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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 - 22nd APRIL 2015

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

The EYMS Moors Explorer (ME1) operates on Sundays and Bank Holidays until 27th Sept 2015
2015 Timetables are now 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

Provisional 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.




More-or-less back to the routine of a Sunday walk and a midweek walk, clocking up 70 miles for the month. With flexibility over the day of the midweek walk, any bad weather could be avoided for these walks. However, this was not the case for some Sundays!

Sunday, March 1st.
A bright and breezy day saw about 12 of us gather in Welton for this month's short walk. From Welton we followed the road over Elloughton then headed up through South Wold Plantation, where we took a short coffee break. Then, following the Wolds Way we headed up Spout Hill past Long Plantation and down to the crossing of paths at Turtle Hill. Here we turned right to Wauldby Manor and after a bit of exploration of the area found a sheltered spot for lunch. Then it was on past Wauldby Pond and down through the woods into Welton Dale Here just Caroline, John, and myself ventured off the beaten track to visit the Raikes Mausoleum in the woods. Arriving back in Welton we adjourned to the Green Dragon for drinks. (7 miles)

Sunday, March 8th.
The last time we visited Rudston, there had been heavy rain and the roads were flooded. This time the rain held off until halfway round the walk! We set off through village alongside the Gypsey Race - the stream that flows through the Wolds into Bridlington Harbour - and then up past Zig-Zag Plantation onto Woldgate - the Roman Road that keeps to tops over the Wolds into Bridlington. We passed the woods made famous in the Hockney paintings but missed his tree stump 'totem' which has been vandalised. We took a coffee break here before heading down to Boynton, a pretty little village with white-washed cottages. Then it was up onto the Wolds again to find shelter in woods near High Caythorpe for lunch. This is when the rain started, so the long trek down from High Caythorpe to the road near Thorpe Hall was not very pleasant! However we back in Rudston, we detoured via the churchyard to see the Monolith (England's tallest standing stone), the author, Winifred Holtby's grave, and for Jill, her auntie's grave. (9¼ miles) Afterwards we visited the refurbished Bosville Arms, where we were made most welcome.

Tuesday, March 10th.
The weather today was absolutely glorious with not a cloud in the sky. We went to North Newbald, for two reasons - one, Suzie had missed this walk in February, and two, I wanted to check out some permissive paths we had spotted that day. We followed the same route from North Newbald into Houghton Woods and on towards Houghton Hall, where the snowdrops were still in flower. Near Houghton Hall, red kites were displaying for us. We arrived in Sancton and paused briefly at the church before crossing the road. Here was parked an ERYC dust cart. The two operatives were standing near the vehicle. "Do you know how to fix these?" we were asked. Apparently the bin-lift mechanism had broken. "No, sorry", I replied, adding "have you tried kicking it?" Apparently they had tried without success. So we left them awaiting assistance and headed along the track towards Sancton Wold. We found a convenient bench for our lunch stop in an old quarry, now a nature reserve. A little way up the track we came to the first 'permissive path' sign, so we left the straight and narrow and followed the direction of this sign up the steep dale side towards Sancton Wold turbines. At the top another sign directed us straight to the minor road at Sancton Hill. Across the road, the permissive path continued clearly down the hill into 'nest box' wood and to the path back to Newbald. An interesting variation on the usual route, and about 1½ miles shorter. (8¼miles)

Sunday, March 15th.
For this month's Leven Club walk, sixteen of us met at Millington. The question was would our route be via Kilnwick Percy or by way of Givendale. Bob decided we could do both! So we headed up towards Warrendale Farm but Bob's route took us left along permissive paths and access land to reach the top above Sylvan Dale. This may be longer but the climb is less servere than straight up! We then followed the Wolds Way along the top above Millington and down past Warrendale Plantation to Kilnwick Percy. There we turned down to the Hall and across the Park to the path round the lake. After crossing the golf course we arrive above Pocklington and then dropped down through the woods, where we found a place for our lunch. Then across fields and up through Grimthorpe Woods and down the road to Givendale where we paused by the little church. After walking through the little dale one more steep climb brought us up to Little Givendale Farm then it was downhill into Millington (11 miles). Some visited the Ramblers Tearoom in Millington whilst others stopped off at the World Peace Cafe on their way home.

