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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 - 23rd April 2018 4.00pm

Footpath Closure/Diversion - Huggate Northfield House, OS explorer 294, Grid Ref: SE 886 567

The path past Northfield Hose is closed, linking the Wolds Way with Harper Dale is now officially closed.
The diversion is via Cow Dale and Rabbit Dale using the existing path, now designated a right-of-way over North Field, east of Northfield House.
A new link path now connects Cow Dale with the Wolds Way, west of Northfield House.


North Newbald - Parking Issues
North Newbald residents have raised concerns about walkers parking their cars and causing obstruction, disturbance and inconvenience by parking on or near the Village Green and in Eastgate in particular.
If you are planning on walking in the area please try to find a parking place that avoids these issues.
For the HDWC walk scheduled for May 27th, parking has been arranged at North Newbald Village Hall, Galegate, YO43 4SJ.


Download your own Hornsea & Leven 2018 Walks Programme (April-June) 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.





The short walk on Sunday, May 6th starts from Dunnington, near York
Meet at the village centre near the Cross Keys pub for a 6 mile walk via Scoreby Manor and Hagg Wood
Click here for map showing parking Dunnington Parking Information
Leader: Stuart Kemp



The long walk on Sunday, May 13th starts from Langdale End at 10am.
Meet at Langdale End near Moorcock Inn for a 9 mile walk via Bickley Trod and Langdale Rigg
Click here for map showing parking Langdale End Parking Information
Leader: Bob Cutts



The walk on Sunday, May 20th will start from Ravenscar (Station Square) at 10.30am
Meet at Leven Sports Hall at 9.00am or atRavenscar by 10.30am for an 8 mile walk via Staintondale, Hayburn Wyke, and the Cleveland Way
Click here for map showing parking Ravenscar Station Square Parking Information
Leader: Arnold Underwood



The long walk on Sunday, May 27th starts from North Newbald at 10.00am
Meet/park at Newbald Village Hall, off Galegate, North Newbald, Grid Ref: SE 909638.
The walk will be approx 9 miles via Houghton Woods and Sancton Wold
Click here for map showing parking Newbald Village Hall Parking Information
Leader: Arnold Underwood


Social Events

Tuesday May 8th - POCKLINGTON - Tulip Festival at Burnby Hall
Saturday June 16th - YORK - Goddard House and Gardens
Saturday July 28th - SALTAIRE - 6 mile walk to Shipley Glen and Baildon. *Train from/to Hull via Leeds
Saturday August 11th - BINGLEY - 6 mile walk via 5-rise Locks and Sunny Dale Reservoir. * 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 for the Saltaire and Bingley walks by the end of May 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


Saturday 19th May
Nepal Youth Foundation

Sponsored Walk from Horton-in-Ribblesdale
25 or 7 miles
For details click on: '2018 Yorkshire 3 or 1 Peak Challenge'



CaytonGill/Photo  Arnold Underwood, April 13th 2008

Looking wet and bedraggled, Cayton Gill near Ripley, North Yorks 13th April 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 Yorkshire
Hackness, Silpho & Broxa

'Not all Misery' - 8 miles.
Criss-crossing the dales using forest and field paths results in an undulating route which, with some poor way-marking and indistinct paths, makes for a strenuous, sometimes tedious, but ultimately rewarding walk!

Click on this link for details: 'Hackness, Silpho and Broxa'


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




In January there was a rare occurrence of a walk being cancelled because of severe weather. Well, in March this happened again... twice! Snow and ice brought in by the 'Beast from the East' on the first weekend, and again by the 'Beast from the East 2' on the third weekend! In between, the weather was quite spring-like!

Sunday Mar 4th
Due to the Beast from the East leaving heavy snow on the Wolds, today's short walk from West Lutton was cancelled and may be rescheduled for later in the year

Thursday Mar 8th
The start of the NYMR 2018 Season was celebrated with a visit by A1 class 601163 'Tornado'. The 'Beast' caused cancellation of last weekend's services but for the rest of the week the weather improved and services operated as scheduled. With Caroline I made a trip up to Pickering. We missed the morning service so to fill in time we did a little walk round the town past the castle and back to the station for the afternoon train. By now the sun was shining and I managed to get some good photos of the engine. Once the train had departed we did another little walk followed by tea in Botham's Tearoom before heading home.

