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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.


View down Deep Dale towards Wharram Percy/Photo  Arnold Underwood 4th Jan 2015

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UPDATED - 3rd September 2015

Yorkshire Wolds Walking and Outdoors Festival
12th - 20th September 2015
For full details visit: 'Yorkshire Wolds Walking Festival'


Leven Walking Club
Programme Change

Sunday 18th October 2015
The October walk will now be from Lockton and will include visiting Levisham Station (masquarading as Le Visham) to see activities staged for NYMR Wartime Weekend.
From the station, walkers will face a steep climb up to Dundale Pond on the return to Lockton!
See Calendar for the full programme



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Secret Yorkshire

The September issue of Country Walking Magazine includes a feature by yours truly entitled 'Secret Yorkshire'
The article describes the area covered by OS Explorer Map 300 'Howardian Hills and Malton'
Links to 5 of my walks in the area, one of which is featured in the Magazine.
On Sale now 4.20


EYMS Moors Explorer at the Lion Inn/Photo  Arnold Underwood 29th June 2014

Just four Sundays remaining for EYMS Moors Explorer (ME1) - operates until 27th Sept
Day Rover fares from Hull & Beverley 12.50, concessions 9.50 (NOT free for pass-holders). Local fares also available

For ideas for walks using the Moors Explorer service go to Moors Explorer


Trans-Dales Trails

Booklets for my three Trans-Dales Trials 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


Hornsea District Walking Club & Leven Walking Club

Details of the Walks Programme, including Evening Walks, for the remainder of the year are now listed on the Calendar.

Hornsea District Walking Club - Social Events
Brief details of proposed Social Events are now shown on the Calendar. Contact Stuart Kemp for more information.




Another busy month with Sunday, Wednesday evening, and weekday walks plus a few days in the Lake District giving a logged total of 92 miles.

Wednesday, July 1st.
Once again we were blessed with a fine evening for our walk from Burton Agnes. Our 4 mile route took us via a loop round Harpham, visiting the church and the two wells, and back to the Blue Bell at Burton Agnes for a drink.

Sunday, July 5th
Today six of us (Betty, Jyl, Pat, Stuart, John, and myself) travelled by First TransPennine Express from Hull to Windermere, then by bus to Keswick, where we were based for the next four nights at the Youth Hostel. Caroline had travelled by car, and was in a B&B, and Trevor and Margaret were camping near Derwentwater. After an excellent meal at Wetherspoon's 'Chief Justice of the Common Plea' we walked down to the lake to watch the sun set (2 miles). This would be the best weather of our stay!

Monday, July 6th.
An overcast day, with rain forecast. After breakfast we all met up at the Lake for the early 'walkers' boat across to Hawes End, for our ascent of Cat Bells. Most of us had climbed Cat Bells before, but not Jyl, who was 'doing it for Vic'. I must admit the scramble to the top of Cat Bells was more of a scramble than I remember from previous visits! With the weather not looking promising we descended into Borrowdale sooner than planned. After lunch overlooking Derwentwater we continued down to the river then followed the stony track up past Castle Crag then down into Rosthwaite. After tea and cake at the tearoom we caught the bus back to Keswick. For the evening we again adjourned to Wetherspoons, where the quality of food, beer, and service takes some beating! (8 miles) That night the men's dormitory was raided by 'bed snatchers' taking the mattress and bedding from an unoccupied bunk!

Tuesday, July 7th.
In the rain, we walked down to the bus station and returned to Rosthwaite. We set off walking along a walled lane parallel to Stonethwaite Beck. Just past the turn to Stonethwaite we turned left and started the very steep climb up through trees by Willygrass Gill to arrive on the top near White Crag. Although the cloud hung low over the fells, there was still a great view of across to the Borrowdale Fells, Eagle Crag to High Raise to the south and Seatoller and Dale Head to the north-west. We then picked our way across craggy and boggy ground past Dock Tarn to where the land dropped away to Watendlath. With this view, we found a sheltered spot for lunch. Then it was down to the Watendlath Tarn and the impressive waterfalls before taking the well worn path by the beck down to 'surprise view' above Lodor. Then on to Ashness Bridge after which the group split up - five taking the 'low road' to follow the lake shore back to Keswick, and two kept to the 'high road' below Falcon Crag and Walla Crag and up through Great Wood to Castlerigg then down through Springs Wood into Keswick. That evening some ate at Wetherspoons, others had fish & chips. Some went to the theatre, some didn't. (10 miles) That night the men's dormitory was flooded from an over-flowing wash basin on the floor above!

