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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 across Little Fryup Dale towards Eskdale, North York Moors/Photo  Arnold Underwood 17 August 2014

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UPDATED - 23rd Nov 2014


THIXENDALE - Sunday, 30th November 2014
A walk from Thixendale including a visit to the Robert Fuller Gallery in Fotherdale
Meet near Thixendale Church at 10.30am


Hornsea District Walking Club

CHRISTMAS WALK & LUNCH - Sunday, 14th December 2014
The Black Horse, Little Weighton
Walkers meet at 11am for 7 mile walk via Rowley Manor and Skidby
Lunch (20) is booked for 2pm
Menus will be available shortly


>>>PROGRAMME CHANGE - Sunday, 7th December 2014<<<
With the walk from Little Weighton now on Dec 14th, the short walk on Dec 7th has been changed.
SOUTH CAVE (Main Street near Fox & Coney) 10.30am.
South Cave - South Wold - Mount Airey (6 miles)


Hornsea District Walking Club & Leven Walking Club

NEW YEARS DAY WALK - Thursday, 1st January 2015
Rose & Crown, opposite North Bar, Beverley
Walkers meet at 11am for a 5 mile walk Westwood Circular via Burton Bushes & Black Mill
Soup & Sandwiches (6.50) booked at the Rose & Crown for 1.30pm

NOTE: No parking available at the Rose & Crown. Car parking restrictions and charges will apply in Beverley


Hornsea District Walking Club & Leven Walking Club

PROVISIONAL details of the 2015 Walks Programme are now listed on the Calendar.
These are subject to alteration




A busy month, blessed with good weather for most walks

Wednesday, Oct 1st: Continuing to find new ground for our weekday walks, today me and Suzie set off from Bethell's Bridge along the west bank of the River Hull. After negotiating Environment Agency works we came to the high footbridge at a fork in the river. Here the River Hull branches left but the path continues over the bridge alongside the broad 'navigation' created from Frodingham Beck. At the next fork we bear left now following the Driffield Canal to Brigham - a pretty stretch of waterway. We walked through Brigham, which perches on a little hill, and on along the road towards Foston. In Foston we turned right coming to the former watermill. Here we took our lunch break, although the large trout in the beck probably had more than we did! Then it was across fields to North Frodingham and along the lane to Emmotland. There we passed numerous fishing ponds to reach Hempholme and then through the field of maize to the river at Hempholme lock. Here we decide to follow a loop back to Bethell's Bridge, only to encounter a drain with a single plank across for a bridge! Not wanting to risk this I investigated along the field edge to find a substantial brick bridge so we safely got across the drain and continued through woodland back to the car. (9 miles) We had a drink in the Black Swan, at Brandesburton

Sunday, Oct 5th: The Hornsea short walk commenced from Kirkham Priory. After crossing the narrow road bridge over the River Derwent we picked our way up through the woods towards Crambe. But we turned off the road to skirt through Oakhill Wood to join a narrow lane heading towards Howsham. On this very minor road the level crossing of the Scarborough line at Howsham Gates is still manually operated, which we witnessed as we waited for a train to pass. Then we joined the river bank to reach Howsham Bridge. Looping back under the bridge we arrived at the restored Howsham Mill for our lunch stop. After lunch the lady on duty there showed us round this beautifully restored water mill, which now generates electricity from its water-wheel and an Archimedes screw-turbine. This restoration project featured in the BBC TV Restoration series about 10years ago. Whilst most of the group retuned along the river bank, me and Betty opted for a slightly longer route via Howsham village and Howsham Wood. (8 miles) We all met up again at the Stonetrough Inn, Kirkham for drinks of various kinds.

Tuesday, Oct 7th: Today's mission - discover a 'new' path to Shiptonthorpe. So on an overcast day we set off from Market Weighton along the Hudson Way. After pausing at St Helen's Well we continued to the road and there turned uphill towards Goodmanham. It was about 11.30am when we reached Goodmanham, too early for the pub I thought, but we looped round the village and hey, ho! the pub was open. A visit to the delightful Goodmanham Arms, with its Allhallows Brewery, cannot be missed so in we went, just for a quick drink. But as we sat by the open fire, gazing up at the extensive menu, we decided reluctantly to forgo our packed lunch out in the cold and take a light lunch in the pub. By 12 o'clock the pub began to fill up - quite amazing, when many village pubs don't open weekday lunchtimes - and the kitchen and bar were kept busy. So at 12.30 we dragged ourselves away from the cozy inn and headed off towards Londesborough. In Londesborough we crossed the Avenue and picked up the path to Shiptonthorpe. The plan was to follow this and then catch a bus back to Market Weighton. However after about mile we came across waymarks that didn't seem to agree with the map. I decided they were wrong and continued straight on, but the track we followed curved round towards Towthorpe - we had followed a permissive path linking back to the Wolds Way! So back on familiar ground we headed back to Market Weighton, to be caught in heavy downpour! We had found a 'new' path, but not the one to Shiptonthorpe. (8 miles)

