Archive News

The Dales & Bowland Community Interest Company was established in February 2007.

Archive news items about our initiatives to benefit local residents and visitors to the Yorkshire Dales and Forest of Bowland since 2007 appear below.

Click here for the latest news.

 

Winter DalesBus Services

The Dales & Bowland CIC is pleased to advise that it will be providing a network of DalesBus services on the core routes throughout the Dales on Winter Sundays, through until 1st April 2012.

The services will be similar to those operated last winter, with a restructured service in Wensleydale provided with support from the Dales Integrated Transport Alliance (dita), including a new Sunday link from Garsdale Station to Hawes.

Full details of all the services are available on the DalesBus website, and a copy of Metro's Winter DalesBus timetable booklet can be downloaded here. (650 KB PDF file)

 

Summer DalesBus Services 2011

An improved Sunday and Bank Holiday DalesBus network will operate in Summer 2011, despite the funding cuts which have been implemented by North Yorkshire County Council.

 

This has largely been made possible by the superb success of DalesBus in 2010/11.  A growth of around 30% in passenger numbers and the consequent extra fare box income has allowed the Dales & Bowland CIC (which now manages most of the services) to roll over funding into 2011/12.  Great support has also been provided, despite economic difficulties, from Metro, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and Nidderdale AONB. Valuable support has also come from several voluntary sources including the Yorkshire Dales Public Transport Users Group, the Yorkshire Dales Society, the Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line, the Pennine Way Association and CPRE Wensleydale, Swaledale and Craven; as well as Northern Rail and the National Trust. 

 

This does however all come at a price. In order to secure vital continuity, and keep DalesBus passenger numbers growing, the D&BCIC has decided to use all its financial reserves to support the 2011/2 network.  What happens in 2012/13 will depend on whether or not passenger numbers continue to grow, and whether new sources of funding can be found.  

 

In the meantime each and every journey made on DalesBus this year will count, both to increase our income and financial reserves, but also to add political weight to our bid for future funding. Most fares have been frozen again for 2011.

 

Details of the summer services are available here, and are summarised by area here.

 

A copy of Metro's Summer DalesBus timetable booklet can be downloaded here. (410 KB PDF file)

A diagrammatic map and a list of places in the Yorkshire Dales served by bus on Summer Sundays and Bank Holidays in 2011 are also available.

 

More Dales Experience Buses from Bradford and Keighley

After the success of the Dales Experience Wednesday buses in 2009, services were increased for 2010, running twice a week during the Summer school holidays.

The buses ran to Malham on Wednesdays and to Bolton Abbey, Grassington and Kettlewell on Fridays.

They departed from Bradford Interchange at 10.00 am, running via Manningham Lane, Shipley Market Place (10.15), Saltaire, Bingley (10.25) and Keighley Bus Station (10.40), returning late afternoon to arrive in Bradford at 17.15. Fares were pegged at £5.00 return with some great family offers and free travel for concessionary pass holders. Click here for further details.

There were many special family events lined up for bus users during the summer including short guided family walks, Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival (August 20th), guided tours of the Scargill Centre at Kettlewell as well as a chance to spot the peregrines at Malham Cove - click here for details.

The Dales Experience Buses were managed by the Dales & Bowland Community Interest Company, with funding from Metro.
 

Buses to Upper Nidderdale on Tuesdays and Saturdays

A new Summer bus service in Upper Nidderdale started on Saturday 24th July 2010. The Upper Nidderdale Rambler service linked Pateley Bridge with Lofthouse, Studfold Trails, How Stean Gorge, Middlesmoor and continues up to Scar House Reservoir. It ran every Saturday and Tuesday until 31st August, complementing the existing Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday service.

