Every Sunday and Bank Holiday until 21st October 2018 the Northern Powergrid Country Bus 830 links Teesside, Darlington and Richmond with some of the most stunning landscape in the British Isles through the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Northern Powergrid Country Bus 830 is so named after its fame in 2016 on the BBC Four “Slow Travel” programme All Aboard the Country Bus and its 2018 sponsors Northern Powergrid who connect homes and business with electric power through the North.
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 Powergrid Country Bus 830 every Sunday 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 villages of Reeth (National Park Centre) , Gunnerside and Muker, finally to the remote hamlet of Keld at the head of the Dale, close to several waterfalls and perfect starting point for hikes along either the Pennine Way or Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Path – pick up the bus at any point down the Dale for your return journey.
The bus then ascends one of the most spectacular mountains passes in the British Isles – Buttertubs, of Tour de France fame. There are breathtaking views from the bus windows down Swaledale or, once over the 526 metre summit, across to Yorkshire’s famous Three Peaks, before descending to the busy market town of Hawes.
Hawes’s many 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.
You can spend a full day in Hawes, or after a short break catch Wensleydale Wanderer Bus 857 to Castle Bolton, Leyburn and Masham or for a taste of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks country take the Ribblehead Ranger 831 to Snaizeholme (for the noted red squirrel sanctuary), Ribblehead (famous for its great viaduct), Horton in Ribblesdale and the busy town of Settle where the energetic can walk to the summit of Castlebergh, a rocky crag just behind the town’s market place and a notable viewpoint across Ribblesdale to the Bowland Fells of Lancashire.
Buy a Dales Rover ticket from the bus driver for a day’s unlimited travel on the Sunday and Bank Holiday DalesBus network. Dales Freedom Rover: £12 Dales Privilege Rover: £7.50 (available to students, holders of any valid railcard and holders of English National Concessionary passes) Up to 2 children travel free with each holder of a Dales Rover ticket. Under 19’s travel for just £1 per single journey (ID required by teenagers)
Concessionary bus passes for the elderly and disabled are not valid for free travel on the Northern Powergrid Country Bus, except for outward journeys on from Middlesbrough, Stockton and Darlington. Standard fares to a maximum of £4 single/ £7.50 day ticket are payable by passholders.
Single and day return fares are also available. Northern Powergrid Country Bus 830 operates with financial support from Northern Powergrid.
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