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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.


Burdale Quarry Panorama/Photo  Arnold Underwood,1st Nov 2015

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UPDATED - 3rd May 2016

Congratulations to Jyl and Pat for once again participating in the Sponsored Walks for Dove House Hospice.

Jyl and Pat

On May 1st they completed the 11 mile walk from Sewerby around Flamborough Headland.
Please support this most worthwhile cause by giving donations to Jyl or Pat ASAP. Thank you


*** Kirkham Bridge ***

Kirkham Bridge

Kirkham Bridge across the River Derwent in North Yorkshire is currently closed to vehicles for major repairs following several 'bridge bashes' by HGVs, etc.
The NYCC inform me that the works should be completed by May.
However the bridge remains open for pedestrians so walks that involve crossing the bridge are unaffected.


Hornsea District Walking Club

Details of the Wednesday Evening Walks Programme for Summer 2016 are now on the Calendar.
These walks commence on Wednesday, May 11th with the traditional walk from Hornsea, setting off from Mere Side at 7.00pm.
Note - Some walks may still be subject to confirmation. Click on Calendar


Hornsea District Walking Club - Social Events
A programme of Social Events has been added to the calendar.

Tuesday May 10th -NEW - Bowls Evening at the Hornsea Indoor Bowls Club, Atwick Road, Hornsea
Click on Calendar.
Contact Stuart Kemp for more information.


Dates for your Diary

2016 Programme


The next long walk starts at 10.00am from the parking area at Cow House Bank.
This is about 3 miles north of Helmsley on the minor road through Carlton towards Bransdale.
Please notify myself or Graham if you expect to be there.


Little Ouseburn Open Gardens - Sunday, May 15th

Open 10.00am to 5.00pm
Home-made Lunches and Teas and afternoon BBQ on the village green (worth a day out just for this alone)
A display of art from local artists in the church
Plant Stall, Tombola etc and a Classic Car display with the potential of vintage motorbikes dependant on the weather
Adults 5, Children free

For more details, click here and follow the instructions to view or save the document - Little Ouseburn Open Gardens



Moors Explorer

This year, Moors Explorer only runs on the Spring Bank Holiday Sunday/Monday 29/30 May, Sundays 24 and 31 July, and Sundays 7, 14, 21, 28 August, plus Bank Holiday Monday 29 August.
Catch it at any stop on route, including Hessle Square, Anlaby Red Lion, Willerby Square, Hull Paragon Interchange, Cottingham Green and Beverley Bus Station.
There's no need to pre-book, just buy your ticket from the driver when you board.
Sorry, concessionary passholders cannot travel free on Moors Explorer, but those who can show a valid concessionary pass can get a discounted day ticket.

For ideas for walks using the Moors Explorer click on - Moors Explorer walks



*****Member discounts at the new 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.

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.



This month, largely due to good luck and a choice of weekdays based on the weather forecast, I managed to avoid the worst of the weather. In fact some days were gorgeous, and with the bursts of sunshine came bursts of colour - mostly yellow - as daffodils were blooming everywhere!

Sunday March 6th.
The first Sunday of the month was bright and breezy, so me and Caroline opted for something different to the scheduled short walk. We headed to Wayrham picnic site where, surprise, surprise was parked Bob and Christine's car - they obviously had the same idea! We set off through the woods down Wayrham Dale then up Worm Dale. From the top there were great views across the Vale of York. Then down the road to Painsthorpe and on to Kirby Underdale for a lunch break in the sun in the churchyard. Then it was back up onto the Wolds, crossing the main road at the top of Garrowby Hill before descending into Deep Dale. After the steep climb out of Deep Dale finally back across fields to the picnic site. (9 miles) We never saw Bob & Chris - they did the same walk but kept about hour ahead of us all the way. We called at Wolds Village for tea and scones.

Friday, March 11th.
With Suzie today, I headed to Kilnwick Percy, parking near the World Peace Cafe. As we set off on foot along the drive we met Dudley's car - he with four ladies for company (!) had the same idea. We continued, joining the Wolds Way for the long drag up past Warrendale Plantation to arrive above Millington. From there we continued to the road and turned back towards Warter. The trend now is gently downhill with extensive views. We paused to visit the Trig Point on the tumulus above Warter before continuing through the woods beyond the main road. Still heading down we rejoined the Wolds Way but decide against going down into Nunburnholme. We found a convenient tree trunk to perch on for lunch then headed back past Low Warrendale Farm, where we were 'stalked' by a red kite soaring overhead, to Kilnwick Percy. We finished our walk with a circuit through the woods and round past the lake (8 miles) and of course tea and cakes at the World Peace Cafe.

