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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.


Six Trees near Leven/Photo © Arnold Underwood


UPDATED - 18th Jan 2021, 1.00pm


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 continue on Sundays at 7.00pm.

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




• DO NOT meet anyone from outside your household or support bubble INSIDE, or OUTDOORS in PRIVATE GARDENS.
• DO NOT travel other than for SHORT DISTANCES for ESSENTIAL REASONS (Food Shopping, Medical Reasons, etc).

• You MAY MEET ONE OTHER from outside of your Household or Bubble OUTDOORS (in Public Parks, Countryside etc) for EXERCISE (Whilst maintaining Social Distancing)

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







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

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 - 6th Dec Watton & Kilnwick'
'Google photos - 13th Dec Huggate'
'Google photos - 20th Dec Fridaythorpe & Fairy Dale'
'Google photos - 27th Dec Fridaythorpe Again'

'Google photos - 1st Jan 2021 New Year's Day Walk - Leven'
'Google photos - 3rd Jan 2021 Newbald & Hunsley'
'Google photos - 10th Jan 2021 Arram Local Walk'
'Google photos - 17th Jan 2021 Round via Huggate'


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: 6th Dec 2015 Nunburnholme'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 13th Dec 2015 Rudston Xmas Walk'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 20th Dec 2015 North Dalton'
Five Years Ago: 27th Dec 2015, there was no Scheduled Club Walk
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 1st Jan 2016 New Year's Day Walk - Skidby'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 10th Jan 2016 North Cave & Hotham'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 17th Jan 2016 Brantingham'



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
**NEW** Leven Life Walks Report December 2020



Darnholm/ 2017 by Arnold Underwood,1937 by Judges Ltd

Darnholm 2017 by Arnold Underwood, Darnholm 1937 by Judges Ltd

Fred Judge (1872 - 1950) born in Wakefield, but moved to Sussex where he set up his photography business in 1902, producing an extensive range of picture postcards.
The one of Darnholm dates from the mid-1930s and is postmarked 1937 on the reverse.
Since 1984 Judges Postcards Ltd has continued in business, under new ownership.


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 unneccessary journeys and social distancing when encountering other walkers*

East Yorkshire Wolds

Parking near Millington Church. Can be congested - use another start/finish point for this walk.

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'




Hull and East Riding were placed in Tier 3 COVID Restrictions whereas North Yorkshire was in Tier 2. This meant no unneccessary travel across County Boundaries of different tiers, which in effect ruled out drives to the North York Moors, Howardian Hills, and the northern Yorkshire Wolds.

Sunday 6th Dec
The weather forecast was cold and overcast, and with COVID-19 restrictions advising no crossing of county borders between tier 3 and tier 2 zones, so I opted to stay closer to home for this Sunday's walk. A walk from Watton, between Beverley and Driffield had been on my 'reserve' list for a while, and although Caroline wasn't keen we agreed to meet there at 10am. This area albeit pretty flat, has plenty of footpaths allowing numerous options for walks. As predicted the weather was cold, damp & misty but with only a light wind. We set off through Watton to join the path alongside the beck near the former mill. Normally a tranquil clear chalk stream, the beck today was a torrent of mud-brown water as a result heavy rain a day or two ago. We picked our way along slippery footpath, and after negotiating some water-logged ground reached the 'safety' of the road into Kilnwick. The redundant phone box had etched into the glass the various spellings of the village name over the centuries, and the names and dates of important people from the village. After visiting the Church and the Park in Kilnwick we joined the Minster Way and headed across squelchy fields towards Cawkeld. I was concerned that path through the trees by Cawkeld Lake might be impassable, so had a plan B ready to go round by the road if necessary. However once through the gate and over the footbridge, which was just above water level, things here were ok. I now assumed the worst was over as our route was to head uphill towards Burnbutts, and as you know water flows downhill. We headed up the tractor track alongside a field of Brussel sprouts. Half-way the track was completely under water and this extended into the sprouts. Other than turning back, our only option was to deviate through the crop to avoid the worst of the floodwater, and the sprouts were very wet from all of the rain - so we were soaked from knees down! Once again we reached the safety of tarmac at the road at Burnbutts. We followed this road then a footpath skirting the former WW2 airfield down towards Hutton Cranswick, where we found a convenient spot to sit for our lunch break. From Cranswick we returned to field-edge paths back towards Watton. Once again on flat low-lying ground I was concerned about possible flooding. Fortunately conditions underfoot were not too bad so no need for plan C. As we approached the site of Watton Abbey the skies began to brighten and the sun tried to put in an appearance. We passed the conserved medieval barn at Watton Abbey and headed along the path, The Avenue, back to our cars, with blue skies and sunshine. Typical! Our walk was only 7½ miles, but the difficult walking conditions made it feel more. Sorry, Caroline!