Wednesday, March18th.
Once again in my attempt to check out new paths found me and Suzie in Acklam, a little village off the beaten track on the edge of the Wolds. However there was no trace of the footpath in question, so we had to resort to the road out of the village. Turning left at the crossroads we soon found a path heading across fields and down into Deepdale. The is pretty wooded dale but today was misty so not seen at its best. After following the beck the path abruptly turn and heads straight up the very steep side of the dale. We both found the prospect of this too daunting! Fortunately through a gate the hillside is access land, so here we could exercise our 'right to roam' and pick a more gradual way zig-zagging to the top. From the top it is back downhill - firstly on a quiet road, then through fields to Uncleby and Kirby Underdale. From there we followed more field paths to Lower Sleights Farm then up the farm lane to the crossroads at the top and back down the road into Acklam. A quite strenuous 8 miles, so we called at Seaways, Fridaythorpe on the way home for tea and cake.

Sunday, March 22nd.
Venturing further afield, our walk today started from Cawthorne Roman Cam, north of Pickering. After a stretch of road walking towards Keldy we turned off the tarmac to head across scrubby moorland, boggy in places, to reach a minor road near Elleron Lodge. Then we continued towards Stape where we took a faint path into forest and down steeply to cross Stape Beck. Then up the other side, along the level, then down again to cross another beck. Up once more found us near Low Raindale where close scrutiny of map and GPS was needed to confirm the onward path..... which turned out to steeply down again, to cross Raindale Beck. Of couse this down was followed by an up, up to Middle Farm and Stony Moor where took our lunch stop. After crossing Raygate Slack and arriving in Newton-on-Rawcliffe, the final 3 miles were relatively easy-going along farm tracks by way of Saintoft Grange back to Cawthorne (9 miles, but felt like rather more!). Betty had arranged for tea & cakes at Swan Cottage in Newton-on-Rawcliffe.

Wednesday, March 25th.
Today we drove to Scampston, leaving the car at the Bakery & Coffee shop. After a morning coffee we set off through the village and followed field path that brought to the vast maltings buildings - a blot on the landscape visible from miles away - near West Knapton. My plan here was to head for East Knapton and it seemed on the map that a field path could reached about 200yds along a road opposite the maltings, However this road was private, the signs said that clearly, but they also said 'except for access'. It apparently leads to a power station about a mile away. Just our luck as we set off along this road that a van should pass us which then stopped about 200yds further on. We kept walking and arrived at the van, where the driver dropped his window saying 'You know this is private?' I explained we were only trying access a footpath which we had just about reached. He said as there had been recent 'incidents' (?) he had to report all such trespassing. I apologised and said we would head back, but he said now that we were there, we may as well continue onto the field path, which was waymarked on a gate just past his van! So we continued on our way without further incident into East Knapton, past Knapton Hall, across the A64 and up the long, long hill onto Knapton Brow. There we had lunch by the Wolds Way Artwork, overlooking the valley and the maltings eyesore. From up here it is down the treacherous 'ski-jump' and through the woods to Wintringham. By the Millennium pond we left the Wolds Way taking to lanes and field paths back to the A64 and into Scampston for tea at the Bakery before heading home (8 miles) .

Sunday, March 29th.
The forecast wasn't so good today for this Xtrawalk, it being very overcast we the threat of rain. Just seven of us met up at Hovingham. We left the village alongside the beck and then headed across flat farmland to the little village of Stonegrave. There we took a coffee break by the church - Stonegrave Minster. Then we were faced with a steady climb up onto Caulkley's Bank, and once on the top the rain started - not heavy but persistent! Then we turned down into Nunnington and paid a visit to the fishing hut and the rebuilt 'Dudley's wall' (which had collapsed on a previous visit, several years ago!). We didn't linger here today, but continued through the village towards Nunnington Hall and on past the former Nunnington Mill, by the River Rye. Just past here we came across a convenient barn to shelter us for our lunch stop. Then it was on alongside the river to West Ness, followed by a gradual climb over Caulkleys Bank. Once down off the bank it was all level going back to Hovingham, by which time the rain had stopped. (8½miles) The tearoom was busy and short-staffed so we adjourned to the Malt Shovel where we were made most welcome, and served with tea, beer, or soft drinks as required.

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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 : Sinnington to Cropton

A Walk for Springtime - 7 miles.
This has been a good year for daffodils so there should be a good display along the banks of the River Seven at Sinnington. This walk heads up to Appleton-le-Moors then recrosses the river to visit Cropton, with its popular New Inn and brewery

Click on this link for details: Sinnington to Cropton



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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