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Bank Holiday Bus and Train Services

Bus services will be subject to change over the May Day Bank Holiday period. Train services will generally operate as usual, except Northern services will be affected by strike action on Friday 28 April.

Saturday 29 April:

Sunday 30 April:

Monday 1 May:


Tour de Yorkshire - 29 & 30 April 2017

Some buses in the Harrogate area will be amended on Saturday 29 April 2017 due to road closures for Stage 2 of the Tour de Yorkshire:

- Harrogate Bus Company services will operate a revised service, including routes 24 (Harrogate - Pateley Bridge) and 36 (Leeds - Harrogate - Ripon)


Some DalesBus services will be affected by road closures for Stage 3 of the Tour de Yorkshire on Sunday 30 April 2017:

    - the 1225 journey on Cravenlink service 873 from Skipton to Ilkley will be delayed.

    - some journeys on Witch Way service X43 will be delayed or cancelled during the middle of the day.The 1005 departure from Manchester arriving in Skipton at 1215 will finish at Skipton Railway Station, and won't run all the way to Grassington. The 1255 trip from Grassington will start from Skipton at 1330.

    - there will be no service on DalesBus route 874 between Wakefield, Leeds, Ilkley, Grassington and Buckden

Further details will be posted here when available.


RMT Northern Strike - 28 April

The RMT union is planning strike action on Friday 28 April 2017, which will require a revised timetable to be operated on Northern train services that day. For details please see Northern website.


Leeds - Settle - Carlisle Railway Line Fully Reopened

The Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line fully re-opened between Armathwaite and Carlisle on 31 March 2017, and a normal service is now operating between Leeds and Carlisle.

Click here for Leeds - Settle - Carlisle line timetable details.

The Settle Carlisle Day Ranger ticket will continue to be available at the special price of £15 until 20 May 2017. From 21 May the price will rise to £30.


Tenth Anniversary Year News from Dales & Bowland CIC

The Dales & Bowland Community Interest Company celebrates its tenth year of managing the Sunday DalesBus network this summer and everyone is invited along for the ride.

The company has responded to cuts in traditional public sector funding for bus services by exploring new fundraising avenues which have kept the buses on the road and created new opportunities for 2017. Two Crowdfunding campaigns have raised over £10,000 whilst a folk music concert in Otley organised by Friends of DalesBus recently generated £670. Many donations have come from people who don’t use the buses but feel strongly that access to the National Park should not be restricted to car users.
Acorn Stairlifts are welcomed aboard as the new sponsors of the Acorn Wensleydale Flyer from Northallerton to Hawes whilst Northern Powergrid have helped to save the Northern Dalesman from Teesside. The Northern Dalesman from Lancashire via Ribblehead Station (for connections off the Leeds – Settle – Carlisle train) is sponsored once again by the Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line and Northern, starting in Preston this year via Lancaster and Kirkby Lonsdale.

Generous support from the
National Trust means that more buses will be offered between York, Boroughbridge, Ripon and Fountains Abbey whilst a new minibus service will link Fountains Abbey and Brimham Rocks with Pateley Bridge.

Settle Carlisle Railway Development Company and Bentham Line Community Rail Partnership have tapped the new Northern Seed-Corn Fund, established as part of the new rail franchise, to support the Malham Tarn Shuttle and the new Bowland Explorer, linking Lancaster, Bentham Station and Clitheroe Interchange with the Forest of Bowland. Friends of DalesBus continue to support services including a streamlined service 875 from West Yorkshire to Hawes via Wharfedale and Aysgarth.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority remains committed to DalesBus and supports key services from West Yorkshire to the National Park to enable urban residents to maintain their health and wellbeing in the Dales, as well as publishing the popular DalesBus timetable booklet. This year Dewsbury and Bradford will have a through Cravenlink service to Skipton and Malham, connecting at Ilkley with DalesBus 874 running between Wakefield, Leeds, Bolton Abbey, Grassington and Buckden.

