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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 - 30th July 2015

Well done, girls!

Congratulations are the order of the day to two of our members for their recent walking achievements.
To Suzie, for completing the 96 miles of the West Highland Way from Milngavie to Fort William in one week, finishing on 4th July.
To Caroline, for conquering England's highest peak, Scafell Pike (3,209ft) on 17th July in very windy and cloudy conditions on the top.


Hornsea District Walking Club

Sunday 9th August

The direct route to Drax via the A645 from M62 (J36) near Rawcliffe is closed for bridge repairs
The Diversion, leaving M62 at J36, is via Snaith (A614 and A1041) and will add about 15mins to the journey

Parking is at the Drax Sports & Social Club which is accessed directly off the A645 roundabout at Drax.
From the Snaith diversion direction, this will involve almost a complete circle of the roundabout!


Leven Walking Club
Programme Change

Sunday 18th October 2015
The October walk will now be from Lockton and will include visiting Levisham Station (masquarading as Le Visham) to see activities staged for NYMR Wartime Weekend.
From the station, walkers will face a steep climb up to Dundale Pond on the return to Lockton!
See Calendar for the full programme


Hornsea District Walking Club
Wednesday Evening Walks

The next Evening Walk is on Wednesday 5th August
Meet near the Church in Bewholme at 7pm to set off on a 4 mile walk via Dunnington.

See Calendar for the full programme, every Wednesday evening until 12th August.



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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

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.




Apologies for the late posting of this report, and that it is not as detailed as usual. It's been another busy month, in which I again logged up more than 80 miles.

Wednesday, June 3rd.
This evening's walk would be the only one this summer with a substantial hill - from North Newbald up to the Wolds Way at Hessleskew (5 miles) Ten walkers tonight and most stayed on for a drink in the Tiger Inn

Friday, June 5th
Today we travelled down to North Cave and on a fine day me and Suzie did an 8 mile loop via Hotham. Part was similar to the evening walk from Hotham, but then continued into Houghton Woods were the rhododendrons were in flower. From the woods we dropped down to the hamlet of North Cliffe, then walked along the road to its twin, South Cliffe. After a steep climb back up the escarpment we returned Hotham and back to North Cave. Tea and scones in the sun at Drewton's.

Sunday, June 7th.
A good turnout of 15 for this month's short walk from Terrington led by Liz. Our route took us across fields to Ganthorpe then down past woodland and over the ridges of the Howardian Hills. Crossing Fryton Moor to Howthorpe Farm then back to Terrington, where there was a little confusion as the waymarked path didn't agree with map (7½miles). Afterwards most visited the tearoom at Yorkshire Lavender.

Tuesday, June 9th.
Huggate - Well Dale with Suzie and Caroline. Setting off from Huggate we followed the Wolds Way as far as Nettle Dale. Then we adventured into the dramatic valley of Well Dale which is access land off the Haywold Bridle Road, before rejoining the Bridle Road and taking a 'back way' path into Huggate to visit the village pond and church. (8 miles). On the drive home, we stopped off at the Wolds Village, Bainton for tea and scones.

Wednesday June 10th.
Lovely weather again for our evening walk. Fifteen walkers met in Skipsea for the walk via Ulrome. The first sighting this summer, of a 'Wednesday owl' near Ulrome. (5½ miles). Most adjourned to the Board Inn afterwards.

Sunday June 14th.
Gilling East. There had been quite a lot of rain so although not much on the day. As a result some overgrown field edges were very wet and some of us, not fully prepared, got very wet feet! (8½ miles). However, a cup of tea and a train ride at the Ryedale Miniature Railway made all worthwhile!

Tuesday June 16th.
Today me and Suzie only travelled to Driffield to walk the canal bank to Wansford, where we got a good sighting of a kingfisher near Whinhill Lock. The canal bank path had been cleared by the Driffield Canal Society, but will need doing again soon, as new growth is rapidly appearing (8 miles). Afterwards we went to the Riverhead Cafe in Driffield.

Wednesday, June 17th.
Much to Graham's amazement, the biggest turnout this year for this evening walk from Hutton Cranswick - 17 of us. From the green in Cranswick we headed to the Church in Hutton, then looping back by field paths to return alongside Scurf Dyke (5 miles). Afterwards, drinks in the White Horse in Cranswick.

Sunday June 21st.
Coincidentally my route for today's walk was published in the June issue of Country Walking. A familiar route from Thixendale to Kirby Underdale (for lunch in the church yard) and back up Painsthorpe Hill, then down Worm Dale to the Waves & Time Artwork on the Wolds Way. As we had made good time, some of us detoured via Robert Fuller's Gallery to see his summer exhibition. (9½ miles) Back in Thixendale we met up again for tea and cakes in the village hall.

Wednesday June 24th.
Another fine evening. Eleven of us set off from Leven down West Street to the graveyard at the site of St Faith's Church, then on to the airfield. Returning via Waterloo Bridge and the canalside path, with a sighting of a barn owl near Sandholme. (5¼miles) Afterwards, most enjoyed a pint a two in the New Inn.

Friday June 26th.
The day before Suzie headed off to Glasgow to start the West Highland Way we completed a short walk from Folly Lake in Risby Park. Our route was across to Skidby then up to Rowley Manor, where we were caught in a brief shower, returning via Little Weighton (7¼miles) Back at Folly Lake, there was time for a light lunch before driving into Beverley to surprise Ann and Dudley at their wedding at Beverley Register Office.

Post script - I am pleased to say that Suzie successfully completed the West Highland Way, arriving in Fort William on July 4th. Among the group were a few of the friends from across the world she had made whilst walking the Coast to Coast last year

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.


East Yorkshire - Driffield Canal

A Waterside Walk - 7 miles.
A summer stroll from Driffield alongside the canal to Wansford. Continuing by Nafferton Beck to Nafferton with its Mere, and back across fields to Driffield

Click on this link for details: Driffield Canal


Please do not print the route maps - purchase the relevant OS Map (Explorer 295) 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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