Getting around the Yorkshire Dales National Park

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Travelling in and around Yorkshire Dales National Park:


All  National Park Authorities, Tourist Boards, Local Councils and English Nature are in agreement in encouraging visitors to use public transport when travelling in and around the UK, especially in popular rural areas. This reduces CO2 emissions, road congestion and noise pollution.

Walking and foot paths in the Yorkshire dales?

Getting around by bike: bike hire, cycling guides

Getting around by bus:
village services, open top decks and yorkshire dales bus maps, operators and timetables

A full list of  yorkshire dales public transport information can be found here:  YDNPA

There are many bus services within the Yorkshire Dales which run throughout the year, providing links between the main towns and villages and the surrounding area. These are supplemented by extra services during the summer period, which mainly operate on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

All Year Round Bus Services

The main Dales services are outlined below:

  • Ilkley to Grassington and Buckden
  • Ilkley to Bolton Abbey, Embsay and Skipton
  • Skipton to Grassington and Buckden
  • Skipton to Embsay (for Steam Railway)
  • Skipton to Malham
  • Skipton to Settle and Giggleswick
  • Slaidburn to Settle and Horton in Ribblesdale
  • Kirkby Lonsdale and Ingleton to Settle
  • Kendal to Sedbergh, Kirkby Stephen and Brough
  • Garsdale Station to Hawes
  • Northallerton to Leyburn, Aysgarth and Hawes
  • Richmond to Reeth, Muker and Keld
  • Ripon to Masham, Leyburn and Richmond
  • Ripon to Fountains Abbey
  • Harrogate to Blubberhouses and Skipton
  • Harrogate to Pateley Bridge
  • Pateley Bridge to Upper Nidderdale

Extra Summer Dales Bus Services
During the summer extra services operate at weekends to and within the Dales, many of these routes operate from Easter through until mid-October. Services include:

  • York, Leeds and Ilkley to Grassington, Upper Wharfedale, Aysgarth and Hawes
  • Ribblehead to Hawes, Reeth and Richmond
  • Settle to Clapham, Ingleton and Ribblehead
  • York and Harrogate to Ilkley, for connecting buses to Malham, and Buckden  (now also runs on selected Winter Sundays)
  • Malham Tarn Shuttle from Malham to Malham Tarn and Settle
  • Leeds and Otley to Pateley Bridge, Fountains Abbey, Leyburn and Richmond
  • Harrogate to Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge, Lofthouse, Scar House and Middlesmoor (now also runs on selected Winter Sundays)
  • York to Ripon, Fountains Abbey, Pateley Bridge and Grassington
  • Wensleydale Vintage Tour Bus (Ripon – Redmire – Hawes – Garsdale)
  • Kirkby Stephen to Hawes (Tuesdays)

Full details are available on the Dalesbus website (link opens in new window).


Getting around by train: operators and timetables, heritage steam trains, historic and scenic routes

A full list of  yorkshire dales public transport information can be found here:  YDNPA

You can get all UK Railway information and book tickets from National Rail Enquiries:
Tel: 08457 48 49 50  Telephone ticket purchase 08457 222 333

The only National Rail services in the main Yorkshire Dales area are the Leeds – Morecambe line and the famous Leeds – Settle – Carlisle line, which has a service running several times daily operated by Northern Rail, plus a Summer Sunday Dalesrail service from Lancashire.

The railway line from Leeming Bar to Bedale, Finghall, Leyburn and Redmire (on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park) has recently been re-opened by Wensleydale Railway plc. The 17 mile trip takes approximately 50 minutes. Trains are normally formed of heritage diesel rail cars from the 1960s. Connections with the mainline rail network are available via the local Monday to Saturday bus service from Northallerton to Leeming Bar.

Steam trains operate on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

Many access points to the Yorkshire Dales are very well served by rail. The local rail operator in the Yorkshire area is Northern Rail, who provide frequent services to Skipton, Ilkley, Harrogate, Leeds and York.Frequent long-distance inter-city trains serve York and Leeds, operated by Cross Country Trains and East Coast.



Getting around by car: driving tips, car parks and car hire

The Dales area is of course very accessible by car – the area is bordered by major trunk roads with the M6 skirting the west, the A66 to the north, the A1 to east and the A65, A65, A59, A629, M62 and M65 to the south.

You can leave your car on the edge of the Dales and use the bus or train to take you to your destination. From Easter until the end of October, extra summer bus services are run especially for visitors to the Dales. To check times of these bus services check out the Transport Direct website (opens in new window).

Driving tips
When you are in the are Remember that driving in the Dales is very different to driving in other areas. Roads are lined with hard dry stone walls and often have poor visibility due to the twists and turns and gradients. Around any corner there may be a slow moving farm vehicle, livestock, a walker, cyclist or perhaps even a deer, low flying owl or bird of prey.It is important to slow down and enjoy the journey, use designated viewing points to appreciate the scenery, stop at a recognised car park and enjoy a walk.

Towing a trailer or caravan at any time requires extra care and in the Yorkshire Dales this is even more important.Even A and B roads will be narrow and there are many narrow bridges to watch out for.

Car Parks in the Yorkshire Dales
The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority owns and manages a number of car parks around the National Park, as do local councils and other independent providers.
The list of car parks currently managed by the Authority is as follows: Aysgarth Falls, Buckden, Clapham, Grassington (Colvend), Hawes (Dales Countryside Musuem)Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Kettlewell,  Linton Malham,  Stainforth Pay and Display Charges apply. Current Prices

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