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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 over West Lutton, Yorkshire Wolds/Photo © Arnold Underwood, Sept 7th 2017

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Approaching Highcliff Nab, North York Moors/Photo © Arnold Underwood, Sept 2nd 2007

Hornsea Walking Club - Approaching Highcliff Nab, North York Moors, Sept 2nd 2007



UPDATED - 20th Sept 2017 10.00pm


The footpath between Heigholme Lane and Starcarr Lane has been severed by the removal of the footbridge across Barff Drain (Grid Ref: TA 098467).
This was done because the bridge had been declared unsafe by ERYC. Relevant 'Footpath Closed' notices will be put in place by the council.

There appears to be no alternative route to what ia a popular 4/5 mile circular walk from either Leven or Brandesburton.

A casualty of this was the final HDWC Wednesday Evening Walk on 9th Aug from Leven.
Upon reaching the 'missing bridge' there was no option but to retrace our steps via Heigholme Lane to Leven, adding about a mile to the walk.




The next LONG walk (about 9 miles) on Sunday Sept 24th from Crayke, North Yorkshire via Brandsby and Marton Abbey
We have permission to park our cars at the Crayke Sports Club.
Click here for map showing parking Crayke Parking Information
Leader: Sue Copeland




The next SHORT walk (about 7 miles) on Sunday Oct 1st from York via the Millennium Bridge over the River Ouse to Bishopthorpe and back through Rowntree Gardens
Use EYMS X47 bus at 9.32am from Beverley, or Grimston Bar Park & Ride to York Piccadilly.
Note: As Oct 1st is Beverley Food Festival there will be very little car parking space in the town centre
Leader: Stuart Kemp



The LONG walk (about 9 miles) on Sunday Oct 8th from Cropton, North Yorkshire takes in Muffles Rigg, Hartoft Bridge and Lower Askew
Park in the High Street in Cropton near the Reading Room (Post Code: YO18 8HL, Grid Ref:SE 856891)
Click here for map showing parking Cropton Parking Information
Leader: Caroline Gowthorpe


Moorsbus 2017

Moorsbus Services for 2017 commenced on Sunday May 7th
Services operate on Sundays and Bank Holidays until the end of September

M1 & M2 Saltburn - Redcar - Guisborough and Darlington - Stockton - Middlesbrough 
M3 Guisborough - Danby - Hutton Le Hole - Pickering - Thornton Le Dale 
M4 Guisborough - Stokesley - Bilsdale - Rievaulx - Helmsley - Sutton Bank 
M5 Stokesley - Northallerton - Thirsk - Coxwold - Byland Abbey - Helmsley
M6 & M7 Malton - Pickering - Rosedale Abbey - Danby and Pickering - Thornton Le Dale - Danby Forest Visitor Centre

Also Moorsplus Services on Saturdays and Mondays
M3, M6 & M8 York - Malton - Pickering - Hutton Le Hole - Danby.

For full details visit http://www.moorsbus.org/index.html



Moors Explorer has now ended for Summer 2017



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




Sorry for the delay updating this blog, but for a few days I was unable to connect with upload server.

Tuesday Aug 1st
With Caroline swapping her day off, there was the opportunity for a Tuesday walk. The weather forecast was good for the morning, with thundery showers later. So we set off from Flamborough village before 10am to walk round the Headland and finish before the rain. The light was superb for photography and we deviated from the cliff-top to visit Thornwick Bay and High Stacks cove. So we didn't make it back before the rain, being caught in a thunderstorm just after leaving the exposed cliff-top but fortunately where bushes provided a bit of shelter. Fifteen minutes later the sun came out again and we had nearly dried out by the time we got back to the car.

Sunday Aug 6th
Today, with Caroline, I did a walk of about 8 miles from Levisham Station to Newton Dale Halt via Skelton Tower and Levisham Moor. After lunch at the Halt we returned along Newton Dale. Back at Levisham Station we were entertained by 'The Shadows' tribute bands with, for me, a pint of Expedition Ale from the bar.

