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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.


The sun sets on 2016/Photo  Arnold Underwood, Dec 31st 2016

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UPDATED - 15th January 2017


A two-part Documentary on BBC1 - Paul Rose explores Britain's 'least well-known national walking trail'
Fridays 13th and 20th January 7.30pm
*** Part 2 features wild life on the Wolds Way with Robert E Fuller ***




The next HDWC LONG WALK (about 8 miles) is on Sunday January 22nd from Kilham Westfield, just off the B1249 about 3 miles north of Driffield.

Meet there for a 10.00am start.
Click here for: Kilham Westfield Parking Information
Leader: Arnold Underwood



Saturday 18th March

By train from Hull to Saltaire via Leeds.

* Explore Saltaire Village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, near Bradford in West Yorkshire, England.
The village is named after Sir Titus Salt who built a textile mill, known as Salts Mill, and the village on the banks of the River Aire in 1853.
* Take a 3 mile walk along the canal to Bingley Five-rise lock staircase, the most spectacular feature of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

For more details contact Stuart Kemp



*****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




My regular pattern of walks was disrupted again this month - by Christmas!

Friday Dec 2nd
Once car issues were resolved, with both my car and Caroline's having flat tyres, we headed to Thornton-le-Dale. On a very pleasant day with sun, blue skies, and light winds, we walked via the hamlet of Ellerburn, to Low Dalby and to a lunch stop at the picnic area by Dalby Forest Visitor Centre. Then up the hill out of the forest and through Howl Dale, arriving back at the car just as the drizzle started. (10miles)

Sunday Dec 4th
I have tended to avoid the HDWC 'short walks' but this one was my idea being the walk I did with Suzie and Caroline about a year ago. Today turned out to be a gorgeous day for this 6 mile walk from Bridlington. Fourteen of us set off walking along the sands to Wilsthorpe. Here we turned inland crossing the main road and railway to reach the delightful hamlet of Bessingby, and a lunch stop by the church. However an unfortunate 'incident' before Bessingby resulted in two of our party having to cut the walk short and head back to Bridlington. From Bessingby the rest of us continued through less scenic surroundings and through Bridlington to the harbour, ending the day with tea and cakes at The Spa.

Sunday Dec 11th
No Friday walk as Suzie was away and Caroline was at work. So to Sunday where there was an excellent turn-out of 22 walkers for the 5 mile short walk which preceded the HDWC Christmas Dinner at the New Inn Leven. The walk, mainly on farm tracks and country lanes, was via Sandholme, Heighholm, Star Carr Lane and High Stile back to the New Inn. Here, with the addition of a few non-walkers, a total of thirty of us sat down for a most enjoyable Christmas dinner.

Sunday Dec 18th
There were twenty of us today on a 9 mile walk from Skirlaugh. Setting off at about 9.30am the route followed Lambwath Stream then green lanes to Rise. Being the LWC Christmas walk, our lunch stop, in woods near Rise, featured the usual sharing of mulled wine and seasonal sweet and savoury nibbles - thanks everyone. After lunch we continued through Long Riston and Arnold back to Skirlaugh. The early start meant an the early finish so a few of us adjourned to the New Inn, Leven for after-walk drinks.
(P.S: Thanks to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council for permission to park at their Skirlaugh Offices)

Monday Dec 19th
Today was Stuart's birthday which was celebrated with a walk and lunch in Hull. Eight of us met near Asda on Holderness Road (most arriving by bus) and from there enjoyed a brisk stroll led by Jyl along Hull's 'seafront promenade' past Victoria Dock Village and The Deep. We reached the Minerva, where we were joined by several others to celebrate Stuart's birthday with drinks and an enjoyable lunch. Afterwards we dispersed to return to cars or to catch buses home(4 miles)

Tuesday Dec 27th
The Tuesday after Christmas was a Bank Holiday, and a quiet lull at the Underwood Mansion. It being a fine day, with eldest son Matt, we walked nearly 6 miles from the Underwood Mansion alongside Leven Canal to Waterloo Bridge, the airfield, and back along Linley Hill Lane into Leven. There were a good number of people out walking this local circuit on this fine day.

Wednesday 28th Dec
The family went to the Bridlington Leisure Centre. Whilst they were there, I explored the sea front and harbour areas on foot. Again it was a fine winter's day and very pleasant on the beach in the sunshine, and there were a lot of people about enjoying the sea air. I walked about 2 miles and took quite a lot of photos before rejoining the others for lunch at Wetherspoons Prior John.

Saturday Dec 31st
Saturday afternoon and the sun was on its way down - could be a good sunset - the last sunset of 2016. So at about 3pm I set off, with camera, down the canal bank, with an eye on the sun as it dipped behind Hall Farm wind turbines. Near Far Fox Aqueduct I stopped to photograph the sun setting behind the wind turbines (see photo at the top of this page). With few clouds in the sky, the sunset wasn't as dramatic as I'd hoped. Returning along the canal bank in fading light, I spotted a small herd of roe deer grazing on Leven Carrs. (4 miles)

This year my 'logged' walks mileage totalled 894 miles



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.


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.


East Yorkshire Wolds - North Newbald

'Newbald Wold & Swindale' - 9 miles.
A winter walk on the Wolds using field paths, green lanes and minor roads with extensive views across the Vale of York. Can easily be divided into two shorter walks each of about 5 miles.

Click on this link for details: 'Newbald & Swindale'


Please do not print the route maps - purchase the relevant OS Map (Explorer 293) 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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Arnold Underwood