Walks In Upper Wensleydale Using The Little White Bus Service
One of the northern dales this offers a mixture of gentle rural scenery at the lower end leading to upland fells. The area contains the picturesque communities of Leyburn, Bainbridge, Askrigg and Hawes. There are many walking possibilities and good public transport access and the following walks mostly make use of Settle Carlisle rail connection and the Little White Bus service which runs services between Garsdale Station and Hawes/Gayle via Hardraw plus an on-demand service to the surrounding villages. I've already looked at the area around Garsdale Station at the head of the valley in some detail on the Moorcock Inn page and so the intention here is to look lower down the dale. To contents Back to Yorkshire Dales Contents Page
From the west the Little White Bus connects with the Settle-Carlisle Railway line at Garsdale. In addition there are various buses emanating from Northallerton and the Wensleydale Railway is trying to re-establish a link into the valley.
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Important note:- Whilst the author has taken every care in assembling the information on this site, no responsibility can be accepted for any error or omission herein. If in any doubt walkers should always consult the relevant OS map. All timings are approximate and for a person of average fitness and ability.
Information: Equipment: All walks have significant exposure even in Summer. Full equipment including boots, waterproofs, map and compass would be advisable
Maps Ordnance Survey OL30 Yorkshire Dales Northern & Central and OL19 Howgill Fells and Upper Eden Valley
Travel Information - Rail: www.northernrailway.co.uk- Leeds-Settle-Carlisle timetable - National Rail enquiries Tel 08457 484950
Train services (Mon -Sat) - Normal morning departure is the Leeds 0747 or 0919; Shipley 0800 or 0932 arriving at Garsdale at 0921 or 1054. The usual return train from Garsdale toward Leeds is 1727 [Sat].
Also, it is useful to realise that there may be cheaper variations of fares by purchasing a combination of tickets for any journey. For instance, by booking a return ticket to Keighley (within the Metro area) taking advantage of Metro off peak fares on weekends and then Keighley to Garsdale this can result in a saving. These can be checked out beforehand using the internet on sites such as http://www.nationalrail.co.uk.
Worth a visit is the Friends of the Settle and Carlisle Line website which covers the historical facts as well as other useful information on guided walks etc. The Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line have two shops located on Settle and Appleby Stations.
Bus Services : A useful link for travel services in the Dales www.dalesbus.org
The Little White Bus provides a daily service [including Sundays as the 855] between Garsdale Station and Hawes/Gayle via Hardraw and will go on to any of the nearby villages on demand usually by pre-booking. The Little White Bus is a 16 seater minibus and can be hailed from anywhere on route. The bus connects with the principal morning and early evening northbound and southbound trains. For bookings or information contact The Little White Bus via the Upper Wensleydale Community Office in Hawes Tel 01969 667400 or the driver mobile on 0752 895 7451. The Little White Bus offer a useful day rover ticket connecting with their other services (not valid for on-demand).
On Sundays the service is operated as part of the Dalesbus network www.dalesbus.org with connections avialiable in Hawes Market Place to the 856 Wensleydale Flyer giving easy access to Aysgarth, Leyburn and Northallerton. Additional villages each side of the main road can be accessed on a Sunday using the Dales Connect service which is bookable in advance via the Upper Wensleydale Community Office in Hawes Tel 01969 667400 or the driver mobile on 0752 895 7451.
The Little White Bus provides a weekday service from Sedbergh to Hawes using their returning school service. For details contact the Upper Wensleydale Community Office in Hawes Tel 01969 667400
The Little White Bus also provides the Monday to Saturday 156 service from Gayle / Hawes to Leyburn and the Monday to Saturday 30 service from Keld to Richmond in Swaledale.
Western Dales Bus: Another useful service is the S1 Western Dales Bus service from Dent station to Sedbergh which runs on Saturdays. On Tuesdays the bus provides the S3 service from Dent/Sedbergh to Hawes and return.
DalesBus: manages the summer bus network including services from Leeds, Settle, Darlington and Preston. In addition DalesBus manages the all-year 856 Wensleydale Flyer from Gayle/Hawes to Northallerton via Aysgarth, Leyburn and Bedale. www.dalesbus.org
Wensleydale Railway - currently operate from Leeming to Redmire extending to Northallerton on special occasions. For services see Wensleydale Railway Connection from the Settle Carlisle line can be made from Garsdale Station using The Little White Bus and changing to the 156 or 856 in Hawes to reach Leyburn Station. There is a bus service No 73 connecting Northallerton to Leeming Bar. The train service can be used for walks in the Castle Bolton and Aysgarth areas.
This page was last updated on 25-May-2020
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