There are some good public transport links to many parts of the Dales
Way, and with careful planning much of the route can be tackle with the
use of public transport (See John
Disney's article "WALK THE DALES WAY BY TRAIN AND BUS "
here). Some of the bus links are limited services and
some do not run every day.
Getting to the start at Ilkley is easy with regular train services
direct from Leeds and Bradford (timetables available from
Network Rail here, or by using the
National Rail Journey Planner
here ) and
Metro bus timetables and Journey Planner.
For bus links in the Yorkshire Dales area, the
Dalesbus services are very
useful. The Settle-Carlisle
railway can be used to link to Ribblehead (near Gearstones) and Dent
station (Cowgill, in upper Dentdale).
There are bus links between Sedbergh and Kendal, and both bus and
train links from Kendal to Staveley and Windermere (see below).
Getting to Ilkey
Leeds / Bradford to Ilkey: See
Network Rail Table 38.
From Leeds City Centre Bus station: see
See the Dalesbus timetables here.
Useful Services include:
72/72R & 872 - Skipton - Grassington - Hebden/Buckden.
74 & 874 - Ilkley - Grassington - Buckden.
564 Brough - Sedbergh - Kendal.
564 / 564B Cowgill - Dent - Sedbergh - Kendal.
Cumbria bus services
Cumbria bus timetables here. The most useful include:
Kendal & South East Cumbria:
45 Kendal - Burneside.
555 Lancaster - Kendal - Windermere - Ambleside - Grasmere -
Keswick (passes through Staveley and Bowness).
Penrith & Eden:
106 / 107 Penrith - Shap - Tebay - Kendal (goes through
Train services between Kendal - Burneside - Staveley - Windermere
Rail Table 83.
Getting back from Windermere
Rail Table 83 – with connections at Oxenholme for London, Manchester
& Lancaster (Connect at Lancaster for Skipton, Shipley & Leeds)
If you are using the services of a baggage courier or
holiday package operator, they may also offer personal return transport
from Windermere to Ilkey.
DETAILED PUBLIC TRANSPORT
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PDF version. (Note - this information is liable to change but may
be useful for planning, using the links above to find up-to-date