Sunday, Oct 12th: On a glorious autumn day, just four of us got to Newton-on-Rawcliffe for this walk on the Moors. We headed north to Middle Farm, near Stape, then dropped down into Raindale. Alas, the only way out of Raindale is up...so we followed a narrow path through the trees that twisted and turned back up to the top of the other side of the dale. On the top it was level-going past areas of open farmland and edges of forest then we turned into the trees and started going down again. Down into Newtondale. At the bottom we followed a forestry road to Newtondale Halt on the NYMR - a pleasant spot for lunch break on the platform benches. Alas, the only way out of Newtondale is up.... so we took the narrow path across the beck which climbs steeply out of the trees onto the moorland plateau of Levisham Bottoms. We headed south across the moor towards Skelton Tower, which always seems a long way off. At the tower we paused to look down on the railway threading its way through the dale. Then onward until we descending again down to Levisham station, or more correctly for this weekend - Le Visham in 'Nazi occupied France', as it was the WW2 Weekend. We had hardly seen a soul all day, but here there were crowds of people. Many 'civilians' in 1940s dress, representatives of the armed forces in Army, Navy, and Air Force uniforms, German soldiers in Nazi uniform, and the Gestapo. Trains arrived and took many on their way to Goathland or Pickering. Alas, the only way out of Levisham (other than by train) is up... so we started the plod up Newton Banks. Suddenly there were explosions and machine-gun fire from the station area. It seems some British POW's were making a break for freedom and were being chased through the woods by the Germans. We kept our heads down and made it to the top, for most welcome tea and cakes, 1940s-style in Newton-on-Rawcliffe village hall (9 miles)

Monday, Oct 13th was the start of our Autumn Adventure, to Melrose in the Scottish Borders courtesy of National Holidays. Our group accounted for 24 of the 28 on the coach, which was routed from Hull via Leven to pick up 16 of us, the others boarding in Hull. A leisurely drive north ensued, with a break at Wetherby services and then a 2hr stop in Newcastle, where most of us explored the River Tyne Quayside (2 miles). Then on across the border (brief stop at Carter Bar) to arrive the Waverley Castle Hotel, about 1 mile out of Melrose, at tea-time.
Tuesday, Oct 14th and with good weather forecast, it was 'go' for the Eildon Hills walk. The non-walkers departed on their coach tour and the walkers set off along the bank of the River Tweed into Melrose. The morning sun showed off the ruined Abbey at its very best. At Newstead we turned away from the river and commenced a steady climb up to the 'old road' near the Rhymer's Stone. Then, "Where's Neil?" someone asked. He hadn't been seen since Newstead. After an unsuccessful phone attempt I set off back down the hill, to be joined by Chris Raw. We were almost back in Newstead when my phone rang. "He's here" was the message.... so back up the hill we went. All back together we set about tackling the first of the three Eildon Hills, North Hill. It was a steep climb to the top but the reward was a 360o panoramic view. We took a lunch break here then after descending North Hill, gave the walkers a choice - so 6 of us took on Mid Hill (the highest at 1385ft) and the others made for Westerly Hill. Then we, well most of us, re-grouped and made our way back down to Melrose for tea and cakes before returning to our hotel (8 miles)
Wednesday, Oct 15th, and with a glorious day forecast we all took the coach tour to Edinburgh. There everyone split into groups to do their own thing - visit the Royal Yacht in Leith Dockyard, the Botanic Gardens, but three of us were determined to get to the top of Arthur's Seat. So after coffee, me, Jyl, and Marie set off down the Royal Mile towards Holyroodhouse and the ghastly Scottish Parliament building. From there we took the path up by Salisbury Crags, then down again to the foot of Arthur's Seat. Here we were now faced with hundreds of steps up the steep side of this long-extinct volcano! It may only be a small lump (785ft) but it was hard work (it turned out we had chosen the steepest side!) but we made it and the reward again was a 360o panoramic view over Edinburgh and the Forth of Firth. We came down the easier slopes to Queen's Drive and past two small lochs back into the city(6 miles). After lunch at John Knox House we explored the area around the Castle and Princes Gardens before boarding the coach back to Melrose.
Thursday, Oct 16th was rather damp, but it didn't dampen our spirits as thirteen of us set off from the hotel on today's walk. Non-walkers either took the coach tour or explored around Melrose. The walkers headed through Darnick and up the lane towards Rhymer's Glen. It was very dark in the pine forests around the Glen, and also a steady climb for a walk that promised 'no hills'! At the top we emerged into daylight and crossed a section of moorland before heading down to Cauldshields Loch. The golden beech trees by the loch where very picturesque. The trend was downhill past more woodland and another loch to the River Tweed. Our route now effectively followed the river back to Melrose, passing Abbotsford, home of Sir Walter Scott. We made a detour to the visitor centre there before rejoining the river bank.(9 miles)
Friday Oct 17th we headed for home but were treated to a scenic drive down the Northumberland coast with stops at Bamburgh Castle and Seahouses, for lunch, and later at Thirsk for afternoon tea. An enjoyable time was had by everyone.