DalesBus continues to see passenger numbers grow on key routes but sadly has had to trim back some less popular services in the Eastern Dales.

Full details of the 2017 network are available now with printed map and timetables available later in April.


DalesBus Summer Sunday Services

Summer Sunday and Bank Holiday DalesBus services will be reintroduced from early May 2017, incorporating a number of changes for the 2017 season. Click here to view full timetable booklet (approx. 6MB PDF file).

Fountains Flyer service 812 will now operate only between Easingwold, York, Ripon and Fountains Abbey as Fountains Flyer service 822, with three return journeys between York and Fountains Abbey, providing new opportunities for half-day visits to Fountains Abbey, and for shopping and leisure trips to York.  The Fountains Flyer continues to be supported by the National Trust.

Eastern Dalesman service 820 will no longer operate, but DalesBus links will be provided from Dewsbury and Bradford on Cravenlink service 884, and from York on Fountains Flyer service 822.

Nidderdale Rambler service 823 will no longer operate.

Nidderdale Rambler service 825 will be revised to operate between Ripon, Fountains Abbey, Brimham Rocks and Pateley Bridge, extending to Upper Nidderdale or Grassington on alternate operating days. This service is now supported by the National Trust and the Yorkshire Dales Society.

Northern Dalesman service 830 from Lancashire will be revised to start in Preston and operate via Kirkby Lonsdale. Connections from Morecambe will be available on Malham Tarn Shuttle service 881.  The bus will no longer serve Thwaite or Keld, but connections to these places will be available by changing buses at Muker. This service is continues to be supported by Northern and the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line.

Northern Dalesman service 830 from the North East will operate via Thwaite and Keld on the outward journey. An additional early afternoon return journey will be provided between Ingleton, Ribblehead and Hawes. This service is now supported by Northern Powergrid and donors to a fundraising campaign organised by the Yorkshire Dales Society.

Ingleborough Pony service 831 will no longer operate, but an additional early afternoon return journey between Ingleton, Ribblehead and Hawes will instead be provided on Northern Dalesman service 830.

Bowland Explorer service 833 is a new service linking Lancaster, Bentham, Ingleton, Clapham, Slaidburn and Clitheroe.  It is supported by the Forest of Bowland AONB, the Bentham Line Community Rail Partnership and Northern. ENCTS passes for the elderly and disabled will not be valid for free travel on this service - instead maximum fares for passholders of £4 single and £7 return will apply.

Garsdale Station Shuttle 855 and Upper Dales CONNECT services continue unchanged.

Wensleydale Flyer service 856 continues unchanged, with support from Acorn Stairlifts.

Eastern Dalesman service 859 will operate between Richmond and Leyburn only, connecting with Wensleydale Flyer service 856.

Cravenlink services 873 and 884 will operate a summer timetable from 1 May 2017.  Service 884 will no longer serve York, Harrogate or Otley, but will instead run from Dewsbury, Bradford and Shipley. Connections with Yorkshire Dalesman service 874 will be available at Ilkley Bus Station. These services continue to be supported by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and the Friends of DalesBus - the Yorkshire Dales Public Transport Users Group.

Yorkshire Dalesman service 874 continues unchanged, except that the afternoon journey from Ilkley will run 10 minutes earlier from 1 May 2017, providing a connection with Witch Way service X43 at Grassington. Connections with Cravenlink service 884 to/from Malham will be available at Ilkley Bus Station. This service continues to be supported by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Yorkshire Dalesman service 875 is extended through to Hawes, replacing service 857. ENCTS passes for the elderly and disabled will be valid for free travel throughout this route. The outward journey will no longer serve Grassington, and will leave Wakefield at 0925 and Leeds at 0955. This service is now supported by the Friends of DalesBus - the Yorkshire Dales Public Transport Users Group and the Upper Wharfedale Community Interest Company.

