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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

To see all my walks photos and more
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UPDATED - 21stNovember 2015

Hornsea District Walking Club
Dates for your Diary


Sunday 13th December 2015

The Bosville Arms, Rudston
Short (6 miles) walk followed by Carvery Lunch (£15.95 for 3 courses).

Please choose your starters & desserts in advance from the list below by the AGM.
Also please indicate if anyone requires a vegetarian option or gluten free.


Prawn Cocktail
Baked Brie
Fresh fruit juice


Christmas Pudding
Coconut and Jam Sponge
Caramel Apple Pie
Hot Chocolate Fudge Cake

More details regarding timings etc will be available at the AGM.


Friday 1st January 2016
The Half Moon, Skidby
Short walk followed by Soup & Sandwiches (£5.00). Further details to follow.



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


Hornsea District Walking Club & Leven Walking Club

Provisional details of the Walks Programme for the first part of 2016 are being added to the Calendar.
These walks are still subject to confirmation (TBC). Click on 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.




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 - 3 so far), follow this link Pennine Way Conquered.


BOGTROTTER'S BLOG - October 2015

A busy month with the usual mix of Sunday and weekday walks, but this month including a visit to North Wales courtesy of National Holidays.

Sunday, Oct 4th.
The plan was not to do the scheduled short walk today, but as Caroline was not feeling 100% we decided the 7 mile short walk would be the best option. So ten of us set off along the Wolds Way from Fridaythorpe on what was programmed as a 7mile walk via Huggate. However at each turn for Huggate, Stuart directed us to continue onwards into Frendal Dale and Millington Dale. After lunch overlooking Millington Dale we continued along the Haywold Bridle Road, and eventually down the road to Huggate. As we were now well over 7 miles into the walk I decide a loop round the back of Huggate would be in order, visiting parts of the village normally overlooked. Rejoining the Wolds Way we plodded up Holm Dale back to Fridaythorpe. At 10¼ miles this 'short walk' was longer than many of our 'normal walks'. Caroline was exhausted, as were one or two others!

Friday, Oct 9th.
I had this plan for a walk on the Moors near Hutton-le-Hole, originally in mind for me & Caroline last Sunday. Today, the weather was glorious, so after diversions for road closures and toilet stops we eventually arrived at the small car park a mile south of Hutton-le-Hole. Our walk took us down into the secret Douthwaite Dale, with its former mill on the River Dove, then up the other side. Easy walking on green lanes across the farmland plateau brought us to Gillamoor, where we paused for lunch on a bench on the green. Taking the path below the church, we descended to re-cross the river and headed across moorland towards Hutton-le-Hole. Caroline took a liking to a hill on our right - Shepherds Nab, and it being access land up we went. In Hutton we took a tea break outside the tea room, before continuing on our way via Lingmoor Farm and access land tracks above Douthwaite Dale back to the car (9 miles).

Sunday, Oct 11th.
Ten of us met at Kirkham Priory for my walk to Howsham Mill. Getting the worst over early, the steep climb up through the trees to Crambe. Then we followed tracks gradually downhill to cross the railway, and as a variation continued into Barton-le-Willows for a coffee break on the green. From there we picked our way across fields, passing the alpacas at Crambe Grange to join the river bank as far as Howsham Bridge. He we detoured to Howsham Mill, for a conducted tour and lunch overlooking the weir. The return to Kirkham was via Howsham village and woods (9 miles) Some of us stopped off in Sledmere on the way home to try Williams tearoom there.

Monday Oct 12th.
The start of this year's big adventure with National Holidays to North Wales. The coach picked up most of our group in Leven at 7am, before a tedious journey via Hull, East and West Yorkshire to collect the remaining passengers. At last on our way we made good progress via M62 and M56 arriving in Llangollen for lunch. The sun came out creating some picturesque scenes by the River Dee and the Llangollen Canal. Onwards our journey took us via the Horseshoe Pass, Ruthi and St. Asaph to our hotel in Llandudno

Tuesday, Oct 13th.
The coach tour today took in Betws-y-Coed and Llanberis. The walkers in our group left the tour at Betws-y-Coed to do a walk, whilst others continued on the coach. Our walk, led by Suzie, climbed steeply through forest to the delightful lake of Llyn Elsi. We encircled the lake and then stopped for lunch by the monument. Around us were the mountains of Snowdonia, particularly Moel Siabod, standing out on this lovely day. I took over to lead us down to join a former Roman Road which brought us to the Miners Bridge across the Afon Llugwy followed by a pleasant stroll by the river in time for a cup of tea in Betws-y-Coed before catching the train through the Conwy Valley to Llandudno (7 miles)

