Friends of the Dales are fundraising so that Northern DalesBus 830 can run again in summer 2020.
Northern DalesBus 830 runs on Summer Sundays and Bank Holidays between Teesside, Darlington, Richmond, Upper Swaledale and Hawes. The bus was the star of a “Slow Travel” BBC4 programme and features in the book Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess when author Amanda Owen used it to return from hospital in Middlesbrough to Upper Swaledale.
Managed by the Dales & Bowland Community Interest Company, a subsidiary of Friends of the Dales (the Yorkshire Dales Society), a registered charity, the bus brings visitors from Teesside and Richmond into the Yorkshire Dales National Park’s stunning landscapes of Upper Swaledale, travelling as far as Muker and Keld before crossing the scenic Buttertubs Pass into Swaledale to Hawes, and then providing access through Upper Wensleydale, calling at Bainbridge, Askrigg, and Castle Bolton in Herriot Country to Leyburn. It then returns to Richmond, forming a wonderful circular tour of the two Northern Dales.
The service is also used by local communities as a valued local shopping bus into Richmond and Leyburn, and it provides important weekend low carbon access to the Dales. Walkers can use this bus to do sections of Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Path and The Pennine Way. Visitors using the service for weekend and day visits also help the Dales economy by extra spending in local shops, pubs and cafes.
In 2017, crowd-fundiung raised over £3,300 to help provide this iconic bus service. This year Friends of the Dales aim to raise £6,700 to enable the bus to run again every Sunday and Bank holiday throughout Summer 2020.
Please help support this service - click here for details of how to donate.
We would also welcome sponsorship from local businesses - please email us for more information,
***UPDATE: The campaign has now reached over 75% of the target - but more donations are still needed!***
Some changes were made to the Leeds - Skipton - Settle - Carlisle and Leeds - Skipton - Lancaster - Morecambe train service from 17th February 2020.
The trains at 1049 from Carlisle, 0941 from Lancaster and 1033 from Morecambe now all terminate at Skipton.
The trains that previously ran from Leeds at 1218 and 1418 to Morecambe and at 1518 to Carlisle now all start instead from Skipton at 1253, 1458 and 1559 respectively.
Click here for the new timetable for the Leeds-Carlisle and Leeds-Morecambe lines
Click here for new timetable showing all trains between Leeds and Skipton
Minor changes will be made to the timetable on service 24 between Harrogate and Pateley Bridge from 24th February 2020.
On Monday to Friday:
The annual offer for Dales Railcard holders continues until 4th April 2020.
Holders of Dales Railcards can take advantage of a great value offer for travel along the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle and Leeds-Bentham-Morecambe rail lines.
Special Northern Day Return tickets, exclusive to Dales Railcard holders, are available for travel every day until Saturday 4th April 2020. Tickets are valid on all trains except the Monday to Friday services at 0551 from Carlisle to Leeds and 0648 from Lancaster to Leeds. There are no time restrictions on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays.
On the Bentham Line (Leeds to Morecambe) tickets are £7.00. Up to four children can accompany the Dales Railcard holder at a cost of £3.50 each.
On the Leeds - Settle - Carlisle Line tickets are £9.00. Up to four children can accompany the Dales Railcard holder at a cost of £4.50 each.
Tickets are not interchangeable between the two routes.
Dales Railcards are available for £10 to local residents on the Bentham and Settle-Carlisle lines, and are also available for £12.50 to members of the Friends of DalesBus and the Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line - click here for details.
A Winter Offer for holders of ENCTS concessionary bus passes issued by Metro is also available.
Minor changes will be made to the timetable of Little White Bus Swaledale Shuttle Bus 30 from 6th January 2020 to improve reliability - click here for timetable details.
Minor changes will be made to the timetable of Stagecoach bus 280 between Preston, Clitheroe, Barnoldswick and Skipton from 6th January 2020 to improve reliability - click here for timetable details.
A revised timetable will be introduced on Cumbria Classic Coaches Wednesday service 572 between Ravenstonedale, Kirkby Stephen, Brough and Barnard Castle from 8th January 2020.
The outward journey will call at Kirkby Stephen Station at 0938, connecting with the 0748 train from Leeds.
Revised timetables will be introduced on the following Western Dales Bus services from 16th December 2019 - click on the links for details: