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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.


Watton Snowdrops/Photo © Arnold Underwood

Snowdrops by the restored medieval barn at Watton




* COVID-19 (Omicron Variant) - PLAN B - FROM DECEMBER 2021 *

• Carry a FACE MASK with you at all times as you are instructed to WEAR MASKS in BUSY PLACES and on PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

• This information is subject to updates by HM Government



UPDATED - 18th January 2022, 10.00am


SUNDAY WALKS NOW CATEGORISED : SHORT (6-8miles), MEDIUM (8-10miles), and LONG (more than 10miles)


HDWC Medium Walk - GOODMANHAM (8½ miles) via Londesborough
Sunday 23rd Jan 2022 10.00am

Goodmanham village car park; OS Explorer 294; Grid Ref SE 488443; Approx Postcode YO43 3HY
Leader : Joyce Davidson (07818 415696)


HDWC Short Walk - NORTH DALTON (7 miles) via Minster Way
Sunday 6th Feb 10.30am

North Dalton Village Hall; OS Explorer 294; Grid Ref SE 934522; Approx Postcode YO25 9UY
Leader : Sue Copeland (07825 587034)



Saturday 26th February
from 1.30pm

Members past and present are invited
to this Celebration of 25years of Hornsea District Walking Club

(originally known as Hornsea Walking & Countryside Club)

Contact Joyce Davidson for more details and to book your place



5 Nights, Sunday April 24th - Friday April 29th 2022

Contact Joyce Davidson for more details and to book your place


Details of forthcoming walks can be found on this website's Calendar. Click here: Calendar

** If you intend joining any Club walk please contact (phone/text/email) the Walk Leader in advance (Contact details are on the Calendar) **


Walks Photographs

Links to my walks photos are being compiled in the 'Photo Albums'page on this website

Click this Photo Albums link 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 - 5th Dec 2021 Huggate & Horse Dale'
'Google photos - 12th Dec 2021 Fotherdale & Paradise'
'Google photos - 19th Dec 2021 HDWC Skidby & Risby Park'
'Google photos - 28th Dec 2021 Warter & Nunburnholme Wold'

'Google photos - 1st Jan 2022 HDWC New Year's Day walk'
'Google photos - 2nd Jan 2022 Fridaythorpe Figure-8'
'Google photos - 9th Jan 2022 Wayrham'
'Google photos - 16th Jan 2022 Millington'



The activities of Hornsea and Leven Walking Clubs are reported on regularly in the monthly Hornsea Community News and the quarterly 'Leven Life'.

For those who do not receive these publications copies of previous Walks Reports will be avialabe as PDF Downloads here.

(Note: complete copies of back issues of Hornsea Community News can be downloaded from its website)

To download a HCN or Leven Life Walks Report click on the relevent link:

HCN Walks Report May 2021
Leven Life Walks Report June 2021
HCN Walks Report July 2021
HCN Walks Report August 2021
HCN Walks Report September 2021
Leven Life Walks Report September 2021
HCN Walks Report October 2021
HCN Walks Report November 2021
HCN Walks Report December 2021
**NEW** Leven Life Walks Report December 2021
**NEW** HCN Walks Report Xmas & New Year January 2022



Hackfall Woods/ 23rd Oct 2011 by Arnold Underwood

On 23rd Oct 2011, just six HDWC members made the journey to Masham for a 9½ mile walk through Hackfall Woods bordering the River Ure



Rachel's Walnut Cottage Tea Room

For Tea, Coffee, Homemade Cakes & Scones and more

See FACEBOOK 'Hobsons in Huggate'



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.


* Please bear in mind the current COVID-19 restrictions when encountering other walkers*

Yorkshire Wolds

Parking at the Robert Fuller Gallery at Fotherdale Farm, Thixendale (please ask for permission first and visit the Gallery afterwards)

Fotherdale Farm is the home of Wildlife Artist, Photographer and Film maker, Robert E Fuller.
The walk heads down the road to join the Yorkshire Wolds Way. This National Trail (Acorn Marker) is followed up the dale to the 'Waves & Time Artwork, then up the bank on the left to the Dew Pond and the road at Gill's Farm. Continue ahead on the Wolds Way down into Brubber Dale where you turn left, leaving the Wolds Way. Brubber Dale ia Access Land.
At the end of Brubber Dale join the road and turn left up the hill to the lane to Paradise Cottages. Go right here to the cottages, through gate to join track down into Water Dale. Turn left then right through gateway to join footpath across hillside, past cricket pitch into Thixendale by the Cross Keys pub. Turn left up to road junction then right and follow minor road back to Fotherdale (6½ miles)

This link below opens my photo album for this walk and provides a pictorial guide of the route:

'Google photos - 12th Dec 2021 Fotherdale & Paradise'


