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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 of Newtondale from Skelton Tower, NYM/Photo  Arnold Underwood,29th May 2016

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UPDATED - 27th August 2016


Sunday Walks


SUNDAY AUG 28th - ALKBOROUGH (North Lincolnshire)
The next long walk starts from the Paddocks Tearoom, College Farm, Alkborough on 28th August
Journey time from Leven about 50mins via Humber Bridge and A1077.
Paddocks Tearoom doesn't open till 10.00am, so the start of the walk may be delayed.


Walks Programme July - Dec 2016

Walks for the second half of the year have been added to the calendar. Click on Calendar

Suggestions for walks, particularly 'Short Walks', are always welcome, together with offers to lead any of the walks.



WESTON-SUPER-MARE with National Holidays

Coach from Leven and Hull. Four nights based in a Weston-Super-Mare hotel.
Optional walks on the coast, the Mendip Hills and Cheddar Gorge. Optional inclusive coach tours to Cheddar Gorge, Bath and the surrounding area
Contact Betty Lusby to book your place ASAP



Saturday, 3rd Sept - Leven Real Festival

Back by popular demand for it's 7th year, this Real Ale Festival is staged in the courtyard of the New Inn Leven.
Festival Admission 3. Non-festival drinkers free entry. Finest Real Ale and Cider; Great Food (from 4 pm); Live Music.
New Inn, Leven from 12 noon
Contact Arnold Underwood
For more information visit Leven Real Ale Festivals


Saturday, 17th Sept - Saltaire Festival, Shipley, Bradford
Dance - Film - Theatre - Music; Markets - Fairs - Food; David Hockney Exhibition. Admission charges - various

9.38am train from Hull, change at Leeds. Contact Stuart Kemp



September's walk is a return to the Peak District for a walk from Longshaw Park

Meet Leven Sports Hall 8.00am, Longshaw Park 9.45 for a 10am walk start

Please bring your National Trust Membership Cards for free parking at Longshaw Park


Visit Hull & East Yorkshire

10th - 18th September

Walking & Outdoors Festival

Click on this link for full details - Walking and Outdoors Festival



Moors Explorer

This year, Moors Explorer only runs on the Spring Bank Holiday Sunday/Monday 29/30 May, Sundays 24 and 31 July, and Sundays 7, 14, 21, 28 August, plus Bank Holiday Monday 29 August.
Catch it at any stop on route, including Hessle Square, Anlaby Red Lion, Willerby Square, Hull Paragon Interchange, Cottingham Green and Beverley Bus Station.
There's no need to pre-book, just buy your ticket from the driver when you board.
Sorry, concessionary passholders cannot travel free on Moors Explorer, but those who can show a valid concessionary pass can get a discounted day ticket.

For ideas for walks using the Moors Explorer click on - Moors Explorer walks

Friends of Moorsbus - futher details click on - Friends of Moorsbus Guided Walks



*****Member discounts at the Trespass store at the Flemingate Shopping Centre in Beverley****

*** 10% discount off all products in store all year round, which can also be used with certain running promotions, to Walking Club members and followers of this website ***
Just show your Walking Club membership card or mention 'Dales Trails' at the checkout for your discount.
Discounts also now apply to shopping online. Visit Trespass online shopping

Trespass supplies a fantastic range of outdoor wear and accessories which cater to all outdoor adventures from absolute beginners all the way through to professionals.



Trans-Dales Trails

Booklets for my three Trans-Dales Trails 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




25 years ago myself and three friends completed the Pennine Way from Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders.
The document telling the story of that epic adventure has just come to light after being thought lost.
Written back in 1990 using a Commodore 64 computer and saved to a long-lost 5" floppy disk, this printed draft was the only copy of our story.
As I laboriously re-type the document, I will 'serialise' it on this website in 15 chapters, one for each day of or walk.
So if you are interested (Days 1 - 8 so far), follow this link Pennine Way Conquered.



July - and summer has arrived. In fact it was very hot in the middle of the month but fortunately my walks somehow managed to avoid the extremes of weather (most of the time!). A busy month clocking up more than 100 miles.

Friday, July 1st.
Today with Caroline and Suzie we did an 8 mile walk on the Yorkshire Wolds from Huggate. Although at times cool and cloudy, we avoided any rain. We finished the walk accompanied by farmer Sam who told us about his unusual Zwartbles sheep, and about the little owls that used to nest in one of the trees by the footpath. We rounded off our day with drinks outside in the sunshine at the Wolds Inn, Huggate.

Sunday July 3rd
It's not often that I do the short walks on the programme, but I put myself down to lead this one - a 7 mile walk from Bempton village via Buckton and along the cliff-top to Dykes End. The return used an 'expired' permissive path to Blackhowe Lane. RSPB Bempton was very busy but we got a good view of a puffin away from the crowded viewpoints, as well as plenty of gannets, kittiwakes etc. There were fifteen of us on today's walk and afterwards some of us enjoyed tea and cakes at the Buckton Galleries and Tearoom.

Wednesday, July 6th.
There were sixteen of us on tonight's 5 mile evening walk from Skidby via Risby Park. Although overcast it wasn't cold, but the dull conditions and lack of scenic interest were not conducive to photography, so I took very few photos this time! Afterwards, we adjourned the Half Moon, Skidby for drinks.

