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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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Great Wold Valley/Photo © Arnold Underwood

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


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

UPDATED - 23rd June 2021, 9.00am

*** CLUB WALKS RESTART ***

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HORNSEA DISTRICT WALKING CLUB

LEVEN WALKING CLUB

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* COVID-19 - CURRENT RESTRICTIONS FROM 17th MAY 2021 *

STEP THREE - TOWARDS ENDING LOCKDOWN


• From 17th MAY, you can MEET IN A GROUP OF UP TO THIRTY PEOPLE from outside of your Household or Bubble, OUTDOORS (eg: in Public Parks, Countryside etc).
• PUBS & CAFES can now serve customers INDOORS & OUTDOORS whilst maintaining GROUPS OF SIX.
• SOCIAL DISTANCING appears to be at ones's DISCRETION.
•It appears that CAR SHARING with other than immediate family or support bubble is NOT ADVISED.
• Remember, carry a FACE MASK with you at all times in case your circumstances change.

• This information is subject to updates by HM Government

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With the relaxing of COVID Restrictions on 17th May a 'Walks Restart Programme' has been planned
From 17th May, walks can be for groups of up to THIRTYmembers.

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The next EVENING WALK will be on WEDNESDAY 23rd JUNE from SKIDBY MILL
Setting off at 7.00pm and going via Risby Park and Skidby (4½ miles)

ADDITIONAL - The next SUNDAY walk will be a LONGER walk from THORNTON-LE-DALE on JUNE 27th
Setting off at 10.00am from Thonton-le-Dale CAR PARK going into Dalby Forest and returning via Ellerburn (8 miles)

The next SUNDAY SHORT walk should be on JULY 4th - More details in due course.

Details of forthcoming walks can be found on this website's Calendar. Click here: Calendar

** If you intend joining any Club walk please contact (phone/text/email) the Walk Leader in advance (Contact details are on the Calendar) **

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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:

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'
'Google photos - 16th May 2021 Everingham & Seaton Ross'
'Google photos - 23rd May 2021 Kirby Underdale & Deep Dale'
'Google photos - 30th May 2021 Westow, Howsham & Kirkham'

JUNE 2021
'Google photos - 6th June 2021 Warter & Blanch Farm'
'Google photos - 13th June 2021 HDWC Fridaythorpe'

FIVE YEARS AGO

With fewer Club Walks due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, I have dipped into the archives to feature walks from Five Years Ago


'Google photos - Five Years Ago: Sunday, 8th May 2016 Cowhouse Bank'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: Sunday, 15th May 2016 Kirby Underdale & Deep Dale'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: Sunday, 22nd May 2016 Roche Abbey'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: SUnday, 29th May 2016 Goathland to Levisham Station'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: Sunday, 12th June 2016 Baslow (Peak District)'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: Sunday, 19th June 2016 Barnetby-le-Wold (North Lincs)'

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WALKS REPORTS

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 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
HCN Walks Report April 2021
**NEW** HCN Walks Report May 2021
**NEW** Leven Life Walks Report June 2021

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FLASHBACK TEN YEARS AGO

Tornado near Beck Hole/ 29th May 2011 by Arnold Underwood

On 29th May 2011, the fifth Sunday of the month, a few of us did an extra walk in the Goathland area which surprisingly coincided with the visit of A1 locomotive 'Tornado' to the NYMR.
Here the loco heads through Beck Hole gorge with the lunchtime Pullman service to Pickering.

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Tog 24 Outlet Store, Hornsea Freeport.

*** HORNSEA FACTORY-CLEARANCE STORE ***

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.

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HUGGATE'S BEST-KEPT SECRET

Rachel's Walnut Cottage Tea Room

TEAROOM & GARDEN RE-OPENS AFTER MAJOR REFURBISHMENT on 24th May 2021
For Tea, Coffee, Homemade Cakes & Scones and more


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 - BISHOP WILTON & GARROWBY HILL

* 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'

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 - MAY 2021

Whilst April turned out to be the coldest and sunniest months for many years, May was one of the wettest! Fortunately we were pretty lucky with our Sunday walks keeping fairly local and generally about 7 to 8 miles in length. By the Spring Bank Holiday at the end of May the weather at last made a change for the better, becoming warm and sunny.

