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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 - 21st August 2018 11.00pm


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.

Footpath Closure -Yorkshire Wolds Way, Hessle. OS explorer 293
The Yorkshire Wolds Way foreshore footpath/cycle route from the Humber Bridge Country Park pub to Riverside Walkway at North Ferriby, is closed for 3 to 6 months for emergency ground investigations and any subsequent safety works.
No suitable alternative paths - National Trails suggest using train from Hessle to Noth Ferriby.


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 DETAILS for the second half of 2018 ***

These details include:
* 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

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





The long walk on Sunday, Aug 26th starts from Thixendale at 10.00am
The walk will be approx 9 miles via Hanging Grimston
Parking/Start near Thixendale Church/Village Hall

Leader: Bob Cutts



The short walk on Sunday, Sept 2nd starts from Marton at 10.30am
The walk will be approx 6 miles via Great Edstone
Parking/Start Marton village green
Click here for map showing parking Marton Parking Information
Leader: Trevor Oates



The long walk on Sunday, Sept 9th starts from Longshaw (Peak District) at 10.00am
The walk will be approx 9 miles via Fiddler's Elbow
Parking/Start at Longshaw National Trust Car Park
Click here for map showing parking Longshaw Parking Information
Please bring your National Trust Membership Card if you have one.
Leader: Bob Cutts



The next LWC walk on Sunday,Sept 16th will start from Rievaulx Terrace National Trust car park at approx 10.00am
Click here for map showing parking Rievaulx Terrace Parking Information
Please bring your National Trust Membership Card if you have one.
Meet at Leven Sports Hall at 8.30am or at Rievaulx Terrace at 10.00am for a 9 mile walk via Old Byland and Rievaulx Abbey
Leader: Arnold Underwood


Yorkshire Wolds Walking and Outdoors Festival 8th - 16th September 2018

2018 Wolds Walking Festival

Programme from Tourist Information, Treasure House, Beverley



Yes, Christmas Lunch!

Sunday December 9th at Lazaat Hotel, Cottingham

Hot Buffet Lunch - Two Courses
More details in due course



On New River Bridge, Castle Howard/Photo  Arnold Underwood, Aug 10th 2008

HDWC on New River Bridge, Castle Howard, Aug 10th 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




Better late than never!
This summer was turning out to be one of the hottest for decades with temperatures even up in Yorkshire reaching 30C. However due to various factors my walking routine was rather disrupted this month, and I only logged just over 50 miles.

Sunday July 1st
This month's short walk was intriguing - one provided and led by Trevor, it started from a remote spot known as Mauley Cross on the moorland road north of Snape, which is north of Newton-on-Rawcliffe which is north of Pickering! The walk began with a couple of 'history lessons' from Trevor - the first about Mauley Cross and after a short distance, about 'Old Wives' Well'. Then we headed off the beaten track down into Raindale and up the other side for a drinks stop on this warm day. Then it was down through trees again into Newtondale, and after short distance on the level, back up to a lunch stop near Wethead. Definitely not wet today as most of us found shade under the trees. Now it was level going along the edge of forest back to Mauley Cross. On the way home most of stopped off at the Steam & Moorland Garden Centre for tea & cakes on the balcony there.

Thursday July 5th
We drove down to Matt's where the Underwoods would be based for the Silverstone F1 British Grand Prix weekend.

Friday July 6th
A 7am start for the drive to Silverstone circuit. This would be our routine for the weekend - get to the circuit early then have breakfast there. They were doing some pretty good bacon/sausage/egg butties with tea or coffee. Friday was F1 practice sessions plus GP2 and GP3 practices and qualifying. With my two 'boys', I walked the circuit perimeter - about 4 miles

Saturday July 7th
At the circuit for breakfast again. Today our family group was extended to include Ros (Ann's sister) and her husband, James. Another very hot day, and I found a shady spot to keep cool with a pint or two of Fosters. F1 Qualifying in the afternoon - Lewis Hamilton got pole position to the delight of over 100,000 fans!

Sunday July 8th
At the circuit early again. Very un-English, sitting at picnic tables eating egg and bacon butties with tea and coffee at 9am under clear blue sky with temperature already in the high 20's! Missed the Porsche supercars as I was in a shady spot drinking beer again! F1 race - Lewis makes a poor start and is spun by Kimi Raikonnen at first corner - much to the dismay of a capacity crowd of nearly 150,000 Lewis fans. (A good job I'd ditched my Raikonnen cap for British Grand Prix one!). However Lewis clawed his way back through the field - to a great cheer with every overtake - to finish in 2nd place, behind Sebastian Vettel.

