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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.


Sunset/Photo © Arnold Underwood, Dec 31st 2016

To see all my walks photos and more
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'Dales Trails Google+ Photo Albums'

GOOGLE+ is closing down soon, so I must find an alternative way of sharing my Photo Albums
There will still be the photo album link via Facebook after each walk.
However if you are not signed up to Facebook you can still see the albums of my most recent walks by following these links:
'Google photos - Feb 7th Rudston'
'Google photos - Feb 10th Welton'
'Google photos - Feb 14th Goodmanham'
'Google photos - Feb 17th Pocklington'

e-mail: arnold.dalestrails@gmail.com



UPDATED - 18th Feb 2019 11.00am



Rachel's Walnut Cottage Tea Room
Tea, Coffee, Homemade Cakes & Scones


East Yorkshire
Yorkshire Wolds Way

Hessle - North Ferriby
Footpath closures and diversions in place due to Humber river bank erosion between Hessle foreshore and North Ferriby, and repairs to railway bridge at North Ferriby


North Yorkshire
Raincliffe Woods

Forestry Operations were due to start in Raincliffe Woods in October.
This will involve 'thinning' of the woodland largely on the upper parts of the hillside above Middle Road also affecting the higher path known as Lady Mildred's Ride.
It would appear that machinery will be access the woodland via Middle Road and felled trees will be stored adjacent to Middle Road.
I would suggest Raincliffe Woods be best avoided for a few months!


Cleveland Way
North of Hayburn Wyke - closed due to land-slip


Footpath upstream of Mallyan Spout - closed due to land-slip.

For more details check on North Yorkshire Moors National Park website: 'NYM National Park'


*** The CALENDAR has been updated with WALKS for 2019***

These details include:
* HDWC Short Walks - 1st Sunday of each month.
* HDWC Long Walks - 2nd and 4th Sundays.
* LWC Walks - 3rd Sundays.

The Walks programme for the first few months of 2019 is being added to the calendar page. Some walks are still subject to confirmation
Details are based on information supplied to me.


Download the Hornsea & Leven 2019 Walks Programme (Version 2 Jan - June) pdf file to view, save or print

Click here and follow the instructions to view or save the document - 2019 Walks Programme






A 9 mile walk via North Landing, the Lighthouse, and South Landing
Meet in Flamborough village centre for a 10.00 am start
Flamborough Parking Information
Leader: Joyce Davidson




A shorter 6 mile circular walk via Great Givendale. Meet at Bishop Wilton Village Hall for a 10.30am start.
Bishop Wilton (Village Hall) Parking Information
Leader: Stuart Kemp



SUNDAY MARCH 10th 2019

WORLABY (North Lincs)
A 10 mile walk on the Licolnshire Wolds via Elsham Wold and Elsham
Meet at Worlaby Village Hall (Grange Field, Worlaby DN20 0LZ) for a 10.00 am start
Worlaby Parking Information
Leaders: Arnold Underwood/David Holtby



SUNDAY MARCH 17th 2019

A 9 mile walk via Horse Dale and Tun Dale
Meet at Leven Sports Hall 9.00am or in Huggate for a 10.00 am start
Huggate Parking Information
Leader: Arnold Underwood



Climbing out of Millington/Photo © Arnold Underwood, Feb 8th 2009


Climbing out of Millington/Photo © Arnold Underwood, Feb 17th 2019



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 York Moors - Hutton-le-Hole

'Hutton, Gillamoor and Shepherds Nab' - 8 miles
A walk for all seasons, but especially so in Autumn with the bracken turning golden brown, adding colour to the scene.
Via the secrete valley of Douthwaite Dale and Gillamoor, with its 'Surprise View, and an optional visit to Shepherds Nab

Click on this link for details: 'Hutton & Gillamoor'


Please do not print the route maps - purchase the relevant OS Map (Explorer OL26) or subscribe to the OS Maps website 'OS Maps Online'



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




Considering it was January, I managed a full schedule of two walks per week clocking up 80 miles, my highest mileage for this month since I started logging my walks in 1990!

