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



DalesBus offers Sunday and Bank Holiday services from across the region into the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Nidderdale AONB and the Forest of Bowland AONB. 


DalesBus is run by our social enterprise company the Dales & Bowland CIC. Volunteers organise, fundraise and publicise the services, but the buses themselves are run by bus companies or community providers. Full timetables - see DalesBus.


What services can I use?

Every Sunday and Bank Holiday buses leave Wakefield, Leeds, Manchester, Preston, Clitheroe,  Burnley, Nelson, Harrogate, Skipton, Ilkley, Otley, Northallerton and bringing visitors into the Dales.


Yorkshire Dalesman service 874/5 from Wakefield and Leeds provides an all year core “spine” route through Wharfedale as far as Buckden. 


Lancashire has direct links from Manchester, Burnley and Nelson with the Witch Way X43 service, via Skipton to Grassington (connection for Buckden) which also links at Skipton with bus 66 from Keighley. 


Connections are also available at Skipton with the scenic Cravenlink 873 running between Ilkley and Bolton Abbey via Embsay and Eastby.


Northern Dalesman 830 service which achieved national fame in 2016 as the star of the popular BBC Four Slow Travel All Aboard the County Bus programme watched by nearly a million viewers. The Northern Dalesman operates with two buses in both directions, westwards from Middlesbrough, Stockton, Darlington, Richmond, and eastwards from Preston, Lancaster, Ingleton and Ribblehead.


Cravenlink 884 in 2017 will serve Dewsbury, Bradford and Ilkley (to connect with the 874 bus from Leeds to Upper Wharfedale) to Skipton and Malham, where it will link with the Malham Tarn Shuttle 881 for a dramatically beautiful service past Malham Tarn, then onwards to Settle, Clapham and Ingleton. 


People living in York, Boroughbridge and Ripon have the popular Fountains Flyer 812 direct to Ripon and Fountains Abbey,  From here there are connection on the Nidderdale Rambler 825  for Brimham Rocks then onto Pateley Bridge (meeting service 24) for services either (alternating each week) to Upper Nidderdale to Scar House and Middlesmoor, or Greenhow, Stump Cross Caverns and Grassington.  


In Wensleydale the Sunday Acorn Wensleydale Flyer 856 travels from Northallerton (town and railway station) to Hawes via Leyburn, Aysgarth and Bainbridge. 


The Bowland Explorer – a service operated in partnership with the Bentham Line Community Rail Partnership and support from Northern Rail Seedcorn Fund (which also supports service 881) from Lancaster and Bentham, to Gisburn Forest, Stocks Reservoir and Slaidburn, then continuing to Clitheroe to provide a link with the train from Manchester and returning to Bentham and Ingleton via Slaidburn and Cross of Greet pass. 


Public guided walks (free of charge to bus users) are provided from the bus network every Sunday and Bank Holiday by DalesBus Ramblers, timed to meet popular bus services and to return in good time for the return buses home.


Dales Freedom Rover tickets,  can be bought from the driver of the first DalesBus service you use, whilst students in full time education with a NUS card, and older people with ENCT passes, or with Senior, Young Persons or Two for One Rail Passes or the Dales Rail Card can purchase the special Dales Privilege Rover.


Purchasing the Dales Privilege Rover ticket removes any such complications and helps to support DalesBus.   Holders of MetroCards or M Cards can also travel free out and return on any DalesBus bus that operates out of West Yorkshire

For details of all DalesBuservices,visit www.dalesbus.org.  


Who funds DalesBus?

DalesBus network is managed by the Dales & Bowland Community Interest Company, with financial support from many local organisations including Metro,  the National Trust, Friends of DalesBus, Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line, Northern Rail, Acord Stairlifts of Steeton, Northern Powergrid,  and the Yorkshire Dales Society itself, as well as several individual supporters and donors. 

DalesBus depends for its success on a team of dedicated volunteers. If you would like to help in any way with publicity or promotion, contact Friends of Dalesbus via their website at www.friendsofdalesbus.org.uk.


What is the Dales & Bowland CIC?

The D&B CIC is a social enterprise, a subsidiary company of the Yorkshire Dales Society set up in 2007 in partnership with the Yorkshire Dales Public Transport Users Group (now Friends of DalesBus) and in 2017 enjoying its 10th anniversary. It is entirely run by volunteers, which makes it a unique enterprise in any National Park and for any National Park Society in the UK.



Everyone is welcome at our events, members and non members - see Upcoming Events for more information. Our next event is on Saturday 29 June - a botanical walk in Upper Wharfedale lead by Anne Readshaw - see event entries.

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

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 

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"

President Sir Gary Verity

Chairman Mark Corner

Registered Address:

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

Charity number 515384.Company limited by guarantee number 1822908

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