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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.


Great Wold Valley/Photo © Arnold Underwood

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


UPDATED - 12th April 2021, 10.30am


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 continue on Sundays at 7.00pm.

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




• You can now MEET IN A GROUP OF SIX people from outside of your Household or Bubble OUTDOORS (in Public Parks, Countryside etc) whilst maintaining SOCIAL DISTANCING.
PUBS & CAFES can now serve customers OUTDOORS whilst maintaining SOCIAL DISTANCING.
• Remember, CAR SHARING with people from outside your immediate family and/or support bubble is still NOT PERMITTED.
• Remember, carry a FACE MASK with you at all times in case your circumstances change.

•These Rules will be ENFORCEABLE IN LAW
• This information is subject to updates by HM Government







Due to continuing Covid-19 restrictions there will not be any scheduled Club walks until further notice
Walks may now be arranged informally for groups of up to six members.

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:

MARCH 2021
'Google photos - 7th March 2021 Around Wayrham Way'
'Google photos - 14th March 2021 Kirby Grindalythe & West Lutton'
'Google photos - 21st March 2021 Fridaythorpe - tops of the dales'
'Google photos - 28th March 2021 North Cave'

APRIL 2021
'Google photos - 4th April 2021 Bishop Wilton'
'Google photos - 11th April 2021 Goodmanham-Londesborough Loops'


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: 14th Feb 2016 North Grimston'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 21st Feb 2016 North Newbald & Sancton'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 28th Feb 2016 Barton-upon-Humber'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: Sunday, 13th Mar 2016 Hovingham & Terrington'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: Sunday, 20th Mar 2016 Whixley & Allerton Mauleverer'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: Sunday, 27th Mar 2016 Lockton & the Bridestones'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: Sunday, 10th Apr 2016 Caistor (Lincolnshire)'



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 March 2018
HCN Walks Report June 2018
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
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
**NEW** HCN Walks Report April 2021



Skeletal Tree/ 2015 by Arnold Underwood

The storms of March 2021 brought down the much photographed 'Skeletal Tree'near Leven. A feature of local walks for many years.

'Then' taken by Arnold Underwood. 'Now' taken by Betty Lusby

Fallen Tree/ March 2021 by Betty Lusby


Tog 24 Outlet Store, Hornsea Freeport.


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.



Rachel's Walnut Cottage Tea Room

TEAROOM GARDEN RE-OPENS from 12th April 2021 - 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 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'


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




A mix of weather this month with some pleasant sunny spring-like days whilst others overcast with chilly north-easterly winds. It was a busy month for Caroline, what with moving house and receiving her first Covid Vaccination. However we managed our regular routine of Sunday walks, all about 7½miles in length, on the Yorkshire Wolds. Monday 29th March saw the next step out of Lockdown with more outdoor activities like golf and football allowed, and the return of 'Rule of Six' for meeting in groups.

Sunday, 7th March
I met Caroline at Wayrham Picnic Site, just of the A166 York to Bridlington road, for a walk on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds. Our route took us across the main road and down into Wayrham Dale, which unusually for this area is planted with conifers. Back into daylight we continued through Bradeham Dale to the Waves & Time Artwork on the Wolds Way. Here we turned into Worm Dale taking a break at the top on Painsthorpe Wold, where Caroline took a moment to have a go on a rope swing! After crossing Painsthorpe Wold it was all downhill towards Kirby Underdale as far as the hamlet of Painsthorpe. Here we opted to take the 'permissive path' created by the Halifax Estates (of Garrowby Hall) which leads into South Wold Dale. This dale is slightly off the beaten track but is access land. We crossed the footbridge over Kirby Beck and picked our way up the steep hillside to find a convenient spot for lunch with views back across the dale. Continuing along the top of South Wold Dale we arrived at Megdale Brow. This overlooks a steep-sided 'bowl' in the hillside created, over millennia, by springs. Here our route joined the track from Kirby Underdale which we followed onto Garrowby Wold. A field edge footpath brought us to the main road at Cot Nab. This is the highest point on the Yorkshire Wolds at about 800 ft above sea level, and the sites of a WW2 aircraft crash (marked by a memorial) and a bronze-age tumulus on opposite sides of the road. Our walk then followed the line of a Roman Road before turning across Callis Wold back to the car park.

