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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 - 22nd Feb 2021, 11.00am


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 - 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'
'Google photos - 24th Jan 2021 Goodmanham & Kiplingcotes'
'Google photos - 31st Jan 2021 A Walk from North Dalton'

'Google photos - 10th Feb 2021 Leven - The Yarrows'
'Google photos - 17th Feb 2021 Leven - Sandholme'
'Google photos - 21st Feb 2021 North Dalton & Bainton'


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 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'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 24th Jan 2016 Hull Bridge to Warne'
Five Years Ago: 31st Jan 2016, Fifth Sunday of the month so there was no Scheduled Club Walk
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 14th Feb 2016 North Grimston'
'Google photos - Five Years Ago: 21st Feb 2016 North Newbald & Sancton'



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 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
**NEW** HCN Walks Report December 2020
**NEW** HCN Walks Report January 2021



Watton Abbey/ 2011 by Arnold Underwood

Hornsea Walking Club by the ruins of the Medieval Barn at the site of Watton Abbey, January 2011

Watton Abbey/ 2021 by Arnold Underwood

What a difference 10 years makes! The restored Medieval Barn at Watton, January 2021


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 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'




NEW YEAR; NO CHANGE. Tighter COVID-19 restrictions - effectively another 'Lockdown' - restricted journeys to 'local' and meetings to just with one other, from outside your family or bubble, outdoors. So generally, me and Caroline continued as before with our Sunday walks, but limiting our travel to about a half-hours drive.

Friday, 1st January 2021 - New Year's Day
Normally the Walking Club would plan a New Year's Day walk but with the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions that hasn't been possible this year, breaking a tradition going back about twenty years. Daughter Hannah suggested we could maintain that tradition with our own walk followed by Soup & Sandwiches at home instead of at the pub. So at about 11am the two of us set off alongside the Leven Canal for the popular walk via the Airfield and Hall Garth, a distance of about 6 miles. Overnight rain had fallen on frozen ground, so roads and pavements could be slippery, but the plus side was that the very muddy canal path was generally frozen solid. I was not easy walking, but we didn't get blathered with mud! After the aqueduct pipeline the going improved and Carr Lane leading back past Hall Garth into Leven West Street was ok - by avoiding the puddles. It was chilly with showers forecast but rain, heralded by the ominous clouds and rainbows, passed us by and we only experienced some light drizzle near the airfield. Back home at about 1.15pm we enjoyed soup and sandwiches prepared by Ann. My new boots had performed well on their first outing and only needed a quick rinse off.

Sunday 3rd January 2021
With the weather forecast not looking good after a cold night with possibly icy roads I agreed to meet Caroline in North Newbald, where there is a choice of walking routes. I opted for a walk I had done in 2018 with a mix of field and woodland paths, and minor roads which I hoped would be ok for the conditions. We set off in sunshine from North Newbald along the single track Beverley Road for about a mile and there joined the Yorkshire Wolds Way, heading south, through Swin Dale. The tractor track was quite icy but could be avoided most of the way by walking on the grass. At the top we were heading straight into bright sunshine, but behind us ominous dark clouds approached from the north-east. As we reached the road we were caught in short sharp shower of sleet and the temperature dropped a few degrees! Fortunately the shower didn't last long, and after crossing the main road we joined a bridleway down towards Hunsley Plantation. Fortunately the ground was frozen so although it was tricky walking we didn't get too muddy! The path becomes a footpath only in the woods, and here it was also sheltered from the cold wind so we found some convenient logs to perch on for our lunch. This path was quite popular with walkers, mostly with dogs, and several warned us of icy conditions further down, towards Drewton. Fortunately we were not planning going that far down. After lunch we re-joined the Wolds Way up East Dale. It was icy at first, but improved as we climbed higher finally out of the woods, but into the wind. After crossing the B1230 again, we met the minor road to South Newbald and followed this, with the wind behind us, all the way down. This is a quiet road with great views across the Wolds and the Vale of York, on a good day. We spotted several deer crossing the road in front of us, and I managed a photo of the last one in the field. We arrived back in Newbald at about 2.15pm, four hours after we had set off. My Fitbit tracker lost its GPS signal in Hunsley Plantation, so only plotted half of our walk. We finished just in time because rain and sleet came on, just as we set off for home.

