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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 - 29th July 2016

Hornsea District Walking Club

Wednesday Evening Walks

The next evening walk is on Wednesday, Aug 3rd setting off from near the White Hart, North Cave at 7.00pm.

The final Evening Walk on Aug 10th will now be from the Blue Bell at Old Ellerby NOT Burton Pidsea

Click on Calendar


Sunday Walks



A walk from Humanby to Muston for the Scarecrow Festival.
Meet Leven Sports Hall 9.00am; Hunmanby Square 10.00am


The next short walk walk starts at 10.30am from Wetwang on 7th August
WETWANG PARKING: the lay-by near the recycling bins is likely to full as Beverley Ramblers are meeting at 10am.
If necessary, please park considerately elsewhere in the village, and meet by the Church for our walk at 10.30am.
(The Ramblers walk follows a different route to ours)


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




August's walk is the classic 10 mile circular walk on the Yorkshire Wolds from Wharram Percy via Thixendale
Meet Leven Sports Hall 9.00am, Wharram Percy Car Park 9.45 for a 10am walk start



Saturday, 20th August - Hull Aero Club 25th Anniversary Festival

Walk by Leven Canal to Linley Hill Airfield for the Hull Aero Club 1940s-themed Festival and Flying Display
Festival Admission 5. Refreshments and Bar.
For more information visit Hull Aero Club
Meet outside the New Inn, Leven at 11am
Walking distance 5 miles (to Airfield and back alongside canal)


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
For more information visit Leven Real Ale Festivals



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

Sunday 31st July - A Mediaeval Moorsbus Meander

Stu Bell, famed walking correspondent for the Whitby Gazette, will be leading a 'buswalk' with a difference on Sunday the 31st July, leaving Sinnington crossroads on the A170 at about 11:00am.
The S&D 128 from Scarborough and Pickering calls here at 10:54; the Moors Rambler M4 (from Teeside & Danby) passes by on the main road at 10:55 and the Moors Explorer ME1 (from Hull) at about 11:00.
Please make sure that you give the Rambler and Explorer drivers plenty of notice that you want to get off so that they can find a safe place to stop on the A170. (The 128 turns into Sinnington village to a bus stop just along from the crossroads).

The walk will head through the beautiful valley of the River Seven and then up to the Appleton-le-Moors Mediaeval Weekend.
When everybody's had their fill of feasting and frolicking, Stu will lead you on the last leg of the walk to Hutton-le-Hole.

In Hutton-le-Hole you can catch the Moors Rambler M4 at 15:45 (to Kirkbymoorside for onward connections), the Moors Explorer ME1 (for Pickering and Hull) at 16:37, or the Moors Rambler M4 at 17.30 (to Danby and Teeside)
Both ME1 and M4 will accept either an EYMS 'Go Anywhere' or a Moorsbus 'Moors Rover' ticket, but the ME1 doesn't accept ENCTS passes.

For 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.



June - It's supposed to be mid-summer but the weather was still very changeable. We have been lucky with some warm summer days, but other times it has been dull and wet!

Wed June 1st.
A rather cold overcast evening for our walk from South Cave. Just 4 miles but with a couple of hills firstly up to Mount Airy, then up through Little Wold Plantation. With the Fox & Coney closed for refurbishment, some stopped off for drinks in Walkington on the way home.

Sunday June 5th
It's June and at last we're dressed for summer! Decided to skip doing the 'short walk' and with Caroline revisited Rollgate Bank, starting from Gillamoor. Our outward leg via Sleightholme Dale was fairly straightforward but the return was less so - with hesitation, deviation, and diversion due to poor waymarking, no signposts & pathless moorland. On the warmest day of the year we kept to the road for last mile but even so we clocked just over 10miles, instead of the 'planned' 9!

Wed June 8th.
At last we got summer for our evening walk and this brought out the 'fair-weather walkers' - 20 of us on this 4 mile evening stroll from Harpham via Lowthorpe with its historic church. The evening was rounded off with drinks in the very popular St Quintin's Arms in Harpham.

Sunday June 12th
Fourteen of us on the first HDWC visit to the Peak District this year, with a 9 mile walk from the Robin Hood Inn along Baslow, Curbar and Froggatt edges from where there are amazing views .... on a good day! Alas, today wasn't one of them as we had rain on and off for much of the time. With the fairly warm temperatures this created a sauna effect in our waterproofs, and brought out the midges by the river! The return was alongside the River Derwent, into Baslow and across Chatsworth deer Park.

Wed June 15th.
There were sixteen of us on this evening's walk. On a rather overcast evening we completed about 5 miles from Beverley Saturday Market round via the Minster, the Westwood, Burton Bushes, and the Racecourse. Afterwards most adjourned to Wetherspoon's Cross Keys for a drink or two.

Friday June 17th
Today we (me, Suzie, and Caroline) were joined by Jane - Suzie's friend from the Coast to Coast walk 2 years ago. Jane was on holiday in Scarborough so we picked her up there and took her to Cloughton for a classic 9 mile coast & country, woods and waterfalls walk via Hayburn Wyke. A good day was rounded off with tea and cakes at the Coast Gallery tearoom near Cloughton.

Sunday June 19th
Just seven of us made it (eventually!) to Barnetby-le-Wold for this month's LWC walk - 9 miles on the Lincolnshire Wolds. After following the Viking Way through some of the little villages below the Wolds escarpment we then climbed onto Owmby Wold to return via Barnetby Wold. Afterwards we retired for drinks at the Whistle and Flute near Barnetby station.

Wed June 22nd
The forecast rain didn't materialise, so fifteen of us enjoyed a pleasant evening walk by Leven Canal to the airfield returning via Hall Garth and St Faith's graveyard. Afterwards some of us retired to the New Inn Leven for well-deserved drinks.

Sunday June 26th
Today twelve of us, including former club member Daphne visiting the area from Hampshire, enjoyed a great 10mile walk on the North York Moors from May Beck. Our route took us via Sneaton High Moor, Littlebeck and Falling Foss (where the tearoom was closed). The threat of showers didn't materialise. In places conditions underfoot - puddles, mud, and bogs - made things 'interesting'. Afterwards we called at the Flask Inn for drinks.

Wed June 29th.
After heavy rain until tea-time the skies cleared and fifteen of us enjoyed glorious sunshine for our 5mile evening walk from Carnaby. Our route took us past Carnaby temple to Woldgate and down to Boynton (where we lost two of our group). Returning via Woldgate Woods (where we were reunited with the missing pair) and down Church Lane into Carnaby. Afterwards we gathered in the bar of the Ferns Farm Hotel for drinks.


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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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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