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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

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UPDATED - 22nd May 2015

Hornsea District Walking Club
Wednesday Evening Walks

The next Evening Walk is on Wednesday 27th May
Meet outside the Black Swan in Brandesburton in time to set off at 7pm on a 5 mile walk via Burshill.
(East Yorkshire 240/246 buses provide convenient connections from/to both Hornsea and Leven directions)
See Calendar for the full programme, every Wednesday evening until 12th August.



See: Eyam & Abney

This route has been selected by Go Outdoors to feature in their '10 Great Peak District Walks'
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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

Provisional 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.




A busy month that included the Hornsea District Walking Club weekend away at Rothbury in Northumberland. I clocked up 75 'walking' miles this month

Sunday, April 5th
Easter Sunday and thirteen of us gathered by the village hall in Seaton Ross. This month's 'short' walk would take us across fields and by woodland to Everingham, with its church dedicated to St Everilda - one of just three in the country. From Everingham we headed to Bielby with its historic little church, and near the former water mill by the Pocklington Canal we found a convenient spot for lunch. Field paths brought back into Seaton Ross (7½ miles) We stopped off at Allerthorpe Lakes for tea and cakes on the decking overlooking the lake.

Wednesday, April 8th.
For our weekday walk we headed to West Heslerton. Setting off across the A64 the aim was to follow field paths round to East Heslerton, which we did although there was a lack of signs. This new route for us, involved crossing the railway twice, and passing barns that showed evidence of being occupied by barn owls. Back across the A64 in East Heslerton we visited the fascinating church, now in the care of the Historic Churches Trust. From there we faced the long plod up the hillside to join the Wolds Way on Heslerton Brow. Near the top we found an ideal spot for lunch with panoramic views back across the Vale of Pickering to the Moors. Then we headed along the Wolds Way as far as the minor road, which we followed back down to West Heslerton where we visited the church in a picturesque setting. (7½ miles) On the journey home diverted via the Wolds Gallery for tea and cakes. (This diversion resulted in my car windscreen being cracked by a stone thrown up by a truck on the A64)

Sunday, April 12th.
Once again we had rain on our Sunday walk, but a bit of rain doesn't dampen our spirits! An adventurous walk from Forge Valley starting with a steep climb out of the valley. The walk continued down to Cockrah (where we encountered a cycle event), and alongside Sea Cut to Raincliffe Woods where we found a sheltered spot for lunch. After visiting Throxelby Mere it was up through the woods and along the top where it was a bit exposed to the elements. A final steep downhill brought us to the Forge Valley road near to our car park (9¼miles) Once again we visited the Wolds Gallery on the way home.

Wednesday, April 15th.
I was planning to drive to Millington, but traffic queuing from Routh roadworks reached White Cross, so I turned round and headed towards Driffield eventually choosing Fridaythorpe as our walk start. So we set off along the Wolds Way on a walk loosely based on one from an ERYC walks booklet. This took us down into Brubber Dale, then up and down into Thixen Dale (where the signpost has been repaired). There we turned to head up Pluckham Dale - we have only walked this dale once (by mistake!) because the path leads just to the A166 road - but today I had a plan. After lunch in the woods, we continued up towards the road and with relief I saw my plan would work! The farmer (at Pluckham Farm) leaves a broad grass strip round the field edges which allowed us (to trespass) up the field side away from the traffic on the A166 (Thankyou Mr Farmer). At the farm drive we crossed the road and walked along the wide verge to reach a public footpath leading towards Huggate. Where this path dropped into Horsedale we turned and walked down this dale to join the Wolds Way back to Fridaythorpe (7½ miles). Of course we visited Seaways for tea and cakes.

Sunday, April 19th.
For the Leven Club walk it was the time of year to visit Farndale - the Daffodil Dale. On a day when the weather was much brighter than expected (but very windy on the tops), thirteen of us completed a 10¼ mile walk from Gillamoor over Harland Moor to Low Mill in Farndale. There were great views across the dale from the edge of the moor. The return was along the dale from Low Mill to Lowna - off the 'tourist trail' - where we came across some superb displays of daffodils by the river. A detour via Mill Farm avoided walking up the road, but Bob missed a turn just ½ mile from the end which resulted in a very steep scramble up into Gillamoor! Afterwards, most of us adjourned to the Royal Oak in Gillamoor to recuperate.

