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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.


Heading down Luddith Road towards North Grimston, Yorkshire Wolds/Photo  Arnold Underwood, Feb 25th 2018

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UPDATED - 21st September 2018 9.00am

Footpath Re-opened - Leven and Brandesburton Parishes, East Riding of Yorkshire
A new footbridge across the Burshill Drain (at TA 098 467) is now in place thus reinstaing the footpath link between Heigholme Lane and Star Carr Lane.

Footpath Closure - Mallyan Spout, OS explorer OL27 Grid Ref: NZ 823009

GOATHLAND - The path alongside West Beck upstream beyond Mallyan Spout Waterfall is closed due to a landslip.
Diversion is via the road and then (at NZ 822006) down the steep steps at New Wath Scar.

Footpath Closure -Yorkshire Wolds Way, Hessle. OS explorer 293
The Yorkshire Wolds Way foreshore footpath/cycle route from the Humber Bridge Country Park pub to Riverside Walkway at North Ferriby, is closed for 3 to 6 months for emergency ground investigations and any subsequent safety works.
No suitable alternative paths - National Trails suggest using train from Hessle to Noth Ferriby.


Download the latest Hornsea & Leven 2018 Walks Programme (Version 7 Sept - Dec) pdf file to view, save or print

Click here and follow the instructions to view or save the document - 2018 Walks Programme


*** The CALENDAR has been updated with DETAILS for the remainder of 2018 ***

These details include:
* HDWC Short Walks - 1st Sunday of each month.
* HDWC Long Walks - 2nd and 4th Sundays.
* LWC Walks - 3rd Sundays.

Details are based on information supplied to me. Please can organisers/walk leaders check details and inform me of any necessary changes.





>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The walk on Sunday, Sept 23rd from Rosedale Abbey is CANCELLED <<<<<<<<<<

Due to adverse weather forecast - cold NE winds and rain all day
It is hoped to re-arrange the walk for the following Sunday, Sept 30th

Please contact me, Arnold Underwood if you will be available for the Rosedale walk on Sept 30th. Thank you



A long walk on Sunday, Sept 30th will start from Rosedale Abbey at 10.00am
This is the walk postponed from Sept 23rd

The walk will be approx 9 miles via Rosedale East, Dale Head Farm and Thorgill
Parking/Start near The Village Green, Rosedale Abbey
Rosedale Parking Information



The next short walk on Sunday, Oct 7th starts from West Lutton at 10.30am
The walk will be approx 6 miles via Kirby Grindalythe
Parking/Start West Lutton
Click here for map showing parking West Lutton Parking Information
Leader: Sue Copeland



The long walk on Sunday, Oct 14th starts from Lockton (North York Moors) at 10.00am
The walk will be approx 9 miles via Farwath and Levisham Station
Parking/Start at Lockton, opposite the Cemetery
Click here for map showing parking Lockton Parking Information
This walk coincides with the Wartime Weekend on the NYMR
Levisham Station will staging 'Victory in Europe' activities
Leader: Arnold Underwood



The next LWC walk on Sunday, Oct 21st will start from Thixendale at approx 10.00am
Meet at Leven Sports Hall at 9.00am or by Thixendale Village Hall at 10.00am for a 9 mile walk via Wharram Percy
Roadside parking near Church and Village Hall
Leader: Bob Cutts



Yes, Christmas Lunch!

Sunday December 9th at Lazaat Hotel, Cottingham

Optional 5 mile walk followed by Hot 2-course Buffet Lunch
More details in due course




Great Hatfield
5 mile walk followed by Soup & Sandwiches at The Wrygarth
More details in due course



Above Ravennscar/Photo  Arnold Underwood, Sept 21st 2008

LWC Lunch stop above Ravenscar, Sept 21st 2008



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 York Moors - Rosedale

'Rosedale & Ana Cross' - 8 miles.
At this time of year the moors will be covered with purple heather.
This is a fairly straighforward walk across the high moorland above Rosedale via the ancient Ana Cross, with just the steep downhill to finish in Rosedale Abbey village.

Click on this link for details: 'Rosedale West'


Please do not print the route maps - purchase the relevant OS Map (Explorer OL26) or subscribe to the OS Maps website 'OS Maps Online'



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




This hot summer continued into August, but good things invariable come to an end, and by the middle of the month the weather became more unsettled with rain, which was much-needed, but not on walking days!

Wednesday 1st Aug
The second day near Rutland Water, and the plan was for the family to spend much of the day at Whitwell, where we would be joined by our friends Brian & Gwen from nearby Stamford. So whilst Ann did the car shuttle to collect the girls from the campsite, I walked the water-side path from Barnsdale back to Whitwell. There we spent a lazy morning by the water's edge with a picnic lunch. Hannah hired bikes (with a trailer for the small people) so they could bike across the dam to Normanton Church and back. Then time to depart and whilst Ann returned people to the motor-home I continued the walk tothe dam then on into Empingham village. Right on cue Ann arrived (with Emily) to pick me up and we soon on the A1 heading for home. My walk from Barnsdale to Empingham via Whitwell following part of the Rutland Round was about 6 miles.