Wednesday, Oct 14th. Another glorious day. No coach tour, so most of our group opted to walk from the hotel up and round the Great Orme. The views across Llandudno Bay and the Irish Sea were amazing. At St. Tudno's Church, from which Llandudno gets its name, we even had an impromptu outdoor service, singing 'All things bright and beautiful'! We took lunch at the summit where we joined by Ann and Josie who had arrived by cable car and would return by tram. After lunch we continued around the headland with stunning views across the Conwy Estuary and Llandudno itself. It was a bit tricky finding a route back down, but we eventually picked up a path 'to Town' down hundreds of steps by Haulfre Gardens. At the bottom - an ice cream parlour/tearoom! So we sat in the sunshine, sheltered by the Orme, enjoying ice creams before going our separate ways to explore the town (9 miles)

Thursday, Oct 15th.
Most of our group opted for the coach tour today. This tour visited the castles and town walls of Caernarfon and Conwy with a lunch break at Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch in between. After exploring Conwy, Graham and me walked back to LLandudno via Deganwy along the coastal path (5miles).

Friday, Oct 16th.
Today we headed home, but not without visiting yet another historic walled town - Chester. A few of us took advantage of the open-top bus tour to see the sights of the city. After the tedious journey through Yorkshire dropping other holidaymakers off we arrived in Leven at about 5pm.

Sunday, Oct 18th.
Back to normal with this month's Leven walk which started from Lockton up on the moors north of Pickering. Whilst we had been enjoying the sun in North Wales, there had been a lot of rain here and the steep descent to Farwath was very wet and muddy and one or two of us came to grief! From Farwath we headed along the dale to Levisham Station, which was masquerading as Le Visham in German-occupied France for the NYMR 1940s Wartime Weekend. We had lunch at the station which was being guarded by soldiers in Nazi uniform. Our lunch was disturbed by occasional gunfire and explosions as wartime scenes were recreated, but none of us were wounded! So we made good our escape up the hill onto Levisham Moor and back via Dundale Griff to Lockton (8½miles). There we retired to the Lockton Tearoom - renamed Cafe Rene for this weekend - for tea and cake.

Thursday, Oct 22nd.
With Caroline taking a day off work we headed for the Yorkshire Wolds at Fridaythorpe. The weather forecast was for 'dark cloud' but by the time we reached Pluckham Dale there were few clouds and a lot of blue sky! From the artwork in Thixendale we joined the Wolds Way for the return to Fridaythorpe. A most enjoyable walk of just 7 miles, followed by tea and scones at Bainton Wolds Village.

Friday, Oct 23rd. A 2mile walk from home to Brandesburton where I met Ann for lunch at Bert's Pizzeria overlooking Dacre Lake - and very nice it was too.

Sunday, Oct 25th.
A walk for Autumn, but enjoyed by just seven of us, to visit Hackfall Woods in their autumn splendour. This 8½ mile walk from Masham followed the River Ure into Hackfall Woods, which were laid out in the 18th Century with paths, lakes, and follies by William Aislabie of Studley Royal and MP for Ripon. There were glorious views across the wooded gorge from the follies - Mowbray Castle and the Ruin at Mowbray Point. From the woods we crossed Nutwith Common and headed past Swinton Park back into Masham. The Market Square was buzzing with activity, but we managed to squeeze into a tearoom for tea and cakes.

Friday, Oct 30th.
The day didn't look promising for a walk with heavy rain in the morning. However with Suzie and Caroline I drove to South Cave where by 10.30am the rain had stopped. From there we did a 7½ mile walk via Drewton, North Cave and Everthorpe on a surprisingly warm, but breezy day. We rounded off the day with tea at the Gallery tearoom in South Cave

To view Photo records of all the above, and the Walking Year Albums
click on 'Dales Trails Picasa Photo Albums'


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.


Yorkshire Wolds - Thixendale

'Up ‘n’ Under Dale' - 8½ miles.
An ideal walk for the winter months, up over the Wolds from Thixendale into Kirkby Underdale - an unspoilt estate village owned by Lord Halifax of nearby Garrowby Hall.

Click on this link for details: 'Up ‘n’ Under Dale'


Please do not print the route maps - purchase the relevant OS Map (Explorer 294/300) 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