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, calling at Bolton Abbey, Burnsall, Grassington, Kettlewell. Between May 1st and September 25th, the 875 service runs from Ilkley direct (express) to Kettlewell and continues to Aysgarth and Hawes.
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 (meeting trains from Settle and Leeds) both crosses the spectacular Buttertubs Pass between Hawes and Muker in Swaledale, where both buses meet to providing a link to the beautiful hamlet of Keld in Upper Swaledale.
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. The 881 also proves a direct morning service from Lancaster to Ingleton and Clapham then meet trains on the Settle-Carlisle line at Settle by provide an earlier service for walkers to Malham Tarn and Malham.
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 all year from Northallerton (town and railway station) to Hawes via Leyburn, Aysgarth and Bainbridge. A connecting bus service 855 from Garsdale Station meets Settle-Carlisle trains from Leeds and Skipton for onward travel into Wensleydale. Dentdale has an all year Saturday (and Sunday from 1 May) Western Dales Service S1 that meets trains at Dent Railway Station for Dent village and Sedbergh continuing on Saturdays to Kendal and on Sundays (S2) to Cautley Spout (this service is managed by the Western Dales Bus Company as part of the DalesBus network).
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 which will meet the morning train from Leeds, Skipton and Giggleswick at Bentham Station before going on to Ingleton and Clapham then over spectacular Bowland Knott summit 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, costing just £12 for the whole Sunday DalesBus network 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 for just £7. Some DalesBus services out of Lancashire, North and West Yorkshire (service 24, X43, 856, 873, 874, 884) allow Senior Citizens with an ENCT pass free travel on the whole route, but on other Dalesbus services, recent decisions by North Yorkshire and Lancashire County Councils restrict senior pass use either entirely as these are declared to be “leisure” service, despite local use.
Purchasing the £7 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 DalesBus services, including downloadable timetables for both Sunday and all weekday services throughout the Yorkshire Dales, news, updates and links to DalesBus Rambler pages for the DalesBus guided walks programmer provide by Friends of Dalesbus, visit www.dalesbus.org. Alternatively weekday and weekend times are also to be found in the Metro DalesBus Summer 2017 timetable booklet, available at National Park and Tourist Information Centre in the Dales and other outlets throughout West Yorkshire, as well as in a series of local timetable for individual services or groups of services, available widely local outlets.
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.
Our charity supports DalesBus because it our three aims of Campaign, Protect, Enjoy.
Campaigning to retain and improve public transport for local communities and visitors alike, including securing the many benefits good bus services bring to local business
Protection of the National Park and AONB by reducing traffic emissions and congestion by encouraging bus and train use to replace some car journeys
Enjoyment by facilitating access to the National Park for that very large percentage of the UK population, especially younger people, older people and those on lower incomes, who do not have access to their own vehicle. It is all about creating travel opportunity and choice for everyone, local people as well as all visitors to the Yorkshire Dales.
Everyone is welcome at our events, members and non members - see Upcoming Events for more information. The next event is a a full day free guided walk of about 7 miles starting at Ribblehead Station (train friendly timings) on Thursday 22 February - all welcome - see event entry for more info.
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
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President Sir Gary Verity
Chairman Mark Corner
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