This scenic bus route, featured on BBC4's All Aboard! The Country Bus, links the North East with scenic Swaledale and Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, with onward connections on Northern DalesBus 832 past Ribblehead viaduct to Ingleton and Kirkby Lonsdale.
Perfect for walking or sightseeing in the Yorkshire Dales – England’s favourite National Park.
There’s no need to book in advance, tickets are available from the driver, so you can simply turn up and go!
Catch Northern DalesBus 831 direct from the centres of Middlesbrough, Stockton and Darlington (picking up at Darlington rail station and all X66/X26 bus stops) to Richmond, then travel through Swaledale, regarded by many people as one of the most sublimely beautiful of all the Yorkshire Dales – through the iconic village of Reeth. Due to a road closure at Reeth the bus will then divert via Grinton, Carperby, Askrigg and Bainbridge in Wensleydale to Hawes.
Hawes’s attractions include the wonderful Dales Countryside Museum with the celebrated Hartley-Ingleby collection of lead mining and farming artefacts from the Northern Dales, and Wensleydale Creamery, where the world-famous Wensleydale cheese, rescued from oblivion by the legendary Kit Calvert, is made. There is a visitor centre where you can see cheese being made and a restaurant and shop. Hardraw Force, England’s highest single drop above ground waterfall, is little more than a mile’s easy walk away.
From Hawes you can catch Northern DalesBus 832 past the famous Ribblehead Viaduct to Ingleton or Kirkby Lonsdale.
Buy a Dales Rover ticket from the bus driver for a day’s unlimited travel on the Sunday and Bank Holiday DalesBus network. Dales Rover: Adult: £10 Group: £18 (for any group of up to two adults and three children)
Concessionary bus passes for the elderly and disabled are not valid for free travel on Northern DalesBus 831 or 832, except for outward journeys on service 831 from Middlesbrough, Stockton and Darlington. Standard fares to a maximum of £3 single/ £5 day ticket are payable by passholders.