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Getting to the Yorkshire Dales National Park


By train:
The major cities on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales are Leeds, York and Lancaster, all of which are served by trains from across the country. The rail operators providing services to York and Leeds are Cross Country Trains, East Coast, and Grand Central. Virgin Train’s West Coast Main Line serves Lancaster. Local stations that are good starting points for buses into the Dales are Harrogate, Skipton, Darlington, Northallerton and Ilkley. 

By bus:
Bus and coach links to the Dales are excellent with nearby towns such as Lancaster, Skipton, Leeds, Harrogate, York, Ripon, Northallerton and Darlington all being well served by National Express or Megabus coaches, and a range of local bus services. 

By ferry:
Hull, Heysham, Liverpool and Newcastle are the nearest ferry ports.

Getting around the Yorkshire Dales National Park


By train:
There are two rail services covering the Yorkshire Dales, the Leeds-Morecambe line and the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line. Other local stations not on these lines include Darlington, Northallerton, Ilkley and Oxenholme.

The Settle-Carlisle Railway offers a great way of exploring the western Dales, perhaps leave the train at one of the intermediate stations for a station to station walk through gorgeous scenery. Then there’s the Embsay to Bolton Abbey Railway, and other scenic routes, such as the Wensleydale Railway which has recently reopened.

By bus:
Leave the car behind - there are many bus services within the National Park which run throughout the year, providing links between the main towns and villages and the surrounding area. The DalesBus network is excellent, and the Malham Tarn Shuttle carries bikes at weekends and school holidays.

If you’re travelling by public transport you can take advantage of the DalesBus Discount Scheme. Participating cafés, pubs, B&Bs and tourist attractions offer a range of discounts from a free cup of tea to money off entry to attractions: you just need to show your public transport ticket.

By bike:
The Way of the Roses cycle route runs through the south of the Park and Route 71 along the northern edge.The 355-mile Pennine Cycleway runs through the park. The Yorkshire Dales Cycleway is a circular route from Skipton divided into sections, or you could try the 150-mile West Yorkshire Cycle Route. See here for more information on cycling.

On foot:
There are several long distance routes that run through the Park, from the Pennine Way to the Ribble Way. Numerous shorter walks are accessible by bus and train and there are guided walks linked to public transport routes too. See Travel Dales and Dales Bus Ramblers for more info.