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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.


Panoramic view from Sutton Bank, NYM/Photo  Arnold Underwood, 9th Oct 2016

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UPDATED - 1st December 2016



SUNDAY Dec 11th - LEVEN (Chistmas Dinner Walk)
There will be a SHORT WALK of about 5 miles starting from the New Inn, Leven at 11.15am

This time allows walkers to arrive by 240/246 bus from Hornsea, Hull, etc if necessary.
The walk will be followed by Christmas Dinner at the New Inn at 2.00pm
Dinner Menu Choices (to Graham Hadfield) and Payment (25 pp to Neil Patrick) should be submitted by 1st December



Castle Howard at Christmas

8.37am X46 bus from Beverley to York, 181 bus York to Castle Howard
Castle Howard Admission Charges: House and Gardens 18.95; Gardens only 9.95.
(Small discount for concessions, etc)
Contact Stuart Kemp


The next SHORT WALK of about 6 miles starts from near The Spa in on Marine Drive in Bridlington at 10.30am
Parking near the Spa is Pay & Display on Marine Drive and restricted in nearby residential streets.
Allow time to find a parking place and meet ouside The Spa at 10.30am.
Journey Leven to Bridlington about 15 miles/25mins. Depart Leven Sports Hall 9.30am
Leaders: Arnold Underwood & Caroline Gowthorpe.



Skirlaugh - Rise - Riston and Arnold
Lanes, bridleways and feld paths - could be muddy in places!
With the promise of mulled wine and festive nibbles.
Meet Leven Sports Hall 9.00am, Skirlaugh for a 9.30am walk start
Leader: Arnold Underwood
ERYC has given permission for us to park in front of Skirlaugh Council Offices



We are now planning the walks programmes for 2017.

Ideas for walks, particularly HDWC'Short Walks', are welcomed, together with offers to lead any of the walks.




Moors Explorer services have now finished for this year



*****Member discounts at the Trespass store at the Flemingate Shopping Centre in Beverley****

*** 10% discount off all products in store all year round, which can also be used with certain running promotions, to Walking Club members and followers of this website ***
Just show your Walking Club membership card or mention 'Dales Trails' at the checkout for your discount.
Discounts also now apply to shopping online. Visit Trespass online shopping

Trespass supplies a fantastic range of outdoor wear and accessories which cater to all outdoor adventures from absolute beginners all the way through to professionals.



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




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.



Once again, not a bad month weather-wise, apart from one day - the NYMR Wartime Weekend when it was the wettest we'd experienced for months! With our trip to Weston-super-Mare I logged nearly 90 miles this month.

Sunday Oct 2nd
A lovely day for a walk on the North York Moors - 9 miles with Caroline from Cropton through Cropton Forest then down to the stepping stones across the River Seven at Hartoft. I did make one wrong turn in the forest though, and later we met another couple who didn't get it wrong - they were following a route from website! After lunch we headed down the side of Spaunton Moor to Lower Askew, back over the river, ending with a steep climb up Cropton Banks back to Cropton. We called in at Mulberries NYMR tea-room at Pickering on the way home.

Friday Oct 7th
We've been suffering with coughs and sneezes all week at the Underwood Mansion. However today I thought I could manage just a short Friday walk with Suzie. So we did just over 5 miles along the tracks and lanes around Leven via Sandholme and Heighome. We spotted a pair of egrets on Leven Carrs.

Sunday Oct 9th
Was it a good idea whilst still suffering/recovering from cold/flu to do a 9 mile walk from Sutton Bank. For the 14 of us, this was a walk that involved a 600ft descent (by Kilburn White Horse) and after a few undulating miles, a 600ft ascent back to the top. Well, going down was hard on my knees and going up was a bit of a struggle! And just like last time we visited Sutton Bank, it rained on 'home straight' along the Cleveland Way! Because of the rain the Visitor Centre restaurant was full, and hot & steamy, so me and my passengers headed home, and called at Hovingham for our tea and cakes.

Friday Oct 14th
A rather dismal day weather-wise, but with Suzie, completed a good 10 mile 'yomp' on the Wolds around Huggate on lovely green lanes, that are ideal for winter walking. Our route followed part of the Haywold Bridle Road then picked up the Wolds Way on the return. We even got back to Leven in time for drink at the New Inn before Suzie had to catch the bus to Hornsea.

Sunday Oct 16th
The forecast was right - it rained, but that didn't deter 18 from turning up for today's walk. The plan - to walk from Newton on Rawcliffe down into Newtondale to visit Levisham Station during the NYMR Wartime weekend. Such a shame about the rain because at the station, masquerading again as Le Visham in France under 'Nazi' occupation, were many folk in 1940's dress, service uniforms etc. The rain also created mud which made our relatively short walk, really hard going, particularly along the path to Farwath. Back in Newton on Rawcliffe, the ladies serving teas at the village hall, were so pleased to see us, as they hadn't had many customers because of the rain!

