We are the only membership charity campaigning for the protection and enjoyment of the Dales
 We are the only membership charity campaigning for the protection and enjoyment of the Dales


An Introduction to the Dales & Bowland Community Interest Company

The Dales and Bowland Community Interest Company (D&BCIC) is a subsidiary of the Friends of the Dales, a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. The CIC is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit social enterprise. Friends of the Dales set up the social enterprise in 2007 and continue to help with financial administration, passing across donations and Gift Aid from third parties and making an annual grant towards the costs of running a specific bus service. 

The objects of the CIC are to carry on activities which benefit the community and, in particular (without limitation), to facilitate the provision and operation of public passenger transport services to from and within the Yorkshire Dales and the Forest of Bowland and to advance and promote, directly and indirectly, the objects of the Friends of the Dales.


For up to date timetables see Dalesbus

Business Model
The CIC has its own independent board of directors who are all unpaid volunteers working in partnership with commercial rail and bus operators, community transport operators, user groups, local attractions and other businesses and local authorities. The CIC directors determine the routes, timetables, fares, and ticketing as well as undertaking the marketing, fundraising and management of the network of around fourteen Sunday and Bank Holiday bus services which operate during the summer months, with a smaller network during the winter. DalesBus is the CIC’s registered trademark.


The CIC does not own or operate any vehicles. All services are competitively tendered from local commercial operators to ensure best value-for-money. The CIC does not compete with existing commercial routes but rather identifies where there are gaps in existing service provision to places where people want to go, particularly on Sundays and Bank Holidays, and so enabling people from the main conurbations in West Yorkshire, Lancashire, and the North East to access the Yorkshire Dales National Park as well as the Forest of Bowland and Nidderdale AONBs without a car.

DalesBus services are not commercial and the costs of providing the bus services are only partly covered by fares and reimbursement for passengers using concessionary passes. The funding gap is filled by financial support from West Yorkshire Combined Authority (Metro) and increasingly by sponsorship from commercial and charitable organisations, donations from organisations such as user groups and town/parish councils, and individual donations.


The funding requirement for the DalesBus network in 2018/19 is around £100,000 and in addition to core financial support from WYCA (Metro), D&BCIC has been fortunate to secure sponsorship from Acorn Stairlifts, Harrogate Spring Water, National Trust, Northern Railways and Northern Powergrid as well as donations from smaller organisations such as parish and town councils, business organisations, the Friends of DalesBus, Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line and the Friends of the Dales, in addition to numerous individual donations.


To help maintain and develop the DalesBus network D&BCIC are now seeking further commercial sponsorship for Summer 2019 - if this may be of interest to your business please get in touch with us.

Simon Webster, head of marketing at Steeton-based Acorn Stairlifts, said: “We were keen to give something back to the community which supported our growth and sponsoring the Wensleydale Flyer has been a great way to do it. It’s a good fit for us, as both Acorn and the Flyer are all about empowering mobility and having our company livery on the bus is a great way to raise our profile locally. I’d encourage any other business considering sponsorship of a DalesBus service to go ahead – it’s been a win-win situation for us.”

Thank you to everyone who helps support the DalesBus network.

Passenger Numbers
Since D&BCIC was established in 2007 over 350,000 passenger journeys have been made on the services managed by the CIC. During the current 2018/19 year around 33,000 passenger journeys are expected to be made.



The CIC Directors are fortunate to be assisted by a network of volunteers across the Dales who assist with a wide range of day to day tasks to maintain the DalesBus network including the design and distribution of publicity materials, updating bus stop displays, helping with publicity events and stalls, fundraising, passenger surveys, and so on. The CIC is always looking for more volunteers, particularly volunteers with specialist skills like fundraising, graphic design and marketing. If you can spare some time to help, then let the CIC have your details via the Contact Us page of the DalesBus website or speak to one of the CIC Directors. 

There are many ways to Support our Charity and be a Friend of the Dales, to help keep the Dales special and vibrant for years to come. 

Join us as a member

Make a donation

Leave a gift  in your will

Register as a supporter 

Help as a volunteer at our events

Our Business members are very valuable to us and we thank them all. For a list of all these businesses, or for more information on the benefits of business membership, click HERE

Bill Bryson, a supporter, says :

"There isn't a more glorious and beguiling landscape anywhere, or one more deserving of our support. It really is as simple as that"

Alastair Humphreys 

Our Patron

says :


"it's more beautiful than you realise; the people are open and friendly and have time for you; your phone might not work which is a positive as you'll have more time - slow down and enjoy the silence".

Alastair’s quest for adventure began young. Aged 8, he completed the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge over 26 miles 

Chair: Bruce McLeod

Registered Address:

Canal Wharf, Eshton Road, Gargrave, BD23 3PN.

Charity number 515384.Company limited by guarantee number 1822908

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