Friday, July 8th
After delivering medication to poorly Caroline, it was just me and Suzie that did an 8 mile walk on the Wolds from Millington. After a squally shower near Warrendale the weather improved and it was bright, warm and breezy for the remainder of the walk. We took a lunch break on a bench by the lake at Kilnwick Percy before continuing via KP Golf Course and Mill Farm. Back at Millington it was time for tea & scones in the sunshine at the Rambler's Tearoom, and later, a quick pint in the New Inn, Leven whilst Suzie waited for the bus to Hornsea.

Sunday July 10th
Twelve of us today on this HDWC 9 mile walk in the Howardian Hills AONB. Parking in the large, free car park at Castle Howard we set off along the Stray through the arch. Our route took us via the pretty villages of Bulmer, Whitwell on the Hill, and Welburn - and we missed the showers! Afterwards some of us had tea and scones at the Courtyard tearoom, Castle Howard.

Wednesday, July 13th
Unlucky 13th! Dead on cue the rain arrived for our evening walk from Brandesburton! The first heavy shower (which soaked Carol and John who had walked from Leven) had cleared by 7pm, so 10 brave souls set off. However as we headed along Westfield Lane the skies darkened and down came more rain. Our route was aborted at Burshill and we headed directly back to Brands along the road/river, arriving at the Black Swan just as the evening sun dropped below the clouds, casting a rainbow over the pub. There, some of the bedraggled walkers supped pints of Oxford Gold whilst waiting for lifts home.

Friday July 15th
Something different - today me and Caroline walked the 10miles along the Cleveland Way from Filey to Scarborough. A harder walk than I'd expected there being more downs and ups - but then it is the Cleveland Way! Rain was forecast for the afternoon, but it didn't arrive until we were having a cup of tea in Scarborough, before catching the train back to Filey.

Sunday July 17th
A warm day for the fifteen of us on this 8 mile LWC walk around Goathland on the North York Moors. Starting near the Mallyan Spout Hotel our route took us first to Moorgates, then past Partridge Hill to a lunch-stop high on Goathland Moor. We eventually found our way down off the moor to Beck Hole (where we bumped into Neil & Sheena!) and back by the beck to Mallyan Spout waterfall. Some took the short-cut back to the hotel, whilst the rest pressed on past the waterfall and then up many steep steps to the road. We all met up again for tea and cakes at the Hotel Tea-room.

Wednesday, July 20th
After the highest daytime temperatures this year, the threatened storms didn't materialise in East Yorkshire. So it was disappointing that there were only five of us on this evening's walk. On a glorious evening we enjoyed a 5 mile walk from Lund via Kilnwick along recently mowed field paths and bridleways (thank you ERYC) and country lanes. We were even invited to drinks and nibbles by the Vicar to a select gathering at Kilnwick church - an offer that was declined as we were not really properly dressed for the occasion! Instead we had a pint in the Wellington at Lund before heading home.

Friday, July 22nd
An 8 mile walk with Suzie on the Yorkshire Wolds a few miles north of Driffield. A sparsely populated area with just scattered farms linked with a network of tracks and narrow lanes. There were some good views south towards the Humber from the tops. A pleasant day for walking, dry and bright with a refreshing breeze.

Sunday July 24th
Only eight of us made it to Ravenscar today for a 10 mile walk led by Graham. Our route took us along the old Whitby railway then up and over the hills into Ramsdale with its restored water-mill. Down through Fylingthorpe to lunch on the shore of a very busy Robin Hoods Bay. After walking the shore to Boggle Hole we re-joined the cliff-top Cleveland Way for more ups and downs, ending with the long slog up from Peak Alum Works back to Ravenscar, finishing just before the rain started. We stopped off at Cloughton Old Station for our cups of tea, but the rain meant we had to stay inside.

Wednesday, July 27th
Eighteen of us - the most since the first evening walk in May - on this evening's 4 mile walk from Sewerby! Along the cliff-top past Danes Dyke to Beacon Hill then inland to Flamborough village, with a little loop by the church. Then back through dark Danes Dyke woods and past Sewerby Hall. For me, the evening was rounded of appropriately with a pint of Wainwright Ale at the Ship Inn, Sewerby

Friday, July 29th
Today me and Suzie returned to the southern edge of the North York Moors National Park for a 9 mile walk from the pretty village of Brompton-by-Sawdon, 'Birthplace of Aviation' (so it says on the village road sign) . Our route took us to Sawdon then down into the wooded Sawdon Dale, where it was pretty wet going following early rain. A steep climb out of the dale brought us to North Moor and back through the delightful village of Ruston. We ended our day with tea and scones at the Brompton Old Forge tearoom.

Sunday, July 31st
With no scheduled club walk today, me and Caroline ventured to the Moors to complete a grand 10 mile walk from Hawnby, Starting from Hawnby Church we headed for Arden Hall then climbed up Thorodale onto the open moor to join the Hambleton Drove Road with views across the Vale of York to the Pennines. Our return was via the remote Gowerdale down to Dalicar Bridge. After a tough walk we enjoyed a well-deserved cup of tea outside the Hawnby Stores and Tearoom. A tough but satisfying walk, somewhat off the beaten track.


Dales Trails Photo Galleries

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If you experience any problems please let me know.


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 - Thixendale

'Up n Under Dale' - 8 miles.
An ideal walk for springtime, up over the Wolds from Thixendale into Kirkby Underdale - an unspoilt estate village owned by Lord Halifax of nearby Garrowby Hall.

Click on this link for details: 'Up n Under Dale'


Please do not print the route maps - purchase the relevant OS Map (Explorer 294/300) 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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Visitors to Dales Trails since August 1st 2007


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