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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 - 15th Aug 2014

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)



JULY 2014

Another busy month, although walks-wise it got off to a slow start, with only the club walks for me. Suzie was away for two weeks doing the Coast to Coast, organised by North-west Walks. However I did arrange to meet up with her and the group twice during the second week of their trek. The weather was pretty good for the whole month. My mileage for the month came to about 104, my highest since 1993.

Wednesday, July 2nd
Our evening walk set off from Leven by the canal then through Little Leven. After visiting the graveyard at Hall Gath we continued along the lane to the airfield. From there we followed the farm track to Waterloo Bridge and then back alongside the canal to the New Inn, for a pint or two of Wold Top or Jennings Ale (5 miles)

Sunday, July 6th
I had agreed to lead the short walk this month from Allerthorpe Woods. There had been rain earlier and the first section from Low Moor through the woods was a bit wet and plagued with mosquitoes! Once across the road it was better going across the common and on towards Allerthorpe village. From there we took the lane skirting the golf course to Waplington Manor and then searched for a sheltered spot for a lunch stop - there was a cool north-easterly wind blowing. Back in the woods, we looped round the perimeter of the nature reserve back to the car park. Tea and cake at Allerthorpe Lakeside tea-room (6 miles)

Wednesday, July 9th
Another fine evening, although clouds threatened rain which never came. We set off from the Half Moon at Skidby and headed for Risby Park. Following the perimeter of the park and fishing ponds we reached Risby Lane with its cherry trees, where we wre delayed by some sampling the fruit! The sun dropped below the clouds and cast a golden light across the cornfields and highlighting the windmill above Skidby village. Back at the Half-moon, time for a quick beer before heading home.(5miles)

Sunday, July 13th
Another trip to Lincolnshire - After meeting at the Humber Bridge, just two cars made the journey to Louth on a day that threatened heavy showers. The first shower came as we were getting kitted up in the car park - after just a few drops the heavens opened and most of us quickly jumped back into the cars. However Caroline and Ann were caught out - as they had disappeared behind a disused building in the old cattle-market! The walk itself headed out of Louth across the rolling landscape of the Lincolnshire Wolds and we didn't experience any more rain to speak of. After Raithby we entered the Hubbard's Hills Country Park, which was very popular with families on this warm day. Back in Louth it was their Food Festival and the town was very busy, but we managed find space in a tea-room before returning to the cars. (9 miles)

Tuesday, July 15th
I had worked out that I could meet up with Suzie and the Coast to Coast Group as they crossed the Vale of Mowbray. An early start found me at Ingleby Cross at just after 9am - time for a morning coffee at the Blue Bell Inn, where other C to C walkers had just had breakfast. Then a bus to Brompton (near Northallerton), and a second bus to Oaktree Hill. There I picked up the C to C path and walked it the 'wrong way' to Danby Wiske. On the green outside pub I had a pint of local Northallerton Brewery ale with my lunch whilst waiting for the group to arrive. When they arrived it was declared their lunch break also. I then tagged along with them for the afternoon - a friendly group comprising walkers from Australia, USA, Canada, and the UK. We made good progress across the fairly flat, pleasant countryside, with just one major hazard - crossing the A19 dual-carriageway. All safely across, by 4.30pm we were back at Ingleby Cross which was the end of their 17 mile day having set off from Bolton-on-Swale at about 9am. For me, I had walked about 11 miles, and faced a 2 hour drive home.

Wednesday, July 16th
The evening walk from the Wrygarth at Great Hatfield must be jinxed, I thought, as for the third or fourth time heavy rain was forecast, and it was raining as we drove the few miles there. A few other brave souls were there as well, getting waterproofs on preparing for the worst. After a delayed start we set off along the road, and within minutes the rain had stopped and the sun broke through below the clouds. This highlighted the wind-turbines in the east and produced a rainbow against the dark clouds. Leaving the road will took to green lanes to Rise, then back along the rail trail from Whitedale to the Wrygarth, for a pint or two at this award-winning pub (5 miles)