Friday Oct 21st
A walk today with Caroline and Suzie from North Cave to North America! Just one hill down (but no ups?) on an otherwise flat 9 mile walk across Hotham Carrs, where we disturbed a roe deer, to the Market Weighton Canal. After lunch near North America by the canal we returned past the North Cave Wetlands Nature Reserve. Nice tea and cake at South Cave Falconry rounded off our 'ornithological' day out.

Sunday Oct 23rd
Enjoyable walk today of just under 9 miles from the picturesque village of Brompton by Sawdon, the 'Birthplace of Aviation'. Eleven of us set off through Brompton past the church where William Wordsworth was married. Our route continued via Snainton, Wydale Hall, Sawdon and Ruston. We caught just one sharp shower which prompted our elevenses under the shelter of a large beech tree overlooking Wydale where Sir George Cayley made his first controlled glider flights in the 1840s. Afterwards some of us adjourned to the Old Post Office Tavern in Brompton where we were made most welcome.

Mon Oct 24th
Up early for a 7am departure with National Holidays for the long coach journey to Weston-super-Mare, arriving about 3.30pm. Not much walking, other than to Wetherspoons and back!

Tues Oct 25th
Today our coach itinary included a trip to Cheddar Gorge, where it was planned for 18 of us to do a walk whilst the remainder did the caves and touristy stuff. Our route would follow half of the Gorge Walk then pick up the West Mendip Way to Axbridge. This turned out to be a tough 8 mile walk, and two dropped out early after struggling with the very steep 600ft climb up above Cheddar Gorge. Unfortunately the weather was grey and overcast, spoiling any views. The remaining 16 completed the walk which joined the West Mendip Way at Black Rocks Nature Reserve and ended with a very steep descent into Axbridge. We were in time for a tea and cakes before catching the service bus back to Weston, where the sun was shining!

Wed Oct 26th
A walk from Weston for 12 of us including Reg, a local member of the Ramblers, who led the walk for us. Others in our party did their own thing which included visiting Bristol for some and Wells for others. The tide was out when we set off at 10am but it was right in when we got back about 6 hours later after nearly 12 miles! Our route took us past the derelict pier at Birkett Island, through Weston Woods to Sand Bay for a coffee break. Then on over the headland to lunch near Banwell Creek. After visiting Woodspring Priory we returned along a quite busy country road to Kewstoke and back through Weston Woods to our hotel.
After dinner a few of us went to the Theatre to see 'Spamalot' performed by the local Operatic Society. 'Spamalot' is a musical adaptation, by Eric Idle, of Monty Python's 'Search for the Holy Grail'. It was an excellent performance and and very funny. Ni!

Thurs Oct 27th
Today our coach took us to Bath, which was very busy. Not a great deal of walking as many took advantage of the open-top tours to see the sights of the city.

Fri Oct 28th.
The long journey home leaving Weston at 9.30am and arriving in Leven about 5.30pm

Sunday Oct 30th
An enjoyable 8 mile adventure today with Caroline. From Millington we did a loop that explored the access areas of Sylvan Dale and Nettle Dale and then continued via Cobdale and Warrendale Plantation back down to Millington for tea and cake at the Ramblers Rest. The walk will be best remembered for two fence-related incidents - one gashing my hand on barbed wire in Sylvan Dale and later being electrocuted by an electric fence, whilst setting up my camera on a fence post for a 'selfie' above Millington!


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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With 'Picasa' being closed down by Google in the next few weeks, please try using the Google+ link.
If you experience any problems please let me know.


Dales Trails Featured Walk

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 Coast - Robin Hood's Bay

'Round by Ramsdale' - 8 miles.
September is a great time to visit the North Yorkshire Coast at Robin Hood's Bay. Summer holidays are over and the crowds will have gone (but still busy on fine weekends). This walk heads inland into secluded Ramsdale then back to the coast at Stoupe Beck. Depending on the tides you can now walk the beach back to Robin Hood's Bay, otherwise follow the clifftop Cleveland Way.

Click on this link for details: 'Robin Hood's Bay - Round by Ramsdale'


Please do not print the route maps - purchase the relevant OS Map (Explorer OL27) or subscribe to the OS Maps website 'OS Maps Online'


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.underwood@dalestrails.freeserve.co.uk

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,
or Dave Fox on 01964 542564

Read Nomad'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)

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Visitors to Dales Trails since August 1st 2007


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Arnold Underwood