Sunday, 14th March
A return to Kirby Grindalythe for today's walk on the Wolds. After meeting Caroline there at 10 o'clock we set off as before through the churchyard of St Andrew's Church. There are amazing medieval murals inside the church which unfortunately is currently closed to visitors due to COVID 19 restrictions. On a bright and breezy morning, we crossed the road and headed up onto Kirby Wold with great views to the east over the Great Wold Valley. We skirted the delightful Old Dale and arrived at the top to the road appropriately called High Street. We turned east along the road towards West Lutton - a pleasant stroll gradually downhill with the wind behind us. About a mile down the road by the turn for Thirkleby Warren, a roadside mirror, that had been used as a target for air-gun practice provided an opportunity for some distorted 'selfie' photos! Here we took to bridleway down the field side to Thirkleby Manor. At the bottom a council notice stated that this bridleway was closed for safety reasons! I think it was because there are roadworks where the bridleway joins the road. We safely avoided the roadside trench, bollards and signs to take a footpath across the field from Thirkleby Manor and alongside the Gyspey Race stream into West Lutton. By now the weather had deteriorated with cloud and a cold north-westerly wind. In West Lutton there a picnic tables on the green, a seat by the water pump, but we opted for a seat by the church for our lunch stop, being slightly more sheltered from the wind. The village pump is a rare example of a hand-cranked pump manufactured by Fletchers of Pickering in 1866. We didn't spend long over lunch, and soon we were heading up Sheepwalk Lane onto Thirkleby Wold. At about 500ft above sea level, there are extensive views over the Great Wold Valley, but it was exposed to the cold wind which was now bringing light rain from the north. At last the path turned through Kirby Plantation to south side - now sheltered from the wind and with different views towards Sledmere. Past Squirrel Hall Farm, with the weather brightening, we arrived at Kirby Lane and turned downhill past some interesting old trees back into Kirby Underdale to complete a good walk of 7¾ miles.

Sunday, 21st March
It was decidedly chilly, with a north-easterly breeze, when me and Caroline set off from Fridaythorpe on today's walk on the Yorkshire Wolds. The area is very familiar too us, but the plan was slightly different - we would try to keep along the dale tops where access allowed rather than sticking to the rights-of-way along the valley floors. From Fridaythorpe we headed along Huggate Lane and across the top of Holm Dale to Wold House Farm. Then down to Horse Dale and along the full length of the Dale top to meet the Wolds Way. By now the weather had brightened and there were glorious views across the Wolds. We took the 'new' path from Northfield to Cow Dale and kept along the top of the Dale to the corner with Rabbit Dale, where we found a good spot for lunch overlooking the junction of three dales. We then continued along the top of Rabbit Dale before climbing back over Northfield into Harper Dale. Meeting the Wolds Way again at the bottom of Holm Dale we deviated again climbing to the top of this steep-sided dale followed by a fairly level walk along to the dale head to re-join Huggate Lane back to Fridaythorpe.

Sunday, 28th March
A wet and very windy day was forecast so I arranged to meet Caroline in North Cave on the morning the clocks went forward 1 hour - the start of 'Summer Time'. Our route would take us through Drewton Dale and up over Little Wold into South Cave, then across the golf course and fields via Everthorpe into North Cave. We had a following wind into Drewton Dale, passing Drewton Manor and crossing the route of the long-gone Hull & Barnsley Railway. We, well Caroline actually, spotted a deer grazing on the hill above us and I managed a reasonable long-telephoto shot of it. The area around Weedley Springs was quite popular with people out for a stroll from South Cave. On the top of Little Wold there were views across the vineyard towards the Humber and North Lincolnshire. Alternative paths through the woods meant we could avoid other people and also be sheltered from the wind. In South Cave, we knew of a bench by the Church that would be an ideal sheltered spot for our lunch break. However when arrived there it had been moved! We did find another bench round the back of the church, still sheltered but not much of a view. After lunch we crossed the deserted Cave Cast golf course, looking very neat and tidy ready for reopening the following day with the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions. Across the fields to Everthorpe, several cairns have appeared and they have been adorned with elaborately painted names. Everthorpe has also detailed carved village signs, the meaning of that at the west end being rather obscure? The large house at Everthorpe West End is home to two works of art rescued from Hull - a Larkin Toad and an Amy Johnson Moth - from the respective anniversary trails a few years ago. A final half-mile down the road and past the football pitches brought us back into North Cave, exactly 4 hours after setting off.

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 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, 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