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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.


Leven Canal, East Yorkshire/Photo  Arnold Underwood 2012

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UPDATED - 20th Dec 2014

Hornsea District Walking Club & Leven Walking Club

NEW YEARS DAY WALK - Thursday, 1st January 2015
Rose & Crown, opposite North Bar, Beverley
Walkers meet at 11am for a 5 mile walk Westwood Circular via Burton Bushes & Black Mill
Soup & Sandwiches (6.50) booked at the Rose & Crown for 1.30pm

NOTE: There may be no parking available at the Rose & Crown. Also, being a weekday, car parking restrictions and charges will apply in Beverley town centre.


Hornsea District Walking Club & Leven Walking Club

Details of the 2015 Walks Programme are now listed on the Calendar.




Another nine walks this month takes my 'mileage' for the year to over 800, beating last year's 720 mile total and still a month to go

Sunday November 2nd
I joined the short walk today because it would takes us to somewhere different. The start point was familiar, Bishop Wilton, but instead of heading onto the Wolds this walk headed west across pleasant countryside to the villages of Yapham, Bolton, and Fangfoss. Fangfoss turned out to be an interesting place with are large green by the church and a Millennium park with lots of outdoor Science-themed activities - sound reflectors, pendulums, zip-wire, etc which kept some of us entertained! (7 miles) We called in at Seaways, Fridaythorpe on the journey home for tea and cakes.

Wednesday, November 5th
A bright, sunny morning found us in Seaton Ross - a long 'one street' village a bit off the beaten track near Pocklington. This is an area we tend to overlook, but has a network of paths and lanes linking some interesting villages. From near the church me and Suzie headed east along good paths past woodland towards Everingham. However before the village we turned towards Bielby, and chose to walk along the road to see more of this village. It has a fascinating historic little church. Just beyond Bielby we met the disused Pocklington Canal and followed its towpath to Melbourne. Melbourne is the limit of navigation, and it canal basin was a colourful scene with moored narrow-boats in an autumnal setting. From Melbourne we took to field paths as far as the road by the former WW2 airfield and on past two former windmills, and two 'sundial' cottages for which Seaton Ross is famous - being the home (from 1784) of William Watson, surveyor, map-maker and designer of sundials (8 miles).

Sunday, November 9th
A fine day for venturing to somewhere new - Howden. With time in hand before the walk start I managed some good photos around the historic Minster and Abbey. Initially our walk took us along a road to the River Ouse at Howden Dyke. Then came the most interesting stretch of the walk along the river bank, passing under the M62 Ouse Viaduct then under the Boothferry swing bridge. Being Remembrance Sunday we paused for a few moments silence at 11am. About a mile past Boothferry Bridge we turned north away from the river to Asselby and Newsholme. Beyond Newsholme much of the flat farmland had been given over to growing willow as bio fuel. Just before the railway we turned south to head back to Howden, skirting the edge of Howden Marsh Nature Reserve (10 miles).

Tuesday, November 11th.
Another walk from Watton, but today we set off past the church and the site of the former Abbey. After the level crossing we continued along Carr Lane then turned to follow field paths north to the Blue Keld spring. Here crystal-clear water bubbles up through the chalk forming a pool from which the water is extracted for bottling at the nearby plant at Throstle Nest Farm. However our route continued north to Scurf Dyke and then west alongside the dyke. After re-crossing the railway, then the main road we arrived at the site of former WW2 Cranswick airfield. This is a high plateau (relative to the surroundings!) with views north to the Wolds. After Burn Butts farm, we dropped down to Cawkeld, passing the lake and then followed the beck back to Watton (9 miles). From there it was just a short drive to Hutton Cranswick Garden Centre for tea & cake before returning home.

Sunday, November 16th.
Sledmere was the start point of this month's Leven Club walk. For a change we walked the quiet road all the way to Kirby Grindalythe to see the historic wall mosaic in the church there. Unfortunately, for safety reasons, the electricity supply had been turned off in the church so there was no lighting! However, images taken by camera flash did reveal them. From there we headed along the Great Wold Valley alongside the Gypsey Race (a chalk stream that flows into the North Sea at Bridlington). We lunched by West Lutton Church (the Three Tuns pub is alas closed) before returning over Thirkleby Wold and Croome to Sledmere. There Sylvia took some of us to see the church, which we have always missed previously, as it is tucked away next to Sledmere House. (9 miles). On the drive home we called at Hutton Cranswick Garden Centre for tea & cakes, again!

