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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 the Vale of York from Sutton Bank/Photo © Arnold Underwood, Nov 5th 2017

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HDWC in Sylvan Dale near Millington © Arnold Underwood, Nov 25th 2007

Hornsea District Walking Club - in Sylvan Dale near Millington, Yorkshire Wolds, Nov 25th 2007



UPDATED - 22nd Nov 2017 10.00am



The Club Christmas Lunch this year will be at the Light Dragoon, Etton.
To view the Menu click on this link : Christmas Fayre Menu
There is the option of having 2 or 3 courses, £19.95 or £26.50 respectively: this also includes coffee and homemade mince pies.

As is traditional there will be a short walk before the meal, commencing from the venue at 11.00am.
The meal is booked for 2.00pm.

If you wish to attend please let Club Secretary, Betty Lusby know by the end of Monday 6th November.
Menu choices and payment will be required before or at the Club's AGM on 21st November
Click here for location Etton Parking Information




The LONG walk (about 9½ miles) on Sunday Nov 26th is from Flamborough.
Park in Flamborough village centre for a 10.00am start to this walk around Flamborough Headland

Click here for map showing parking Flamborough Parking Information
Leader: Graham Hadfield




The SHORT walk (about 6½ miles) on Sunday Dec 3rd is from Driffield.
Park at Canal/River Head for a 10.30am start to this walk via Driffield Canal, Wansford and Nafferton

Click here for map showing parking Driffield Riverhead Parking Information
Leader: Ann Horner



The next LWC walk (about 9 miles) around the Top of the Wolds will be on Sunday Dec 17th from Huggate, East Yorkshire
Meet Leven Sports Hall, 9.00am. Parking and walk start will be from Huggate (Church Street) at about 10.00am.

Click here for map showing parking Huggate Parking Information
Leader: Christine Mitchell



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.


Yorkshire Wolds
Thixendale - Kirby Underdale

'Up 'n' Over Dale' - 9 miles.
A classic walk for Winter on the Yorkshire Wolds. A slight detour can incorporate a visit to the Robert Fuller Gallery at Fotherdale Farm

Click on this link for details: 'Thixendale - Kirby Underdale'


Please do not print the route maps - purchase the relevant OS Map (Explorer 300) 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




With Caroline still suffering from bad back, hip, etc, our weekday walks have been short, increasing as the month progressed, and at the same time the weather turned autumnal and cooler

Sunday Oct 1st
I made a late decision today. With the weather looking a bit better than forecast, I headed to Pickering for a 5 mile walk along Brandsby Lane from where I could see the comings and goings at the NYMR Autumn Steam Gala

Thurs Oct 5th
With Caroline having physio for her back problem, I thought it would be just me and Suzie on today's walk ... but we were 'hi-jacked' by Betty and Neil. So it was four of us who set off in the autumn sunshine on a 7½ mile walk from Cloughton, north of Scarborough, to Hayburn Wyke returning via The Hulleys. Although largely on familiar ground, I did manage to include some paths I hadn't used before.

Sunday Oct 8th
It turned out to be a lovely autumn day for this HDWC walk on the Moors. Ten of us completed a 9 mile walk from Cropton taking in forest, moorland, and farmland. There were muddy bits, boggy bits, steep ups and downs, and a tricky crossing (for some) of the stepping stones at near Hartoft Bridge. Afterwards some of us stopped off Steam and Moorland Garden Centre for tea and cakes in the 'Engine Shed' Restaurant.

Thursday Oct 12th
Just a little walk today with Caroline who is still slowly recovering from her back problem. The plan - a 3 mile loop from Goodmanham via the Hudson Way rail trail, completed at a steady pace. Then after a break in the Goodmanham Arms we did an extra mile by way of lanes and fields back to the car.

Sunday Oct 15th
For once it was fine and dry for our annual LWC walk via Le Visham for the wartime activities. Our 9mile route from Lockton took us via Horcum Slack, Dundale Pond to Skelton Tower for lunch. Then down to Le Visham station (in German occupied France) where we bumped into ex-walkers Neil and Sheena. Then up to Levisham village, and down and up again to Lockton, for tea and cakes in Café René.

Friday Oct 20th
Today's weather forecast was better than yesterday, so with Suzie I did a 7 mile walk from Kilnwick Percy round via Millington. Although there was no rain, it was overcast with the sun only making a brief appearance at the end of our walk. It was quite wet and muddy underfoot so we kept to country lanes for the return leg, ending the day with nice scones and tea at the Madhyamaka Centre World Peace Café.

Sunday Oct 22nd
An interesting day! On the way to Nunnington, my car died at Hovingham with a recurrence of its ignition problem. However, prompt service by the AA meant that me and my two passengers, Suzie and Liz, did eventually get to Nunnington over an hour later. Thanks to Bob for taking over leading the walk. The three of us did a shorter version of today's walk and met up with others afterwards for excellent tea & scones in the Fryton Coffee Shop in Nunnington.

Thursday Oct 26th
The plan was that me and Suzie to meet Caroline at Goodmanham and do a short walk before lunch and before the rain. Unfortunately the weather didn't like my plan and it was already raining when we set off! Wet and bedraggled after 5 miles via Londesborough Park we arrived back in Goodmanham about 12.30pm. After tea or coffee in the Fiddle Drill tearoom, with steady rain falling, any thoughts of me and Suzie doing an extra loop were abandoned!

Sunday Oct 29th
With Caroline still not 100% fit we did a short walk of about 6½ miles from Pickering up the valley along Brandsby Lane by Pickering Beck. We returned on the other side of the valley along the top above the woods to Pickering Castle and down to the NYMR Station and a cup of tea in Russell's Tearoom



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.


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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