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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.


Sunset/Photo  Arnold Underwood, Dec 31st 2016

Walks Photographs

Unfortunately GOOGLE+ has been closed down by Google

Links to my walks photos will now be compiled in a 'Photo Albums'page on this website

Click on Photo Albums link at the top of this page

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 - July 29th Snowdon Conquered'

'Google photos - Aug 29th Low Hutton Loops'

'Google photos - Sept 1st Hackness'
'Google photos - Sept 5th Fridaythorpe'
'Google photos - Sept 8th Peak District - Ladybower'
'Google photos - Sept 12th Goodmanham & Londesborough'

e-mail: arnold.dalestrails@gmail.com



UPDATED - 13th Sept 2019 11.30am




Tuesday 12th November 2019
The New Inn, Leven
Start 7.30pm prompt
Items for the Agenda to the Secretary ASAP please


The CALENDAR shows scheduled CLUB WALKS for the remainder of 2019

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


Download the Hornsea & Leven 2019 Walks Programme (July-Dec)pdf file to view, save or print

Click here and follow the instructions to view or save the document - 2019 Walks Programme July-Dec





SUNDAY SEPT 15th 2019

TERRINGTON (North Yorks)
A 9 mile walk from Terrington via the City of Troy
What, another maze?
Meet at Leven Sports Hall at 9.00am or at Terrington (Village Hall) for 10.30am start

NOTE - due a weekend event at Leven Sports Hall there may be a shortage of parking spaces on Sunday
'Terrington Parking'
Leader: Arnold Underwood



SUNDAY SEPT 22nd 2019

A 9 mile circular walk via Wheeldale and Beckhole. Meet in Goathland near Mallyan Spout Hotel for a 10.00am start.
'Goathland Parking'
Depart Hornsea 8.15am, Leven 8.30am
Leader: David Holtby



SUNDAY SEPT 29th 2019

A 9 mile circular walk via Simon Howe and Northdale Scar (Access Land) for the NYMR Autumn Steam Gala . Meet in Goathland near Mallyan Spout Hotel for a 10.00am start.
'Goathland Parking'
Depart Hornsea 8.15am, Leven 8.30am
Leader: David Holtby



SUNDAY OCT 6th 2019

A shorter 6 mile circular walk via Low Dalby and Howl Dale. Meet at Thornton-le-Dale Car Park for a 10.30am start

Depart Hornsea 9.15am, Leven 9.30am
Leader: Sue Copeland



SUNDAY OCT 13th 2019

LOCKTON (North York Moors)
A 9 mile circular walk from Lockton to take in the NYMR 'Wartime'event at Levisham Station.
Meet near Lockton Cemetery for a 10am start
Depart Hornsea 8.30am, Leven 8.45am
Leader: Arnold Underwood



HDWC on Hawnby Hill, North York Moors/Photo  Arnold Underwood, July 26th 2009

Hornsea District Walking Club on Hawnby Hill, North York Moors, July 26th 2009


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Exciting time at the Hornsea Store which has recently changed to become a Factory Clearance Store!
This means lots of wonderful bargains for our customers!
For example we have zip neck fleeces from just 8.00, technical ts from 10.00 and waterproofs from 20.00 for a 3K jacket and just 65.00 for a 20K!

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
Tea, Coffee, Homemade Cakes & Scones



Become a Friend of the Trans-Pennine Trail - click on this link for more details:
Friends of the Trans-Pennine Trail



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 - Fountains Abbey

'Fountains Abbey and Studley Park' - 9 miles
A walk of great variety; secluded dales, farmland and forest bordering the site of Fountains Abbey, with plenty of history and natural history to hold your attention all day. The walk passes the historic Markenfield Hall, and through Studley Royal Park, a World Heritage Site which also includes the ruins of Fountains Abbey.

Click on this link for details: 'Fountains Abbey'


Please do not print the route maps - purchase the relevant OS Map (Explorer 289) 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




Sunday 4th Aug
Today's shorter 7 mile walk was from Sheriff Hutton, a picturesque village slightly 'off the beaten track' north-east of York. The village is overlooked by the precarious ruins of its 14th century castle. Our walk, led by Sue Copeland, followed sections of the Centenary Way and the Foss Walk, crossing the River Foss at Sheriff Hutton Bridge, and continuing by way of West Gilling and Cornbrough Manor. Arriving back in Sheriff Hutton we completed a loop around the village to get a closer view of the Castle. Afterwards we discovered that the coffee shop in the village doesn't open on Sundays, so we drove home via Welburn to find the tearoom there had just closed as we arrived, and it wasn't yet 3 o'clock! So we adjourned to the pub in Welburn for drinks in its very pleasant beer garden overlooking open countryside.

