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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.


Yorkshire Wolds Way in Thixendale, North Yorkshire/Photo © Arnold Underwood, June 4th 2017

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UPDATED - 23rd June 2017 1.00pm


Details of the Sunday Walks programme for July - December are now being added to the Calendar - click to view
Note: There will be some minor changes to the provisional details previously published


Summer Evening Walks : May - August
The next Evening Walk is on Wednesday 28th June. Meet 7-00pm at Harpham (St Quintins Arms)

Details of all Wednesday Evening Walks are on the Calendar - click to view.




Our very own Stuart Kemp is staging an exhibition of his photographs at the Hornsea Indoor Bowls Club throughout June.
Details below



The next HDWC Sunday walk is on June 25th
This will be a LONG WALK (about 9 miles) through Wharncliffe Chase on the edge of the Peak District.
Journey time approx 1hr 30mins via M62, M18, M1 north to junc 35A then A616 and A628.
Parking is at Finkle Street Lane car park (off A628) near Wortley for a 10.00am start.
Click here for map showing parking/walk start Wharnciffe Parking Information
Leader: AU



The next LWC WALK (about 9 miles) is on Sunday July 16th from Helmsley, North Yorks.

Meet at Leven Sports Hall at 8.30am for an approx 10.00am start to the walk.

Click here for map showing parking/walk start from Helmsley Helmsley Parking Information
Leader: Arnold Underwood


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 is back for Summer 2017!
The popular bus from Hull, Hessle, Anlaby, Willerby, Cottingham and Beverley up to the North York Moors will run on certain Sundays and Bank Holidays throughout the summer

For more information and times visit EYMS Moors Explorer

For ideas for walks using the Moors Explorer bus visit Dales Trails Moors Explorer Walks



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




At last, walking got back into a more regular routine, with Caroline managing longer walks now. With the start of the summer Wednesday evening walks, I clocked up a respectable 84 miles this month. However things didn't always go to plan ….

Monday May 1st
An overcast morning that brightened into a sunny afternoon - ideal conditions for a 7 mile Bank Holiday walk with Caroline on the Yorkshire Wolds from Thixendale. Our route took us via Raisthorpe Wold, Fairy Dale and Burdale (Access Land) and back along the quiet road passing Raisthorpe Manor to Thixendale. Afterwards we enjoyed a nice cup of tea and flapjacks at Fimber Picnic Area.

Thursday May 4th
Sun and blue skies but with a cool north-easterly wind for today's walk with Caroline. We covered just over 8 miles from Westow via Howsham Woods, Howsham Mill, Crambe and Kirkham in the Howardian Hills by the River Derwent. Quite a few ups and downs which I hoped didn't aggravate Caroline's hip problem! A cool drink in the Blacksmith's Arms in Westow rounded off the day very nicely

Sunday May 7th
A cold, blustery day with occasional bursts of warm sunshine for today's 8¾ mile walk from Kirkbymoorside. It's been a few years since I last did a walk from Kirkbymoorside into Kirkdale, and Caroline couldn't recall ever doing this. Out of Kirkdale we headed over the top - very windy - via Fadmoor and Gillamoor and back into Kirkbymoorside past the ruin of Neville Castle, a 15th century Hunting Lodge. We called at Elizabeth Bothams Tearoom in Pickering on the way home, and very nice it was too.

Wednesday May 10th
Evening Walk from Hornsea via Wassand. With a quite a few 'regulars' in Madeira, it was pleasing to see 12 turn out for this first evening walk on a glorious evening.

Thursday May 11th
A sunny but breezy day for an 8 mile walk with Caroline at the edge of the Wolds. Taking in the villages of West and East Heslerton, with its impressive Church. From there a steady climb brought us up onto Heslerton Brow, with views north across the Vale of Pickering, where we followed a section of the Wolds Way to the WANDER Artwork on Knapton Brow. Then it was all downhill back into West Heslerton.

Sunday May 14th
A walk from Helmsley through the twin valleys of Ash Dale and Riccal Dale is a regular on the calendar for this time of year for the bluebells. And this year turned out to be the best display for many years! Photos don't do justice to the carpet of bluebells that extended for about half a mile down Riccal Dale and beyond. There was even a 'pop-up' coffee shop in Riccal Dale catering for visitors.

Wednesday May 17th
Heavy rain! Just four met up at the Blue Bell in Ellerby for this evenings walk. With the rain coming down, it was an easy decision to call the walk off and settle for a quick drink in the pub before heading home.

Thursday May 18th
The best day of the week - sandwiched between two rainy days! With Caroline, headed to the coast for a 7mile adventure along the cliff tops and sands from Reighton. Our route took us along the cliff top from near Reighton Sands Holiday Village to Hunmanby Gap then down and back along Reighton Sands to the foot of Bempton Cliffs. Next we were faced with the very steep path up 300ft onto Speeton Cliff for a lunch stop with a glorious view towards Filey. Continuing alongside fields and through the villages of Speeton and Reighton, where we visited both churches, and finally downhill back to Sands Road.

Sunday May 21st
After recent heavy rain, sections of today's LWC walk were quite muddy and slippery. However that didn't deter nine of us from completing this 9¼ mile walk from Goathland. Our route, starting and finishing near the Mallyan Spout Hotel, took us via Goathland NYMR Station, Green End, Doctors Wood, down into Grosmont, for lunch on the picnic tables watching the steam trains go by. The return followed the Rail Trail to Beck Hole after which some visited Mallyan Spout waterfall. Tea and cakes afterwards at the tearoom adjoining the hotel.

Wednesday May 24th
Evening walk from Hutton Cranswick via the old airfield and Burn Butts. A good turnout of 12 walkers, most of whom enjoyed a drink in the White Horse afterwards

Thursday May 25th
On a day when temperatures reached 27C, I did an 8mile walk with Caroline from Millington Wood. Our route followed the Wolds Way up out of Sylvan Dale towards Huggate then back via Huggate Dykes venturing onto access land above Frendal Dale, and above Millington Dale. Leaving the car in the shade of Millington Wood was a master stroke, although the bright idea of doing the extra mile to the top of the wood and back was perhaps not! Nice ice cream and cups of tea at the World Peace Café, Kilnwick Percy afterwards.

Sunday May 28th
Very pleasant weather today - not too hot and a refreshing breeze - for our 10mile walk from Snainton. There were 15 of us today on a route that took us north via Scamridge to Cockmoor (with just a few nettles!) and along the edge of the forest overlooking Troutsdale. From there we headed down into Middle Gill (a few more nettles) for a lunch stop and then back past Sawdon Village Hall (ice-creams for some) and Wydale Hall. Afterwards some of us called at the Wykeham Tea Room and very nice it was too.

Wednesday May 31st
Not an evening walk for me this week, but a walk in Nice - yes Nice in the Cote d'Azur, France - and very nice it was too. Today our friend Cath led us (Ann, Caitlen, et moi) on a guided walkabout into the old town and then 300ft up onto the castle rock. We returned to the Old Town for dinner in the evening.

Just realised that I've used the word 'nice' a lot in this report - not only several very nice tea-rooms this month, it was also very nice in Nice!



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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'Dales Trails Google+ Photo Albums'

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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