Sunday 13th Dec
I try to get out every Sunday for a walk with Caroline - she likes the break from spending most of the week in an office in front of a computer screen. The weather forecast didn't bode well for today, and at home about 7.30am, the red sky in the morning was our warning! We met up on Mill Lane near Huggate at 10am and it was raining! Undeterred, in full wets, we set off to join the Hawold Bridle Road towards Nettle Dale - and the rain stopped. It was still very overcast but the views were pretty good. The plan was stay mostly on the tops of the well-drained chalk Wolds and so avoid the waterlogged ground and mud of the last couple of walks, and generally this was the case. We dropped down Nettle Dale to cross the road through Millington Dale then up the other side onto the access land above Frendal Dale. Now the wind and rain picked up, but it was at our backs, as we made our way along the exposed top by Huggate Pasture. At the earthworks of Huggate Dykes we found shelter for a brief lunch stop before continuing to the road to join the Wolds Way down past Glebe Farm into Huggate. Here we paused to check on the start of F1 Grand Prix from Abu Dhabi. Then we continued through Huggate village, where Caroline couldn't resist having a go on the swing. Finally along Mill Lane into the rain, back to our cars to finish a walk of about 7 miles by 2 o'clock, before the worst of the wind and rain arrived!

Sunday 20th Dec
For the first time for a few weeks the weather got it right - Sunday was going to be the best day with cold wet days before and after. With COVID-19 Rules restricting 'cross-county border travel' I agreed to meet Caroline in Fridaythorpe where there are several options for walks on the Yorkshire Wolds. I had several ideas for walks, and was surprised that Caroline agreed to my first suggestion which was the longest I had in mind, being about 9miles. As it was a lovely sunny morning albeit with a brisk wind we decided to make the most of the fine weather. There were quite a few other walkers setting off from Fridaythorpe, but none came our way. Whilst others set off along the Wolds Way, we turned down Church Lane towards Burdale. This quiet single track road heads straight downhill for over a mile with views opening out ahead (... where we actually crossed the border into North Yorkshire, but don't tell anyone!). At the bottom we turned along the minor road through Burdale, parallel to the embankment of the long-gone railway which linked Driffield and Malton. Near the entrance to Burdale House we entered access land which crosses the route of the old railway near the bricked-up entrance to Burdale tunnel. There is a pond here among the overgrown spoil tips from the tunnel excavations, and terraces where railway tracks once accessed the large Burdale Quarry - which although long-closed is off-limits. From the pond we made our way up Fairy Dale, a typical steep-sided Wolds valley, which ends with a surprisingly steep climb to reach the bridle way over Burdale Wold. After the shelter of the dale, it was pretty windy on the top! We crossed the road above the line of the old railway tunnel and headed along the top with views north over Deep Dale towards Warren Percy. For a short distance we were back on the Wolds Way, but we then turned down towards Raisthorpe and found a sheltered spot near trees for our lunch stop. Having hardly seen any walkers since leaving Fridaythorpe, there were now many more people about, who had probably set off from Thixendale or Wharram Percy. After lunch we descended past Court Dale and turned left by Raisthorpe Manor, whilst others all turned towards Thixendale. Our route took us up the track to Paradise Cottage to the Thixendale road. By now the skies had clouded over and the wind increased. Down the road and back into East Yorkshire we turned into Brubber Dale (Access Land) and into the wind. It was hard work against the wind but round the bend and up the incline the wind was more behind us thankfully. The climb out of Brubber Dale (on the Wolds Way again) is long but not too steep and we were soon on the top on level ground for the final leg into Fridaythorpe. The eyesore of ABN's mill was surprisingly busy with truckloads of grain/animal feed coming and going. Back at our cars we discovered we'd walked about 9½ miles!

Sunday 27th Dec
After heavy overnight rain, the forecast for Sunday was cold and bright. Deciding to keep to the higher ground of the Wolds, I met Caroline in Fridaythorpe again. The plan today was to head south linking into the Yorkshire Wolds Way by way of Pluckham Dale and Horse Dale. On a sunny Sunday, but with a cold wind we joined the Wolds Way down through Brubber Dale, up past Gill's Farm and down past the Dew Pond to the Waves & Time Artwork in Thixen Dale. Here we turned left, into the sun, leaving the Wolds Way. We headed south into the shady recesses of Pluckham Dale to emerge by the busy A166 road, keeping to the fieldside of the hedge as far as the driveway for Pluckham Farm. Here we crossed the road to pass the grain store and gained the footpath heading towards Huggate. By now the skies had clouded over and with the wind it was quite cold, so we made brisk progress down into Horse Dale to find some shelter for a lunch stop. After a short stop we continued down the length of Horse Dale to its junction with Harper Dale and Holm Dale. Here we rejoined the Wolds Way for the long drag up Holm Dale to Huggate Lane, and back to Fridaythorpe past the 'Weather Stone' to complete a walk of 8 miles, just in time, as rain started falling!

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