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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.


Eller Beck/Photo © Arnold Underwood

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:

'Google photos - 4th Oct Millington & Kilnwick Percy'
'Google photos - 11th Oct Hutton-le-Hole & Shepherd's Nab'
'Google photos - 18th Oct Hovingham & Nunnington'
'Google photos - 25th Oct Around Goathland via Hazel Head'

'Google photos - 1st Nov Helmsley to Riccal Dale'
'Google photos - 8th Nov Wharram-le-Street'
'Google photos - 15th Nov Warter'
'Google photos - 22nd Nov Falling Foss Adventure'


With all Club Walks cancelled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, I have dipped into the archives to feature walks from Five Years Ago
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 1st Nov 2015 Wharram Percy & Burdale'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 8th Nov 2015 Cloughton & Harwood Dale'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 15th Nov 2015 Watton & KIlnwick'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 22nd Nov 2015 Millington'



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 September 2019
HCN Walks Report October 2019
HCN Walks Report June 2020
Leven Life Walks Report August 2020
HCN Walks Report September 2020



UPDATED - 27th Nov 2020, 3.00pm


The HDWC Committee has cancelled all group walks and social activities until further notice.
This follows the Government orders to avoid all unnecessary social contact.

Members online Zoom meetings to resume during Lockdown, Sundays at 7.00pm.

However fresh air and gentle exercise can do a world of good for your mental and physical health.


With Hull and East Yorkshire in the MOST SEVERE TIER 3, restrictions appear tighter in parts than under 'Lockdown'

For example
- NOT meeting anyone outside your household or support bubble inside or outdoors.
- NOT travelling outside your area (eg into North Yorkshire Tier 2)
Full details to appear in due course.



Sections 1,2,3 & 11 are relevant to Walking

1. Stay at home

This means you must not leave or be outside of your home except for specific purposes.
These include:
• for childcare or education, where this is not provided online
• for work purposes, where your place of work remains open and where you cannot work from home (including if your job involves working in other people’s homes)
• to exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place - with the people you live with, with your support bubble or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household

2. Staying safe outside the home (Social Distancing)

You should minimise time spent outside your home and when around other people ensure that you are two metres apart from anyone not in your household or support bubble.
Remember - ‘Hands. Face. Space’:
• hands – wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds
• face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
• space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors)

3. Meeting with family and friends

You must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household - meaning the people you live with - or support bubble.
You can exercise or visit outdoor public places with the people you live with, your support bubble, or 1 person from another household

(children under school age, as well as those dependent on round-the-clock care, such as those with severe disabilities, who are with their parents will not count towards the limit on two people meeting outside).

Outdoor public places include:
• parks, beaches, countryside,

• public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them), allotments
• playgrounds

11. Travel

You should avoid travelling in or out of your local area, and you should look to reduce the number of journeys you make.
However you can and should still travel for a number of reasons, including:

• travelling to work where this cannot be done from home
• travelling to education and for caring responsibilities
• hospital GP and other medical appointments or visits where you have had an accident or are concerned about your health
• visiting venues that are open, including essential retail
• exercise, if you need to make a short journey to do so







Due to continuing Covid-19 restrictions there will not be any scheduled Club walks until further notice



Byland Abbey/ Photo by Arnold Underwood, Oct 24th 2010

'Those were the Days' - Autumn tints on our walk from Byland Abbey via Mount Snever, HDWC, Oct 24th 2010, by Arnold Underwood


Tog 24 Outlet Store, Hornsea Freeport.



Members of Hornsea and Leven Walking Clubs can take advantage of some wonderful bargains

Tog 24 is a Yorkshire Company, established in 1958, specialising in Outdoor & Leisure wear.



Rachel's Walnut Cottage Tea Room

Tearoom Garden - For Tea, Coffee, Homemade Cakes & Scones
Also Pick-up and Delivery


See FACEBOOK 'Hobsons in Huggate'



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.