Buses connected with service 24 from Harrogate at Pateley Bridge, and departed King Street at 10.30, 12.30 and 15.30. Buses back down the Dale to Pateley Bridge connected with the 24 to Harrogate. The 11.50 departure from Middlesmoor gave Upper Nidderdale residents the opportunity to spend the afternoon visiting friends in Pateley Bridge – ideal for teenagers to meet up with school friends without the need for “Mum’s Taxi”.

The buses were operated by local company AS Coaches of Fellbeck. The services were managed by the Dales & Bowland Community Interest Company, with funding from
Nidderdale AONB's Sustainable Development Fund.

 

Summer Cravenlink and DalesBus Services 2010

 

Following the success of the revamped Summer Sunday and Bank Holiday DalesBus network in 2009, a similar network was again provided in 2010.

 

A significant improvement for 2010 was the reintroduction of DalesBus services from York, with the flagship "Yorkshire Dalesman" service 800 from Leeds to Hawes being extended to start in York, and service 812 from York to Fountains Abbey, Pateley Bridge and Grassington being reintroduced.

 

Full details of these services were available at www.dalesbus.org.

 

 

Winter Cravenlink and DalesBus Services 2009-10

 

Once again, following the success of the summer services, the Dales & Bowland Community Interest Company obtained funding to allow the operation of a number of Sunday bus services over the winter months into 2010. Services were provided on the following routes:

Full details of these services were available at www.dalesbus.org.

 

DalesBus Blossoms

 

In 2009, the Dales & Bowland Community Interest Company took over the management and promotion of most of the key Sunday and Bank Holiday leisure bus services into the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

 

With a budget of over £75,000 for summer services, the core route was the restored traditional scenic 800 bus service between Leeds and Hawes, now known as the Yorkshire Dalesman, plus the Eastern Dalesman between Leeds and Richmond via Nidderdale AONB. But most exciting of all, was the new Northern Dalesman, which links Settle, Ribblehead, Hawes and Swaledale, connecting with trains on the Settle-Carlisle line, and providing the first Sunday bus service into Swaledale for some years. The Cravenlink service from Ilkley to Skipton continued, with some journeys extended to Malham. The special walkers’ bus around Ingleborough – the Ingleborough Pony, had an improved timetable for summer 2009.

 

The Dales & Bowland CIC is unique in the UK, if not Europe, as a not-for-profit company owned by a charity providing leisure bus services into a National Park. A major breakthrough in 2009 was a tie-up with Metro, the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, in allowing West Yorkshire MetroCard commuter tickets on weekend buses into the National Park. There were also special tickets for students and the unemployed and accompanied children could travel free of charge. These were all measures designed to build new markets for public transport and to ensure the Yorkshire Dales National Park was truly for everyone.

 

Full details of all services were available at www.dalesbus.org.

 

 

 

Winter Cravenlink and DalesBus Services 2008-9

 

Following the success of the summer services, the Dales & Bowland Community Interest Company obtained funding to allow the operation of a number of Sunday bus services over the winter months into 2009. Services were provided on the following routes:

 

 

New Sunday Bus Links to Ingleton and the Ingleborough Area

 

The Ingleborough Pony was an experimental Sunday bus service, linking rail stations and car parks along the south of the National Park along the A65, to provide a service especially for walkers to and around Ingleborough National Nature Reserve. Ingleborough Pony service 888 ran every Sunday and Bank Holiday from 27th July to 28th September 2008.

Named in tribute to the traditional breed of pony that once worked in the lead mines of the Northern Dales and in packhorse trains to provide essential goods and services to Dales communities, the Ingleborough Pony was an environmentally efficient bus service which connected car parks, rail stations and walking routes.

 

The Pony gave superb new opportunities for linear walks across Yorkshire’s most famous mountain. It also encouraged walkers to leave their cars at home, by providing a direct link with the famous scenic Settle-Carlisle railway line at Ribblehead to give car-free access to the heart of the National Park - and equality of opportunity for visitors, young and old, without access to a car. There was also a direct link from Clapham Station on the Morecambe Line as well as from Ribblehead to Ingleton with its famous Waterfalls Walk and White Scar Caves.
 