Wed Aug 9th
The final Evening Walk was from Leven and there was a good turnout of sixteen. All was going well as we turned off Heigholme Lane to cross the fields .... until we reached Barff Drain. There was no footbridge! In fact that's not quite true, it was sitting in the field across the drain. It had been literally sawn off 'at the ankles' and lifted into the field. After all the rain the drain was well-filled and with no obvious way of crossing we were forced to re-trace our steps via Heigholme Lane back to Leven. The extra mile meant the drinks in the New Inn were very much appreciated!(Note: the Council had instructed removal of the bridge a day or two earlier as it was deemed unsafe)

Thurs Aug 10th
It's Thursday, weekday walk day... and for once it's not raining. In fact it was a glorious day for an 8 mile walk with Caroline on the Yorkshire Wolds. Our route starting from the car park at Wharram Percy took us along the Wolds Way via Wharram le Street and down to North Grimston. After negotiating the nettles by Grimston Beck we headed back along the delightful Luddith Road over Grimston Brow, with extensive views north from the top. The final stretch followed the old railway track from Wharram Station to Wharram Percy.

Sunday Aug 13th
With the heather in bloom, blue skies and warm sunshine it couldn't have been a better day to be on the North York Moors. From Chop Gate, the twelve of us faced a steady climb onto Cold Moor, then up to the Wainstones on Hasty Bank. Here we enjoyed panoramic views in all directions - south down Bilsdale, north across the patchwork of fields and the industry of Tees-side, and along the Cleveland Hills to Roseberry Topping and beyond. After crossing the road at Clay Bank it was up again onto Urra Moor for lunch and finally down to Seave Green, some via Round Hill, others via Urra and Bilsdale Church, back to Chop Gate.

Thursday Aug 17th
The North York Moors seem to be looking better than ever this summer with vast areas of blooming heather. Today me and Caroline returned to Levisham, but with a later start to let overnight rain clear. I had a vague plan to walk the ridge of Levisham Moor to Saltergate, and then....? On such a glorious day we then opted to do a loop via Old Wife's Way and Malo Cross back to Saltergate, and then ...? Down into the Hole of Horcum up Dundale Griff back to Levisham, for a cool drink at The Horseshoe Inn. So much for doing shorter walks, so much for having only a vague plan - this was just over 10miles!

Sunday Aug 20th
Twelve of us today on this month's LWC walk of nearly 10 miles through Bramham Park to Thorner, Hetchell Woods and Pompocali. Unbeknown to us Bramham Park was closed for preparations for the Leeds Festival! However we ignored the closed signs and were ¾ of the way through the Park before being stopped by a nice young lady on Security - I think we brightened an otherwise boring day for her. After a pleasant chat with her, being near the exit, we continued on our way via Thorner to a lunch stop at Pompocali. This is not actually the site of a Roman settlement but 18th century quarry workings on the line of a Roman road. We returned along permissive paths past Wothersome to Bramham village. Back in Leven many of us enjoyed the Underwood Summer Barbeque - and for once it didn't rain!

Sunday Aug 27th
Great weather for today's HDWC walk - twelve of us on an 'undulating' 8 ½ miles from Lockton. Our route headed across the main road down into Staindale on the edge of Dalby Forest. This was followed by a steep climb up through forest to recross the A169 at the Fox and Rabbit. Then down again to Farwath, and along the valley side up onto Levisham Moor for a lunch stop. Continuing through the herd of Highland cattle by Dundale Pond we headed through Levisham village down to the abandoned church and a final steep climb up to Lockton, for a welcome cup of tea in the local tea-room.

Tuesday Aug 29th
It's great when a plan comes together! Friend and former walking club member, Daphne at last made the long journey from West Sussex to Whitby and seven of us met up with her at Ravenscar, despite RTAs, rain and fog! The day could only get better and it did, the sun even made an appearance as we completed a 7 mile walk down to Hayburn Wyke and back, rounded off with tea and cakes in the Ravenscar tearoom.

Thursday Aug 31st
With Caroline feeling a bit under the weather, and the weather being unpredictable we opted for a short 6¼ mile walk from Fridaythorpe via Brubber Dale, Pluckham Dale and Wold House Farm. Whilst elsewhere had heavy showers in the afternoon we experienced about 20 drops of rain and one clap of thunder. We ended the day sitting outside Seaways Café with tea and cakes in the warm sunshine.



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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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 Hoods Bay

'Robin Hoods Bay, Ramsdale & Boggle Hole' - 9 miles.
A classic summer walk from the delightful village of Robin Hoods Bay. The route first heads inland up the secluded Ramsdale, with its restored watermill.
Back on the coast at Stoupe Beck there is a choice either on the clifftop Cleveland Way or if tides are favourable, along the beach past Boggle Hole back to the 'Bay'.

Click on this link for details: 'Robin Hoods Bay'


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.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.

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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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