Sunday 10th January
With Lockdown restrictions being enforced we opted to stay fairly local for our Sunday 'exercise' walk. I met Caroline at the car park off Grange Way on the outskirts of Beverley. This turned out to be popular spot with walkers, dog walkers, and runners in evidence. We headed along Carr Road towards Leconfield Low Parks where we joined the Minster Way towards Arram. This passes the back of Leconfield Airfield, formerly RAF Leconfield but now the home of the Army Driver-training School. Between the active area of the base and its perimeter fence alongside the drain, there is an area set aside for wildlife with ponds and woodland. The Minster Way here is sandwiched on a bank between the drain and the railway. We reached Arram and took a short break in the shelter on the station platform - few trains actually stop here, and probably none on Sundays. We then continued to Arram Green to confluence of Ella Dyke and Catchwater Drain. An assortment of bridges cross these water-courses - railway, footbridge, and farm track. A Northern Class 170 flashed past heading towards Bridlington. We took the farm track bridge then the footpath alongside the drain back towards Arram. We took the farm road to Arram Grange then wet and muddy farm tracks past the ruins of Carr House, with glimpses of Beverley Minster on the sky-line, to cross the railway at Leconfield Parks Crossing. We retraced our steps to Carr Lane but there continued past Molescroft Carr on the Minster Way to where it abruptly ends on the verge of the A1035 Grange Way. Here we parted company, Caroline going left to walk home and I turned right along the verge to the car park. I had walked about 7½ miles to and from the car park, Caroline had walked nearer 9 miles, to and from her home.

Sunday 17th January
Stay local is the Covid-19 advice, but how local is local? In my local area on a fine day you are likely to encounter scores of people out doing their walking 'exercise'. So me and Caroline agreed to meet on the Wolds, near Huggate (not in the village) about a half-hours drive from home. Also after several days of rain, we knew that up on the Wolds it would be less muddy underfoot. The rain hadn't completely washed away the snow which fell on the Wolds a few days earlier. Parking on Mill Lane we headed east along the Hawold Bridle Road, on cold but sunny morning. In the three miles to Freshlands Farm we met just one man and his dog. After Freshlands we turned back towards Huggate with extensive views north towards Wetwang. Near Foxcovert Farm we encountered more lying snow, adding interest to the views down Shortlands and Oxlands Dales. Back near Huggate village we decided to take a loop via Glebe Farm on a short stretch of the Wolds Way then down York Lane and along Mill Lane back to our cars.

Sunday 24th January
Again, keeping within my local 'half-hours drive' from home, at about 10.15 on very cold, but dry Sunday morning I met Caroline in the car park in Goodmanham. There was a blue sky and the sun was shining, and although the temperature didn't get above freezing there was no wind making it a good day for a walk. Our route took us through the village passing the Goodmanham Arms, which although closed as a pub due to Covid-19, was doing a good trade in take-away hot drinks. Past the historic All Hallows Church to pick up the Yorkshire Wolds Way, which we followed down into the dale, across the Rail Trail, and up onto Arras Wold with panoramic views north. After passing the farm at Arras we turned down Kiplingcotes Lane for the long descent back to Goodmanham Dale. By now it was past twelve o'clock, the sun had clouded over, although there was still blue sky to the north, so we found a convenient spot for lunch in a small wood. After a brief stop it was on down the lane, under the impressive brick railway bridge and up to Kiplingcotes Station to join the Hudson Way Rail Trail. Soon we were crossing the bridge we had just walked under as we headed back through Goodmanham Dale. The trail was quite busy with walkers and cyclists so Caroline suggested we divert off the path to walk along the parallel, quiet single track road. A good idea, as the road is more open, providing better views particularly as you near Market Weighton. Turning off to pass Mill House it was back up into Goodmanham to complete an enjoyable 9 mile walk.

Sunday 31st January
I met Caroline at North Dalton Village Hall for this walk on the Wolds which would follow part of the Minster Way and the Hawold Bridle Road, linking up with previous walks from Huggate and Warter. Another cold, frosty morning with some sun and only light winds made it another ideal day for a walk. The overnight frost meant ground was quite firm, so another largely mud-free walk for us! A few minutes after setting off we met a couple walking a dog - it was Jackie and David Watton who used to live in Leven and were members of Leven Walking Club until moving to North Dalton many years ago! After a brief chat me and Caroline continued on the Minster Way, heading west climbing steadily onto the Wolds to meet the road to Blanch Farm. Nothing spectacular, just wide views and 'big skies'. After Blanch Farm we left the Minster Way and took what I thought would be an unofficial 'short cut', but is now a designated footpath with signpost! This linked to the Hawold Bridle Road which we would follow back in an easterly direction. It was more breezy up here, so we sheltered by a hedge for our lunch near Haywold Farm. (Oddly the farm is Haywold, but the bridle road is Hawold on OS maps?) After lunch we continued eastwards heading down into the broad but not so deep Deep Dale (there are several Deep Dales on the Wolds but this one less deep than the others, but very wide). To return to North Dalton there is a short, but steepish climb up a bank out of the dale. At the top we met another couple out walking - it turned out that they were friends of Caroline from twenty years ago when she lived in Beeford! A long straight track leads back down into North Dalton where we made a loop round the village past the pub, duck pond, and All Saints Church to the Village Hall to complete our walk of about 8½ miles.

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