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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 - 19th July 2018 10.00am


Footpath Closure - Mallyan Spout, OS explorer OL27 Grid Ref: NZ 823009

GOATHLAND - The path alongside West Beck upstream beyond Mallyan Spout Waterfall is closed due to a landslip.
Diversion is via the road and then (at NZ 822006) down the steep steps at New Wath Scar.


Download the latest Hornsea & Leven 2018 Walks Programme (July - Nov) pdf file to view, save or print

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


*** The CALENDAR has been updated with PROVISIONAL DETAILS for the second half of 2018 ***

These details include:
* Summer Wednesday Evening Walks, May to August
* HDWC Short Walks - 1st Sunday of each month, July to December
* HDWC Long Walks - 2nd and 4th Sundays, July to December
* LWC Walks - 3rd Sundays, July to December
* HDWC Social Events - contact Stuart Kemp for more information

Details are based on information supplied to me. Please can organisers/walk leaders check details and inform me of any necessary changes.





Prompt 7.00pm start for these evening walks

Coming up:
July 25th - Nafferton (Eastgate near Church/The Blue Bell)
Aug 1st - Woodmansey (The Warton Arms/ Hull Road)
Aug 8th - Old Ellerby (The Bluebell/Crabtree Lane)




The long walk on Sunday, July 22nd starts from Basin Howe car park, Cockmoor, north of Snainton at 10.00am
The walk will be approx 9 miles via Troutsdale
Click here for map showing parking Cockmoor Parking Information
Leader: Bob Cutts (standing in for Graham Hadfield)


Saturday August 4th - Easington & Spurn (13 miles) - Leader: James Lusby
Meet at 1 Dimlington Road, Easington HU12 0TG for a 10.00am start.
Click here for map showing parking Easington Parking Information
Those interested should inform Betty Lusby by phone or email



The short walk on Sunday, Aug 5th starts from Helmsley at 10.30am
Meet/park Carlton Lane near Cemetery
The walk will be approx 6 miles via Ashdale
Click here for map showing parking Helmsley Parking Information
Leader: Stuart Kemp



The long walk on Sunday, Aug 12th starts from Wayrham Picnic Site car parkat 10.00am
The walk will be approx 9 miles via Deepdale and South Wold Dale using access land and permissive paths.
Click here for map showing parking Wayrham Parking Information
Leader: Sue Copeland



The next LWC walk on Sunday, Aug 19th will start from Knaresborough Conyngham Hall at approx 10.00am
Meet at Leven Sports Hall at 8.30am or at Conyngham Hall at 10.00am for a 9 mile walk via Knaresborough Castle and the Nidd Gorge
Leader: Arnold Underwood


Social Events

Saturday July 28th - BINGLEY - 6 mile walk via 5-rise Locks and Sunny Dale Reservoir. *Train from/to Hull via Leeds
Saturday August 11th - SALTAIRE - 6 mile walk to Shipley Glen and Baildon. * Train from/to Hull via Leeds
Saturday Sept 8th - YORK - Gardens of York - The Rowntree, Minster and Museum Gardens

Further details from Stuart Kemp
*Numbers are needed in advance for the Saltaire and Bingley walks in order to book the cheapest rail tickets



Yes, Christmas Lunch!

Sunday December 9th at Lazaat Hotel, Cottingham

Hot Buffet Lunch - Two Courses
More details in due course



Wainstones/Photo  Arnold Underwood, July 13th 2008

HDWC at the Wainstones, 13th July 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.


North York Moors - Rosedale

'Rosedale & Ana Cross' - 8 miles.
At this time of year the moors will be covered with purple heather.
This is a fairly straighforward walk across the high moorland above Rosedale via the ancient Ana Cross, with just the steep downhill to finish in Rosedale Abbey village.

Click on this link for details: 'Rosedale West'


Please do not print the route maps - purchase the relevant OS Map (Explorer OL26) 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




The warm weather continued throughout June, with very little rain although once again the east coast was plagued by occasional mist and chilly winds!