Please do not print the route maps - purchase the relevant OS Map (Explorer 294) or subscribe to the OS Maps website 'OS Maps Online'




Just one Club walk this month plus more short walks on the Wolds with Caroline

Sunday December 5th
The forecast for Sunday 5th December didn't look promising, sunshine and showers, as I had arranged to meet Caroline near Huggate. Last time I was here I abandoned any thoughts of a walk due to heavy rain! There had been rain overnight, but it was sunny as we set off from Mill Lane along the Hawold Bridle Road. The well-drained Yorkshire Wolds generally provide good walking conditions when it has been raining. Around Huggate there are numerous permutations of paths and tracks, so this time we avoided Nettle Dale and headed along Cobdale Lane to join the Yorkshire Wolds Way over Huggate Pasture. Huggate Pasture was the highest point on our walk and quite exposed to the chilly wind from the north. Dropping down we crossed York Road, with views across towards Huggate and headed towards Glebe Farm. Here we diverted from the Wolds Way and headed towards Horse Dale. Overlooking the dale, a small wood provided a bit of shelter from the wind for our lunch break. Continuing after a lunch along the top of Horse Dale a rainbow heralded the approach of a rain shower. The rain wasn't heavy but the strong wind made it sting! Fortunately after about 10 mins we turned towards North Dale Farm, leaving the shower to track up Horse Dale behind us. From North Dale we followed the farm road back to Huggate, spurred on by the thoughts of tea and scones at Rachel's Walnut Cottage tearoom (it had been a long time since our last visit). Alas, our thoughts were dashed as outside the tearoom a notice 'Sorry, closed today due to illness'! So it was back to our cars on Mill Lane to complete our walk of about 6½ miles, then homeward bound.

Sunday December 12th
With the prospect of a glass of warm mulled wine at the end of our walk, I arranged to meet Caroline at The Robert Fuller Gallery at Fotherdale Farm near Thixendale for today's walk on the Wolds. The forecast was cloudy but brightening and quite warm for the time of year (10 -12C). The forecast didn't say that the cloud base would only be at about 500ft, so the tops of the Wolds were shrouded in damp drizzly mist! Even Robert Fuller, who I spent 10mins chatting to over the gate hadn't expected this. He explained the sad story of how a barn owl had been electrocuted by the wires to a transformer on poles opposite the farm - not the first time. Apparently the owls fly between the two wires but their wingspan is just enough to touch both and cause a short-circuit! So it was about 10.15 by the time we set off down the road to join the Yorkshire Wolds Way. It was quite damp heading up Thixen Dale and Caroline was concerned about the drizzle spoiling her new 'hair do'. Just before the 'Waves & Time' artwork we turned sharp left to continue on the Wolds Way up to Gill's Farm. At the top there is the recently created 'dew pond' with associated information boards and wood-carving. We were caught and passed by a couple who were following the Wolds Way to Millington. Along the next stretch into Brubber Dale they seemed not too confident about the route and called back to us a couple of times - left or right, up or down? Unfortunately for them we were not continuing along the Wolds Way. We stayed on the top above Brubber Dale and looked down on them as they missed the turning for Fridaythorpe. We called to them 'You need to go up!' and I think they heard us. I wonder if they got Millington? Brubber Dale is access land and by staying along the top the views are better, on a good day! Behind us the low cloud seemed to be rolling in rather than lifting. Eventually we were forced to drop down into the dale to reach the Thixendale Road. Then it was up the hill to the turning along the lane to Paradise Cottages. Past the cottages we found a sheltered spot for lunch overlooking Raisthorpe Manor. Occasionally the sun broke through highlighting the Wolds to the north. We could hear and sometimes see the resident 'gang' of guinea fowl making their 'security' rounds of the Manor. After lunch we continued along the top before dropping down to the road and entering Thixendale village past the cricket pitch and the Cross Keys Inn. From Thixendale we headed along the road past the Wolds Way turn and up the hill towards Fotherdale Farm. This hill seemed much longer going up than coming down earlier in the day! We had completed an 'undulating' but enjoyable little walk of 6½miles - quite enough for us today. By now the sun was trying again to break through. In the gallery we were treated to glasses of mulled wine and spent some time looking at the exhibits and items for sale, before going back out to our cars to discover the clouds had gone - just blue skies and afternoon sunshine. Typical!

