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DalesBus Summer Sunday Services

Summer Sunday and Bank Holiday DalesBus services will be reintroduced from early May 2017, incorporating a number of changes for the 2017 season:

Fountains Flyer service 812 will now operate only between Easingwold, York, Ripon and Fountains Abbey as Fountains Flyer service 822, with three return journeys between York and Fountains Abbey, providing new opportunities for half-day visits to Fountains Abbey, and for shopping and leisure trips to York.  The Fountains Flyer continues to be supported by the National Trust.

Eastern Dalesman service 820 will no longer operate, but DalesBus links will be provided from Dewsbury and Bradford on Cravenlink service 884, and from York on Fountains Flyer service 822.

Nidderdale Rambler service 823 will no longer operate.

Nidderdale Rambler service 825 will be revised to operate between Ripon, Fountains Abbey, Brimham Rocks and Pateley Bridge, extending to Upper Nidderdale and Grassington on alternate operating days. This service is now supported by the National Trust and the Yorkshire Dales Society.

Northern Dalesman service 830 from Lancashire will be revised to start in Preston and operate via Kirkby Lonsdale. Connections from Morecambe will be available on Malham Tarn Shuttle service 881.  The bus will no longer serve Thwaite or Keld, but connections to these places will be available by changing buses at Muker. This service is continues to be supported by Northern and the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line.

Northern Dalesman service 830 from the North East will operate via Thwaite and Keld on the outward journey. An additional early afternoon return journey will be provided between Ingleton, Ribblehead and Hawes. This service is now supported by Northern Powergrid and donors to a fundraising campaign organised by the Yorkshire Dales Society.

Ingleborough Pony service 831 will no longer operate, but an additional early afternoon return journey between Ingleton, Ribblehead and Hawes will instead be provided on Northern Dalesman service 830.

Bowland Explorer service 833 is a new service linking Lancaster, Bentham, Ingleton, Clapham, Slaidburn and Clitheroe.  It is supported by the Forest of Bowland AONB, the Bentham Line Community Rail Partnership and Northern. ENCTS passes for the elderly and disabled will not be valid for free travel on this service - instead maximum fares for passholders of £4 single and £7 return will apply.

Garsdale Station Shuttle 855 and Upper Dales CONNECT services continue unchanged.

Wensleydale Flyer service 856 continues unchanged, with support from Acorn Stairlifts.

Eastern Dalesman service 859 will operate between Richmond and Leyburn only, connecting with Wensleydale Flyer service 856.

Cravenlink services 873 and 884 will operate a summer timetable from 1 May 2017.  Service 884 will no longer serve York, Harrogate or Otley, but will instead run from Dewsbury, Bradford and Shipley. Connections with Yorkshire Dalesman service 874 will be available at Ilkley Bus Station. These services continue to be supported by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and the Friends of DalesBus - the Yorkshire Dales Public Transport Users Group.

Yorkshire Dalesman service 874 continues unchanged, except that the afternoon journey from Ilkley will run 10 minutes earlier from 1 May 2017, providing a connection with Witch Way service X43 at Grassington. Connections with Cravenlink service 884 to/from Malham will be available at Ilkley Bus Station. This service continues to be supported by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Yorkshire Dalesman service 875 is extended through to Hawes, replacing service 857. ENCTS passes for the elderly and disabled will be valid for free travel throughout this route. The outward journey will no longer serve Grassington, and will leave Wakefield at 0925 and Leeds at 0955. This service is now supported by the Friends of DalesBus - the Yorkshire Dales Public Transport Users Group and the Upper Wharfedale Community Interest Company.

Malham Tarn Shuttle service 881 has revised times to connect with the morning train from Leeds at Settle Station, and is extended to start from Morecambe and Lancaster. This service is now supported by Northern and the Settle Carlisle Railway Development Company.

Western Dales Bus service S2 will recommence on 30 April 2017.

Witch Way service X43 continues unchanged, operated commercially by Transdev Burnley & Pendle, as does service 24 commercially operated by the Harrogate Bus Company.

Click here for the full list of summer services.