Sunday, 2nd May
Another Sunday, another change of plan. Caroline hadn't been feeling 100% this week so a nice gentle walk with no hills was the order of the day. So we met up once again at Bishop Wilton Village Hall. Bishop Wilton sits at the foot of the Wolds, so any walk from there heading east involves a steep hill, whereas going west the going is very flat - the Vale of York. So today we headed west, along Main Street through this pretty village. Main Street actually comprises two, sometimes three, narrow streets which follow the course of Bishop Wilton Beck through the village. Once out of the village our walk continued to follow the beck through farmland almost as far as Yapham. In Yapham we diverted to the little Church, which from the outside looks like a drab stone barn, but inside it painted a bright and cheerful blue! Unfortunately the current situation meant we couldn't see inside today, but I've included a photo from a previous visit. From Yapham we headed across baked-hard fields to Bolton and along the roadside pavement to Fangfoss. Here we found a convenient bench by the St Martin's Church for our lunch-break. This church was open, subject to all the covid-19 restrictions - santize hands, wear masks, social distance 2 metres apart. Interestingly, the churches at Yapham and Fangfoss are both dedicated to St Martin. Fangfoss is famous for its Rocking Horse workshop and by the entrance a carved tree-trunk depicts birds of prey. From Fangfoss we headed back past the Jubilee Park, but as we encountered a light rain shower here, we skipped visiting today and continued along the track towards High Belthorpe. The long straight Belthorpe Lane lead back to Bishop Wilton, but to avoid retracing our steps through the village we chose to go via Vicarage Lane back to the Village Hall, to complete a pleasant walk of about 7½ miles.

Sunday, 9th May
After heavy rain all day Saturday and until 7 am on Sunday morning, the day turned out much better than we could have hoped for - warm and sunny with a brisk westerly wind. I met Caroline at Hotham Village Hall and we set off walking down Hotham Hill and across the 'flatlands' of Hotham Carrs. Although flat this area is quite picturesque with pockets of heathland dotted with gorse, silver birch, and pine trees. We came to the former Market Weighton Canal near Wholsea Grange - the canal opened in 1872 but the top section from Wholsea Grange to Market Weighton was abandoned in 1900 and filled in. Navigation of the remainder ended in 1971 and the canal is now effectively just another drainage channel. We took a lunch break under the pine trees at Sandy Camp Plantation. Hereabouts we saw buzzards and red kites and heard our first cuckoo of the year. After lunch we headed for the hamlet of South Cliffe and tackled the short steep Cliffe Hill to come to the edge of Houghton Woods. From there farm tracks brought us past Cliffe Dales back to Hotham to complete a walk of nearly 9 miles.

Sunday, 16th May
With Caroline not feeling 100% and the weather not looking 100% I came up with a fairly easy walk in an area not visited very often -It provided options of walking between 6 and 8 miles. Not far off the main A1079 York road are a number of quite picturesque little villages that can be linked by walking on footpaths and minor roads. I chose Everingham village as the start point with the village hall for parking our cars (there's only room for about five cars though). We set off through the village at just after 10am to pass the unusually named St Everhilda's Chuch, continuing past Everingham Park. From there we took to footpaths past woodland and alongside becks on a pleasantly warm Sunday morning to reach the village of Seaton Ross. Seaton Ross is a long one-street village with a mix of old and new individually styled properties. The area is noted for its sundials, there is one over the church entrance and another very large one on the side of 'Dial Cottage', among others. Both Sundials were correctly about an hour behind British Summer Time - it's not easy to put a sundial forward one hour, then back again in the autumn! From Seaton Ross we took to field paths and country roads bringing us to the little village of Bielby - another one-street village. Here there is the historic St Giles's Church (that's how its written on the name-board). Evidence of arches on its north side suggest the little church was once bigger and has undergone major changes over the centuries. With ominous clouds gathering we chose to have our lunch break against the sheltered south facing wall of the church. After a few minutes there began light rain so I put on my 'Rover driver' flat cap to keep my head dry, but quickly the rain became heavier with a couple rumbles of thunder so quickly on with light-weight waterproof jackets. After 15 mins or so the rain eased off and the temperature had chilled so we decided to get moving towards Everingham. Half a mile down the road there had been no rain, and we made good progress along farm tracks and paths, passing a pond with ducks and geese to arrive back in Everingham before the rain got there. We had completed 7½ miles at a fairly brisk pace.

