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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.


Panorama towards Chrome and Parkhouse Hills on the Staffs/Derbys border/Photo  Arnold Underwood 11 April 2014

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UPDATED - 14th Sept 2014

Leven Walking Club

Printed Programme clarification

A reminder that copies of the first version of the printed LWC 2014 Walks Programme had incorrect dates.
The correct programme is on this website calendar.

It has been necessary to change the Car Parking arrangements, and therefore the walk start, to REASTY BANK TOP (North-west of Scalby, Grid Ref: SE 065 944)


Visit Hull & East Yorkshire


Wolds Walking Festival
For further details follow this link: 'The Yorkshire Wolds


Congratulations to Suzie, and the rest of the North-West Walks group for completing the 192 miles from St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay on 18th July.



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

East Yorkshire Motor Services (EYMS)'Moors Explorer' operates on Sundays and Bank Holidays until the end of September.
Timetables and further details are on the EYMS website. Click here: 'East Yorkshire Motor Services

For ideas of walks on the North York Moors linked to this new service go to the Moors Explorer Walks page


Hornsea District Walking Club

SCOTTISH BORDERS - 13th to 17th October 2014

5-Day Break with National Holidays
Four nights B,B, & Dinner at the Waverley Castle Hotel, Melrose
Walks on the Eildon Hills and by the River Tweed
Optional Coach Tours to Edinburgh, Berwick-on-Tweed. etc
More details from Betty Lusby (Bookings) and Arnold Underwood (Walks)




After a couple of 'record' months, my mileage for August took something of a knock for various reasons - bad weather, illness, etc. With a few additional short wanderings I clocked up only 53 miles.

Sunday, Aug 3rd.
With no takers for an alternative walk, I joined the short walk from Skidby Mill led by Stuart. It was a glorious day as we followed the familiar paths by way of Gallows Hill to Skidby West End. Field paths brought us to Risby, with its information board about the 'lost village', then along the lane and round the edge of Risby Park to 'Cellar Heads' to Fishpond Wood. Here we took a detour down to the fishponds and Folly Lake cafe, where most took lunch on the bank overlooking the ponds. From there it wasn't far across fields, through Skidby village back to the Mill for tea and cake in the courtyard at the Sails Tearoom (6 miles)

Wednesday, Aug 6th
This was the only evening walk that doesn't start and finish at a pub, from Bethells Bridge on the River Hull near Hempholme. This is a fascinating area where numerous gravel pits have found a new lease of life for leisure activities, like fishing, water-skiing, etc. The footpaths however are not well-used so route finding can be tricky. After following the river bank, with frisky cattle, we reached the farm at Emmotland and from there continued past fishing ponds to Hempholme. Through a jungle maze of maize we reached Struncheon Lock and crossed the river to walk back passed the moored boats to the cars (4 miles). Afterwards we drove back to the New Inn at Leven for a pint or two.

Sunday, Aug 10th
This was the day that remnants of Hurricane Bertha reached the UK. Gale-force winds and torrential rain were forecast and we were supposed to be heading to the Peak District. Wisely, Graham decided to call it off as both the journey and the walk would have been quite hazardous.

Tuesday, Aug 12th
For various reasons this was the only time this month that me and Suzie were able to fit in a weekday walk. On a lovely sunny day we headed for Bainton, parking in the large lay-by there. After looping round through the village we crossed the main road and set off towards North Dalton on the Minster Way. The route is dead easy, almost straight to North Dalton, so easy that we missed a turn and found ourselves on the wrong side of Westfield House. Thanks to the lady of the house who was working in the garden, and had also spotted our error, for inviting us to cross through her garden to rejoin the proper route. In North Dalton we explored part of the village and the church, which is hidden from the road. Then across rolling Wolds landscape with vast acres of corn awaiting harvesting to a lunch stop above Tithe Top Farm. After crossing the Pocklington Road we dropped down to meet the Haywold Bridle Road which we were to follow due east back towards Bainton. Again we missed a turn and found ourselves higher above Deepdale than we should have been, entailing a bit of a scramble down a bank to rejoin the path. After turning past Low Wood and then High Wood we were faced with mile down the busy Malton Road to the Wolds Village Tearoom for tea and cake in the courtyard. From there it was just a short stroll from the roundabout along the footpath to the car (10 miles)

Wednesday, Aug 13th
The final evening walk for this summer was from The Victoria (near Morrisons) in Beverley. On a fine evening our route was past Jocks Lodge, over the bypass to Butt Farm and round to Broadgate Farm on the Walkington road. We followed the track alongside the bypass then turned towards the Westwood. After a short break we headed across to Black Mill and across the roads to pass by the chalk quarry and back to Victoria Road, to round off the evening with a pint in the Victoria (4 miles)

Sunday, Aug 17th
It's a long drive to Danby, high up on the North York Moors, but a very scenic drive whichever route you use. So it was nearly 11am by the time we set off from Danby Lodge across fields, railway, and River Esk to take a look at the historic 'Duck Bridge'. The weather was bright and breezy as we continued up the lane to Danby Castle - a fortified Manor but now having a marquee for weddings and a field of luxury 'tents' as guest accommodation. We headed towards Ainthorpe but then turned off the road to follow a track over Ainthorpe Rigg and on to Danby Rigg. On the exposed moorland the breeze became a gale, and with it rain, horizontal stinging rain. It was amusing watching some struggling to put on their waterproofs! Within 10 mins the squall had past and the sun broke through. We didn't get any more rain but the strong wind continued all day. After lunch in the shelter of an old quarry, we crossed Little Fryup Dale and walked along the top of the dale to Crag Wood. By Head House we descended to re-cross the Esk and return to Danby Lodge via Houlsyke and Oakley Side. Tea and cakes at the National Park Centre (9 miles).

Sunday, Aug 24th Today I should have led a walk from Coneysthorpe, near Castle Howard, but unfortunately the entire Underwood family had been struck down by a sickness bug. On a lovely day a small group, led by Bob, completed 9 miles across the Howardian Hills AONB by way of New River Bridge, Welburn, Bulmer and Ganthorpe. Castle Howard was very busy and the tearoom in Welburn was closed, so a stop was made on the way home at the Stonetrough Inn at Kirkham.

Sunday, Aug 31st
I had always planned that we should make use of the Moors Explorer bus again on this 'free' Sunday, and I had planned a linear walk from Hutton-le-Hole. Four of us met at Beverley bus station for the ME1, but when it pulled in it was full, and there were about 10 people waiting to board. In the next bay the York bus was about to depart, and quickly Stuart said 'let's get on this instead'. So we did, and at about 10.15 we alighted in Pocklington. We had decided to walk from there back to Market Weighton.
On a bright day we headed up to the golf course and came across a new sign - Nature Trail - so we followed this and it took us through woods round the bottom edge of the course to the road near Kilnwick Percy Hall. There we stopped off for morning coffee at the World Peace Cafe. Continuing towards Warrendale we joined the Wolds Way and followed this across Kilnwick Percy Hill and down to Nunburnholme, where we made a lunch stop. Then up and over Nunburnholme Wold and along the road into Londesborough and through the park. Using field paths via Towthorpe we were back in Market Weighton in time for the 3.56 bus back to Beverley (11 miles). In Beverley we had coffee in Cafe Nero before driving home.

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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.

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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