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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.


Sunset/Photo © Arnold Underwood, Dec 31st 2016

To see all my walks photos and more
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'Dales Trails Google+ Photo Albums'

GOOGLE+ is closing down soon, so I must find an alternative way of sharing my 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:
'Google photos - Feb 24th Flamborough'
'Google photos - Feb 28th Wharram Percy'
'Google photos - March 3rd Bishop Wilton'
'Google photos - March 10th Worlaby'
'Google photos - March 14th Huggate'
'Google photos - March 17th Huggate & Tundale'

e-mail: arnold.dalestrails@gmail.com



UPDATED - 18th March 2019 9.00pm


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Rachel's Walnut Cottage Tea Room
Tea, Coffee, Homemade Cakes & Scones


East Yorkshire
Yorkshire Wolds Way

Hessle - North Ferriby
Footpath closures and diversions in place due to Humber river bank erosion between Hessle foreshore and North Ferriby, and repairs to railway bridge at North Ferriby


North Yorkshire
Raincliffe Woods

Forestry Operations were due to start in Raincliffe Woods in October.
This will involve 'thinning' of the woodland largely on the upper parts of the hillside above Middle Road also affecting the higher path known as Lady Mildred's Ride.
It would appear that machinery will be access the woodland via Middle Road and felled trees will be stored adjacent to Middle Road.
I would suggest Raincliffe Woods be best avoided for a few months!


Cleveland Way
North of Hayburn Wyke - closed due to land-slip


Footpath upstream of Mallyan Spout - closed due to land-slip.

For more details check on North Yorkshire Moors National Park website: 'NYM National Park'


*** The CALENDAR has been updated with WALKS for 2019***

These details include:
* HDWC Short Walks - 1st Sunday of each month.
* HDWC Long Walks - 2nd and 4th Sundays.
* LWC Walks - 3rd Sundays.

The Walks programme for the first few months of 2019 is being added to the calendar page. Some walks are still subject to confirmation
Details are based on information supplied to me.


Download the Hornsea & Leven 2019 Walks Programme (Version 2 Jan - June) pdf file to view, save or print

Click here and follow the instructions to view or save the document - 2019 Walks Programme





SUNDAY MARCH 24th 2019

Gillamoor (North York Moors)
A 9½ mile walk from Gillamoor into Farndale, Low Mill, via Harland Moor, returning alongside the River Dove via Lowna
Meet in Gillamoor village centre for a 10.00 am start.
Gillamoor Parking Information
Leader: Arnold Underwood



SUNDAY MARCH 31st 2019

Mauley Cross (North York Moors)
A 9 mile walk from Mauley Cross into Newtondale via Needle Point and Raindale
See A4 60009 'Union of South Africa' steaming through Newtondale on its final visit to the NYMR before withdrawal.

Meet at Mauley Cross for a 10.00 am start.
Mauley Cross Parking Information
Leader: David Holtby




A shorter 6½ mile circular walk via Philip's Slack and Cowlam Well Dale. Meet at Cottam Lane for a 10.30am start.
Cottam Lane Parking Information
Leader: Sue Copeland



SUNDAY APRIL 14th 2019

A 10 mile walk via Firbeck and Laughton
Meet at Roche Abbey, near Maltby, South Yorks for a 10.00 am start
Roche Abbey Parking Information

Leader: Bob Cutts



SUNDAY APRIL 21st 2019

A 9 mile walk via The Bridestones and Staindale
Meet at Leven Sports Hall 9.00am or in Lockton for a 10.30 am start
Lockton Parking Information
Leader: Arnold Underwood



HDWC near Terrington/Photo © Arnold Underwood, March 8th 2009



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 - Sinnington

'Round via Lastingham' - 8 miles
A walk for all seasons linking the picturesque villages of Sinnington, Appleton-le-Moors, Spaunton and Lastingham, but especially so in the Spring when the daffodils are in flower by the river in Sinnington and elsewhere.