Sunday, 23rd May
Five years ago the Walking Club did a 9 mile walk from Kirby Underdale into Deep Dale - one of several so named on the Wolds. This one is probably the deepest, below Hanging Grimston Wold. For todays walk I had come up with a shorter more direct route, under 7 miles, but still with its ups and downs, including the steep 'up' out of Deep Dale. I met Caroline at Kirby Underdale village hall and from there we set off across fields to cross the Bugthorpe Road. From the road we continued due north heading directly towards Deep Dale. Unfortunately there is no direct right of way to Deep Dale and we were forced to turn left towards Lower Sleights Farm and join Sleights Lane. It is a long gradual climb up Sleights Lane to the road junction at the top of the hill, near the appropriately named High Sleights. Skirting fields from High Sleights the route is now down again over Acklam Ings to Gilder Beck, which flows out of Deep Dale. The lower field here was home to some inquisitive young heifers. Just through the gate was a quagmire around their feed troughs. Whilst stood in the mud, trying to close the metal gate my right elbow must have touched the single wire electric fence and I received a bolt of a shock down my arm, probable to earth through the metal gate! **!!!** Feeling re-invigorated by the shock treatment we made our way quickly down the hillside to head off the cattle at the gate and footbridge over the beck. We now headed into the peace of Deep Dale, with sides becoming steeper. The only way out is up the right-hand side and the footpath is signed straight up, but fortunately it is access land so we were able to pick our own way zig-zagging to reduce the gradient. Here we met the only other walker today who was using the same technique going down. At the top we found a grassy bank for our lunch stop with the dale spread out below us. After lunch we negotiated the rickety gate to join the path along the top of Hanging Grimston Wold - an area of large fields of barley, rapeseed, and wheat. Then, there on the path in front of us crying for its mum, was a young lamb. There were no sheep to be seen up here, the last we had since were in the lower end of Deep Dale. Ex-farmgirl Caroline made a grab for the lamb as it dashed into the barley, and caught it. The nearest farm was Wold Farm so with the lamb in her arms Caroline headed briskly along the road to the farm. I caught up with her as she emerged from the farm, still carrying the lamb. The farm was arable - no livestock - so she was told to try the farm down the hill. Fortunately for us that was the way we were going. So down Gatehowe Road we went, just a narrow lane connecting the farms. Up the hill came a Range Rover, which stopped and the driver said we would find someone in at the farm down the hill. We continued and the lane becomes unfenced with many sheep and lambs, and our little lost lamb was getting restless, but we didn't just want to let him go here - it probably wasn't his flock. Up the hill came a pick-up truck which stopped. Apparently the first driver had phoned his friend down the hill and told him about us and the lost lamb, so he came up to meet us. With the lamb now being cared for we continued down the hill back into East Yorkshire. Just before one last little hill we came to a road junction and the signpost seemed to suggest that it was still 2½ miles to Kirby Underdale! It can't be so I checked the map and it was about ½ mile. Sure enough over the little hill the village came into view - the sign meant it was 2½ miles to the A166. We had only walked less than 7 miles but with ups and downs it felt more like 9. I also managed to take a few photos of the church before driving home.

Sunday, 30th May
It was still overcast and cool when me and Caroline set off from Westow, but the forecast was for clear skies and full sun and by late morning this was so, with temperature around 20C. Our walk took us over Spy Hill, with good views all round, and then down into Howsham Wood. Alas much of the wood has been devastated by tree felling using monster machines. Out of the wood we passed the pond where it's traditional for us to unblock the outflow of debris and watch the water flow down the spill-way into the beck. After passing through the single-street Howsham village we walked down the road to Howsham Bridge, over the River Derwent. It was busy here with visitors to the restored water-mill and canoeists on the river. We followed the river bank opposite the Mill, to the weir. Here the canoeists (kayaks really) were practicing their skills at running the rapids down the channel constructed in the weir. At the mill, the two Archimedes Screws were churning away driving the electrical generators - a 21st century use for an 18th century water-mill. We left the river bank and headed across a surprisingly boggy field to reach Riders Lane. By this quiet lane we found a convenient spot for lunch in the dappled shade of some trees. After lunch we had just crossed the railway at Howsham Gates, when the crossing-keeper appeared to close the gates. So I had to go back to see what was coming. I was disappointed to see that the Trans-Pennine train from Scarborough was just a pair of Class 185s, but then there was another clunk and the signal for the other direction was 'pulled off'. Whilst waiting I had a chat with crossing keeper about railway stuff - the cost of automatic crossings, 'nationalisation' of the railways, cuts to services due to Covid-19, and whether the next train would be a Trans Pennine Nova-3 push-pull. It was - with driving trailer leading and Class 68 diesel 68024 pushing at the rear. We left Riders Lane for a steady climb past Oakcliffe Farm into Oak Cliff Wood (note different spellings!) The dappled shade made a pleasant break from the warm sun. Then it was down the steep, and in places muddy path, to reach the road by Kirkham Bridge. Again this was a popular spot with visitors to the Abbey, or just relaxing by the river. Uphill again past a very busy Stone Trough Inn and along the lane to Badger Bank, for a last view of the Derwent Valley, and back into Westow, where the Blacksmiths Inn was also doing good business. We had completed an interesting walk of about 8 miles on lovely warm sunny day.

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 5Ό" 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