Tour de Yorkshire - 30 April 2017

Some DalesBus services will be amended on Sunday 30 April 2017 due to road closures for Stage 3 of the Tour de Yorkshire:

    - a revised timetable will operate on Cravenlink services 873 and 884 between Ilkley and Skipton

    - a revised timetable will operate on Witch Way service X43 to/from Grassington

    - Yorkshire Dalesman service 874 will not operate

Further details will be posted here when available.


Leeds Bus Station & Leeds Station Interchange

Due to building work at Leeds Bus Station DalesBus service 874 to Bolton Abbey, Grassington and Buckden now departs from stand 15, instead of stand 17.

Leeds Station Interchange is closed until the end of June 2017. DalesBus service 874 to Bolton Abbey, Grassington and Buckden will stop instead at stop T9 on Boar Lane during this period.


Wharfedale Services

Buses on services 74A (Mondays and Wednesdays) and 74 (Saturdays) between Ilkley, Bolton Abbey, Grassington and Hebden will continue unchanged throughout summer 2017 with continued support from North Yorkshire County Council. Timetable details are available here.


Wharfedale Packhorse

The Saturday evening Wharfedale Packhorse service resumed from 7th January 2017, running on the first Saturday of each month between Cray, Grassington, Ilkley and Skipton with new lower fares (elderly and disabled bus passes are also now valid). 

From Saturday 1st April 2017 the timetable will be revised with buses no longer running through to Ilkley or Skipton, but a new journey will run every operating day at 2330 from Grassington to Kettlewell, continuing to Buckden and Cray on request.

On the fifth Saturday of each month (that's 29th April; 29th July; and 30th September 2017), the Wharfedale Packhorse will provide a Saturday daytime and evening service between Grassington, Kilnsey, Arncliffe, Litton, Kettlewell and Buckden.

In addition, the Wharfedale Packhorse runs a series of pre-booked trips from Buckden, Kettlewell and Grassington to nearby towns on one Saturday evening each month.

For full details visit the Wharfedale Packhorse website.


Winter Offer for West Yorkshire ENCTS Bus Pass and MCard holders

In conjunction with Metro (WYCA), Northern are again making the annual winter offer for travel on the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle and Bentham lines.

The prices of the special day return fares for MetroCard, RailZone (6&7) and MCard holders have been held for this winter.

Available daily on all trains until Saturday 25th March 2017. Travel is permitted from Leeds. Kirkstall Forge, Apperley Bridge, Bradford Forster Square, Frizinghall, Shipley, Ilkley, Ben Rhydding, Burley-in-Wharfedale, Menston, Guiseley, Baildon, Saltaire, Bingley, Crossflats, Keighley and Steeton & Silsden.

Holders of ENCTS (elderly or disabled) passes issued by Metro (which bear the Metro logo) benefit from the same fares for travel on weekdays only. The offer is not valid by ENCTS pass holders for travel before 0930 using a non-direct service (ie having to change train).

The fares are based on the journey being made:

Zone One – To Hellifield, Settle, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Ribblehead, Dent, Garsdale, Giggleswick and Clapham - Adult £11.50 Child £5.75

Zone Two – To Kirkby Stephen, Appleby, Bentham, Wennington and Carnforth - Adult £12.50 Child £6.25

Zone Three – To Langwathby, Lazonby, Armathwaite, Carlisle, Lancaster, Bare Lane, Morecambe and Heysham Port - Adult £13.50 Child £6.75

Travel is not permitted on the buses running between Appleby and Penrith or on any Trans Pennine Express or Virgin services to/from Carlisle.

The special offer ticket can be purchased from any staffed station within West Yorkshire.


Little White Bus - Richmondshire Rover

An improved service will be introduced from 28th November 2016, providing new links to Barnard Castle, Bedale and Ripon - click here for details.


Wensleydale Flyer Saved

A threatened bus route through the Dales, much loved and well-used by locals and visitors alike, has been saved by a local crowd-funding campaign and funding from Yorkshire-based mobility specialist Acorn Stairlifts. Acorn has pledged cash to keep Wensleydale Flyer service 856 running throughout the whole of 2017. Without the funding the year-round service was facing an uncertain future and likely to cease operating by Easter next year.

