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The Yorkshire Dales National Park is in the north of England. It is nestled between four other National Parks – Northumberland National Park (north), North York Moors National Park (east), Peak District National Park (south) and Lake District National Park (west). It is an excellent central point from which to explore England's most spectacular landscapes.

Cities close to the National Park include York, Harrogate, Bradford and Leeds in the south, Lancaster, Preston and Carlisle to the west and Darlington and Middlesbrough to the north-east. All these cities are well-linked for national and international travel including bus, rail and air.

Coach and bus

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

There are limited bus services within the National Park which run throughout the year. They link main towns and villages and the surrounding area. There are extra services during the summer period, which mainly operate on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Full details are available on the Dalesbus website.


The two National Rail services covering the Yorkshire Dales area are the Leeds-Morecambe line and the famous Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line. Other local stations not on these lines include Darlington, Northallerton, Ilkley, Skipton, Penrith and Oxenholme. See National Rail Enquiries to plan your journey.

Ferry ports



The Yorkshire Dales National Park is very accessible by road. We are bordered by major trunk roads. The M6 skirts the west, the A66 to the north, the A1 to the east and the A65 and A59 to the south.

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Where to park in the Yorkshire Dales

Towns & villages

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Settle to Carlisle railway

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