Sunday, Oct 19th and it was back to the regular routine, meeting in Flamborough village on a warm sunny day, twelve of us set off past the caravan parks to walk round the Headland. What we hadn't bargained for was the extremely strong wind - on the first section along North Cliff, it threatened to blow us off the cliffs, and once round the headland it was blowing us into the fields - albeit somewhat safer! North Landing car-park was home to a fleet of large trucks and motor-homes for the filming of 'Dad's Army' (the movie) in which Bridlington 'stars' as Warmington-on-Sea. It was hard work battling with the wind, but we managed the 9 miles round to Danes Dyke and back into Flamborough. The day was rounded off with tea and cakes at the excellent tearoom at Marton Manor Farm Shop.

On Sunday, Oct 26th, sixteen of us gathered at Hovingham for the HDWC walk. We set off through fields then up by the vast quarry at Wath to join the forested ridge above Fryton in the Howardian Hills AONB. After walking east along the ridge we turned and descending steeply to Fryton Moor then up onto the next ridge where we found a sheltered spot for lunch. It was windy along the exposed ridge to Howthorpe Farm but more sheltered once back down by the trees. After Moor House farm we crossed the road and headed for Hovingham Lodge. The fields by the beck are notoriously boggy but as compensation there were the autumn colours in Mill Wood. A permissive path through Hovingham Park avoids the road, taking us past the 'bridge to nowhere' with views of the Hall, and back into the village by the beck. (10 miles) Here was stopped by at the Hovingham Bakery & Tearoom before returning to our cars.

Wednesday, Oct 29th. The little villages of Harpham and Lowthorpe are fascinating, so planned to explore this area today. Setting off from Burton Agnes, past the pond with its ducks and geese, we turned to follow the track alongside Mill Beck. At the end of this track we turned right onto an indistinct path across fields and railway to reach Carr Lane. A section of road walking followed to reach the lane to Harpham Crossing, which is closed to vehicles. We continued along the lane, passing the well dedicated to St John of Beverley, into Harpham. There we took the opportunity to investigate the church, which contains many memorials, tombs and brasses of the St Quintin family, and a Bible gifted to the church in 1771. Leaving Harpham we passed the Drummer's Well - legend has it that sound of a drum from the well forewarns of a death in the St Quintin family. We crossed the delightful Lowthorpe Beck, quite a river really, and after a slight detour to avoid a pheasant shoot we arrived in Lowthorpe village. The little church is hidden in woods and has roofless routine chancel, described on the signpost as a 'Monastery Ruin'. Inside there is strange tomb depicting a couple and their thirteen children, and the remains of a Celtic cross. Continuing past Church Wood we headed back to Hapham, past the St Quintin Arms and across large fields to Burton Agnes. We called at the Bluebell Inn for quick drink and to enquire how they get 'big name' acts to perform there - Status Quo have two nights next May. Then on to Burton Agnes Hall, for a cup of tea in the tearoom and a look round the gardens. The Elizabethan Hall looked at its best in the autumn sunshine. (8 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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