Click here to see a short video about the service.

The bus, which will be renamed the ‘Acorn Wensleydale Flyer’, runs on Sundays and Bank Holidays between Northallerton and Gayle, a hamlet a mile south of Hawes. It stops at towns and villages all along the route, including Ainderby Steeple, Leeming Bar, Bedale, Constable Burton, Leyburn, Aysgarth, Bainbridge and Hawes. The full 40-mile journey lasts around and hour and 15 minutes, passing through some of England’s most spectacular scenery, was the focus of a recent feature in the travel section of The Guardian newspaper ( and features in a popular book entitled “Bus Pass Britain: 50 of the nation’s favourite bus journeys”. It is the sister service to the DalesBus ‘Northern Dalesman’ service recently featured on the BBC4 programme “All Aboard! The Country Bus".

About three-quarters of those regularly using the Wensleydale Flyer are local residents, and for many of them it is a weekly lifeline. The service is also popular with visitors who use it for walking and sightseeing trips, visiting attractions such as Aysgarth Falls and the Wensleydale Creamery at Hawes.  At various points the service also links up with other bus routes and rail services, including the restored Wensleydale Railway heritage line at Leeming Bar, making it part of the wider rural transport infrastructure.

Most of the Sunday DalesBus network, including the Wensleydale Flyer, is managed by the Dales and Bowland Community Interest Company, a not-for-profit subsidiary of registered charity the Yorkshire Dales Society. It relies on contributions and donations from public bodies, individuals and local businesses to keep its buses running, as ticket sales alone do not cover the costs.

A crowdfunding website set up by Low Mill Guest House in Bainbridge in support of the Wensleydale Flyer managed to hit its £6,500 target, demonstrating the value which people put on the service. This support has enabled the Wensleydale Flyer to keep running through until the start of the Acorn funding, and will also help provide a connecting bus between Hawes and Garsdale Station on Sundays, Sunday demand-responsive minibus connections to/from Upper Wensleydale villages and give the Wensleydale Flyer service a financial safety net for the future.

Colin Speakman is Hon. Vice-President of the Yorkshire Dales Society and one of a dedicated band of volunteers who have been fighting to keep the Wensleydale Flyer alive. He said: “This is a brilliant bus service and so important to the people of Wensleydale and their visitors for work, shopping and leisure. Without this vital service there will be no way people without access to a car can get in or out of the Dale anywhere between Northallerton, Leyburn and Hawes on Sundays, making many local people isolated and visitors unable to come for the weekend.”

Based at Steeton, West Yorkshire, Acorn Stairlifts will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2017 and is delighted to sponsor the Acorn Wensleydale Flyer throughout the year as part of its celebrations. Founded in Bradford, Acorn has grown to become the world’s largest company concerned solely with the manufacture, direct-to-consumer sales and installation of stairlifts. Its British-made stairlifts are exported to more than 80 countries, including America where it is the recognised market leader.

It was Acorn’s design studio manager Emma Slater who spotted a local newspaper story on the possible axing of the Wensleydale Flyer unless funding could be secured. “As someone who has relied on rural public transport to get to work, the plight of the threatened service really struck a chord with me,” said Emma, who pitched the idea of sponsorship to her employer. “People who live in rural areas are particularly vulnerable to the effects of cuts in public transport. At Acorn Stairlifts we are acutely aware of the link between mobility and physical and mental health, and we recognise that lack of good transport can lead to practical difficulties, isolation and loneliness for a lot of people. Many of our customers rely on services like this and we were delighted to be able to give something back to our local community with this gesture.”

For more about Acorn Stairlifts and its award-winning products, visit

The Dales & Bowland CIC is still fundraising to enable the continuation of the DalesBus Sunday network in Summer 2017, and would welcome support from other local or national businesses. To find out more about how you might be able to help support this valuable service please contact

The Friends of DalesBus also welcome online donations to their Bus Operating Fund, which helps fund DalesBus services.