Saturday March 12th.
This was the first day of Flying Scotsman's visit to the NYMR, so I devised a walk around Goathland that with luck would allow several views of the engine throughout the day. Caroline offered to drive, so in no time at all we arrived in Pickering in plenty of time to see FS's first arrival. Time for a wander round town, time to call into Trailblazers Outdoors (the place to get your walking gear from - a good range of stock, friendly & very knowledgeable staff), and time for coffee outside Mulberries (which is now managed by the NYMR). I should add that the rest of the world was also there! FS duly arrived - late of course. We jumped in the car and zoomed up to Goathland - there were people everywhere! Parking up the Wheeldale Road, we set off on foot past the church and caravan site to Abbot's House where there is a good view of the railway, and no people, but we'd missed FS's return trip. Continuing round we found a pleasant spot for lunch overlooking Goathland station and FS's arrival on its next trip. More or less on time it departed to Pickering with its 8 coach train. It was then that we discovered that the train had been 'banked' to Goathland by Black 5 45428 to help with time-keeping! Our walk continued to Darnholme and back up to Goathland in time to spot FS on its return. After tea and scones in the Goathland Tearoom garden, we faced the long walk back through the village to the car. (6 miles)

Sunday, March 13th.
There were fifteen of us on today's walk from Hovingham, which set off through the parkland of Hovingham House. Once through the woods the going was a bit wet and sticky underfoot, as drainage work was in progress to alleviate recent flooding. A stretch along a busy road then across another sticky field brought us into Terrington, where we took our lunch break in the sunshine on the green. Then we followed a section of the Ebor Way to Howthorpe Farm, up through the woods on the ridge and back down to Hovingham at a brisk pace for an early finish at about 2.30pm! However this meant we were able to get served with drinks in the Malt Shovel Inn, before it closed at 3! (9 miles)

Thursday, March 17th
Today a return to Goathland with Ann and our friends Brian and Gwen from Stamford, for more views of Flying Scotsman on the NYMR. It was another lovely sunny spring day as we headed straight to Goathland, where the moors were alive with hundreds of people trying to reach the best vantage points overlooking the line! There were cars parked all the way down to Moorgates, so at the first (and only?) available space we pulled in. You get an excellent view from here, but it is not so good for photographs as you are facing into the sun. We watched FS roll down from Pickering then 45428 head the other way. We then decided to stay put and wait for FS to return from Grosmont. On foot I set off to get to other side of the tracks which was easier than expected. A gate under the old railway arch at Moorgates provides access to the moor and an easy walk along by the fence brought me to an excellent vantage point. Surprisingly only about five other photographers had done the same! After filming FS pounding up the bank we drove into Goathland and with around 2 hours before FS returned, we had lunch in the garden at Goathland Tearoom. We then walked down to Goathland Station to see FS on its return run to Grosmont. On our homeward journey we managed to find a parking spot in Pickering, and so we were able to see Flying Scotsman yet again at Pickering station as it arrived on its final run of the day.

Sunday, March 20th
Twelve of us made it to Whixley, just off the A59 west of York, where the village hall and car park were open for us as arranged. After using the 'facilities' we headed towards Allerton Mauleverer along the tracks me and Caroline had recced in January. Although there had been less rain recently, the track was stilled flooded in places. As we neared Allerton we were treated to a flying display by red kites. At Allerton we tried to get a sneak view of the Castle by walking up the driveway, but by a stroke of bad timing met two cars - the driver of the first jumped out and in no uncertain terms said were on private property, and waited to make sure we turned back before driving off! We returned to visit the historic church, which is open to the public and in the care of the Historic Churches Trust. We then retraced our steps for about mile then took to bridleways and field paths to the B6265 and Little Ouseburn. This is a picturesque long one-street village and at the far end is All Saints Church, with its mausoleum, and the ancient bridge over Ouse Beck. This beck joins the River Ure just downstream from here and from that point the river assumes the name River Ouse. More field paths brought us back into Whixley by its church (8 miles). Afterwards we drove about a mile from Whixley to Tancred Farm shop for tea and cake, before returning home.

Friday, March 25th
It was Good Friday, the weather was glorious, and Caroline had the day off work. Where to go? I had one or two ideas, so in Caroline's car we headed towards Helmsley. I had discovered that there were two walks around Duncombe Park one of which came very close to the Cleveland Way between Helmsley and Rievaulx. Could this walk round the Park be linked with a walk to Rievaulx? So we set off to Reivaulx following the usual route along the Cleveland Way to Rievaulx Bridge and then along the road to the Abbey. It was Good Friday, the weather was lovely, and it was chaos! A new visitor centre is under construction at the Abbey and the car park was given over to the contractors. There were lots of visitors but with nowhere to park other than on the roadside of the already narrow road. Avoid Rievaulx for the next few months as facilities are basic or non-existent at the moment - the entrance fee is still the same though! We moved quickly on to Bow Bridge returning the other side of the river via Ashberry Farm. From Rievaulx Bridge we retraced our steps back up through the woods to Griff Lodge overlooking Duncombe Park. We paused to study the maps - could we follow the track into Duncombe Park. As we dithered, another group passed us and walked straight down the track, so we followed. Once past tree-felling operations (I doubt if you could do this on a 'working' day) we came across a marker post indicating the Woodland Walk. After a view of Duncombe House we followed the Woodland Walk round the park until it intersected the Riverside Walk. This we joined to drop down to the river and follow all the way to the Temple and then down the main driveway back into Helmsley.(10 miles)

Sunday, March 27th. Easter Sunday.
On a day when the weather turned out much better than forecast, eleven of us completed a 10 mile walk on the North York Moors from Lockton. Our route took us up past Warren Farm, down into the Hole of Horcum, up onto Saltergate Rigg, down to Malo Cross, up onto Bridestones Moor, down into Thwaite Wood and finally back up to Lockton. After all that, we deserved our cups of tea at Lockton Tearooms.


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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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.


Yorkshire Wolds - Thixendale

'Up n Under Dale' - 8 miles.
An ideal walk for springtime, 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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