January 1st - New Year's Day Walk
A lovely day for the HDWC & LWC New Year's Day walk - about 4¾ miles starting and finishing at The Wrygarth, Great Hatfield where the twenty-one of us enjoyed an excellent 'after-walk' Carvery Lunch. Our route took us via Manor Farm and field paths to Whitedale, then back along the 'Hornsea Rail Trail' to the site of Sigglesthorne Station at Great Hatfield.

Friday 4th Jan
School holiday 'child-minding duties' meant this week's walk with Suzie was on Friday rather than the usual Thursday. A cold, grey, but dry day was quite good for walking but not so good for photography. Our route from Skidby Mill took us along the lane up to Rowley Manor. It was a muddy quagmire under the old H&B railway bridge, whilst tipper-trucks rumbled overhead - probably working on the Eppleworth flood-prevention scheme. After a lunch stop by the duck pond in Little Weighton we continued along Risby Lane, where sprouts were being harvested, and took a scenic detour around the fishing ponds at Folly Lake in Risby Park. From Risby we took the bridleway down Oldgate Lane into Skidby village, with red-nosed reindeers on the green, and back to Skidby Mill, about 9 miles in total. We then visited the Sails Cafe for cups of tea before driving home.

Sunday 6th Jan
There was no programmed walk for today, but it was decided at fairly short notice to repeat the walk along the sands from Fraisthorpe. Obviously the word got around, because nineteen turned up for this interesting 7½ mile walk on a fine, calm day - not bad for early January! After a coffee stop we wended our way round Bridlington Harbour and then headed out of town past the scenic delights of the industrial estate to the pretty little hamlet of Bessingby. Here we took a lunch break in the churchyard and the sun even made an appearance! From Bessingby we passed the dyke into which Ann had fallen on a previous visit, and headed back to the coast at Wilsthorpe, to return along the low cliffs to Fraisthorpe. Unfortunately the 'Cow Shed' café is closed through January so some of us called in at the New Inn back in Leven for drinks.

Thursday 10th Jan
A 7½ mile circular walk from Welton with Suzie via Elloughton, Brantingham and a section of the Yorkshire Wolds Way over Elloughton and Welton Wolds. Another overcast day, but dry and light winds meant ok conditions for walking. Our route passed the churches in Welton, Elloughton, and Brantingham - we were invited in for coffee and biscuits at Elloughton Church but declined the offer as it was 'too early' for us. Ornate 'shepherd's crook' boot-scrapers were observed on the approaches Brantingham - they obviously do not like muddy boots through their picturesque village! We returned along the 'high-level' route on the edge of Welton Wold above Welton Dale, noting the Highland/Belted Galloway cattle again here. We stopped of at Eliza's Coffee Shop on the way home where we joined by Caroline who still unable to walk with us because of the problems with her hip.

Sunday 13th Jan
There were twenty of us, including two newcomers, on today's walk around the perimeter of Beverley, taking in the towns three areas of 'Common' or 'Pasture' land - Westwood, Figham, and Swinemoor. The walk turned out to be nearer 11½ miles rather than the 9½ miles stated on the programme! On a dry but very windy day we headed north from Hull Bridge along the river bank before turning west past Arram Grange and cutting across the Molescroft part of Beverley onto Beverley Westwood. Here we found a sheltered hollow in Newbegin Pits for our lunch break. After lunch we continued across the Westwood then cut down through the Lincoln Way Estate to Long Lane and through the derelict Lake Minster Park to reach Figham Pastures. After crossing Beverley Beck by the lock-gates we rejoined the river bank overlooking Swinemoor for the final, very windy, stretch back to Hull Bridge.

Thursday 17th Jan
The weather forecast was cold but sunny, what I didn't expect was the strong wind and snow so early in the day. So after collecting some photos from Kilham me and Suzie continued to Rudston. Here there was an option of walks varying from 5 to 9 miles on the eastern fringe of the Wolds. But just after we had got kitted-out the sun went in, the sky turned dark, the wind picked up and horizontal snow swept across, turning the road white. The wind-chill dropped the temperature below zero. With no sign that things would improve soon I turned the car round and we headed back to Leven. After a coffee stop in Hutton Cranswick we arrived back in Leven about 11.45am. With blue skies and more shelter from the wind we decided to do a short walk without our packs. So we set off alongside the canal then took to country lanes to Heigholme, across fields and over the 'new' footbridge and back along the roadside to Leven - 4½miles in 1½hours.