Wensleydale Voyager Service 156 Changes

Minor changes will be made to the Wensleydale Voyager timetable from 7th November 2016. Some journeys will no longer call at Preston-under-Scar village centre unless requested in advance, and the 0950 journey from Leyburn to Hawes will now make a scheduled stop at Thoralby at 1015. The revised timetable can be downloaded here.

The Little White Bus Richmondshire Rover service between Leyburn and Bedale will also operate a revised timetable on Saturdays from 3rd December 2016.


Pride of the Dales Service 74 Saturday Service Changes

A revised timetable will be introduced from Saturday 5th November on service 74 running between Ilkley, Bolton Abbey and Grassington, with some journeys extended to Hebden.


Winter DalesBus Offer from Otley & Burley-in-Wharfedale

The area covered by the Craven Explorer ticket is being extended to include Otley and Burley-in-Wharfedale for journeys on DalesBus 874 through to Bolton Abbey, Grassington, Kettlewell and Buckden on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Tickets are just £8 for adults or £15 for a Family ticket (any group of up to 2 adults and 3 children). This Winter Special Offer represents a saving of at least £2 and is valid until further notice.

Craven Explorer tickets are also valid on Sunday and Bank Holidays on Cravenlink services 873 and 884 between Ilkley, Bolton Abbey, Embsay and Skipton, Witch Way service X43 between Skipton and Grassington, and on all buses run by Keighley Bus Company including service 62 between Ilkley and Keighley.

Students with a NUS Card can still purchase a Dales Privilege Rover ticket for £6. Senior Citizen and Disabled bus pass holders have free travel on all Winter Sunday DalesBus services.

DalesBus 874 departs Otley Bus Station at 0955 via Burley (Station Road) at 1002 and Ilkley Bus Station at 1012 to Addingham, Bolton Abbey, Burnsall, Grassington, Kilnsey, Kettlewell and Buckden. It returns from Buckden at 1620 and will pick up at all bus stops en route by signalling clearly to the driver, arriving in Otley at 1755.


Leeds - Settle - Carlisle Railway Line Engineering Works

For details of ongoing engineering works at the northern end of the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle railway line please visit the Settle Carlisle Railway website.  There are currently major rebuilding works taking place, with buses replacing trains between Armathwaite and Carlisle.  Information about the engineering works is also available on the National Rail website.


Winter Bus Timetables

The summer season timetables have now finished for the 2016 season.

Western Dales Bus Tuesday service S3 (Dent - Sedbergh - Hawes) and Friday service S4 (Dent - Sedbergh - Kirkby Stephen) are both now operating increased services of three journeys in each direction. Saturday service S1 (Dent Station - Dent - Sedbergh - Kendal) continues unchanged except that the last journey becomes demand responsive as usual for the winter.

Winter Sunday DalesBus services are generally similar to those operated last year, with Cravenlink services 873/884 running between Ilkley and Skipton only. Sunday buses on services 24 (Harrogate - Pateley Bridge), X43 (Manchester - Burnley - Skipton - Grassington) and 874 (Wakefield - Leeds - Ilkley - Grassington - Buckden) all continue unchanged for the winter, except the 874 will leave Wakefield and Leeds five minutes later.

Sunday buses in Wensleydale were recently the subject of a successful fundraising appeal and will continue unchanged throughout the winter.

The winter timetable on Saturday service 74 (Ilkley - Bolton Abbey - Grassington) starts on 5th November, when the last return journey is withdrawn for the winter but the service is extended to Hebden.

The new timetables are all included in the new winter DalesBus timetable booklet - which can be downloaded here (2MB PDF file). Updates are available here and for the latest news follow @DalesBus on Twitter.



Fund-raising Campaign for Wensleydale Flyer

A fund-raising campaign by local residents to save Wensleydale Flyer bus service 856 has now secured it's future for the winter months.

This service takes in the remote Wensleydale town of Hawes and travels up and down Dale taking passengers to hospitals, visit family or shopping. It helps prevent the elderly becoming isolated in their homes, and allows people to visit the Yorkshire Dales National Park – enjoying the scenery, improving their wellbeing and supporting local businesses.

This bus service was in critical need of financial assistance – otherwise it would have stopped running at the end of October when the current one-off funding kindly provided by local businesses ran out.