Wednesday June 8th.
Once again the day started with rain. Again the group split with five, Stuart, John, Jyl Pat and Betty heading to Castlerigg Stone circle, and two of us, me and Caroline, adventuring around Latrigg - which involved a very steep descent! After visiting the Keswick Museum which was featuring a 'Wainwright Exhibition' Caroline headed home - unfortunately she had to work tomorrow. Tonight four of us ate in a police cell, at Wetherspoons, but Jyl & Pat met up with Pat's sister and ate elsewhere. We all caught up later in the Dog & Gun. (6 miles) That night there was a very unpleasant smell in the men's dormitory - from the damp carpet, not us!

Thursday June 9th.
Today, when we were heading home, it was sunny! The missing mattress and bedding reappeared, dumped in the corridor outside the men's dormitory. Where it had been, nobody knows! Again our group was split, with four - Stuart, Betty, Jyl, & Pat, after an early breakfast, taking a taxi to Windermere to catch an early train home. Me and John had booked a later train so had a more leisurely morning. After breakfast we ambled round Fitz Park followed by a coffee back at the hostel before catching the 10.30am bus to Windermere. The bus was very full, and stopped at just about every stop on its scheduled 1 hour journey so it was 15 mins late getting to Windermere. We caught our train with about a minute to spare! At Manchester Piccadilly, we had a 12 min connection for the Hull train, but our train was about 8 mins late in. We dashed across the bridge from platform 13 to platform 2 with again about a minute to spare, and discovered the Hull train was cancelled! John observed that we would have caught it. Selby swing bridge was stuck! So we had an hour to wait for the next train! (PS - I have received vouchers from TPE to compensate for our delay)

Sunday July 11h.
Back on 'home ground', today's walk from Allerston was in the programme as 11miles, because it was. From Allerston up to Givendale Head, down, up, down into Troutsdale and up to Cockmoor for our lunch stop. That was the hard bit done, but the next bit was the trickiest. Me and Suzie did this walk in April, but now the path along Scamridge Dike was overgrown to more than waist height with bracken, brambles, nettles etc. Further on we ventured into Chafer Wood nature reserve and followed a narrow path which became a jungle expedition with fallen trees & slippery rocks to negotiate. At last we got to Ebberston and an easy walk across fields back to Allerston. On the way home, some of us stopped for tea and cake at Wolds Way Lavender near Wintringham.

Wednesday, July 15th
A pleasant evening walk from Bethell's Bridge on the River Hull to Emmotland fishing ponds and Hempholme, if you don't mind fields of cattle. We crossed back over the river at Hempholme Lock and continued via the 'missing bridge' and Scurf Dyke back to the cars. (4 miles) We returned to the New Inn at Leven, where Wold Gold was only 2.25 a pint!

Friday July 17th.
I had this plan for a walk from Bempton Cliffs to Bempton village and Buckton, but a permissive path that made this possible had expired. However me and Suzie set off along the cliff top towards Flamborough and lo and behold, at Wandale Nab the gate and waymark for the permissive path was still in place. So we headed inland passing through a couple more footpath gates to reach Blakehowe Lane and on to Bempton village, where had lunch by the pond. Then across an overgrown field and into Buckton, where we visited the Gallery which was hosting a photo exhibition. Hoddy Cows Lane brought us back to the cliffs where we joined the many birdwatchers observing the gannets, kittiwakes, guillemots and of course, puffins. We had a cup of tea at the new RSPB Centre before heading home. (7 miles)

Sunday July 19th.
We drove up to the Moors through some torrential downpours - not a good omen for today's walk. At Lockton, the 12 of us prepared ourselves for the worst and sure enough before we even set off there was a brief heavy shower. Amazingly that was the last we saw of any rain all day. From Lockton we headed north across farmland grazed by sheep and cattle, then dropped down Horcum Slack into the Hole of Horcum. A steady climb out of the Hole brought us to the main road at Saltergate. Across the road we headed along Saltergate Brow with views north across the Moors towards Fylingdales and Goathland. We dropped off the ridge, and out of the wind, at Malo Cross - a convenient spot for lunch. After lunch we climbed onto Newgate Brow and crossed the moor to the Bridestones. Then down to Low Staindale, and finally across farmland and through Thwaite Wood back to Lockton (10 miles). For our tea and cakes, we visited Lockton Galleries and Tearoom where we were made most welcome.

