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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

To see all my walks photos and more
click on 'Dales Trails Picasa Photo Albums'


UPDATED - 2nd February 2016

Hornsea District Walking Club
Dates for your Diary

2016 Programme

The next Sunday walk is on February 7th
This is a 6½ mile short walk setting off from Market Weighton (Market Place) at 10.30am



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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


Hornsea District Walking Club & Leven Walking Club

Details of the Walks Programme for the first part of 2016 are now on the Calendar.
Some walks may still be subject to confirmation (TBC). Click on Calendar.

Hornsea District Walking Club - Social Events
Brief details of proposed Social Events are now shown on the Calendar. Contact Stuart Kemp for more information.




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 - 6 so far), follow this link Pennine Way Conquered.



This winter has been characterised by a succession of storms coming in off the Atlantic and this month it was the turn of Gertrude bringing rain and 50+mph winds to this part of the country. Between the storms the weather was more calm and colder, with the frost helping to harden the otherwise soggy ground.

New Years Day, Friday Jan 1st.
Twenty walkers turned out today for the traditional HDWC/LWC New Years Day walk - a 6 mile circuit from Skidby via Risby Park. An overcast day and sticky going in places as a result of the December rains. Afterwards we were made welcome at the Half Moon, Skidby with soup and sandwiches (and a pint or two).

Sunday Jan 3rd.
No scheduled walk today, so I came up with little walk to prepare Caroline for her 'back to work' tomorrow - it's tough for some! A 6 mile loop from Cowlam via Cottam, keeping along the tops where possible on access land to avoid the 'soggy bottoms'. Thanks to the nice people at Church Farm, Cowlam for letting leave the car in their yard instead of on the muddy roadside. The walk was completed before the heavy rain arrived. We called at Driffield Bell Mills Garden Centre for tea & cake on the way home.

Friday Jan 8th.
Back to Huggate for a short 6½mile walk on the Wolds with Suzie. Alas couldn't avoid the rain today, but it did brighten up after lunch and the sun was shining as we got back to Huggate. Our route took us to Huggate Dikes and down Frendal Dale to the Millington Road. Across the road we climb up above Nettle Dale to join the Haywold Bridle Road, then along Mill Lane back to Huggate. Unfortunately I forgot my camera, so photos were taken with my phone which doesn't cope well with dull conditions! Alas Wolds Village tearoom was closed, so we headed home for tea & cakes.

Sunday, Jan 10th.
After the morning rain had cleared the day turned out to bright and breezy. Just 10 of us enjoyed this HDWC 9 mile walk from North Cave via Hotham, Houghton Woods and North & South Cliffe. Not too muddy either considering the amount of rain recently! With Drewton's being too busy to accommodate us we headed home with some of us stopping off at Cherry Lane Garden Centre for tea & cakes

Friday, Jan 15th.
... and me and Caroline were very lucky again with the weather - A sharp night frost resulted in a glorious sunny day without a cloud in the sky. Ideal for an 8¼ mile walk from North Newbald via the permissive path over Sancton Wold returning through Houghton Woods. This permissive path passes near Sancton Wold wind turbines and was providing by funding from the wind farm. We took our lunch break on a bench in the extensive graveyard behind Sancton church, where we were treated to a fly-past by a lone Red Arrows 'Hawk' jet fighter! Afterwards we drove back via Risby Park for tea & scones at Folly Lake Cafe - one of the few tea rooms in the area that can be guaranteed to be open daily!

Sunday, Jan 17th
Another bright and frosty start for this LWC walk from Brantingham. There were sixteen of us on this 9 mile walk in this very popular area around Raywell (Nut Wood), Wauldby, and Elloughton Dale. The morning frost helped by firming up the muddy ground in the morning, but by afternoon it was thawing resulting in sticky conditions through the woods above Elloughton Dale. Afterwards everyone dispersed but a few of us revisited Folly Lake Cafe to take advantage of the 10% discount voucher we had been given on Friday!

Thursday, Jan 21st
Today a 7mile walk with Suzie via High Hunsley and Drewton Dale on a very cold overcast, day - but at least it stayed dry! I took this opportunity to 'tick off' a path I hadn't done leading from Hunsley Plantation up to the Riplingham Road. From there we had to walk along the road, over High Hunsley crossroads towards Newbald, where we rejoined the Wolds Way back to the beacon by the B1230. To avoid this busy fast road, we kept to the field side of the hedge until near the path to Drewton then scrambled through a gap in the hedge and across the road! We paused for lunch on a bench overlooking Drewton Dale, although not much of a view today! After walking through Drewton Dale we turned back up hill to the car near Beverley Clump. Again we adjourned to Folly Lake Cafe, where my discount card was updated, so we'll no doubt go again soon!

Sunday, Jan 24th.
After all the rain, perhaps not a good time for a walk by the river! However thirteen of us turned out for a squelchy walk from Hull Bridge by the River Hull to ferry lane near Wawne then back along farm tracks and green lanes to Tickton - nearly 9 miles and no hills. Afterwards some of went to nearby Cherry Lane Garden Centre cafe for our tea and scones.

Friday, Jan 29th.
With storm Gertrude bringing gale force winds and driving rain, today may well have been no-go. But after picking up Caroline, we headed towards the Wolds, then the driving rain came and we parked up at Millington Wood. The rain stopped, but the footpaths around Millington Dale looked very muddy so, with blue skies, we drove back to Huggate. The sun came out and apart from the gale force wind, it was a glorious day for another walk from Huggate. The Wolds around Huggate a ideal for winter walks with grassy dry valleys, with good views on the tops and shelter in the dales. Our route followed a path we hadn't done before to York Lane then through Horse Dale to Rabbit Dale and back via Shortlands Dale and the road into Huggate. Afterwards we visited the Wolds Village at Bainton for tea and toasted tea-cake.

Sunday, Jan 31st.
Being the fifth Sunday there was no scheduled walk, so I had always intended using today to recce a new walk. It turned out to be dull, damp day very well spent. With Caroline we did a recce for a walk planned for March from Whixley, the other side of York. After checking out parking arrangements at the Village Hall (thank you Chris, the Hall caretaker) we did a 6¼ mile walk to a fascinating place called Allerton Mauleverer, with its interesting Church and 'Castle'. It was pretty wet and muddy in places with standing water forcing us to deviate from the path in places. The return to Whixley was via Ox Close Lane and Moor Farm. We called at Langlands Nurseries for tea & scones on the way home.

To view Photo records of all the above, and the Walking Year Albums
click on 'Dales Trails Picasa Photo Albums'


Dales Trails Photo Galleries

See Dales Trails 'Picasa' Photo Albums for a photo record of all walks by Hornsea and Leven Walking Clubs and more

click on 'Dales Trails Picasa Photo Albums'

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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.


Yorkshire Wolds - Thixendale

'Up ‘n’ Under Dale' - 8½ miles.
An ideal walk for the winter months, 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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