargains
Special reductions for first week of re-opening.

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



Rachel's Walnut Cottage Tea Room

For Tea, Coffee, Homemade Cakes & Scones and more

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 unneccessary journeys and social distancing when encountering other walkers*

East Yorkshire Wolds

Parking at Bishop Wilton Village Hall (Honesty Box for donations)

This walk takes you over the Wolds on Garrowby Hill and then via access land and permissive paths to picturesque village of Kirby Underdale, which is further brightened by daffodils in early Spring.
The return is straight back up to Garrowby Hill but deviates from the outward route by dropping down through access land into Worsendale and back into Bishop Wilton (7 miles)
Can also be divided into two 3 mile walks by starting from Bishop Wilton and Kirby Underdale, omitting the crossing of Garrowby Hill Top

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

'Google photos - Bishop Wilton & Garrowby Hill'


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




April turned out to be the coldest and sunniest for many years. My Sunday walks with Caroline followed the same routine, keeping to the Yorkshire Wolds and generally about 7 to 8 miles in length.

Sunday, 4th April
After warm weather earlier that week, the forecast for the Sunday, Easter Sunday, was for colder weather with northerly winds bringing a threat of snow showers! I met Caroline in Bishop Wilton for a walk on the Wolds which offered alternative options if need be. It was a glorious sunny morning with a brisk westerly wind as we set off from the village following the Minster Way up to Givendale with views over a hazy Vale of York. We dropped down to the little St Ethelburga's Church where several other walkers were sitting on the benches. So we continued only to bump into fellow walking club member, Graham, who was doing a twenty-miler from Wayrham! After chatting for 10mins or so we continued on our way towards Millington, meeting quite a few other folk - 'real' walkers and families. With the fine weather we abandoned ideas for shortening the walk and heading on down the Balk to Millington. From Millington we headed along the minor road to Millington Wood. This road was quite busy with cars, cyclists, and walkers but fortunately has a wide verge for most of the way. By the time we reached Millington Wood it was lunch time and we found a spot up the bank above the road to sit and watch the world go by. The car park was full and there were many cars parked on the roadside - there were a lot of people about but none of them came our way up the hillside. After lunch we continued up the path onto Millington Heights, where much modernisation has taken place - a new/rebuilt house and new barns. To Caroline's delight there were also lambs in the field next to the lane. We were now faced with a mile of road walking, but again for most of the way there was a wide verge to keep out of the way of traffic - it seemed a popular route for motor-cyclists. Around the entrance to Millington Grange several varieties of daffodils brightened the scene under the trees. A quarter mile on along the quieter Roman Road we reached to track heading into Deep Dale. Our walk had included several ups and downs by now, and this, the last, would be the steepest! The steep descent wasn't good for the knees and for the climb up the other side we avoided the uneven steep steps by keeping to a more gradual tractor track. it is then still a steady gradient up through the woods to the top, level with Cot Nab, the highest point on the Wolds at about 800ft. From there it was all downhill across Bishop Wilton Wold and round the bowl in hillside, where a small plaque shows a quote from Tolkein's 'Lord of the Rings'. Finally passing an area of springs, fairly dry today, and back into the village to complete a walk of just over 9 miles - the most we'd done for a while.

Sunday, 11th April
This week winter returned with morning frosts and sleet and snow showers! The weather forecast kept changing by the hour but generally it looked like being a cold day with bright intervals interspersed with wintry showers being carried by a brisk north-easterly wind. Having agreed to stay fairly local I met Caroline at Goodmanham for a walk to Londesborough - a picturesque area with options to shorten the walk if necessary. In fact that wasn't to be the case because although there was the cold breeze and spells of cloud, we didn't get any wintry showers, and there was plenty of sunshine. I call this route the Londesborough Loops which is clear from the route map. It comprises a 'chain' of loops along the Yorkshire Wolds Way between Goodmanham and Nunburnholme Wold, with just short links walked in both directions between the loops. Heading away from Goodmanham the first loop took us up to High Plantation on Easthorpe Wold with panoramic views to the south and to the north. We took the path from near Easthorpe Farm across Londesborough Park into Londesborough village for coffee break near the church. With the weather still looking ok we headed out of Londesborough along the road towards Nunburnholme climbing steadily to the highest point on this walk on Londesborough Hill (460ft above sea level). We passed a field planted with potatoes in immaculate furrows, with Drax Power Station in the Vale of York in the background. We turned into the steep-side Cleaving Coombe (Access Land) and found a sheltered spot for lunch below trees on the right-hand side, overlooking the dale. Dropping down to the lower road we headed back towards Londesborough, but took another loop down to the Avenue which once linked the original Londesborough Hall with its private railway station near Shiptonthorpe. George Hudson, the 'Railway King', lived at Londesborough Hall at the height of the 19th century 'Railway Mania' when he was expanding his York and North Midlands Railway, so providing himself with his own station. Back in Londesborough Park we rejoined the Yorkshire Wolds Way for the return to Goodmaham, to complete a walk of about 8½ miles without encountering any of the sleet or snow which had fallen in other parts of East Yorkshire.

