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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 across Little Fryup Dale towards Eskdale, North York Moors/Photo  Arnold Underwood 17 August 2014

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UPDATED - 19th Oct 2014

Hornsea District Walking Club

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - Thursday, 20th November 2014
John Horsley Room
6.45 for 7.00pm Prompt
(Use Allison Entrance, right of main building, NOT the Club Entrance)

Items for the Agenda and Committee Nominations must be received by the Secretary, Betty Lusby, by 6th November




Back to the 'old routine' for September. Weather generally dry but overcast, which was a pity particularly for the Headland Way.

Friday, Sept 5th
With Suzie having to take Joe to Bridlington to prepare the cobles (fishing boats) for the launch on the 12th, we took the opportunity to walk part of the Headland Way which we hadn't done. In Bridlington, Suzie's friend, Linda, joined us for the day and we headed from the harbour to the bus station to catch the bus to Bempton. A brisk stroll from the village brought us to Bempton Cliffs, where we took the cliff-top path towards Speeton. There were plenty of gannets in evidence swooping and soaring along the cliffs. Beyond the RSPB Reserve limits, the path became uneven and narrow as it picked its way through the rough grass. Nearing Speeton the path turned abruptly right down to the cliff edge, then left over a rickety stile along by a wire fence to another stile. Here our route turned left up to Speeton, but just to the right was a seat overlooking Speeton Sands - a good spot for lunch. Up in Speeton we visited the little church and then continued along field sides to a radar station. Here, paths on the ground differed to the map, but fortunately Linda had been here before. So we crossed a ladder stile and headed down the hillside towards Reighton Sands Holiday Park and golf course. There we picked up a lane into Reighton, from where we caught a bus back to Bridlington for a cup of tea before returning home. (7 miles).

Sunday, Sept 7th
Suzie was down to lead the short walk from Fordon but as she was need in Bridlington it was left to me. So 17 walkers set off from Fordon and headed in procession up North Dale. After a pause for coffee we continued up Langdale and joined the road from Flixton. Walking back down the road we detoured left onto the Wolds Way to find a convenient bank for a lunch break, overlooking Raven Dale with a distant glimpse of the sea and Speeton Cliffs.. After lunch we continued south on the lane past Danebury all the way down to the Fordon road in Cans Dale. Instead of walking back along the road, most of us took to the access land on the north side of East Dale to return to Fordon (6 miles). We stopped off for tea and cakes at the Wolds Gallery before heading home.

Sunday, Sept 14th
The Hornsea Club walk today was from Fridaythorpe, and was planned to be the reverse of a route walked about a year ago. After visiting the little church we set off down the long straight road into Burdale. Either side of the road through Burdale there are pockets of access land - previously we had explored Wandale, but today we ventured to the other side of the dale where a permissive path follows the course of the long-gone railway to Malton. Back on the road we walked up to Fimber to visit the 'Sykes' Church. Continuing past the green and the pond we crossed the road and headed up the hillside, with extensive views across the Wolds. There we found a sheltered spot in the woods for lunch. Then followed a long gradual descent through stubble to the road near Wetwang. To avoid walking this stretch of busy road we continued across fields towards Wetwang, and there doubled back along pavement and wide verge of the A166 to access the field path towards Huggate. From there the route back was straightforward (although Bob led us up the wrong field side!) picking up the Wolds Way to Fridaythorpe (10 miles).Tea and cake at Seaways (of course!)

Wednesday, Sept 17th
Back to the old routine, with a midweek walk. On are rather grey day, me and Suzie went to Wetwang. Nothing adventurous, just the regular route from Wetwang but one that we hadn't done for a couple of years. So we set of up the road towards Huggate then branched off into Lavender Dale - there were pheasants everywhere! At Blanche Farm we came across confusing notices about footpath diversions, but they didn't come into effect until the next day, so we continued as usual! After the farm we were able to stride out along the farm track to cross the main the road, continuing south to a patch of woodland where we took a lunch break. Passing behind the woods that featured in Hockney's 'Bigger Trees at Warter' painting we turned along the top of Deepdale, with even more pheasants, back into Warter. (8 miles).On the way home, we called at the Wolds Village at Bainton for tea and cake