Wednesday July 11th
There were just six of us on tonight's 5 mile walk from Walkington via Risby Park, avoiding the England match in the World Cup footie on TV. A pleasant walk on a pleasant evening, but we skipped any pub visit at the finish as they were crowded with football fans! (ps. England lost 1-2 to Croatia after extra time)

Thursday July 5th
There would be no Thursday walks this month as Suzie was away walking Hadrian's Wall and St Cuthbert's Way, and Caroline is unable to walk because of her hip problem, and work.

Sunday July 15th
This month's LWC walk was from Sutton Bank, but not the visitor centre. Instead we chose a free car park just past the gliding club. On a very warm day we set off along the Cleveland Way passing above the Kilburn White Horse, with stunning views across the Vale of York to the distant dales. Our route deviated throughthe Visitor Centre then follwed signs to the 'Finest View in England' overlooking Gormire Lake and the Vale - in fact we thought the view we had earlier was better, but I guess this is for the benefit of visitors being only a short walk from the car park. After a coffee break on Whitestone Cliff we continued along the escarpment before turning away from the edge. The bank here provided a good place for lunch. Our return crossed the flat plateau of the Hambleton Hills, with Bilsdale TV mast visible to the north, crossing race-horse gallops and past the closed Hambleton Inn finally retracing our steps along the edge to the car park. We discovered the Gliding Club welcomes visitors to its cafe so we adjourned there for tea and cakes - very reasonably priced!

Wednesday July 18th
A good turnout of about 15 for this evening's walk from Hatfield, followed by a nice pint of Great Newsome Frothingham Best at the Wrygarth Inn. A pleasant walk along green lanes returning along the Rail Trail from Whitedale Station to Sigglesthorne Station (at Hatfield!)

Sunday July 22nd
Another hot day for the twelve members of Hornsea District Walking Club on this 10 mile walk from Cockmoor around Troutsdale on the edge of the North York Moors. With Bob leading instead of the injured Graham, this could be interesting. Our route took us south along the fringe of the forest to the shelter (from the sun today!) by Sawdon Beck for a break. I think because of the visit to the shelter we inadvertently took the wrong path from here back into the forest. John's GPS confirmed the error so an extra loop was needed to get back on track to reach the viewpoint at Highwood Brow for our lunch stop. Unfortunately the growth of tress, bushes, and bracken obstructed much of the view! After lunch we headed down through forest into Troutsdale joining the minor road near the derelict little chapel. Then up the other side on to Troutsdale Moor, then down again to cross the beck by the Keeper's Cottage and finally up the road to the car park at Cockmoor, phew! With no convenient tea room, me with my passengers, headed straight back to Leven for drinks at the New Inn.

Wednesday July 25th
Fifteen of us on tonight's evening walk from Nafferton - a new addition to the evening walk programme. After sorting out some confusion over the starting place (I had written Westgate on the printed programme and Eastgate on my website!) we all set off on a route that followed green lanes and minor roads towards Wansford. Within sight of Wansford Church we turned to follow the beck back to Nafferton. There we adjourned for drinks in the Blue Bell - a very pleasant little pub which none of us had visited before.

Sunday July 29th
A 'free day' on the programme so plans were made for an extra walk using the Moorsbus from Helmsley. However this was cancelled due to a break in the hot weather giving a day of heavy rain.

Tuesday July 31st
The plan was that we (me and Ann and granddaughter Emily) would go to Rutland Water to meet other family members, Hannah, Caitlen and Chloe, at their stopover on their return from Brighton in Ann's motorhome. After meeting up at the Rutland Caravan Park, there was now the issue of getting everyone down to Rutland Water itself, about 6 miles away. With three adults, one teenager, and two small people in child seats, we couldn't all get in Ann's car. To solve the logistics I had already sussed out that I could walk it, as the Viking Way Long Distance Path goes that way. So, whilst others went shopping, I walked 7 miles of the Viking Way from Greetham to Rutland Water and along the shore path to Barnsdale Hall Hotel (where me and Ann were staying). We all had our evening meal in the Hotel bar, then Ann had to shuttle the others back to the motorhome whilst I had another refreshing pint of the locally brewed Rutland Osprey! A long day was concluded with an evening stroll down through the hotel grounds to the water's edge and back.
We also spent the next day at Rutland Water, but details of that will be in the August report! 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.


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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.

Leven Walking Club logo

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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