Malham Tarn Shuttle service 881 has revised times to connect with the morning train from Leeds at Settle Station, and is extended to start from Morecambe and Lancaster. This service is now supported by Northern and the Settle Carlisle Railway Development Company.

Western Dales Bus service S2 will recommence on 30 April 2017.

Witch Way service X43 continues unchanged, operated commercially by Transdev Burnley & Pendle, as does service 24 commercially operated by the Harrogate Bus Company.

Click here for the full list of summer services.


Western Dales Bus

Minor changes will be made to services operated by the Western Dales Community Bus, as follows:


Leeds Bus Station & Leeds Station Interchange

Due to building work at Leeds Bus Station DalesBus services 874 and 875 to Bolton Abbey, Grassington, Buckden, Aysgarth and Hawes now depart from stand 15, instead of stand 17.

Leeds Station Interchange is closed until the end of June 2017. DalesBus services 874 and 875 to Bolton Abbey, Grassington, Buckden, Aysgarth and Hawes will stop instead at stop T9 on Boar Lane during this period.


Wharfedale Services

Buses on services 74A (Mondays and Wednesdays) and 74 (Saturdays) between Ilkley, Bolton Abbey, Grassington and Hebden will continue unchanged throughout summer 2017 with continued support from North Yorkshire County Council. Timetable details are available here.

Note that services 74 and 74A both now depart from Stand A at Ilkley Bus Station.


Wharfedale Packhorse

The Saturday evening Wharfedale Packhorse service resumed from 7th January 2017, running on the first Saturday of each month between Cray, Grassington, Ilkley and Skipton with new lower fares (elderly and disabled bus passes are also now valid). 

From Saturday 1st April 2017 the timetable will be revised with buses no longer running through to Ilkley or Skipton, but a new journey will run every operating day at 2330 from Grassington to Kettlewell, continuing to Buckden and Cray on request.

On the fifth Saturday of each month (that's 29th April; 29th July; and 30th September 2017), the Wharfedale Packhorse will provide a Saturday daytime and evening service between Grassington, Kilnsey, Arncliffe, Litton, Kettlewell and Buckden.

In addition, the Wharfedale Packhorse runs a series of pre-booked trips from Buckden, Kettlewell and Grassington to nearby towns on one Saturday evening each month.

For full details visit the Wharfedale Packhorse website.


Reduced Off-Peak Rail Fares and Special Offer on Dales Railcards

Northern has introduced some new, cheaper tickets for passengers travelling on the Settle-Carlisle and the Bentham lines and elsewhere on its network. Off-Peak Day Return fares are now available for trains timed to depart after 0930 Monday to Friday and any time at weekends and Bank Holidays.  The new fare prices are 15% lower than the current Anytime Day Return tickets.

This means that the day return fare from Settle to Leeds, for example, is cut by £2.30 to just £12.50 while travellers between Bentham and Skipton save £1.60 with a new price of £8.80.  Holders of any national railcards will receive a further discount of one-third.

Meanwhile, the Settle Carlisle Day Ranger ticket is still available for travel between Leeds-Settle-Carlisle (and Bradford Forster Square). At £15, less any railcard discounts, it allows a whole day of travel on the line in both directions.

Northern has also announced that the price of Dales Railcards will be cut by 50% until Saturday 20th May 2017.  This means that the card will cost just £6.50 for a whole year.  


Metro Timetable Updates

Corrections and updates to the Winter 2016-17 Metro DalesBus timetable booklet, which can be downloaded here (4MB PDF file), will be posted here.


Corrections and updates to the Summer 2017 Metro DalesBus timetable booklet, which can be downloaded here (6MB PDF file), will be posted here.


North Yorkshire Bus Changes

Click here to view the latest summary of forthcoming bus service changes, produced by North Yorkshire County Council (PDF file).


The Friends of DalesBus

The Friends of DalesBus are keen to encourage people to join the group, and help support their work to improve public transport in the Yorkshire Dales. Click here for details.


Old News

Older news from the Dalesbus Website is available on the archive page.


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