Sunday, Sept 21st
Bob had to make a few changes to the planned walk as a result of having to move the start and parking to Reasty Bank Top. This meant linking the start with the original route through Harwood Dale. It looked straightforward on the map as we headed downhill into the Dale. The first surprise we encountered were bushes that moved - we had walked into a paintball 'war game' and some participants were well-camouflaged! Safely through, we continued along field paths, but somehow missed a turning. Realising the error we followed the edge a of a large field, recently spread with manure, to try to get back on course. As the group scrambled over a wall and barbed wire, I ventured into the woods and found a waymarked post - we were back on track. There may have been a waymark, but no sign of a path so there was a bit of toing and froing before we found our way out. After lunch near the ruin church, we headed up field tracks towards Harwood Dale Forest, and here we encountered the ruts, deep water-filled ruts. Suffice to say that not everyone negotiated these successfully! Fortunately further into the forest, conditions were better and we made good progress back down to Harwood Dale village. After a visit to the 'new' church it was across fields and back up the bank to the cars. (8 miles). We called in at the Everley tearoom on the way home.

Wednesday, Sept 24th.
Alas my car service took longer, and was therefore more expensive, than expected! A change of plan for today's walk was required, so I joined Suzie on the bus and we travelled towards Hull as far as Ganstead. From there we set off on foot across fields to the little village of Swine, where we found a surprisingly large church. Investigation revealed that this church was originally part of a Priory, of which nothing remains other than mounds and hollows in adjacent fields. Although in sight of the Bransholme and Kingswood parts of Hull, this area feels so remote, with only narrow lanes to isolated farms. We saw a deer near Swine, and further on, a kestrel, buzzard, heron and oystercatchers. Leaving the farm road our route basically followed the bank of a major drain, Monks Dyke, all the way back to Monks Bridge near Leven. Many dykes criss-cross this low lying area draining the otherwise marshland to give rich agricultural land. It was interesting to see the otherwise familiar countryside from a different viewpoint. It was a bit of a shock to emerge on the busy A1035 near White Cross roundabout, from where we continued back into Leven (9 miles).

Sunday, Sept 28th.
Just eight of us ventured to Ripley, near Harrogate, for today's walk which followed parts of the Nidderdale Way. We set off past Ripley Castle by the perimeter wall of deer park, and down to cross the River Nidd into Hampsthwaite. There we took a short cut through the church yard and paused for coffee on the river bank. Then we continued on the Nidderdale Way alongside the river to Birstwith Bridge, where we re-crossed the river. After passing the weir we turned away from the river for a long gradual climb up the ridge between two valleys. Most of this section followed an old walled 'green' lane. At the top we crossed the Pateley Bridge road, and then descended into the valley of Thornton Beck. We found a convenient lunch stop under some trees overlooking the valley. After lunch we continued through the little village of Shaw Mills to rejoin the Nidderdale Way as far as Kettle Spring Farm. Here we crossed a footbridge over the beck and headed back up the ridge to Bedlam, and back down to Ripley (9 miles). Tea and cake at the Castle Tearoom.

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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.

FEATURE WALK - July 2014

North Yorkshire Howardian Hills AONB : Kirkham

History & Natural History - 8 miles. This walk takes you through some of the rolling Yorkshire countryside of the Howardian Hills AONB that borders Yorkshire's River Derwent. There are views towards Castle Howard itself and across the Derwent valley, plus a ruined priory to explore at the end of the walk.

Click on this link for details: Kirkham-Low Hutton



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 cost 2.50 each (including p&p) and are obtainable from:
Arnold Underwood (Dales Trails)
41 The Orchard
East Yorkshire
HU17 5QA
e-mail: arnold.underwood@dalestrails.freeserve.co.uk

(Please make cheques payable to 'Arnold Underwood')

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 at Danby Beacon (North York Moors)/from a photo by Arnold Underwood/Aug 21st 2011

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.

Find out more about 'Leven Village'.

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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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