New bus connects Lancaster to Yorkshire Dales

Richmond, North Yorkshire.
Richmond, North Yorkshire.

A new private bus service is offering Sunday and Bank Holiday trips from Lancaster and Morecambe to the Yorkshire Dales.

The Northern Dalesman, run by the Dales & Bowland Community Interest Company, will run every Sunday and Bank Holiday until the end of September.

It departs from Morecambe Bus Station (8.50am) and Lancaster Bus Station (9.15am) and travels via Caton, Hornby, Wray, Wennington, Low & High Bentham to Ingleton, Ribblehead and Hawes.

After Hawes the bus climbs over Buttertubs Pass to Swaledale passing through Muker, Gunnerside and Reeth en route to Richmond in North Yorkshire.

The Northern Dalesman crosses the Dales Way, Coast to Coast and 50-year-old Pennine Way. The Dales & Bowland Community Interest Company is a subsidiary of the the Yorkshire Dales Society, a Dales-based charity.

No booking is required and the company is offering a £12 Dales Freedom Rover giving unlimited all day travel, with two children going free.

Another transport firm, Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire, is also offering the first Sunday bus service from Lancaster to Skipton in more than 30 years from Lancaster University (7.45am) and the bus station (8am).

Leaflets with more information are available at local libraries, bus and railway stations. Alternatively visit your local tourist information centres.