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  • The Dales by bus and train

    The beautiful countryside of the Dales is easily accessible from West Yorkshire by bus and train

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    How to get there

    There are many ways to access the beautiful scenery of the Yorkshire Dales by public transport from West Yorkshire.

     
    Good bus and train services run to several towns on the edge of the Dales from where daily buses run to the main towns, villages and tourist attractions of the Yorkshire Dales.

     
    These are supplemented by extra bus services direct from West Yorkshire cities into the heart of the Dales on Sundays and Bank Holidays, serving both the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the neighbouring Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

     

    Tickets and passes

    Dales Rover tickets offer unlimited travel on most DalesBus services on Sunday and Bank Holidays. They can be bought from the driver. Every paying adult can take two children (up to 16) or young people (if holding a 16-18  PhotoCard) for free.

     

    MCards loaded with weekly or longer period tickets and MetroCards are valid on Sundays and Bank Holidays on all DalesBus services from West Yorkshire - for the Summer that is services 820, 823, 873, 874, 875 and 884, as well as on Tuesday Dales experience buses 800 and 801, and Saturday Dales Highwayman services 800 and 802. They are also valid on DalesBus services 812, 825, 830, 831, 857, 859 and 881.

     

    English National Concessionary Senior and Disabled passes can be used on all DalesBus services for free travel on off-peak servicesMondays to Saturdays and on many Sunday and Bank Holiday services.

     

    North Yorkshire County Council has however excluded a number of Sunday and Bank Holiday bus services from the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme, due to current legislation. Passes are therefore not valid for free travel for journeys starting within North Yorkshire or the City of York ons some DalesBus routes. To find out more please visit the DalesBus website (external site - opens in new window)

     

     

     

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    West Yorkshire to the Dales

    From Leeds

     

    • Take the frequent trains on the Airedale line to Skipton or on the Wharfedale line to Ilkley, for onward buses into the heart of the Dales.
    • Alternatively catch bus X84 from Leeds and Otley to Ilkley or Skipton, or bus 36 from Leeds to Harrogate or Ripon.
    • On Sundays and Bank Holidays DalesBus 874 runs from Leeds and Otley to Ilkley, Bolton Abbey, Grassington and Buckden. 
    • On Sundays DalesBus 870 runs from Leeds to Otley and Ilkley, continuing as service 874 to Bolton Abbey, Grassington and Buckden.
    • Experience some of the more rugged scenery of the Dales by taking a ride on the Leeds - Settle - Carlisle railway line. 


    From Bradford

     

    • Take the frequent trains on the Airedale line to Skipton or on the Wharfedale line to Ilkley, for onward buses into the heart of the Dales.
    • Catch the train or bus to Shipley, and then take a ride on the Settle - Carlisle railway line to experience some of the more rugged scenery of the Dales.
    • On Sundays and Bank Holidays DalesBus 820 runs from Bradford and Shipley to Pateley Bridge, Fountains Abbey and Ripon.


    From Keighley

     

    • Take the frequent trains on the Airedale line, or frequent buses 66/66A, to Skipton for onward buses into the heart of the Dales.
    • Experience some of the more rugged scenery of the Dales by taking a ride on the Settle - Carlisle railway line. 


    From Wakefield

     

    • Catch the frequent trains on the Wakefield line, or bus 110, to Leeds for onward buses and trains into the heart of the Dales.
    • On Sundays and Bank Holidays DalesBuses 874 and 875 run from Wakefield and Outwood to Ilkley, Bolton Abbey, Grassington and Buckden. DalesBus 875 then continues as bus 857 to Aysgarth and Hawes.

    From Wetherby

     

    • Catch bus 770 to Harrogate, for onward buses into the heart of the Dales.
    • On selected Sundays and Bank Holidays, bus 823 runs from Selby, Tadcaster and Wetherby to Harrogate, continuing as Nidderdale Rambler service 825 to Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge and Upper Nidderdale.


    From elsewhere in West Yorkshire

     

    Take the train to Ilkley, Skipton or Harrogate for onward buses into the heart of the Dales.

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    Gateways to the Dales

    Ilkley

    • Catch buses up Wharfedale to Bolton Abbey, Burnsall, Grassington (bus 74 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and bus 874/875 on Sundays and Bank Holidays – continuing to Kettlewell, Buckden and Hawes).
    • On Sundays and Bank Holidays, catch Cravenlink bus 873 to Bolton Abbey, Strid Wood, Halton Heights, Embsay and Skipton and Malham.

    Skipton

    The historic market town of Skipton is known as "the Gateway to the Dales".

    • From Skipton catch regular buses to Grassington (service 72/72R on Monday to Saturday, service X43 on Sundays and Bank Holidays), or buses 75/210/211/873/884 to Malham.
    • On Monday to Saturday Craven Connection service 580 runs to Gargrave and Settle, continuing as service 581 to Clapham, Ingleton and Kirkby Lonsdale.
    • On Sundays and Bank Holidays, catch Cravenlink bus 873 to Embsay, Halton Heights, Strid Wood, Bolton Abbey and Ilkley.

     Harrogate

    • Catch bus 24 from Harrogate to Pateley Bridge in Nidderdale or bus 36 to Ripley and Ripon daily.
    • On Sundays and Bank Holidays, catch Nidderdale Rambler bus 825 to Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge and Upper Nidderdale, or Cravenlink bus 884 to Ilkley, Skipton and Malham. 
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    Ripon

    • Catch bus 139 to Fountains Abbey (Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays) or bus 812 (Sundays and Bank Holidays) to the World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey. Bus 812 continues to Pateley Bridge and Grassington..
    • Catch bus 159 (Monday to Saturday) or bus 859 (Sundays and Bank Holidays) to Masham, Middleham, Leyburn and Richmond.

    Settle-Carlisle Line

    • Catch bus 581 from Settle to Clapham, Ingleton or Kirkby Lonsdale (Mondays to Saturdays)Catch bus 581 (Mondays to Saturdays) or bus 881 (Sundays and Bank Holidays).
    • Catch bus 881 from Settle to Malham Tarn and Malham (Sundays and Bank Holidays). 
    • Catch bus 830 from Ribblehead Station to Hawes, Reeth and Richmond (Sundays and Bank Holidays) from Settle to Clapham, Ingleton or Kirkby Lonsdale
    • Catch Little White Bus from Garsdale Station to Hawes (daily).
    • Catch bus S1 (Saturdays) or S2 (Sundays) from Dent Station to Dent and Sedbergh.

     

    Timetables for most of these services are included in Metro's DalesBus timetable booklet and online at the DalesBus website (opens new window).

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    Updated: April 2015

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