Little White Bus - Richmondshire Rover

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


n  Residents of Catterick Village / Tunstall / Scotton / Richmond


n  Residents of Scorton, Moulton, Middleton Tyas


n  Residents of villages in North Richmondshire including Eppleby, Forcett, and Caldwell


n  Residents in Bedale


 u The Leyburn Bedale Leyburn Richmondshire Rover service

The revised Richmondshire Rover service maintains the Monday - Friday late afternoon service between Leyburn and Bedale, with a departure from Leyburn at 16.45 and departures from Bedale at 16:05 and 17:20. 

These services augment the morning and early afternoon services provided by NYCC Fleet, and have proved invaluable to visitors to Hawes and Upper Wensleydale to return to Northallerton and onward destinations after a day in the Dales, and residents and college students returning to Leyburn after work or studying in Bedale and Northallerton.  Certain services call at Newton-le-Willows, Finghall, Spennithorne and Hunton.   

The revised Richmondshire Rover service introduces improvements to the Saturday Little White Bus service between Leyburn and Bedale, with additional journeys in the middle of the day, to meet the many requests from passengers keen to return home earlier from a visit to Northallerton via the Dales and District 73 service connection in Bedale than has been possible on the pilot Richmondshire Rover service.  There are also longer layover times in Leyburn to allow passengers on the Richmondshire Rover service the opportunity to browse its shops and services before returning home or continuing their onward travel.


u Interlining with other Little White Bus services 

By changing from the Richmondshire Rover service at Princes Gate or Richmond you can take the Swaledale Shuttle service for a daily return journey to Reeth, and a one-way journey to Muker and Keld, or a one way journey on the Wensleydale Voyager to Upper Wensleydale including Hawes, Askrigg and Aysgarth.

There are a range of connections onto the Little White Bus Wensleydale Voyager service at Leyburn from / to Hawes and the villages in Upper Wensleydale from the Monday - Friday afternoon / Saturday all day Richmondshire Rover Leyburn - Bedale - Leyburn service.


u Concessionary Fares / One Way One Pound

Concessionary Fare passes may be used on all the journeys shown on the new Richmondshire Rover service timetable.  The under 18 young person's One Way One Pound special fare of 1 per journey may be used on the Richmondshire Rover service from 5.00 pm on weekdays, any time on a Saturday, and any time and any day of the week during school holidays.  


u  Market Days in towns served by the Richmondshire Rover

Tuesday - Bedale / Hawes

Wednesday - Northallerton / Barnard Castle

Thursday - Ripon

Friday - Leyburn / Reeth

Saturday - Richmond (in addition Richmond has an Indoor Market every day)


u The Little White Bus Message - Long-term financial viability / sustainabilty of the Richmondshire Rover   

The long term future of the Richmondshire Rover depends on both volunteer drivers and passengers coming forward in all the communities it serves, not only from the North, Central and Garrison RDC Area Partnerships but also from the Lower Wensleydale RDC Area Partnership serving the communities on the Richmondshire Rover route between Leyburn and Bedale, up to Patrick Brompton where it runs into Hambleton District Council territory.  Whilst the 578 passengers in October 2016 travelling on the pilot Richmondshire Rover include very many regular passengers, without the NYCC Stronger Communities grant it would leave the Richmondshire Rover service well below the financial break-even point in the long term unless most of the driving turns are undertaken by volunteers.  


(  Further Enquiries

Click here for timetable details.

The UWCO / Little White Bus Bookings and Enquiry Office is open on Mondays - Fridays between 9.00 am - 5.30 pm and on Saturdays between 9.00 am - 12.30 pm.

Telephone:  The UWCO on 01 969 667 400



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