* Please bear in mind the current COVID-19 restrictions regarding social distancing when encountering other walkers*

East Yorkshire Wolds

Parking near Millington Church.

This walk takes you over the wolds down to the hamlet of Givendale with the little St Ethelburga's church in a picturesque setting.
Continuing towards Grimthorpe Wood there are views over the Vale of York before returningto Millington by way of field paths and minor roads (6½ miles)

This link below opens my photo album for this walk and provides a pictorial guide of the route:

'Google photos - Millington & Givendale'


Please do not print the route maps - purchase the relevant OS Map (Explorer 294) or subscribe to the OS Maps website 'OS Maps Online'




The spread of COVID-19 in the UK seems to be steadily increasing again, 'hotspots' where appearing around the country and the Government was enforcing local restrictions, particularly across the north of England and South Wales. Throughout October we could continue to meet in groups of up to six, whilst still maintaining the 2 metre 'social distancing'. However things have changed with the Government announcing a nationwide 'lockdown' for November. This may well restrict who can meet up and how far we can travel.

Sunday Oct 4th
With the weather forecast not looking good I decided to stay closer to home for today's walk and so arranged to meet Caroline in Millington at about 10.30. Millington was very popular but we managed to get our cars parked on the village street. I had a rough plan which allowed options of walking from 6 up to about 8 miles. We set off along the road towards Millington Wood - the road was very busy with traffic, walkers, cyclists and horse-riders! At Millington Wood we kept off the road on access land then dropped down to cross the beck into Sylvan Dale. The Wolds Way was busy with walkers so being access land we opted to continue up Sylvan Dale, which is longer than I thought, then back along the top. The weather was proving better than expected and there were great views across Sylvan Dale towards Millington Dale and Millington Heights, and there were pheasants everywhere. Back on the Yorkshire Wolds Way we headed along the ridge past Warren Farm, with its chickens and 'ferocious' guard dog. as it was nearly 12.30 we took advantage of the seat overlooking Millington for our lunch stop. Quite a few folk appeared to be walking to this point for the view, then heading back - they were probably a bit 'miffed' that we had bagged the seat! After lunch we continued on the Wolds Way down past Warrendale Plantation to Kilnwick Percy. We turned down to the Hall, the Buddhist Madhyamaka Centre, and took advantage of the signs inviting you explore the woodland paths. Back across the road we entered KP Golf Course and took the Nature Trail around the bottom and through woodland, to avoid the path straight across - the golf course was very busy on what had become a fine day. After skirting round the golf course above Pocklington we dropped down through the woods on Woodhouse Lane to the road. A mix of road walking and field paths via Mill Farm brought us back into Millington, having completed just over 9 miles, with the various loops and deviations from my 'plan'.

Sunday Oct 11th
With a reasonable weather forecast I arranged to meet Caroline near Hutton-le-Hole for a walk via one of our favourite viewpoints - Shepherd's Nab (or The Nab as it is now called on the latest OS maps). Not wishing to repeat exactly a previous walk I planned to deviate closer to Kirkbymoorside, which turned out to reveal something quite amazing. So on bright Sunday morning, with a chilly northly wind, we headed down the lane to Yoadwath to cross footbridge over the River Dove, near the former mill. Up the other side we kept to the lane, rather than taking the path through the woods. This brought us to Ravenswick. Here the previous neglected hall has been demolished and a totally new 'Country House for the 21st Century' has been built, along with associated 'Staff houses', gate-houses, a 'coach house' with clock-tower, walled gardens, orangery and even a 'temple' in the landscaped parkland. Main contractor is Robert McAlpine and one of the team involved in interior design is Viscount Linley (son of Princess Margaret)! We skirted Kirkbymoorside passing the one remaining section of the Castle, and headed towards Gillamoor across a plateau where the land was being prepared for sowing - in fact a vast field of winter wheat was already showing through. The corner of the lane (where Dudley got soaked) was still flooded. In Gillamoor we found a seat by the church where we sheltered from the wind for our lunch break - a pleasant spot in the sunshine. From Gillamoor it was down to cross the River Dove at Mill Farm, then up the other side past Grouse Hall towards Shepherd's Nab. As we made the climb up onto the Nab a squally shower came down Farndale heading towards us, but fortunately it passed us by down Douthwaite Dale and after some light drizzle the sun reappeared rewarding us with panoramic views all round from this grand little hill. Then it was on down through Hutton-le-Hole which was also looking good in the afternoon sunshine. To avoid the busy road back to our cars we took to Oxclose Lane on the opposite side of Hutton Beck. Unfortunately this involves a steep down and up to re-cross the beck to get back to the road and the car park! So completing another 'undulating' walk of about 8 ½ miles.

