Walks by Bus

DalesBus services not only give access to magnificent scenery, they also open up opportunities for walkers to follow linear routes across country from point to point. 

The following walks have been organised as guided walks by Dalesbus Ramblers in the past, so you might like to use them for ideas when planning your own walks.

Bus service details are correct for summer 2017, please check for current dates and times of operation. Some walks might not be easily accessible by bus in the winter months.

 

CLASSIFICATION OF WALKS                                                                      

EASY                          Suitable for all, a short and generally level stroll

MODERATE                 A longer walk with occasional uphill sections

ENERGETIC                 An extended walk with more uphill climbs and over rougher ground



WOW WHAT A VIEW! RYELOAF HILL
Adventure Walk: Classic Malhamdale to Cravendale walk via one of the popular landmarks of the region. Great Views!
Start:         Malham
Finish:       Settle
Distance/Grading: 8 miles / Moderate to Strenuous
BUS CONNECTIONS
Outward:  Bus 210/211 (Monday to Friday), 75 (Saturdays) and 873/884 (Summer Sundays & Bank Holidays) from Skipton or Gargrave; also 881 (Summer Sundays & Bank Holidays) from Lancaster, Ingleton and Malham
Return: Bus 580 (Monday to Saturday) to Gargrave or Skipton and bus 881 (Summer Sundays & Bank Holidays) to Malham, Ingleton and Lancaster

 


DALES WAY: KETTLEWELL TO GRASSINGTON

This walk to Grassington uses the ever popular Dales Way.

Start:         Kettlewell, Shelter

Finish:       Grassington

Distance/Grading: 6 miles / Easy

WEEKDAY BUS CONNECTIONS

Outward: Bus 72B from Grassington to Kettlewell (connections on bus 72 from Skipton)

Return: Bus 72 from Grassington to Skipton

SUNDAY & BANK HOLIDAY BUS CONNECTIONS

Outward: Bus 874/875 from Wakefield, Leeds, Ilkley or Grassington (connections from Manchester, Burnley and Skipton on bus X43) to Kettlewell

Return: Bus 874/875 from Grassington to Ilkley, Leeds and Wakefield or bus X43 from Grassington to Skipton, Burnley and Manchester.

 


HEBDEN GILL

A walk along the River Wharfe forms the prelude to a ramble up Hebden Gill and past the former lead mines, before descending to Grassington.

Start: Burnsall, Village Green

Finish: Grassington

Distance/Grading: 8 miles / Moderate

WEEKDAY BUS CONNECTIONS

Outward: Bus 74A from Ilkley to Burnsall

Return: Bus 74A from Grassington to Ilkley

SUNDAY & BANK HOLIDAY BUS CONNECTIONS

Outward: Bus 874 from Wakefield, Leeds or Ilkley to Burnsall

Return: Bus 874/875 from Grassington to Ilkley, Leeds and Wakefield
 


ADVENTURE WALK – ROGANS SEAT

A brisk walk over the moorland in Upper Swaledale.

Start: Keld

Finish: Gunnerside

Distance/Grading: 7 to 9 miles / Moderate to Strenuous

WEEKDAY BUS CONNECTIONS

Outward: Bus 30 from Richmond to Keld

Return: Bus 30 from Gunnerside to Richmond

SUMMER SUNDAY & BANK HOLIDAY BUS CONNECTIONS

Outward: Bus 830 from Preston, Lancaster, Ingleton, Ribblehead Station, Hawes (change at Muker), Muker, Middlesbrough, Darlington or Richmond
Return: Bus 830 to Hawes, Ribblehead Station, Ingleton, Lancaster, Preston, Richmond, Darlington or Middlesbrough

 


ANCIENT TRACKS TO MALHAM

Walk the length of Mastiles Lane to reach the Pennine Way and descend into Malham Village via the Cove path.

Start: Kilnsey

Finish: Malham

Distance/Grading: 9 miles / Moderate

SUNDAY & BANK HOLIDAY BUS CONNECTIONS  

Outward: Bus 874/875 from Wakefield, Leeds or Ilkley to Kilnsey (from Skipton catch connecting bus X43 to Grassington)

Return: Bus 873/884 to Skipton and Ilkley for onward connections.

 


WALK AND VISIT – WHITE SCAR CAVES AND INGLETON WATERFALLS

Take the bus to visit the White Scar Show Caves (admission charge) then enjoy a walk around the Ingleton area.

Start: White Scar Caves

Finish: Ingleton

Distance/Grading: 5 miles / Easy to Moderate

SUMMER SUNDAY & BANK HOLIDAY BUS CONNECTIONS

Outward: Bus 830 from Preston, Lancaster, Kirkby Lonsdale and Ingleton
Return: Bus 830 to Kirkby Lonsdale, Lancaster and Preston

 


WONDERFUL WHARFEDALE – ON HIGH ABOVE KETTLEWELL

After a steep climb, see Upper Wharfedale and beyond from on high.

Start: Starbotton

Finish: Kettlewell

Distance/Grading: 6 miles / Moderate

SUNDAY & BANK HOLIDAY BUS CONNECTIONS  

Outward: Bus 874/875 from Wakefield, Leeds or Ilkley to Starbotton  

Return: Bus 874/875 to Grassington, Ilkley, Leeds and Wakefield for onward connections.

 


SPECTACULAR SWALEDALE – GREAT SHUNNER FELL

A two-dale traverse linking Wensleydale and Swaledale via the Pennine Way.

