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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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7.30pm TUESDAY 1st NOVEMBER 2016


Sunday Walks


SUNDAY OCT 23rd - BROMPTON BY SAWDON (North Yorkshire)
The next LONG WALK of about 9 miles starts from the village of Brompton-by-Sawdon,the Birthplace of Aviation, at 10.00am
Leader: Arnold Underwood
Parking in Cayley Lane near Village Hall or outside the closed Cayley Arms.
Journey Leven to Brompton about 30 miles. Depart Leven Sports Hall 9.00am



We are now planning the walks programmes for 2017.

Ideas for walks, particularly HDWC'Short Walks', are welcomed, 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



November's walk revisits the Howardian Hills AONB for a 9 mile walk from Coneysthorpe
Bridleways and woodland, could be muddy in places!
Meet Leven Sports Hall 9.00am, Coneysthorpe for a 10.15am walk start
Leader: Bob Cutts
Park by the village green in Coneysthorpe. Honesty box for donations



Moors Explorer services have now finished for this year



*****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.



September - Not a bad month weather-wise. In fact we were blessed with gorgeous weather for our two ventures furthest afield. I logged nearly 80 miles this month.

Friday Sept 2nd
Another Friday adventure with Caroline - this time to walk the 10miles from Bempton to Filey, returning by train. The tides were right (I'd checked) to walk the cliff-top from Bempton to Speeton then drop down to the beach at Speeton Gap. The steep path down across an area of land-slips was tricky but the walk the rest of the way along the almost deserted sands of Filey Bay was superb. Of course we had a steep climb up into Filey town centre but time then for tea and scones before catching the train back to Bempton.

Sunday Sept 4th
Today with Caroline, we opted out of the scheduled short walk and went for something more challenging. My plan was a 9 mile circuit from Lockton via Staindale (Low Dalby), Farwath, and Levisham with sections new to both of us, and some serious downs and ups! It was muddy in places after yesterday's rain but a great walk, followed by well-deserved tea and treacle-tart (they had sold out of scones) in the Lockton Tearoom & Gallery.

Friday Sept 9th
A warm but very windy day for this Friday's walk with Caroline and Suzie. From Bishop Wilton we followed the Minster Way up onto the Wolds to visit the tiny St Ethelburga's Church at Great Givendale. Then it was down to the little hamlet of Yapham, which also has a delightful little church. After chatting to some local 'old boys' on the village green we returned along Beckside Lane to Bishop Wilton. Later we stopped off for tea and scones at the Wolds Village, Bainton and later still, after dropping off Caroline, a pint of 'Ragged Robyn' in the New Inn, Leven whilst Suzie waited for the Hornsea bus.

Sunday Sept 11th
An absolutely gorgeous day to visit Roseberry Topping on the northern fringe of the North York Moors. Only six of us - Chris, Julie, Caroline, Bob, Graham and me - made the 70mile journey to Great Ayton. Our walk of nearly 9 miles took us first directly up onto Roseberry Topping which was very busy on this fine day. Then on to the Hanging Stone with views over Guisborough, followed by some 'heather-bashing' to reach Captain Cook's Monument on Easby Moor. Finally down to Little Ayton and back by the River Leven into Great Ayton, for tea and scones before heading home.

Saturday Sept 17th
Yes, Saturday - Friday was a washout, so with Suzie and Caroline, we did a walk on Saturday instead. Just 6 miles alongside Leven Canal and the River Hull to Hull Bridge. There we met up with Ann at Will's Ice Cream Parlour for coffee or ice-cream, and a lift back to Leven.

Sunday Sept 18th
Another Sunday, another glorious day - this time for a walk in the Peak District. Only seven of us today made the journey to Longshaw, where we were joined by Betty's friend Rick from Matlock. So eight of us on this 9 mile walk from Longshaw along Froggatt Edge with glorious views over Derbyshire's Derwent Valley. After lunch on Curbar Edge we descended steeply below Froggatt Edge into the valley and headed along the Derwent Valley Heritage Walk to Padley Manor and Chapel. By good luck the Chapel, dedicated to two local 16th century Catholic Martyrs, was open. After a while there it was then up through the woods by Padley Gorge back into Longshaw Park, to finish with tea and excellent scones at the National Trust Longshaw Lodge.

Friday Sept 23rd
Warm and breezy day for a 9 mile walk. I had come up with a route from Terrington via Scackleton, which explored areas we hadn't been to. Parking at Yorkshire Lavender with Suzie and Caroline set off over familiar ground past Rose Cottage and Howthorpe Farm to the little one-street village of Scackleton. After a lunch break we continued to the hamlet of Dalby with its interesting church then along lanes and farm tracks and back up to Terrington and a cup of tea at Yorkshire Lavender. A refreshing glass of Frothingham Best back at the New Inn rounded off my day.

Sunday Sept 25th
Fifteen of us on today's walk of nearly 9 miles. Setting off from Cloughton, north of Scarborough, we headed up via the Hulleys and the Cinder Path rail trail towards Staintondale. After a coffee break, where we lost Trevor, we turned towards the coast to join the Cleveland Way. This brought us down very steep steps to Hayburn Wyke for lunch on the rocks by the waterfall. Then a long steep climb back onto the clifftop path, where we met up with Trevor again, as far as Cloughton Wyke then inland back to Cloughton to end the day with tea & scones at the Old Station tearoom.

Friday Sept 30th
Another lovely day for our Friday walk. This time with Suzie I took the bus to Beverley. From there we walked about 7 miles alongside Beverley Beck and the River Hull to Woodmansey and then along the very long Long Lane for a lunch stop (and apple picking!) in the Millennium Orchard. From there we returned to Beverley via Shepherd's Lane to the Memorial Hall where we joined the rest of 'the gang' - Jyl, Pat, John, Stuart, Lu, Ann, and Pam - at the Beverley Real Ale Festival for a few beers.


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.


North Yorkshire Coast - Robin Hood's Bay

'Round by Ramsdale' - 8 miles.
September is a great time to visit the North Yorkshire Coast at Robin Hood's Bay. Summer holidays are over and the crowds will have gone (but still busy on fine weekends). This walk heads inland into secluded Ramsdale then back to the coast at Stoupe Beck. Depending on the tides you can now walk the beach back to Robin Hood's Bay, otherwise follow the clifftop Cleveland Way.

Click on this link for details: 'Robin Hood's Bay - Round by Ramsdale'


Please do not print the route maps - purchase the relevant OS Map (Explorer OL27) 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