Sunday Oct 18th
For this Sunday walk I met up with Caroline in Hovingham. The plan was for a walk of about 8 miles via Stonegrave and Nunnington, which would involve crossing Caukleys Bank both ways. A cool overcast day was forecast, but generally it turned out better with some brightness and hardly any wind. We progressed by way of farm tracks to Stonegrave and up onto Caukleys Bank. It was very muddy here because potato harvesting was in progress - we picked up a few potatoes that had been missed! Dropping down the bank views to the north opened out and we reached the River Rye meandering through the dale. There are a couple of 'interesting' footbridges across the river (not public, for anglers only) but Caroline had to test them out. She declared the ricketty-looking one felt more solid than the sturdy-looking one! Into Nunnington, passing the 'wall that collapsed' and looking like it might do so again soon, we found a convenient bench for our lunch stop. We continued to Nunnington Bridge for a glimpse of Nunnington Hall then headed up the Avenue to a path across to All Saints Church. The road down the Avenue was very busy, traffic diverted due to the road closure at Ness Bridge, we think. From the church we headed back onto Caukleys Bank coming again to that busy road at the top of the hill. Here a change of plan - instead of walking down this road with no verge we opted to continue along Caukleys Bank. Along this section of the Bank there extensive views both north and south. We posed for a 'selfie' at the trig point (98m/320ft) and continued onward. This deviation to avoid traffic was a bit longer than I imagined, and by the time we had dropped down off the bank and wended our way along farmland paths and tracks (some not clearly signed/waymarked) we had covered just over 10 miles when we arrived back in Hovingham! About two miles too far for us I think, but we survived!

Sunday Oct 25th
With another fine day forecast I met Caroline at one our favourite locations, Goathland, parking our cars at 'our spot' on Cow Wath Bank. Down from here, the road is closed at the railway bridge due to an as yet unidentified vehicle destroying the bridge parapets earlier in the week. Once the stone had been removed from the tracks below, NYMR trains were able to continue. We took the path down to the NYMR station and managed to get a view this time of 92134 heading light-engine up to Pickering for the 12 o'clock 'Optimist' service. We headed towards Beck Hole crossing Eller Beck by the bridge under the bridge. The rushing waters of the beck almost drowned out the sound of the approaching 'Goathland Shuttle' but I managed to grab a shot of 825 passing over the bridge. After Beck Hole we crossed West Beck and headed up through Coomb Wood and Carr Wood to Julian Park then along the top to Hazel Head. Although sunny there was a strong wind so we sheltered by a wall for our lunch with views across to Two Howes Rigg. Then it was downhill towards Wheeldale to the ford at the confluence of the Gill and the Beck - fortunately there are two footbridges to avoid this hazard. Up onto Hunt House Road we now had views back across to Hazel Head. We turned off the tarmac to pick up the path down from Two Howes Rigg into Goathland. The village was very busy with visitors, which we did our best to avoid. Back at the station, 825 was just leaving for Grosmont and we just had the climb of Cow Wath Bank back to our cars to complete an enjoyable 8 mile walk.

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



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.


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.


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.


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
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

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.

Hornsea Walking Club logo

Visitors to Dales Trails since August 1st 2007


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Arnold Underwood