The loss of this service would have been devastating for people who can only get to their destination on this bus. It’s the only bus running on Sundays and Bank Holidays anywhere between Northallerton, Bedale, Leyburn, Aysgarth, Bainbridge and Hawes.

Donations are still welcomed at the Just Giving webpage. If you’d like to make a larger donation (over £250) with Gift Aid, or are a business that would like to discuss sponsoring the service the campaign would love to hear from you – please email

All donations will be passed to the Yorkshire Dales Society, a registered charity, whose not-for-profit subsidiary company the Dales & Bowland Community Interest Company manages most of the Sunday DalesBus network, including the Wensleydale Flyer, and the Northern Dalesman bus which recently featured on BBC4’s All Aboard! The Country Bus programme. If insufficient money is raised to keep the service running until at least the end of the year donations will be used to support other public bus services in the Yorkshire Dales area.

The Friends of DalesBus are also continuing to raise funds to support DalesBus through their Bus Operating Fund.


September Bus Service Changes

Service 762 (Keighley - Ilkley - Otley - Harrogate) is renumbered 62, with a revised timetable from 4th September.

Service 66 (Keighley - Skipton) has a revised timetable from 5th September, with the frequency on Monday to Saturday daytimes reduced to half-hourly.

Services between Preston, Clitheroe and Skipton have revised times from 5th September. On Mondays to Saturdays most journeys run as service 280 via Barnoldswick, but on Sundays all journeys operate as service X80 via West Marton. The revised Sunday service provides better connections with other DalesBus services at Skipton.

Changes are also made to the Wharfedale services from 5th September:

Minor changes are made to service 155 (Leyburn - Bedale) from 5th September. Click here for new timetable.


Improved Western Dales Bus Services

Hawes Hopper bus S3 running between Dent, Sedbergh, Garsdale and Hawes is improved from 27th September 2016, with three return journeys operating every Tuesday. Click here for the new timetable.

Kirkby Stephen Connect bus S4 running between Dent, Sedbergh, Cautley and Kirkby Stephen is improved from 30th September 2016, with three return journeys operating every Friday. Click here for the new timetable.

As usual from the end of September, Sunday service S2 between Dent Station, Dent, Sedbergh and Cautley finished for the season, and the 1840 journey from Sedbergh on Saturday service S1 only operates on request.


Reduced Off-Peak Rail Fares and Special Offer on Dales Railcards

Northern has introduced some new, cheaper tickets for passengers travelling on the Settle-Carlisle and the Bentham lines and elsewhere on its network. Off-Peak Day Return fares are now available for trains timed to depart after 0930 Monday to Friday and any time at weekends and Bank Holidays.  The new fare prices are 15% lower than the current Anytime Day Return tickets.

This means that the day return fare from Settle to Leeds, for example, is cut by £2.30 to just £12.50 while travellers between Bentham and Skipton save £1.60 with a new price of £8.80.  Holders of any national railcards will receive a further discount of one-third.

Meanwhile, the Settle Carlisle Day Ranger ticket is still available for travel between Leeds-Settle-Carlisle (and Bradford Forster Square). At £15, less any railcard discounts, it allows a whole day of travel on the line in both directions.

Northern has also announced that the price of Dales Railcards will be cut by 50% until Saturday 20th May 2017.  This means that the card will cost just £6.50 for a whole year.  


All Aboard! The Country Bus

BBC Four recently broadcast a new slow television special, All Aboard! The Country Bus - a two-hour bus journey through the Yorkshire Dales filmed on Northern Dalesman service 830. Click here for further details and to purchase a copy of the programme.

Metro Timetable Updates

Corrections and updates to the Winter 2016-17 Metro DalesBus timetable booklet, which can be downloaded here (4MB PDF file), will be posted here.

North Yorkshire Bus Changes

Click here to view the latest summary of forthcoming bus service changes, produced by North Yorkshire County Council (PDF file).


The Friends of DalesBus

The Friends of DalesBus are keen to encourage people to join the group, and help support their work to improve public transport in the Yorkshire Dales. Click here for details.


Old News

Older news from the Dalesbus Website is available on the archive page.


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