Start: Thwaite

Finish: Hawes

Distance/Grading: 10 miles / Moderate to Strenuous

SUMMER SUNDAY & BANK HOLIDAY BUS CONNECTIONS

Outward: Bus 830 from Preston, Lancaster, Ingleton, Ribblehead Station and Hawes; or bus 830 from Middlesbrough, Darlington and Richmond
Return: Bus 830 to Ribblehead Station, Ingleton, Lancaster and Preston, or bus 830 to Richmond, Darlington and Middlesbrough

 


A NIDDERDALE JOURNEY
A very interesting walk across from Grassington on some little used tracks to arrive at How Stean Gorge, one of Nidderdale’s most popular attractions.
Start: Grassington, National Park Centre
Finish: How Stean
Distance/Grading: 12 miles / Moderate to Energetic
SUMMER SUNDAY
& BANK HOLIDAY BUS CONNECTIONS:

Outward: Bus 874 from Wakefield, Leeds and Ilkley or bus X43 from Skipton to Grassington
Return: Bus 825 to Pateley Bridge and Ripon - check dates of operation (bus 36 connects from Ripon to Leeds)
 


EMBSAY TO BOLTON ABBEY via Halton East and Strid Cottage
A pleasant walk on footpaths or tracks with one moderate climb.
Start: Embsay
Finish: Bolton Abbey
Distance/Grading: 6.5 miles / Moderate
SUNDAY
& BANK HOLIDAY BUS CONNECTIONS:

Outward: Bus 873 from Skipton (bus 66 connects from Keighley and bus X43 connects from Manchester and Burnley)
Return: Bus 873 to Skipton (bus 66 connects to Keighley and bus X43 connects to Burnley and Manchester)

 


MALHAM TO GRASSINGTON

This linear walk covers some of the outstanding limestone scenery between these two popular Dales villages.

Start:          MALHAM National Park Centre                               

Finish:        GRASSINGTON National Park Centre                      

Distance/Grading: 9 miles, Moderate

SUMMER SUNDAY & BANK HOLIDAY BUS CONNECTIONS:

Outward:     From Dewsbury/Bradford/Ilkley/Skipton: Cravenlink service 884 to Malham

Return:        To Skipton: Service X43 from Grassington

                  To Ilkley: Service 874 from Grassington (connection from Ilkley on bus 884 to Bradford and Dewsbury)

(on Saturdays catch service 75 from Skipton to Malham, returning from Grassington on service 72)
 


A WALK IN MONASTIC FOOTSTEPS

This walk traces the monks’ footpaths to Fountains Abbey. (with an option to extend the walk to finish at Ripon).

Start:           PATELEY BRIDGE      

Finish:         FOUNTAINS ABBEY  

Distance/Grading: 10.5 / 13 miles, Moderate

SUMMER SUNDAY & BANK HOLIDAY BUS CONNECTIONS:

Outward:     From Ripon or Fountains Abbey:  Nidderdale Rambler (service 825) to Pateley Bridge

        From Harrogate: Little Explorer (service 24) to Pateley Bridge

Return:       To Ripon: From Fountains Abbey on service 822 or 825

                           To Harrogate/Leeds: service 822 or 825 to Ripon, then change to service 36 to Harrogate/Leeds
 


DALE EDGE

A linear walk at the head of Nidderdale, offering extensive moorland views as well as the famous Scar House Reservoir.

Start:          LOFTHOUSE             

Finish:        MIDDLESMOOR         

Distance/Grading: 9 miles, Moderate,

SUMMER SUNDAY & BANK HOLIDAY BUS CONNECTIONS:

Outward:     From Ripon, Fountains Abbey or Pateley Bridge: Nidderdale Rambler (service 825) to Lofthouse.

From York: Fountains Flyer (service 822) to Fountains Abbey then change to Nidderdale Rambler (service 825) to Lofthouse

Return:        To Pateley Bridge, Fountains Abbey and Ripon: Dep. Middlesmoor using Nidderdale Rambler (service 825)

To York: Dep. Middlesmoor using Rambler (service 825) to Fountains Abbey, then change to Fountains Flyer (service 825)


RYLSTONE TO GRASSINGTON

A linear walk, which covers part of Barden Fell. Superb scenery and moorland tracks.

Start:           RYLSTONE                 

Finish:         GRASSINGTON          

Distance/Grading: 9 miles, Moderate

SUNDAY & BANK HOLIDAY BUS CONNECTIONS:

                        Outward:     Bus X43 to Rylstone

 Return:      Bus X43 from Grassington National Park Centre

(on weekdays use service 72 from Skipton)


RIPON ROWEL CHALLENGE WALK

The “Rowel Walk” is a long distance circular footpath of some fifty miles around the lovely countryside in the vicinity of the ancient City of Ripon.
The walker is guided through pretty villages, with splendid rural pubs, sites of special and historical significance, beautiful wooded valleys, rivers, lakes and streams.
Frequent buses run to Ripon from Leeds and Harrogate on service 36 daily, other routes run from York, Boroughbridge, Thirsk and Leyburn.

Stage 1: Ripon to Whitcliffe Lane

15 miles, Energetic

Start and Finish in Ripon City Centre


Stage 2: Kirkby Malzeard to Whitcliffe Lane

15 miles, Energetic

Start: Ripon Bus Station (catch bus 138 from Ripon Bus Station to Kirkby Malzeard)

Finish: Ripon 


Stage 3: Kirkby Malzeard to Masham

13 miles, Energetic

Start: Ripon Bus Station (catch bus 138 to Kirkby Malzeard)

Finish: Masham (catch bus 159 back to Ripon)


Stage 4: Masham to Ripon

15 miles, Energetic

Start: Ripon Bus Station (catch bus 159 to Masham)

Finish: Ripon 


 

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