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!***