The bus also connected at Ribblehead Station with Wensleydale Explorer Bus 807 to/from Aysgarth and Hawes.
 

The Ingleborough Pony bus service was devised by the Dales & Bowland Community Interest Company with funding from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund and Natural England.

 

Summer DalesBus

The Dales & Bowland Community Interest Company took over the planning and organisation of many of the Summer Sunday DalesBus routes for the 2008 season. The company combined funding from North Yorkshire County Council with contributions from other organisations to allow the majority of Summer Sunday and Bank Holiday DalesBus services to continue. There were even some new services for Summer 2008, including the Ingleborough Pony service, the Wensleydale Explorer Bus service from Ribblehead Station to Hawes, Aysgarth and Buckden and the Nidderdale Rambler service from Pateley Bridge to Brimham Rocks.

The company would like to thank the following organisations for their help in funding the new network: North Yorkshire County Council, Metro, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line, the Yorkshire Dales Public Transport Users Group, the National Trust, How Stean Gorge, Natural England, the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust and the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England.

The services provided through this new partnership were:

 

Fountains Shuttle

An improved bus link from Ripon to Fountains Abbey was provided on Sundays and Bank Holidays until 26th October 2008. The Fountains Shuttle service was funded by the National Trust, with support from the Dales & Bowland Community Interest Company.

 

Getting Around the Dales

The Dales & Bowland Community Interest Company promoted sustainable travel in the Yorkshire Dales in 2008 with an information leaflet in the bedroom browser brochures in hundreds of hotels and B&Bs in the Dales and surrounding areas. The leaflet contained a map of the main bus and rail routes, together with details of how to obtain further information on public transport in the area. You can download a copy as a PDF file by clicking here.

This initiative was funded by North Yorkshire County Council and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

 

Cravenlink

Cravenlink was a new Sunday bus service linking Ilkley and Skipton with Addingham, Bolton Abbey, Draughton and Embsay.

 

The Cravenlink service was created by the Dales & Bowland Community Interest Company in April 2007 with funding from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund. It has proved very popular, and in March 2008 its future was secured for another year with funding from North Yorkshire County Council and Metro.

 

A revised route was introduced in December 2007, with most journeys now serving Bolton Abbey, The Strid and Eastby en route between Ilkley and Skipton. Click here for full details of the service.

 

 

The Bowland Transit Club

The Bowland Transit Club is an informal network of people, originally hosted by the Dales & Bowland Community Interest Company but now independent, who care about the Bowland Transit bus service and believe it should continue for the benefit of the local community, the local economy and visitors to the area.

 

As individuals, we believe we can make a difference – by helping to promote and publicise the service to local people and to visitors, by distributing literature, by organising walks and other events to help both the County Councils and the bus operator to retain and develop the network for local communities and visitors alike. 

 

Please join The Bowland Transit Club to help our campaign to ensure that this valuable service prospers in the future; further details of the club and how to join appear here

 

 

Sharing the Dales

The Sharing the Dales Project is designed to encourage people who have not recently visited the Yorkshire Dales to get out to explore the area in a healthy and sustainable way – using public transport and walking.

As part of the project during Summer 2007 the Dales & Bowland Community Interest Company organised the Cravenlink and Dales Experience buses, together with a varied programme of guided walks and events accessible from the buses. The project was managed by the Dales & Bowland CIC on behalf of the Yorkshire Dales Society and the Yorkshire Dales Public Transport Users Group, and was funded by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund.               

 

Bowland Transit Walks and Events

In 2007, the Dales & Bowland CIC supported the Bowland Transit bus service from Clitheroe to Slaidburn and Settle through the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a programme of walks and events. These were arranged in association with Lancashire County Council and Dalesbus Ramblers. Click here for the latest news.

Click here to download details of Bowland Transit guided walks as a PDF file.