Wednesday July 22nd.
I was concerned that some of the field paths on tonight's walk would be very overgrown, but everything was very clear. Our route took us from Tickton via Corporation Farm into Weel, then along the river bank to Grovehill Bridge. From there we entered Swinemoor and headed alongside the Beverley & Barmston Drain, crossing it at Brick Bridge. As it had been dry, we cut straight across Swinemoor to regain the river bank as far as Hull Bridge (5 miles). We visited the refurbished Crown & Anchor where we sampled Crown & Anchor ale, brewed for the inn by Cropton Brewery.

Sunday July 26th.
Only five us made the journey to Clumber Park. The Park belongs to the National Trust, but although we had our membership cards ready, there was no-one on the gates until 10am. We were in the car park by 9.40 and not expecting anyone else, were walking by 10 to 10. Our 'rectangular' route took us north through the woods past the Lodge then east, then south to Hardwick Village at the end of Clumber Lake. Crossing the outflow, the River Poulter, we re-entered woodland to follow a track, popular with cyclists, in a westerly direction. It was hereabouts that the forecast rain started, but we pressed on until we came upon a large beech tree which provided shelter for our lunch stop. Then it was down to cross Clumber Bridge, alongside the lake to the site of Clumber House, the church, and the tea-room (9 miles). The journey home via A1 and M18 was through torrential rain!

Wednesday July 29th.
Rain was forecast for this evening as eight of us set off towards Rise alongside the racehorse gallops. We made good progress to Rise, passing the house that featured the BBC 'DIY SOS Big Build' series. Along the road we passed the entrance to Sarah Beeney's Rise Hall, also the feature of a TV series. New gates and signs suggest that disagreements with the planners have been resolved! We paused briefly at Rise Church, but a single bell, slightly off-key, was tolling loudly and monotonously. Why? Was it calling parishioners to worship at 8 o'clock on a Wednesday evening? Crossing fields towards Arnold, the rain came. We donned waterproofs and took shelter for a few minutes under trees. Luckily we only caught the edge of the downpour, so we were quickly on our way through Arnold back to Long Riston (5 miles) The little pub, the Traveller's Rest has had a makeover and was looking smart, with a restaurant area, but not much bar area. It did serve a good pint of Great Newsome 'Harvest Gold' though.

Thursday July 30th.
A different day for our weekday walk, being the only day me or Suzie were both free. We headed to Warter, where I had a plan to walk some paths I hadn't done. This involved about a mile along the B1246, not something I would do with a group. There was a narrow pavement for half the way, and beyond that the verge had been mown so not a problem to step off the road when necessary. The road wasn't too busy and we soon reached the track where we left the road and headed for Newcote Fields. From here there are views back towards Warter. At the top is a trig point (at 204 metres) on a tumulus with a 360o panoramic view. Back on familiar ground we headed down the lane, across the B1246, through the woodland belt, past Bratt Wood and into Nunburnholme for a lunch break in the sunshine. On the Wold Way we climbed out of the village but took a newly diverted path left which zig-zagged along field edges to the road on Nunburnholme Hill. A little way up the hill past where the footpath sign was situated, a clear path cut diagonally across a cornfield to the road near Nunburnholme Wood. Turning down past Merebalk Plantation we regained the lower road back to Warter (9 miles). We called at the Wolds Village, Bainton, for tea and scones on the way home.

To view Photo records of all the above, and the Walking Year Albums
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Dales Trails Photo Galleries

See Dales Trails 'Picasa' Photo Albums for a photo record of all walks by Hornsea and Leven Walking Clubs and more

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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.


East Yorkshire - Driffield Canal

A Waterside Walk - 7 miles.
A summer stroll from Driffield alongside the canal to Wansford. Continuing by Nafferton Beck to Nafferton with its Mere, and back across fields to Driffield

Click on this link for details: Driffield Canal


Please do not print the route maps - purchase the relevant OS Map (Explorer 295) 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.underwood@dalestrails.freeserve.co.uk

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,
or Dave Fox on 01964 542564

Read Nomad'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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Visitors to Dales Trails since August 1st 2007


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