Saturday Aug 4th
Spurn Point extra walk - Eight of us led by James Lusby did this fascinating walk from Easington to the end of Spurn Point and back, a total distance of between 14 and 15miles. A surprising amount of interest on this narrow spit of land which just about manages to cling onto the mainland, most of the time! It is a haven for wild life particularly sea birds, waders and numerous migrating birds, plus there are a lot of wartime remnants - tank traps, pill-boxes, gun and search-light emplacements etc with plenty of information boards provided by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. And of course there is the lighthouse, lifeboat station, coastguard and Humber pilot station. It was a warm day but although a flat walk it was hard-going in places on shingle and soft sand, particularly where 'wash-overs' have destroyed the concrete road. On the return leg to Easington we called at the pub in Kilnsea for well-deserved drinks.

Sunday Aug 5th
On today's short walk (6 miles) from Helmsley there were just nine of us, and this included Izzie (Isabel) from Mirfield who was visiting Hornsea. In her light summery attire and sandals she didn't look equipped for walking but she did very well over the hard and stony ground in Ash Dale and Beck Dale and thoroughly enjoyed her day out with us. Helmsley was very busy as usual, but we found space in the Castlegate tearooms for our customary tea and cakes at the end of our walk.

Wednesday Aug 8th
The last evening walk for 2018 from Old Ellerby attracted a good turnout on a fine evening, although rain showers to the south did create rainbows in the evening sky. Drinks afterwards of course in the popular Blue Bell at Old Ellerby rounded off the season.

Thursday Aug 9th
Today with Suzie, I did a 7 mile walk from Lockton that included a few downs and ups! We set off by heading down to Staindale Lodge and along to Low Dalby, where we met more of my family. Hannah and Caitlen were at Go Ape and Ann was looking after Chloe. From there we continued on our way, looping round to the other side of the dale and up to the Fox and Rabbit. One across the A169 it was downhill to Farwath for a lunch stop before continuing along the track by Levisham Beck and ending with a steady climb up through the trees back to Lockton.

Sunday Aug 12th
Hornsea District Walking Club has over 40 members but only three (Sue, Betty, and me) turned out for today's 9 mile walk on the Yorkshire Wolds! The weather forecast wasn't good, but it turned out fine with just light rain before and after our walk - an overcast, cooler day than of late. This walk from Wayrham Picnic Site led by Sue, explored the Access Land of Deep Dale before continuing above Bishop Wilton and down to Painsthorpe. A surprise for us was the devastation caused by a recent storm which had brought down many large trees - ash, beech and oak! Two fallen trees were blocking the path near Painsthorpe, but we managed to scramble over one and limbo under the other! Once over the top of Painsthorpe Wold our route continued down Worm Dale and back through Wayrham Dale.

Thursday Aug 16th
After a wet morning, the afternoon looked promising. So not wishing to miss out on a Thursday walk, I set off on a bright and breezy afternoon to walk alongside Leven Canal and the River Hull as far as Hull Bridge and into Tickton, a distance of about 7 miles. From Tickton I caught the 246 bus back to Leven. On the walk I caught sight of a deer, several buzzards, and many dragonflies. A pleasant afternoon ended with a refreshing pint in the New Inn, Leven.

Sunday Aug 19th
On a day when the weather turned out much better than forecast, ten of us made the journey to Knaresborough for this 9 mile walk. Our route initially followed part of the Beryl Burton Cycleway but once past Bilton Hall we turned to follow the footpath into the wooded Nidd Gorge. This path threaded through the Gorge and up to the former Nidd Valley railway viaduct, now used by a very popular cycle path. After lunch on a convenient tree-trunk we followed the cycle path towards Starbeck (on the outskirts of Harrogate) then headed across fields, passing Harrogate Golf Club, back down to the River Nidd in Knaresborough. We deviated from Riverside to climb up to the Castle (very popular on this sunny afternoon) before heading back down to find a tearoom by the river.

Thursday 23rd August
On cloudy and breezy day I walked from home in Leven to the seafront in Hornsea by way of Catwick, Sigglesthorne, and Wassand, a distance of about 8 miles. At Hornsea I was met by Ann with Emily and Chloe to spend an hour on the beach. So no rest for me as we tried again, unsuccessfully, to hold back the incoming tide!

Sunday Aug 26th
There were ten of us today on this 10mile HDWC walk on the edge of the Wolds from Thixendale - a day when the weather did turn out to be just as bad as forecast - cold, wet and windy - quite a shock to the system! Cloudy and breezy at the start, became cloudy, breezy with drizzle, to cloudy windy and rain bringing out full waterproof clothing by the time of our lunch stop in the shelter of patch of woodland. Our route took us through another Deep Dale below Hanging Grimston Wold and back past Thixendale Grange. In the area of Hanging Grimston we again encountered evidence of storm damage to many trees. The weather appeared to brighten as we headed down from Thixendale Grange, but any thoughts of drying out by the finish were thwarted as the rain came down again for the last half mile! Afterwards, although wet and bedraggled, we were made welcome in Thixendale Village Hall for tea and homemade cakes, and an impromptu committee meeting!



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.


Dales Trails Photo Galleries

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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.

Leven Walking Club logo

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)

Stuart Kemp's report in each issue of the Hornsea Community News.

Hornsea Walking Club logo

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