Yorkshire Dales Getting There

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Travelling to and from 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 UK especially in popular rural areas. This reduces CO2 emissions, road congestion and noise pollution.

Railways: Stations, lines, train operators, timetables
You can get all UK Railway information and book tickets from National Rail Enquiries:
Tel: 08457 48 49 50  www.nationalrail.co.uk  Telephone ticket purchase 08457 222 333

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

Train operators for the lake district region.Visit their websites for timetable and ticket information

  • TransPennine Express – www.tpexpress.co.uk
    Services to Leeds and York from Liverpool, Manchester and the North East; also service from Manchester Airport to Windermere via Oxenholme from where there are bus connections to Sedbergh in the Western Dales
  • Northern Rail – www.northernrail.org
    Operator of local rail services throughout the North of England including the Leeds to Morecambe, Leeds to Settle and Carlisle and the Summer Sunday Lancashire Dalesrail services
  • Grand Central – www.grandcentralrail.co.uk
    Intercity services to York and Northallerton from London Kings Cross and Sunderland
  • Cross Country Trains – www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk
    InterCity services to Leeds and York from the SouthWest, Birmingham, Newcastle and Scotland
  • East Coast – www.eastcoast.co.uk
    InterCity services to Leeds, York and Skipton from London Kings Cross, Newcastle and Scotland

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.

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.

Steam Trains

Steam train services soperate on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

Other Useful Rail Links

Bike Rail   Europe-wide train times   International Rail   International Train Planner   Train Taxi

Roads: coaches, buses ,cars motorways, A roads, UK car hire, coach timetables, routes, car parks, operators and coach parks

Driving to the Yorkshie Dales National Park

The Yorkshire Dales  are 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.

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.

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

UK Car Hire Links:  www.travelsupermarket.com   www.carrentals.co.uk    www.comparecarhire.co.uk

Coaches and Buses to the Yorkshire Dales National Park

Bus and coach links to the Dales are excellent with nearby towns such as Lancaster, Skipton, Leeds, Harrogate, York, Ripon, Northallerton and Darlington all being well served by National Express coaches and a range of local bus services.

Coaches also run from Heathrow and Manchester airports to Leeds coach station, with frequent buses on to Skipton, Ilkley, Harrogate and Ripon from the bus station next door. The following information sources will help you to plan your bus journey:

  • National Express
    Tel: 0870 580 8 080
    Travel planner and on-line ticket sales, including Eurolines services from overseas.
  • Traveline
    0871 200 22 33
    Online journey planner providing information on local bus services.
  • Megabus
    0901 331 0031
    Low cost intercity travel to Leeds, Scotch Corner, Preston and Manchester

Sea: Ferry routes, operators, timetables and ports

If you live in Northern Europe and want to travel to the Yorkshire Dales, you’ll find that there are a whole range of excellent ferry links between Belgium the Netherlands and Norway to the Sea ports of Hull and Newcastle. Here’s some useful information to help you plan your journey by sea.  All links open in new windows.

  • Arriving in Hull

P&O North Sea Ferries from Rotterdam in the Netherland and Zeebrugge in Belgium
Tel: 08716 64 64 64

  • Arriving in Newcastle

DFDS Seaways from Bergan, Haugesund and Stavanger in Norway and Amsetrdam in the Netherlands
Tel: 08702 520 524

Flights:  Regional Airports for the Yorkshire Dales Airports and their road and public transport links:

  • Leeds/Bradford Airport
    Tel: 0113 2509696 (frequent bus links to Leeds, Bradford and Harrogate)
  • Manchester Airport
    Tel: 0161 4893000 (frequent trains to Lancaster, Leeds & York)
  • Newcastle Airport
    Tel: 0191 2860966 (frequent bus & metro/train links to Darlington and Richmond)
  • Teeside Airport
    Tel: 01325 332811 (frequent bus & metro/train links to Darlington and Richmond)

Many of these have good public transport links to this region, see each airport’s website for more details.

You might also want to consider reducing your personal contribution to global warming by making your flight CarbonNeutral.  Trees can help fight global warming by naturally absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen and organisations such as The Carbon Neutral Company (link opens in new window) will organise for the carbon dioxide associated with your flight to be ‘balanced out’ by forestry and climate friendly energy projects which save equivalent amounts of carbon dioxide. Visit their website to find out more.


The information on this page is the Copyright of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority Website: www.yorkshiredales.org.uk  Please visit this site for more detailed Yorkshire Dales travel information and it’s excellent journey planning tools.