Click on this link for details: 'Round via Lastingham'


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




After a cold start to the month there was a dramatic change in the weather, with day-time temperatures reaching around 20C in the second half of the month - record highs for February!

Sunday 3rd Feb
On a cold but sunny morning, 22 walkers gathered at Driffield Riverhead for this 7½ mile walk via Wansford and Skerne. Overnight temperatures had dropped to around -6C which made for tricky walking in places, particularly along the narrow canal-side path to Wansford and on the minor road near Skerne. We took a coffee break by the lock-gates at Wansford then continued via Copper Hall Farm, where the field paths were not well-waymarked, towards Skerne. A lunch break was taken among the gravestones at Skerne Parish Church before continuing via an icy minor road and field paths to Bell Mills in Driffield, only to find our progress halted by the level-crossing barriers at Driffield station for the arrival of a train from Hull.

Thursday 7th Feb
After abandoning a walk from Rudston a few weeks ago because of snow we tried again today. Rain and wind was forecast, followed by a brighter afternoon. The forecast was correct - by the time me and Suzie were half-way up the hill out of Rudston the rain had stopped. From there on it was just the strong westerly wind, but belts of woodland provided shelter. We found a sheltered corner next to the village hall in Boynton for our lunch stop where we were entertained first by a barn owl hunting in the field opposite, then by the arrival of the hunt - presumably the Holderness - along the road from the Bridlington direction. The hounds were escorted by two riders on horseback and a car. After stopping to allow traffic past they continued along the road towards Rudston. We continued over the high ground of Boynton Field then down past High Caythorpe and back to Rudston. The sun appeared just as we reached All Saint's Church at Rudston. The Norman Church was built next to the Monolith (Standing Stone) which is thought to date from 2000BC - so the Monolith was destined then to always be in the shadow of the church. The Monolith is the tallest 'standing stone' in the UK at over 25ft (7.5m) high. Boynton church graveyard is also the location of the graves of Winifred Holtby (Author of South Riding) and the Bosville - Macdonalds, whose home since the 18th Century is the nearby Thorpe Hall.

Sunday 10th Feb
On a grey overcast morning, 20 walkers gathered at Welton for this HDWC walk led by Sue Copeland. Our route would take us from Welton through the twin-towns of Elloughton and Brough to the banks of the River Humber at Brough Haven for a coffee break. Then followed a long stretch along the river bank past Welton Water towards North Ferriby, with a lunch stop with views across the Humber towards South Ferriby. After lunch a diversion was required because of work on a rail overbridge near Ferriby. At the Ferriby A63 inter-change we re-joined the Wolds Way for the steady climb through Terrace Plantation over Melton Hill. Another down to Melton Bottoms and then up past the quarry, and finally back down into Welton to complete a walk of about 9 miles. Afterwards, most of us adjourned to a very busy Green Dragon - where the coffee and blueberry muffin can be highly recommended. Was it this or the selection of real ales which attracted Dick Turpin there?

Thursday 14th Feb
14th February, Valentine's Day, and a walk with Suzie to view the snowdrops in Londesborough in the grounds of the original Londesborough Hall, which was demolished in 1818. It was frosty and misty when we set off from Goodmanham, but true to the forecast the mist soon cleared and the day warmed up. Our route took the 'high road' over the A614 near Easthorpe then down through the Park into Londesborough, for a coffee stop by the church. Although in Londesborough, I decided not to venture into the 'Wilderness' yet but to do a loop via Cleaving Coombe. So we set off up the road over Londesborough Hill. Unfortunately these country roads were busy with trucks heading to and from Burnby Chalk Quarry on a one-way system - up the high road, back along the low road. At the top of the hill we turned into Cleaving Coombe which is Access Land, and dropped steeply down into this secluded dale. Ahead was the expanse of the Vale of York, still shrouded in mist. Back on the lower road we turned towards Londesborough, with frequent pauses to allow trucks to pass. Back in the village we looped round via the Avenue which once linked Londesborough with its private railway station built by George Hudson, and entered the grounds of the old Hall behind the Church. Before exploring the 'Wilderness' we had our lunch break on the steps overlooking Londesborough Park. We then walked round the grounds to see the snowdrops and aconites before joining the Wolds Way for our return to Goodmanham. Back in Goodmanham we visited the surprisingly quiet Fiddle Drill tearoom for tea, and a Valentine's Day chocolate muffin!

