Rail Services

The only National Rail services in the main Yorkshire Dales area are the Leeds to Morecambe line (known as the Bentham Line) and the famous Leeds - Settle - Carlisle line, which has a service running several times daily operated by Northern Rail, plus Summer Sunday DalesRail and Winter Sunday Ribble Valley Rambler services from Lancashire.

Follow these links for timetable and general information about the Leeds - Settle - Carlisle railway.

The Metro Airedale line provides frequent services from Leeds, Bradford and Keighley to Skipton, with some trains continuing to Settle/Carlisle and Lancaster/Morecambe. The Metro Wharfedale line provides frequent services from Leeds and Bradford to Ilkley, for onward connecting buses to Bolton Abbey and Upper Wharfedale. Click here for timetables.

The railway line from Northallerton West to Redmire, via Leeming Bar, Bedale and Leyburn is now operated by the Wensleydale Railway.

Steam trains operate on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway: www.embsayboltonabbeyrailway.org.uk

Many access points to the Yorkshire Dales are very well served by rail. The local rail operator in the Yorkshire area is Northern Rail, who provide frequent services to Skipton, Ilkley, Harrogate, Leeds and York.

Frequent long-distance inter-city trains serve York and Leeds, operated by Cross Country and East Coast. 

The best way to find out train times is to use the National Rail Enquiries website, which includes details of all train operators services:

National Rail Home

The complete National Rail Timetable is available online on the Network Rail website.

The National Rail website also includes information on any disruptions to today's train running, and real-time station departure information.

Further details can also be obtained from National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950.

Additional information is available on the websites of the train operators themselves, links to which are provided below:
 Local services throughout the north of England, including the Leeds - Settle - Carlisle Railway, Summer Sunday Lancashire Dalesrail service and Winter Sunday Ribble Valley Rambler service.

TransPennine Express

 TransPennine Express services from Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle to York and Leeds 
 InterCity services to Leeds, York and Bradford from London Kings Cross, Newcastle and Scotland (also limited service to Skipton and Harrogate)
 InterCity services to Leeds and York from the SouthWest, Birmingham, Newcastle and Scotland

Grand Central Railway

 InterCity services to Bradford, York and Northallerton from London Kings Cross

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