Sunday December 19th
Twelve walkers met up near Skidby Windmill on a misty drizzly Sunday morning for the Walking Club's 'Christmas Walk' led by Neil Patrick. The windmill is currently 'sail-less' as the sails have been removed for maintenance over winter. Our route took us along muddy field-edge paths over Gallows Hill and down to the west end of Skidby village. From there more field paths took us over Risby Head to Dunflat Lane. We took a coffee break at the start of Risby Park Lane. Better walking now as we followed this lane as far as the edge of Walkington village where we turned into All Hallows Churchyard at exactly 12 noon. We took our lunch break here and, being our Christmas walk, this meant the sharing of seasonal nibbles and mulled wine. After lunch we headed back towards Skidby across Risby Park. A very muddy field edge path took us to Folly Lake Wood. After crossing Dunflat Lane, walking conditions improved towards Skidby. We entered the village near St Michael's Church with 'reindeer' nearby on the Green. From there we kept to the roadside pavement past the Half Moon Inn, back to the windmill on the edge of the village to complete the walk at about 2.30pm, and it was still misty and drizzly! We had completed a walk of about 8½ miles, but it felt more because of the muddy slippery conditions underfoot for much of the way.

Tuesday December 28th
The weather forecast for the days between Christmas and New Year was looking dismal - cloud, mist, and rain although not particularly cold. There was a small 'window' in the weather on Tuesday 28th (a second Bank Holiday day) after morning rain had cleared, so I arranged to meet Caroline in Warter late morning. There are several options for walks from here, but the plan was to keep largely to country lanes after all the recent rain. So we set off from the village car park heading along Mill Lane towards Nunburnholme. After about a mile we turned left up the bridle path which skirts Merebalk Plantation onto Nunburnholme Wold. The track through the wood was quite muddy and slippery. At the top we paused for the view over Deepdale Head towards the Vale of York then searched out a sheltered spot for lunch in the woods near Nunburnholme Wold Farm. After lunch we turned east along the country road that follows the ridge at about 500ft above sea level with views to the north and south. This long straight road was surprisingly busy, but in common with many of the single-track roads on the Wolds, the narrow strip of tarmac has wide verges on either side. At Loaningdale we chose to turn along the road down Hunger Hill, rather than continue to Dug Dale. Neither of us had ever been down this road, and it turned out to be a delightful way to approach to Warter. There are views ahead across the valley towards Huggate Heads and on the right is the access land of Bailey Dale. Not being sure if there was an escape out of this dale further down, we opted to stay on the road. Nearing the bottom of the hill the flooded pastures near Huggate come into view, which form a substantial lake that was home to many ducks and geese. This lake is fed by the outflow from Warter pond across the road. Whether this lake is intended - perhaps to prevent flooding further downstream - or not, it certainly makes a good winter home for wild fowl. Back in Warter we diverted to visit St James' Church. Caroline had not previously been in this church which has a new lease of life as the Yorkshire Wolds Heritage Centre. It has displays about village life on the Wolds, and includes the stained-glass window that once adorned the Wilson family Mausoleum (now demolished). In the late 19th century Thomas Wilson & Sons were owners of the Hull-based 'Wilson Line' shipping company. Charles Wilson became Baron Nunburnholme of Kingston-upon-Hull , whose residence was Warter Priory Hall situated between the villages of Warter and Nunburnholme. The Hall had been built in the 17th century on the site of a medieval priory, demolished as a result of Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries. The Priory Hall itself was demolished in 1972. The land in the area is still managed by the Priory Estate, now in the ownership of Malcolm Healey (of Wren Kitchens). To add to the confusion St James' Church is also built on the site of another monastery, an Augustinian Priory, whose earthworks are visible in the field behind the church. After this Priory was suppressed by Henry VIII, two canons attempted to re-establish the monastery following the uprising known as the 'Pilgrimage of Grace'. They were arrested and executed in York in 1537. History lesson over, it was but a short stroll through the village to the car park to complete an interesting little walk of about 5½miles.

Links to Photos of these walks can be found at the top of this page or on the Photo Albums page. Click on this link: Photo Albums



30 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, Edale to Baldersdale), follow this link Pennine Way Conquered Part 1.


Enforced 'social distancing' due to the Coronavrus Pandemic has given me the opportunity to complete the upload of the remaining chapters of my Pennine Way adventure, completed almost 30 years ago in May/June 1990.
The second half of Pennine Way Conquered (Days 9 - 15, Baldersdale to Kirk Yetholme), can be viewed by following this link Pennine Way Conquered Part 2.


Dales Trails Photo Galleries

See my Dales Trails Photo Albums for a photo record of walks by Hornsea and Leven Walking Clubs

Links to recent walks photo albums are shown at the top of this page.


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.

Booklets for my three Trans-Dales Trails are now out of print, but all three routes are now available as free PDF file downloads.
Go to Trans-Dales Trail 1 , Trans-Dales Trail 2 or Trans-Dales Trail 3 and follow the links.
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

Since 2017 the Walks Programmes for both Clubs have been fully integrated, with LWC on the 3rd Sunday and HDWC on the 1st, 2nd, and 4th Sundays each month

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 on Fraisthorpe Beach/photo by Arnold Underwood/Jan 2019

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 Chairperson Joyce Davidson 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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Arnold Underwood