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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 - 30thJune 2016

Hornsea District Walking Club

Wednesday Evening Walks

The next evening walk is on Wednesday, July 6th setting off from the Half Moon, Skidby at 7.00pm.
Click on Calendar


Sunday Walks



The next short walk walk starts at 10.30am from near the pond in Bempton.
Park in Bempton where safe to do so and not to cause obstruction


The next long walk walk starts at 10.00am from the main carpark at Castle Howard. Meet at the Coutyard entrance.


Walks Programme July - Dec 2016

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 welcome, together with offers to lead any of the walks.

Please let me know ASAP



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 coach tours to Bath and the surrounding area
Contact Betty Lusby to book your place 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



*****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.



The weather still very changeable, but we have been lucky on Sundays with a couple of warm summer days. However midweek weather hasn't been good for the start of the evening walks, with rain on all three Wednesdays so far!

Friday May 6th
What a difference a week makes - the previous Friday we had wind, rain, sleet. Today, sunshine and temperatures around 20oC - ideal for a 9 mile walk with Caroline and Suzie on the Lincolnshire Wolds from Barnetby-le-Wold. That's if you can find the way into Barnetby as a result of major roadworks! Our walk took us over the Wolds past the landing lights of Humberside Airport and down to Owmby. From there we followed the Viking way back through Bigby into Barnetby.

Sunday May 8th
A very warm day for this 'challenging' 11 mile walk from Cowhouse Bank on the North York Moors above Helmsley. However all 14 completed this walk in an area that was new to most of us. The route took us across moorland and through forest via some serious ups and downs, with spectacular views from Rollgate Bank. Afterwards a few of us adjourned to The Feathers in Helmsley for a well-deserved cool drink.

Wednesday May 11th
Twenty people, including a few newcomers, turned out for the first HDWC Summer evening walk of 2016. The weather was not very summery though - murky and cold! Our 5 mile route took us past Wassand Hall and back by the Mere. Most adjourned to the Stackhouse Bar afterwards.

Friday May13th
A bright and breezy day for our weekday walk. Today with Suzie, we did about 8 miles from Brantingham via Elloughton Dale, Wauldby, to Raywell Nut Wood, returning via the Wolds Way and Brantingham church. There were wild flowers in abundance - bluebells, early purple orchids, cowslips, wild garlic and more. Nice tea and scones in the Village Bakery & Coffee Shop in South Cave rounded off a good day.

Sunday May 15th
The weather was much warmer than forecast! There were sixteen of us on today's LWC 9 mile walk from Kirby Underdale. Our route took us via the village of Bugthorpe, and down into and up out of the appropriately named Deep Dale. Inquisitive cattle and boggy ground added further interest! Afterwards some stopped at Fimber, others at Sledmere, for tea and cakes.

Wednesday May 18th
The weather hasn't been kind to us so far for the evening walks! This time rain in the afternoon may have put people off so only six of us met at the Warton Arms, Woodmansey. A pity because, once across the field of wet barley, it was an interesting and varied 4 mile walk via Beverley Beck, the River Hull and Figham Pasture, enjoyed by all six of us - as was a pint in the Warton Arms afterwards!

Sunday May 25th
Another glorious Sunday for exploring the delightful rolling countryside near Maltby in South Yorkshire. There were fifteen of on today's walk of nearly 10 miles, setting off at 10am past the impressive ruins of Roche Abbey. Our route took us via Firbeck, Letwell, and Laughton-en-le-Morthen. Most adjourned to the Black Lion in Firbeck for a well-deserved drink afterwards.

Sunday May 29th
With no scheduled walk today and a good weather forecast me and Caroline headed for the Moors. We caught the 10.10am well-filled NYMR train from Levisham to Goathland, and walked back. A walking distance of just over 10miles - through moorland, forest, and dale, so completing a missing link between Pickering and Whitby. The weather was disappointingly misty and murky at Goathland but brightened from around Newtondale providing some great views across the dale. We ended the day with a nice cup of tea in the sunshine at Levisham Station.


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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