Sunday, 18th April
With the fine weather continuing I met Caroline in Leavening, just into North Yorkshire below the western 'brows' of the Yorkshire Wolds. We set off from Leavening along Dam Lane then faced the climb onto Leavening Brow up the road we had half an hour ago driven down! Pausing now and again to admire the view opening out we reached the top and left the road to join a path to Mount Ferrant Farm. There's a panoramic view north where you can pick up much of our route round through Burythorpe with its church perched on its little hill. The path to Mount Ferrant Farm is not clear on the ground, and we discovered that we had taken a route lower down the hillside. This joined a tractor track which led us through the deserted farmyard onto the lane, where a gate on our right showed where we should have emerged. A stretch along quiet lanes brought us to Birdsall where we had to keep to the road around the perimeter of the Park, across which we had a good view of Birdsall House, home of Lord Middleton. The road took us round below Birdsall Church where we took a short break for drinks. After a brief drinks stop, we continued along the lane past Birdsall Grange into 'cattle country'. The path continues across a large field which was home to herd of cows with their young calves. We may have been the first strangers they had seen this year and they became a little agitated. We planned to walk along the bottom of the field, but the herd began heading that way so as I knew that our path cut across the field to the woods on the left we decided to go left and along the top of the field above the cattle, which both we and the cattle seemed happy with. After safely negotiating the cattle, we had another hazard to contend with - the Bog! Considering how dry the weather has been, the bog was decidedly boggy - with red-brown ooze almost coming to the top of our boots! (I think some of our walkers have come to grief here in the past) A clear path was marked across the vast 50 acre field (we know that because the farmer told us) to the Hermitage. Burythorpe church could be seen on its hill over to the right. We walked down the narrow road into Burythorpe, crossing straight over to the path leading to the Church - a convenient spot for our lunch break, about 5 miles into our walk. It was sad to see the windows of All Saints Church were boarded up - might this is a temporary thing due to Covid-19 closure, or permanent? After a pleasant break in the sunshine we continued along Penhowe Lane and up Primrose Hill to Low Penhowe and on around field sides past High Penhowe Farm. We skirted Guild Wood and dropped down towards Leavening. Everywhere the hedgerows had been white with the blossom of Blackthorn (Sloe), none more so than by the path down to Leavening. There was also a good view across fields to Leavening Brow, where we could pick out our route up the hill at the start of the day. We arrived back in Leavening about 4¼hours after setting off, having completed almost exactly 8 miles.

Sunday, 25th April
A change of plan. On Saturday morning I received my second Covid-19 Vaccination, so as I had suffered some side effects from the first dose I opted for an easier walk than the one in mind, with options for for shortening it if necessary. So I met Caroline at 10 o'clock on Mill Lane near Huggate, under the crossed vapour trails. I was actually feeling ok as we set off, following a vague plan that I had come up with on my drive to Huggate. We would keep to the tops where access land allowed so eliminating some of those steep downs and ups that the Yorkshire Wolds is famous for. We followed the Hawold Bridle Road to Nettle Dale and stayed along the top of the left-hand-side of the Dale to meet the Yorkshire Wolds Way. Heading south on the Wolds Way we reached the top of Sylvan Dale where the WW plunges down to cross and then up the other side. We opted to stay on the top and walk round the dale - it's a lot further but with no steeps ups and downs. There are also great views across and down the Dale with blooming gorse bushes adding colour to the scene. On the Wolds Way again we reached Warren Farm, where our return route to Cobdale Lane branches off. As it was nearing lunch time I suggested we continue along the Wolds Way for a lunch stop on the bench overlooking Millington - but others had beaten us to it! So we continued and eventually found a spot by Warrendale Plantation which provided some shelter from the chilly northerly wind. Another advantage was that it was just off the Wolds Way, so we didn't have the procession of walkers going past us on this busy section. After lunch we had to retrace our steps to Warren Farm then along the road, Cobdale Lane, as far as Cobdale Cottage to re-join the Bridle Road back to our cars. Our short walk turned out to be nearly 9 miles and an odd-looking route caused by some rare bad planning on my part, but we enjoyed it which is all that matters!

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.

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
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


This page was created by
Arnold Underwood