Sunday June 3rd
A short walk from Byland Abbey featured a stiff climb from Wass up to the Mount Snever Observatory. Later, we passed the Michelin Star 'Best Dining Pub in the World' - The Black Swan at Oldstead, run by celebrity chef Tommy Banks - and opted to perch on some agricultural machinery near Oldstead Grange for our lunch! Back at Byland Abbey there was some to-ing and fro-ing as originally we planned having tea in Wass to support their Scarecrow & Open Gardens Day but it was so busy we reverted to the Byland Abbey Tearoom instead.

Wednesday June 6th
Today's evening walk was from Skidby Mill out towards Risby and back followed by drinks in the Half Moon.

Thursday June 7th
What better way to celebrate Suzie's birthday than a walk on the Yorkshire Wolds. The day started overcast but it soon brightened up to give a warm sunny afternoon. Our 8 mile circular walk started and finished at Fridaythorpe, with the opportunity for a celebratory drink in the Wolds Inn at Huggate at lunchtime.

Sunday June 10th
Undaunted by the previous night's earthquake, six of us made the journey across the Humber Bridge for this walk on the Lincolnshire Wolds. Starting from near the picturesque village of Nettleton, our route took us up to Nettleton Top then down to Claxby. From there it was up to Normanby le Wold and over Normanby Top (the highest point in Lincolnshire) then back down into Nettleton - who said Lincolnshire was flat! Afterwards we had tea in the pretty gardens of the Dunn Deal Tearoom in Nettleton, where we were joined by Josie.

Wednesday June 13th
Sylvia led us on this evening's walk from Skipsea via Skipsea Castle and Ulrome with the path quite overgrown in places - fortunately the weather continued to be dry. With Board Inn being 'run down' prior to closure most of us opted to return to the New Inn in Leven for a decent drink.

Thursday June 14th
Storm Hector curtailed any thoughts of heading to the moors, so me & Suzie returned to Fridaythorpe for a favourite 8 mile walk via Thixendale. Even so we were faced with 40-50mph winds and witnessed a tree coming down in Brubber Dale! We called at the Robert Fuller Gallery, to the discover the artist was 'at work' preparing for his Summer Exhibition in two days time.

Sunday June 17th
A bright and breezy day for this 9 mile walk from Goathland on the North York Moors. Our route took us over Goathland Moor to quarried Whinstone Ridge, which forms a shallow gorge through the flat moorland. The down into Grosmont, for a lunch stop by the NYMR. Our return followed the Rail Trail then up via the new bridge to Green End and above Beckhole back into Goathland.

Wednesday June 20th
The evening walk from South Cave was led by Joyce setting off on the Wolds Way up through Little Wold Plantation. Then it was back down past the quarry to the cemetery and across the golf course towards Everthorpe. From there we returned to South Cave West End and back through the village ending with drinks in the Fox & Coney

Thursday June 21st
On a bright and breezy day me and Suzie clocked up about 10miles on this walk from Thornton-le-Dale into Dalby Forest. Unable to find any street parking I had to resort to the pay-and-display car park, but an added bonus was seeing a selection of veteran cars about to set off from the car park on a rally. Our walk route took us high on Outgang Lane then down into Dalby Forest via Sand Dale. After lunch in Low Dalby Courtyard we returned along the dale via the hamlet of Ellerburn where we just avoided Holy Communion at the historic church!

Sunday June 24th
There were just eleven of us on this 9 mile walk from Kirkbymoorside on a very warm day. Our route took us via Kirkdale passing the delightful St Gregory's Minster where we just avoided joining the morning service! From Kirkdale we climbed up to Fadmoor, for lunch under a shady tree on the green. Then back through Gillamoor where we took in the 'surprise view', before heading across fields to down to Kirkbymoorside.

Wednesday June 27th
This evening Betty took us from Leven past the fishing ponds and across the bypass towards Catwick. After looping round field sides we arrived in Catwick . After visiting St Michael's Church we used thr roadside pavement to return to Leven for drinks in the New Inn.

Thursday June 28th
Conditions were just right today for this 10mile walk with Suzie along the coast from Bempton to Filey. The mist had cleared from the coast, the sun was shining, and a sea breeze kept the temperature to a comfortable 20C. A walk of two haves - firstly along the clifftop from RSPB Bempton Cliffs to Speeton and then, after a steep descent, along the broad sands to Filey. Return was courtesy of Northern Rail. It took us nearly 5 hours to walk to Filey and 15 minutes to get back!



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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