Thursday 8th Aug
Today Caroline agreed to join me for a short walk. She is recovering from treatment to her hip and needs to take things easy for a while. So after picking her up we headed to Pickering, with the plan to walk up the dale, parallel with Pickering Beck, and back down the other side. An added bonus was that there were locations where we could watch the trains go by on the NYMR!We stopped in Huggate on the drive home for tea and scones at Rachel's Walnut Tree Cottage Tearoom.

Sunday 11th Aug
The weather forecast didn't look good for our venture on to the northern edge of the North York Moors! Undaunted, twelve of us met up at Chop Gate (pronounced 'Chop Yat') village hall on a bright and breezy Sunday morning. The local Park Ranger questioned our sanity - 'Have you seen the forecast?' Setting off through the village we faced the long gradual climb onto Cold Moor, where our progress was aided by a strong SW wind. The weather further north looked grim but we took a coffee stop in the sheltered east side of the moor in sunshine. Continuing we tackled the steep north face of the Wainstones then continued at a brisk pace on the flagstoned Cleveland Way over Hasty Bank. This ends with a very steep descent to the road crossing at Clay Bank. Of course after a 'down' there has to be an 'up' - up onto Urra Moor. We took a lunch break near the top in the shelter of an old quarry. Then it was onward along the exposed edge of Urra Moor - here we encountered just light drizzle for a while but with the strong winds it soon passed. We then began a long, sometimes steep descent of East Bank through woodland down to the hamlet of Seave Green. Although quite near to the main road, this was avoided by using field paths - where we had some close encounters with frisky bullocks - back to Chop Gate village hall. Afterwards most of us walked back up to the Buck Inn, where the lounge bar doubles as a tea & coffee shop with assorted cakes available - a great idea - and much appreciated.

Thursday 15th Aug
Another short walk of about 5 miles with Caroline, this time on the Yorkshire Wolds. Our meanderings took us via the historic 12th Century Church at Wharram-le-Street then on to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's Nature Reserve in the former Wharram Quarry. By the time we reached the quarry early drizzle had blown over and with sunshine butterflies began to appear - Red Admiral, Tortoiseshell, Meadow browns, and Ringlets were noted. We then continued along the course of the old railway, passing the derelict and overgrown quarry buildings and structures to arrive at the site of Wharram Percy Medieval Village. Here, after a lunch stop near the ruined church, we explored much more of this large area than previously, coming across the site of the North Manor, before returning to the car park. On the drive home we diverted via Huggate to call at Rachel's Walnut Cottage tearoom (again) for tea & scones.

Sunday 18th Aug
On a bright and breezy day just ten of us ventured south across the Humber Bridge into Lincolnshire for this walk from the village of Alkborough. From Alkborough our route headed across the flat arable farmland towards Winteringham. Here we looped through the village past the parish church and then down Low Burbage which led us straight to Winteringham Haven, now home to a Yacht Club. This was once an important harbour, linked to Scunthorpe by the North Lindsey Light Railway. From the Haven we followed the 'Heritage Trail' along the flood bank of the Humber towards Whitton. Near Whitton Ness we took a lunch break near a muddy creek (the tide was out) where we spotted a grey heron probing the mud for its lunch. We left the river bank at Whitton and headed up Church Hill (yes, a hill) to visit the church before continuing along the clifftop overlooking Alkborough Flats at the point where the rivers Trent and Ouse merge to form the Humber. Back in Alkborough we visited the parish church which has a representation of the Alkborough Maze, Julian's Bower, set into the porch floor. We then continued through the village to see the real thing at the viewpoint above Alkborough Flats. After completing a walk of nearly 10 miles, we rounded off the day with tea in the Paddocks Tearoom.