Wednesday, April 22nd.
All roads lead to Bracken? On walks earlier in the year me and Suzie had noticed that a lot of the road signs on the lanes near Lund, Lockington pointed the way to Bracken. This 9½ mile walk through the rolling countryside of East Yorkshire was to discover the hamlet of Bracken. Our route, on a glorious day (I was wearing shorts for the first time this year!), took us from Watton along by the beck to Kilnwick and then past the lake at Cawkeld to the hamlet of Bracken. From there we followed the Mister Way and paused for lunch overlooking Bainton. Turning back we headed east past Bustard Nest Farm down to Hutton Cranswick. Skirting south of Cranswick village we headed back by way of field paths to the site of Watton Abbey and to my car at Watton.

Friday, April 24th.
ROTHBURY (Day 1) - The first day of HDWC weekend in Northumberland. After the drive north we all gathered at the riverside car park in Rothbury. Some of the group set off on a 6 mile walk around Rothbury Terrace, whilst others made the short drive to Cragside (NT), former home of William Armstrong, to explore the Estate and House. I was one of those going to Cragside, a place I had longed wanted to visit. Along with Ann, Betty, and John we opted to do the Estate Drive first and set off past the house through the trees. At the first parking area we pulled in, and being a glorious day I suggested that three walkers, me, Betty and John could walk up through the crags and trees, whilst Ann continued round the Drive. It was surprisingly steep up first to Slipper Tarn then on to Crozier car park, where we met Ann. We then walked alongside Nelly's Moss South Lake then the North Lake and past the Timber Flume to Canada Hill car park. From there we continued by car round the visitor centre. After lunch we did the house, then some of us walked to the Formal Garden. After which we drove back into Rothbury to our base at the Coquetvale Hotel.

Saturday, April 25th.
ROTHBURY (Day 2) - A complete contrast in the weather - wet, cold, and windy - for this 8½ mile walk over the Simonside Hills just to the south of Rothbury. Sixteen out of the party of 21 did this walk which headed out of Rothbury alongside the River Coquet then climbed to Tosson Tower, a ruined Pele Tower, and up through forest onto the hills, ending with a steep scramble to the summit at 1,395ft. Typically the weather improved as we came down off the hills and the day ended with a sunny evening. That evening we were all booked for dinner at the Turks Head in Rothbury

Sunday, April 26th.
ROTHBURY (Day 3) - A much brighter day, but with wintry showers forecast for later! Today, most of the party did a walk further up the valley, starting from Alwinton and venturing into the Cheviot Hills. However a few of us, me, Jyl, Pat, and Carron decided to do the Rothbury 'Carriage Drive', which we had missed on Friday, but planned ending our walk at Cragside, where Ann would meet us with the car.It was a delightful walk taking in heathland and forest, finally entering the Cragside Estate by one of the exits (!) by Tumbleton Lake. Ann met us at the visitor centre. Then we drove to Alnwick and spent an interesting and entertaining afternoon at the Castle. We completed the external 'Historical Tour', then we visited the State Rooms, the home of the Percy family, Duke of Northumberland, followed by a scary 'Ghost tour' into the Lost Cellars. After about 4 hours at the Castle we returned to Rothbury in time to take advantage of the 'early bird' evening meal at our hotel.

Monday April 27th.
ROTHBURY (Day 4) - Our final day in Northumberland and the option of a 5 mile morning walk from Fontburn Reservoir, a few miles south of Rothbury. It was a bright, sunny day but with a cool wind, particularly by the reservoir. There were 17 of us on this walk which crossed moorland, through forest, through bogs and forded raging burns (streams). After a lunch snack back at the reservoir, we continued the journey home, stopping off at Thirsk for tea and scones. An excellent weekend, enjoyed by all. Thanks to Joyce for organising the accommodation and to Graham and Bob for the walks.

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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.


North Yorkshire : Sinnington to Cropton

A Walk for Springtime - 7 miles.
This has been a good year for daffodils so there should be a good display along the banks of the River Seven at Sinnington. This walk heads up to Appleton-le-Moors then recrosses the river to visit Cropton, with its popular New Inn and brewery

Click on this link for details: Sinnington to Cropton



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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