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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.


A little snow remains in Great Dugdale, near Warter, East Yorkshire Wolds/Photo  Arnold Underwood, Dec 3rd 2017

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e-mail: arnold.dalestrails@gmail.com



UPDATED - 20th Jan 2018 4.00pm



The next walk from Sledmere on Sunday, Jan 21st is
Due to severe weather forecast

Leader: Caroline Gowthorpe



The next long walk is from Driffield on Sunday, Jan 28th
Meet at Driffield (Cattle Market car park) at 10.00am for a 10 mile walk via the Driffield Wold, Elmswell Wold and Garton Balk
Click here for map showing parking Driffield Parking Information
Leader: Graham Hadfield



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




With Christmas and New Year, plus a trip to Gothenburg, this month was a bit mixed up 'walking-wise' but I did manage to fit in a few shorter walks

Sunday Dec 3rd
A great walk for winter with Caroline. Nearly 8 miles from Warter via Great Dugdale and Nunburnholme, mostly on country lanes. There was a little snow on the ground from a day or two earlier, but today once early cloud had cleared we were graced with blue skies and winter sunshine

Thurs Dec 7th
Two Carolines in one day! First 'Storm Caroline' skims past overnight, then a bright and breezy 7 mile walk with Caroline from North Cave via Drewton Dale and South Cave. On the way home we stopped in Walkington for tea & scones in Eliza's Coffee Shop at the Ferguson-Fawcett.

Sunday Dec 10th
Just twelve of us braved the cold and occasional snow flurries to do the 5 mile walk from Etton via Gardham and part of the Hudson Way rail trail, before being joined by a further 14 for the HDWC Xmas Dinner at The Light Dragoon. I'm sure for some, the meal was spoiled by the 1 hour delay before we were seated and served (although speaking for myself, the Sea Bass main course was very good).

Dec 14th - 19th
With Ann, a flying visit to our Swedish friends in Gothenburg for the christening of their granddaughter Billie. I managed a couple of short walks with Christina in the snow and sunshine, plus walking around Gothenburg city centre itself.

Thursday Dec 21st
With Caroline I managed a short walk on the shortest day from Market Weighton to Goodmanham via the Hudson Way. After a lunch break at the Fiddle Drill (the pub was full!) we attempted a return by the unofficial path along the old Driffield railway track. However this has been blocked by a new 6ft high close-boarded fence, so we were forced to retrace our steps to Goodmanham and use the road instead.

Thursday Dec 28th
A chance to get out in the fresh air between Christmas and New Year. Caroline came to Leven and we did a walk of nearly 7miles. Our route was via Sandholme, Leven Canal, airfield, and Little Leven. We also noted the popular track linking canal to airfield as been gated and labelled 'No Right of Way', although we managed to squeeze past.

Sunday Dec 31st
New Years Eve and a short six mile walk with Caroline, starting again from North Cave but this time heading towards Hotham. Another bright winter's day which brought out lots of walkers, families, cyclists on this popular little circuit.



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

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

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If you experience any problems please let me know.


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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Arnold Underwood