Sunday Mar 11th
Today Bob led us on a 9 mile 'undulating' walk from Millington via Warren Farm, Millington Heights, and Givendale Church. With all the recent rain and snow the conditions were very muddy in several places making it tough going on a walk already blessed with quite a few ups and downs. Lunch break was taken in the pretty surroundings by Givendale Church, whilst afterwards many of stopped off for tea at the World Peace Cafe at Kilnwick Percy.

Thursday Mar 15th
In my quest to seek out short, fairly level walks for Caroline's benefit we returned today to Allerthorpe Woods and Common. On a dull dampish day we had an enjoyable time criss-crossing the common and woodland. There was a lot of standing water, causing occasional changes of plan - not that there was much of a plan! We clocked up 4 miles on foot, then drove into Pocklington for tea and scones in the Wolds Way Tearoom.

Sunday Mar 18th
This weekend saw the arrival of the 'Beast from the East 2' resulting in the cancellation of the LWC walk from Wayrham. I was away anyway, down in London with Ann for the annual BATOD conference. On the Saturday (17th) I did a little walk, in falling snow, from the conference venue down to Wimbledon All England Lawn Tennis Club where I took in a visit to the Museum of Lawn Tennis and a look at Centre Court. The Museum is excellent and well worth a visit - it is due to be extended as part of the extensive works in progress on the site.

Thursday Mar 22nd
Today we returned to Bridlington for a walk the 'other way' via Wilsthorpe and Bessingby. I had spotted a 'short-cut' that would reduce the mileage to about 5 for Caroline's benefit. It was a lovely sunny day as we set off along the South Sands as far as Wilsthorpe. Then we cut inland by lanes and field paths to the pretty little village of Bessingby - which was clogged up with parked cars! The reason - a funeral at the church. This put paid to us exploring the church and taking a lunch break in the church yard! We continued out of the village and found some convenient logs on which to perch for our lunch in the sunshine. As we sat, a cavalcade of cars passed following the hearse presumably to the Crematorium. It being a sunny afternoon I decided to return to the village to get more photos. Then we continued towards Bridlington and the delights of Bessingby Industrial Estate where I sought out the 'short cut'. 'Footpath Closed' proclaimed a notice on a barrier. Apparently Network Rail had just declared the footbridge over the railway unsafe. 'You could climb over' suggested a fork-lift driver, but we decided to go the long way round via the town and harbour as it was a nice day. So our short walk cam in at about 8 miles!

Sunday Mar 25th
Another lovely spring day and a good turn-out for this walk from Hackness, led by Graham shown on the programme as 9 miles. Several dales and ridges radiate north from Hackness, providing opportunities to head north up one valley across the top and down another. However Graham's route initially took us above Hackness with great views of the village and Hall, then down and up to Silpho, then down into Low Dales and up down into High Dales, and up to Broxa, then down to Langdale Bridge then up a bit and down and back by the river to Hackness. Phew 10 miles! Fortunately they were serving tea and very nice scones in the village hall.

Thursday 29th March
Another bright and breezy day, but a late start because I had to wait for Boris the plumber to finish. So it was 11.30am by the time me and Caroline set off from Fridaythorpe for a little walk on the Wolds. Almost immediately we met another walker striding purposefully towards us. We exchanged greetings, upon which he said 'Are you Arnold Underwood?' I was a bit taken aback by this, coming from a complete stranger! Apparently he, Peter Thompson from Sutton on Hull, follows my website. He said he liked the look of our walk from Hackness. Today is was already nearing half-way on a circuit from Millington via Fridaythorpe, Thixendale, Kirby Underdale, and Bishop Wilton! We continued on our little circuit via Holm Dale, Harper Dale, Rabbit Dale, Cow Dale, Horse Dale and Wold House Farm - about 7 miles in all with I'm sorry to say, a few too many ups and downs for Caroline's hip.



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
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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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