Tuesday, November 18th.
Today me and Suzie returned to Bethell's Bridge on the River Hull. I had the idea of exploring the 'flatlands' west of the river linking up with the walk from Watton. From the car park we cut through the woodland to reach Scurf Dyke and followed its bank due west all the way to Scurf Dyke Farm. Just beyond there we turned south to come again to Blue Keld Spring but continuing this time to Throstle Nest. Here three vast buildings house the bottling and distribution of Blue Keld Spring Water. Walking along the single track round from there, we had to stand back as two huge juggernauts came by to be loaded at the bottling plant. We crossed the road to Tophill Low and walked past Easingwold Farm, encountering some boggy ground to reach a nature reserve, where we took a lunch break in a hide overlooking one of the ponds. Numerous ducks, geese, swans, coots, moorhen, curlew and other waders, and cormorants were visible. We then continued to Wilfholme Landing on the River Hull and turned to follow the bridle path north past Tophill Low water-works and nature reserve to Hempholme Lock and Bethell's Bridge (9 miles). On the journey home we stopped off at Sigglesthorne Garden Centre for tea & cake.

Sunday, November 23rd.
Today was the wettest day we've had for a walk for many months. From our car parking at the Council Offices at Skirlaugh (thanks to ERYC for permission) we headed west to join Black Tup Lane and north to Arnold, and through the underpass below the A165 into Long Riston. Now heading east we squelched our way past the gallops and Farnton Plantation. Beyond the B1243 we continued along field edges to Rise. There, by the Walled Garden, we were surprised to find many contractors vehicles - electricians, plumbers, joiners, plasterers etc! The area and empty farm buildings had been taken over by the BBC DIY SOS team, who were undertaking a 'Big Build' project in the village, adapting a normal 'semi' into home suitable for someone with Motor-Neurone Disease. Among the 80 local contractors working on the project we came across Billy Byrne of the BBC team who was quite happy to chat to us about it. The rain by now had stopped but the ground was waterlogged as we squelched our way along Folly Lane and back to Skirlaugh by Wood End Farm and alongside the Lambwath Stream (9 miles). On the drive home, some of us detoured via Sigglesthorne Garden Centre, again, for tea & cakes.

Tuesday, November 25th.
Another fine late autumn found me and Suzie at North Newbald. From the village we set off north over Dot Hill towards Syke House Farm. There we turned east up the dale between Big Hill and Sancton Hill with their clusters of wind turbines. Above Hessleskew Gare we joined the Yorkshire Wolds Way and turned to follow this due south. This took us down to the Gardham Road then the Beverley road, beyond which we entered Swin Dale. After a lunch stop by a dew pond we continued up the dale towards High Hunsley. From there we followed a quiet road all the way down to South Newbald, with views west over the Vale of York and a 'murmuration' of starlings to the east. (9 miles) We stopped off in Beverley on the way home for tea at Vanessa's Delicatessen and Cafe.

Sunday, November 30th, and an extra walk from Thixendale specifically for a visit to the Robert Fuller Gallery in Fotherdale.
We took a familiar route out of Thixendale up the dale to Thixendale Grange. Then along the road as far as the footpath down to Uncleby and Kirby Underdale, where we sheltered by the church for lunch. From there it is a long slog uphill past Painsthorpe Manor. Hereabouts we spotted a buzzard and a red kite soaring over the Wolds. At the top we kept to the roads in order to walk down Fotherdale to the Robert Fuller Gallery. There we were greeted with a glass of warm mulled wine as we studied the many stunning wild-life paintings on display. Some of us purchased some Christmas cards and prints, but my favourite painting - the large oil on canvas featuring 'Barn Owls at Thixendale' was a little beyond my credit limit, being priced at 9,950. From the Gallery we continued down the road to Thixendale ending the day with tea & cakes at the Village Hall (8 miles)

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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 : North Newbald - Swin Dale

A Walk for Winter - 9 miles.
An ideal walk for the winter months from North Newbald using tracks and lanes on the western fringe of the Yorkshire Wolds.
The walk follows a section of the Yorkshire Wolds Way over Newbald Wold and through Swin Dale.

Click on this link for details: North Newbald



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 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.

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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Arnold Underwood