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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 of Newtondale from Skelton Tower, NYM/Photo  Arnold Underwood,29th May 2016

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7.30pm TUESDAY 1st NOVEMBER 2016


Sunday Walks


SUNDAY OCT 2nd - HUGGATE (East Yorkshire)
The next SHORT WALK of about 6 miles on the Yorkshire Wolds, starts from Huggate (Church Street)) on 2nd October at 10.30am
Leader: Stuart Kemp



We are now planning the walks programmes for 2017.

Ideas for walks, particularly HDWC'Short Walks', are welcomed, together with offers to lead any of the walks.



WESTON-SUPER-MARE with National Holidays

Coach from Leven and Hull. Four nights based in a Weston-Super-Mare hotel.
Optional walks on the coast, the Mendip Hills and Cheddar Gorge. Optional inclusive coach tours to Cheddar Gorge, Bath and the surrounding area
Contact Betty Lusby to book your place ASAP


Beverley Real Ale Festival
Friday Sept 30th (from 2pm) and Saturday Oct 1st (from 12 noon)
Memorial Hall, Beverley



October's walk is a return to the North York Moors for an 8 mile walk from Newton-on-Rawcliffe into Newtondale visiting the 'Nazi Occupied' Le Visham station to view the NYMR 1940's Wartime Weekend activities.
This walk involves one very steep descent and ascent into and out of Newtondale!
Meet Leven Sports Hall 9.00am, Newton-on-Rawcliffe for a 10.30am walk start
Leader: Arnold Underwood



Moors Explorer services have now finished for this year



*****Member discounts at the Trespass store at the Flemingate Shopping Centre in Beverley****

*** 10% discount off all products in store all year round, which can also be used with certain running promotions, to Walking Club members and followers of this website ***
Just show your Walking Club membership card or mention 'Dales Trails' at the checkout for your discount.
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Trespass supplies a fantastic range of outdoor wear and accessories which cater to all outdoor adventures from absolute beginners all the way through to professionals.



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




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.



August - generally fine for our walks although there were a couple days of wet and windy weather which brought about changes to the plan. This month's walking clocked up 90 miles.

Wednesday, August 3rd
Sixteen of us on this evening's 4 mile walk from North Cave to Hotham and back via Hotham Park and the beckside Millennium path through North Cave. Afterwards we were well looked after by the landlord of the White Hart with a good selection of well-kept real ales including Jennings 'Wainwright' and Great Newsome 'Amy Johnson' - We were even supplied with hot dogs 'on the house' - we will return!

Friday, August 5th So lucky that after only hour's drive, we can be doing a cracking 10mile walk on the rolling Yorkshire Wolds. Today's route, with Caroline and Suzie, was from Fridaythorpe and made use of access land along the top of Horse Dale, Nettle Dale and Frendal Dale. The harvesting of peas for Birds Eye was in full swing near Wold House Farm. Afterwards we stopped off at the Wolds Village, Bainton for cups of tea.

Sunday August 7th
A great day out to the North York Moors with Caroline - a walk of nearly 10 miles from Pickering to Levisham Station via Blansby Park, Newton on Rawcliffe, and Newton Dale, then the NYMR train back to Pickering. Not only that, a Music Festival at Levisham Station had Shadows Tribute Band ' Legend' from Redcar, playing plus a bar selling York Brewery Ales. So it didn't matter that our train was 15mins late!

Wednesday, August 10th
There were fourteen of us on the final evening walk for this summer, from the Blue Bell at Old Ellerby. Weather overcast with a threat of rain, which didn't arrive until we were in the pub, this 4 mile walk took us by rolling farmland along the edge of Burton Constable estate.

Friday August 12th
For today's 8 mile walk with Caroline the weather was sunny/warm, cloudy/cool, then sunny/very warm and at all times very windy! Our route was from Leavening via Burythorpe to Birdsall and back via Mount Ferrant - an area not regularly walked which made it hard going in places!

Sunday August 14th
Thirteen of us today on a fascinating walk from Fountains Abbey via Fish Pond Wood, Ingerthorpe Grange to a lunch stop by Markenfield Hall - a fortified manor house. The return took us into Studley Park via the little stone bridges and then those with NT cards went through the grounds of Fountains Abbey back to the Visitor Centre, completing nearly 10 miles.

Friday, August 19th
With rain forecast coming from the west. Caroline suggested we head north-east - so an hour later we found ourselves at Ravenscar, where it was dry and overcast. We headed through the Alum Works and down to the beach. The tide was out so we walked the beach past Boggle Hole to Robin Hoods Bay. At the top of the hill we sat on a bench for lunch before joining the old railway 'Cinder Path' back to Ravenscar. It didn't start to come light rain until near Browside Farm but Ravenscar was shrouded in hill fog when arrived back at the car! A walk of nearly 9miles, and only slightly damp

Saturday August 20th
On a bright and windy morning for a pleasant walk with Jyl by Leven Canal to the Hull Aero Club 'Wings & Wheels' festival at Linley Hill Airfield. Unfortunately the strong winds had curtailed much of the flying and had prevented many invited aircraft from attending. However there was a big crowd there and plenty to see on the ground. After a drink at the 'Butcher's Dog' bar we retraced our steps back to Leven.

Sunday August 21st
Another warm and breezy day for this month's LWC walk - a classic walk on the Wolds, not often done in summer, from Wharram Percy via Thixendale. Lunchtime in Thixendale meant some enjoyed tea and cakes at the parish hall but no-one visited the pub! I think there were 16 of us on this walk of nearly 9 miles . Back home a few of the walkers joined me and the family at a BBQ to celebrate my birthday !

Friday, August 26th
After yesterday's heavy rain today was dry, sunny, and breezy - ideal for a walk on the Moors. But was it a good idea to try to follow the George Gap Causeway back over Rosedale Moor from Fryup Head? This walk with Caroline followed the Coast to Coast Path from the Lion Inn to Fryup Head. That was easy; the return over Rosedale Moor wasn't - a case of the lost Causeway and lost bearings! Eventually we found our way down to Dale Head Farm in Rosedale for a deserved cup of tea and scone. All we had to do now was climb out of Rosedale back up to the Lion Inn, for a well deserved pint! Phew!

Sunday, August 28th
Somewhere different - North Lincolnshire and a 10 mile walk from Alkborough overlooking the River Trent. After coffee at the Paddocks Tearoom we eventually got on our way - easy walking over the rolling landscape to a lunch stop in a sunny woodland clearing near Burton Stather. Continuing along the cliff with views across the river we arrived back a Julian's Bower, the turf maze in Alkborough. Although only yards from our cars, this wasn't the finish as everyone opted to continue on a loop down the cliff to explore the wetlands of Alkborough Flats. This 'down' meant we finished with an 'up' to get us back to the tearoom just before they closed!


Dales Trails Photo Galleries

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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.


North Yorkshire Coast - Robin Hood's Bay

'Round by Ramsdale' - 8 miles.
September is a great time to visit the North Yorkshire Coast at Robin Hood's Bay. Summer holidays are over and the crowds will have gone (but still busy on fine weekends). This walk heads inland into secluded Ramsdale then back to the coast at Stoupe Beck. Depending on the tides you can now walk the beach back to Robin Hood's Bay, otherwise follow the clifftop Cleveland Way.

Click on this link for details: 'Robin Hood's Bay - Round by Ramsdale'


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.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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Arnold Underwood