Friday, July 18th
This was the final day of the Coast to Coast walk for Suzie and I had always promised to meet up and walk the last few miles into Robin Hoods Bay. So again it was an early start to get to Robin Hoods Bay by 9.30am from where I caught a bus back up to the main Scarborough Road. From there I set off across bleak moorland to hopefully intercept the path of the Coast to Coast walk. This I did at a weathered C2C marker post, where I turned left to once again walk the path the 'wrong way'. After the moor I dropped down to the road leading to May Beck, and here Suzie phoned, saying that they were at the 'Hermitage' near Littlebeck. From May Beck I followed the path down towards Falling Foss waterfall to find the group taking a tea break at Midge Hall tea-garden. After their break we set off with me retracing my steps to May Beck and up onto the moor. However their leader took a slightly different route across part of the moor. After leaving the exposed moorland we took a quick lunch break because the weather was taking a turn for the worse. So it was on with the waterproofs as we headed through Hawsker and down past the caravan park to the clifftop at Maw Syke Hole. Following the cliff path, Robin Hoods Bay does not come into view until the very last moment. The group was by now well strung out, with Suzie and an American girl way out in front. We waited for the others at the edge of the village, and then Chris the leader, led everyone down to the beach via the alleys and snickets, followed by a long walk over the sands to the sea for the ceremonial 'toe-dipping' and 'pebble-throwing'. Well done everyone for completing the 192 miles in 13 days.(14 miles for me today).

Sunday, July 20th
Leven Club's walk was from the pretty little village of Marton near Kirbymoorside. I think there were 22 of us at the start! This area is not walked much, and I was pleased to have done the 'recce' last year. Our route followed the River Seven to Normanby Bridge, then up Normanby Hill. There were a lot of frisky, but otherwise harmless cattle hereabouts. After lunch in a shady field corner it was up and over Golden Hill then along a lane to Great Edstone (on Edstone Hill), another pretty little village 'off the beaten track' with a Millennium seat and sundial by the green. Over one final hill, Marton Hill, brought us back to Marton village, still 22 of us.(8 miles). We stopped off at the Whole Hogg for tea and cakes on the journey home.

Tuesday, July 22nd
Even though she had walked non-stop for two weeks, Suzie was still keen for a weekday walk, so a last minute decision found us by Skidby Mill, on a very warm day. I had decided to try out my new 'Mammut' boots for the first time. From the Mill we headed over Gallows Hill and along Riplingham Lane. To my horror this lane was flooded under the old railway bridge, with just a muddy strip along the edges to pass it. From there on it was plain-sailing up towards Rowley then towards Wauldby and into Nut Wood near Raywell. In the shade of the woods we found a convenient log on which to perch for lunch. After lunch we had to contend with mile down the busy Eppleworth Road to the entrance to Hessle Golf Club. Here the footpath is routed around the perimeter of the course, and it was very hot on the sunny side of the hedge. At last we gained open ground and a pleasant breeze before rejoining Riplingham Lane to pass under the flooded bridge and return to Skidby (10 miles). Tea & cakes at the Sails Tearoom at Skidby Mill.

Wednesday, July 23rd
For a change we started the evening North Cave-Hotham walk from Hotham, so we could visit the interesting pub there. Another sunny evening for our walk through the Park into North Cave and round by the beck and back to Hotham for a pint of Great Newsome 'Line & Length' (4 miles)

Sunday, July 27th
Today's walk from Sutton Bank must rank as one of the best of the year for its ups and downs, variety and interest. Beginning with Sutton Bank gliding club, then down past Kilburn White Horse to Kilburn village. Next up & down to Byland Abbey, up through the woods to Mount Snever Observatory, and finally down and up past Scotch Corner Chapel back to Sutton Bank! Even being caught in a shower at lunch didn't spoil the day. Quite a strenuous walk of more than 11 miles, but with plenty of interest and great views from Sutton Bank. Tea & cake at the National Park Visitor Centre.

Tuesday, July 29th
For our weekday walk I joined Suzie on the bus and we went as far as Skirlaugh - the plan to check out a route on the programme later in the year. From Skirlaugh we took to bridleways and back lanes to Arnold and Long Riston, then along field paths past the gallops to Rise. Here we stopped for a chat with gardener at Rise Walled Garden before continuing via green lanes to Oak Cottages. After Wood End the path keeps by the Lambwath Stream, all of which was very overgrown, back to Skirlaugh. Here we visited the church before catching the bus home (9miles)

Thursday, July 31st
I missed the evening walk on Wednesday as we were down in Cambridgeshire for a 'Wine Tasting Experience' at Chilford Hall. However on the Thursday me and Matt decided we could walk from Linton (where we had stayed overnight) to Chilford Hall, whilst Ann and Laura went by car. It was about 2miles up and over a surprisingly long hill! Later a visit to the vineyards took us over the same hill and back to the Hall for wine tasting and lunch. (3 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.

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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Arnold Underwood