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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.


Burdale Quarry Panorama/Photo  Arnold Underwood,1st Nov 2015

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UPDATED - 22nd May 2016

Hornsea District Walking Club

Details of the Wednesday Evening Walks Programme for Summer 2016 are now on the Calendar.
The next evening walk is on Wednesday, May 25th setting off from the Board Inn at Skipsea at 7.00pm.
Click on Calendar


Dates for your Diary

2016 Programme



The next short walk starts at 10.30am from Crayke, North Yorkshire.
Parking has been arranged at the Crayke Sports Club, Easingwold Road, Crayke. Grid Ref: SE 558703
Donations of 2 per car to Crayke Sports Club
Journey time about 1hr 25mins via Malton and Hovingham.



Some proposed walks for the second half of the year have been added to the calendar. Click on Calendar

Suggestions for more walks, particularly 'Short Walks', are still required, together with offers to lead any of the walks.

Please let me know ASAP



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



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Just show your Walking Club membership card or mention 'Dales Trails' at the checkout for your discount.

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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.



The weather still unsettled, with some good days and bad days! Whilst Hornsea Walking Club had a long weekend away in Hawes, Ann and myself ventured to the far north of Scotland to visit our friend John in Lochcarron - fortunately we were all graced with good weather that weekend!

Sunday April 3rd.
Heavy overnight rain left the ground very wet and boggy for our walk from Thixendale. Me, Caroline, and Betty did a longer 8 mile version of the scheduled short walk. Our route was across access land above Cow Dale to Brownmoor Dale. From Hanging Grimston we continued down towards Ulceby before rejoining the short route back past Thixendale Grange. After a grey misty morning, the weather brightened in the afternoon. We met up with some of the other walkers in Thixendale village hall tea-room afterwards.

Friday April 8th
The weather may have been dry today, but earlier rain meant our walk from Sinnington was wet, muddy and boggy in many places. On such a nice day my original plan for an 8 mile walk was extended so in the end Caroline and I did about 10 miles through woodland, by river, & across moorland via Lower Askew, Lastingham, Spaunton and Appleton-le-moors.

Sunday April 10th.
A lovely day for a walk enjoyed by twelve of us on the Lincolnshire Wolds. However due to deviation, hesitation, and repetition - not entirely the fault of the leader - we clocked up just over 10 miles instead of 9 as in the programme! Our route took us along the Viking Way from Caistor past the former iron mines up to Nettleton top. Then over the ridge and (eventually!) back to Caistor via Nettleton Hill. In Caistor we visited the Community Centre for our tea and cakes.

Thursday April 14th
Bad weather was forecast for Friday, but Caroline managed to swap her days off so instead we did our weekday walk on Thursday. Starting from Welburn, near Castle Howard, our 8 mile circuit took us via the villages of Whitwell-on-the-Hill and Bulmer. The day was nicely rounded off with tea and cake at the Leaf & Loaf bakery tearoom in Welburn.

Sunday April 17th
There were twenty of us today on the this walk on a bright but breezy day from near Hutton le Hole on the North York Moors. Following the previous day's rain, the going was very muddy in places, particularly near Mill Farm! Our 9 mile route took us via Douthwaite Dale, Gillamoor, Hutton-le-Hole, and Lingmoor Farm by way of various paths, tracks, and open access land. The latter provided the opportunity for some of the group to climb onto Shepherds Nab for a panoramic view of the moors. On the way home, most of us called at the 'Whole Hogg' farm shop near Malton for tea and cake.

April 21st-25th
Ann and myself visited our friend John who lives in the far north of Scotland at Lochcarron. We travelled by train from York to Inverness, and back. We had a busy few days with John driving us around the area so we could take in the stunning scenery. I even managed to fit in a couple of short walks, one near Applecross and the other at Lochcarron

Friday April 29th
Braving the return of winter weather with Suzie and Caroline - wind, rain, sleet and sun - we did a 6 mile walk from Goodmanham. The walk was timed so that we could see the riders in the Tour de Yorkshire sweep down Easthorpe Hill (A614) near Londesborough. Once they had passed we continued our walk round through Londesborough Park back to Goodmanham. Afterwards we called in at the excellent 'Cafe 34' in Market Weighton for tea and scones - probably the best scones yet in my tea-room 'survey'.


Dales Trails Photo Galleries

See my Dales Trails Photo Albums for a photo record of all walks by Hornsea and Leven Walking Clubs and more

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'Dales Trails Google+ Photo Albums'

With 'Picasa' being closed down by Google in the next few weeks, please try using the Google+ link.
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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Arnold Underwood