Sunday 17th Feb
Another mild day for the time of year, but not as sunny as the past few days. Nineteen of us gathered in Pocklington for this 9 mile walk on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds going via Millington and Kilnwick Percy. A coffee/banana stop was taken near Ousethorpe Farm, and lunch near Warrendale after the steep climb out of Millington onto the Wolds Way. After lunch we headed for Kilnwick Percy Hall. Julie was experimenting with taking photos through her 'crystal ball' - a glass spherical lens - which produces an upside-down wide-angle image. We continued around the lake - where the boardwalk in places is becoming rotten and unsafe (I think the path may actually be closed) - and then used the Nature Trail to avoid crossing KP Golf Course. Back in Pocklington most of us visited the Market Place café for tea or coffee before the drive home.

Sunday 24th Feb
The lovely spring weather continued with warm sunshine, light winds but a little lingering mist for our walk around Flamborough Headland. Yet again there was a very good turnout of walkers - twenty-two of us today. Our route from Flamborough village took us up past the large caravan park to join the Headland Way at North Cliff. From there we followed the cliff-top path around the Headland as far as Beacon Hill where we cut back inland to Flamborough village, a distance of about 8½miles. After about an hours walking we took a coffee break on the clifftop overlooking Thornwick Bay. From there we continued, with the next section having a couple of ups and downs, to reach North Landing which was busy on this pleasant day. The clifftop above Selwick's Bay, which is overlooked by the lighthouse, was also busy with visitors with a strong smell of fish & chips coming from the café! Most of us found a sheltered sunny spot by the lighthouse for our lunch break, away from the 'madding crowd' and the smell of fish & chips. After lunch we continued along the clifftop and more ups and downs to reach Beacon Hill were we turned inland to Flamborough, were we cut through the churchyard of St Oswald's Church to reach our cars in the centre of the village. Afterwards most of us called in to Marton Farm Shop tearoom for our tea and scones.

Thursday 28th Feb
The unseasonal warm weather had gone - on a grey, foggy morning we found our way to the car park for Wharram Percy - the famous site of a 'lost' medieval village on the Yorkshire Wolds. On foot me and Suzie headed up the road and along the track on Burdale North Moor. From there we dropped down into the secluded Fairy Dale (Access Land). At the bottom of the dale is the track-bed and tunnel of the long-gone Driffield to Malton railway. The nearby disused Burdale Quarry is now strictly out of bounds with new barbed-wire fencing and 'private property' notices. So we re-joined the road and turned towards Thixendale. A short distance from Burdale is the setting for one of David Hockney's paintings - Three Trees near Thixendale. This is the first time I've seen these trees in winter, when they do look like those in Hockney's painting. However Hockney was able to subdue the background trees which allows the three trees to stand out, along with a furrowed field in the foreground. Past Raisthorpe Manor we climbed up above Court Dale, where the sun struggled to make an appearance making this an ideal spot for lunch. An interesting 'polite notice' advises an alternative path when shooting is taking place - the sign was actually covered by a plastic bag, which I removed to see what it said - there was no shooting today! As we headed on towards the 'lost' village the sun gave up its struggle and the temperature dropped to what it should be at this time of year. Back at the car we had walked 7½ miles. On the way home we stopped of at Cranswick Garden Centre to try out their newly refurbished 'Stove Tearoom'.



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 5¼" 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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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.

Hornsea Walking Club logo

Visitors to Dales Trails since August 1st 2007


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Arnold Underwood