My wife and I try to avoid renting cars which leaves us with coaches, busses, and rail. Last year we took the Dales Bus from York to Pately Bridge and absolutely fell in love with the Dales. Little did we know how lucky we had been catching that very infrequent route. Short of renting a car, what are our options for getting into the Dales from York by some form of mass transit? Overnights are fine with us too. Many thanks for any help you can offer!
Hi Phil, here is a website for bus transportation in the Dales,http://www.dalesbus.org/ . I know that there is bus service in the Dales but not where all they go and how often, so I hope that the website will help you. We have always had a car which is great, that way we can go to where ever we want and stay as long or as little we want.
If you havn't read it get Bill Brysons Notes From A Small Island. He had the good sense to live in the Dales.. lucky man. His description towards the end of the book of his journey "over the tops" to malhamdale is something any dales lover will associate with.
There is good train service from York so check that. We've taken the train from London to Skipton in the Dales where we were picked up by the B&B host and driven to Grassington. Grassington is on the Dales bus route and we were able to go everywhere we needed in Wharfdale by bus. It's also on the Dales Way walking route. I share your love of the Dales and have made two trips there, the first on foot via Wainwright's Coast to Coast long distance path.