Thursday 23rd Aug
Another short walk with Caroline, this time from Garrowby Top on the edge of Yorkshire Wolds with views along the escarpment and across the Vale of York. This was a shorter 5 mile version of a walk I had done before that explores the access land of South Wold Dale, and makes use of a 'permissive path' provided by Lord Halifax's Estate at Garrowby Hall. Start and finish was at the large lay-by on the A166 at Garrowby Top. Here there is a war memorial to an aircrew on a training flight which tragically came to an unfortunate end here in low cloud, at the highest point of the Yorkshire Wolds about 800ft above sea level. Also killed was a milkman from Hull who was driving his truck past on the main road at the time. At Megdale Brow we ventured right, onto access land. After picking our way along the top a track appears which leads down to a pond in the bottom of South Wold Dale. The outflow from the pond was followed downstream to a footbridge which connected to a permissive path provided by the Halifax Estate. After a steep climb this path joins a track to Painsthorpe. Back on familiar ground we dropped down to Kirby Underdale for a lunch stop at the Church. Then it was back up the long gradual climb to Megdale Brow from where we retraced our steps to the car on Garrowby Top. For the third week running we again called at Rachel's tearoom in Huggate, but this time on a hot day we opted for cold drinks and icecream.

Sunday 25th Aug
On this bank holiday weekend with many members on holiday or involved with other events, there were only seven of us for this walk on the Moors from Hutton-le-Hole. I was hoping for a fine day for this walk, but today was going to be more than fine - it was going to be hot! The warmest Late August Bank Holiday on record with the temperatures reaching around 30C. Setting off at about 10am we made brisk progress along Lodge Road up to Hutton Ridge on the featureless Spaunton Moor. Continuing with a couple of little downs and ups to cross moorland becks we reached the road near Rosedale Bank Top. Alas Suzie was struggling with the heat, and decided at this point to return down the road to Hutton where she could find some shade and top up her water. Undaunted the remaining six pressed on to Ana Cross, for the essential photo opportunities, then on down the long, Lastingham Ridge through the heat of the mid-day sun. The proposed lunch stop on Lastingham Knoll was quickly dismissed as we opted to go a little further to the shade of trees near Lastingham Grange. After lunch we walked through the village and diverted to visit St Mary's Church. In the cool interior we marvelled at the church's vaulted ceiling and explored the crypt. The church and crypt are thought to be built on the site of a Monastery founded by St Cedd in 654AD. A Benedictine Abbey, proposed by Stephen of Whitby in 1078, was never completed but parts of this were later incorporated in the new church. From Lastingham we looped round past Camomile Farm to avoid some road walking then cut through woodland to cross Fairy Call Beck to emerge in Hutton-le-Hole by the Ryedale Folk Museum. On such a hot day we opted for long cool drinks at the very busy Crown Hotel, before meeting up with Suzie again by the car, which luckily had been parked in the shade of trees all day.

Thursday 29th Aug
Today Suzie joined me and Caroline on our short walk - still only about 5-6 miles for Caroline's benefit. Trying also to avoid steep hills this week, I came up with a walk around Low Hutton in North Yorkshire's Derwent Valley. Parking on the south side of Low Hutton's suspension footbridge, we crossed this and walked up through the village, forking left to follow a track known as St Andrew's Lane which climbs gently towards Hutton Hill and the A64. From the top there are great views across the surrounding countryside. Having no wish to cross the busy road, we turned back to follow the lower track downhill into Hutton Banks Wood. I had an ulterior motive behind this route because a) it was a Thursday b) the Scarborough Spa Express runs on Thursdays, and c) today it was scheduled to be hauled by Merchant Nay class pacific No 35018! However we reached the ideal viewing point much to early - what we did see was a Trans Pennine Express Class 68 on a driver-training run to Scarborough. So we pressed on past the site of Hutton Castle and through the village. To the north of the village we found a convenient lunch spot overlooking the river and the railway. So we sat and had lunch and waited, and waited. I was about to give up when a distant whistle heralded the trains approach. As the locomotive, 35018 'British India Line' emerged from behind the trees I triggered my camera to fire about 10 shots in rapid succession - in fact it was two quick and only about 4 or 5 images had captured the engine! Continuing by the river we passed under the railway viaduct (which would have been a better location for seeing the train) and came again to the footbridge over the river. Back across, we came upon a permissive path alongside Menethorpe Beck so we explored this by way of an extra small loop. On the way home we diverted via Burythorpe to visit the quaint Bay Horse Inn for a drink. Following earlier closure this pub was taken over by the good folk from the Goodmanham Arms, and now offers similar excellent food and a good range of cask ales, including those from Goodmanham Brewery of course.

Photos of these walks can be found on the Photo Albums page. Click on this link: Photo Albums



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

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.

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

Visitors to Dales Trails since August 1st 2007


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Arnold Underwood