Sunday 20th Jan
For the third Sunday in a row there were about twenty walkers on this 8½ mile walk! A cloudy day with temperature only a few degrees above freezing, but with only light winds it felt nowhere near as cold as a few days ago. From North Newbald our route followed the Yorkshire Wolds Way up Swin Dale to High Hunsley. From there we descended into the wooded Hunsley Dale for a lunch stop in the shelter of Hunsley Plantation. After lunch we rejoined the Wolds Way up Hunsley Dale which ends with a steep climb out of the woods onto open farmland. Once safely across the busy road we picked up the country lane for the long descent into South Newbald. Unfortunately the misty conditions obscured the views west across the Vale of York. We walked through the 'twin' Newbald villages past the impressive Parish Church back to our cars at the village hall. On the way home we called in at Liza's Coffee Shop at a very busy Ferguson Fawsitt Arms in Walkington, where they opened up the lounge bar to accommodate us!

Thursday 24th Jan
With icy conditions, I decided not to drive anywhere today. Suzie came through on the bus and we then walked back to Hornsea - not the usual route, but via Long Riston, Rise and Goxhill - a distance of nearly 11 miles! From Leven we walked alongside Monks Dike then along Carr Lane to visit Long Riston church. Continuing past Farnton Hill gallops we reached the little hamlet of Rise with its walled-garden and restored cottages. In Rise, a local villager pointed us in the right direction to 'Mucky Dick' - the track leading towards Great Hatfield. Fortunately for us 'Mucky Dick' was frozen so we didn't get too mucky! After a brief lunch stop at Sigglesthorne Station (Great Hatfield) we took to field paths to Goxhill, then on towards Wassand from where we turned towards Hornsea overlooking the Mere, where much clearance work of reeds and scrub was taking place. Back in Hornsea, chose The Victoria for a drink - what a mistake that was!

Sunday 27th Jan
Fifteen of us today for this 9 mile walk from Watton via Burnbutts and Kilnwick. A very windy, cold day with rain forecast for later. Fortunately we got round at a brisk pace and were settled in Cranswick Farm Shop tearoom before the rain came! It was quite a battle against the gale-force north-westerly across the exposed site of Cranswick airfield, but we fortunately found a sheltered corner for a coffee stop just off Burnbutts Lane. By the time we reached the hamlet of Bracken, the sun had been replaced by cloud but we found a sheltered spot near the lake at Cawkeld for our lunch break before continuing with a loop round Kilnwick and then alongside the beck back to Watton.

Thursday 31st Jan
A very cold but sunny day for a return visit to Watton and Kilnwick, which Suzie had missed last Sunday. Long delays due to road-works meant an even later start to the walk than intended. However I contrived a six mile walk, which in the main avoided duplicating last Sunday's route and including paths not walked previously. Nothing of the 12th Century Gilbertine Abbey or Priory remains today, other than the recently restored barn and the Prior's House, which dates from the 15th Century. It was a 'double monastery' with separate buildings for Nuns and Monks. A plan of the Abbey is displayed in the adjoining All Saints Church, where there is also a tombstone dating from 1297 of William of Malton, then Prior of Watton Abbey. Our route took us to Kilnwick where, after visiting the candle-lit St Mary's Church, we took a lunch break in the sunshine on picnic tables at the Park, the new children's playground. Our return revisited Cawkeld Lake then a new route via a rickety footbridge (which we discovered later had been closed by the ERYC) to rejoin the beck-side path back to Watton. We finished the walk just in time as freezing fog rolled in!



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 5¼" 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.


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'

If you experience any problems please let me know.


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.dalestrails@gmail.com


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.

Read Bogtrotter's report in each issue of Leven Life.

Leven Walking Club logo

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)

Stuart Kemp's report in each issue of the Hornsea Community News.

Hornsea Walking Club logo

Visitors to Dales Trails since August 1st 2007


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