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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.


The two National Rail services covering the Yorkshire Dales area are the Leeds-Morecambe line and the famous Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line. This gives fantastic access to the Dales on one of the most spectacular train journeys in England. After Settle the train stops in the National Park at Horton-in-Ribblesdale (perfect access for the Yorkshire Three Peaks), Ribblehead (to explore the iconic viaduct), Dent (the highest main-line station), Garsdale (to connect to Hawes) and Kirkby Stephen.

There is also the heritage Wensleydale Railway which runs from Northallerton to the edge of the National Park at Redmire.

Other local stations providing access in to the Dales are Darlington, Northallerton, Ilkley, Skipton, Penrith and Oxenholme. See National Rail Enquiries to plan your journey.

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. The main services are:

  • The lovely village of Grassington in Wharfedale can be reached from Skipton and Ilkley
  • Malham - with its stunning Cove, Gordale Scar and Tarn - can be reached from Skipton
  • Hawes with a host of attractions including the home of Wensleydale Cheese and the Dales Countryside Museum is connected to Leyburn by bus. There is also a Little White Bus service which connects to Garsdale station on demand.
  • Reeth nestles in the stunning valley of Swaledale which is famous for its barns and walls landscape and wild floer filled meadows.

There are extra services during the summer period, which mainly operate on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Full details are available on the Dalesbus website.

You can also use a journey planner, such as Traveline to help plan your journey to and around the Dales, or call into a National Park Centre for help.

By bike

The trains to Skipton and Ilkley and on the Settle to Carlisle line all carry bikes. No booking is required and space can be limited, so rush hour services are best avoided.

Many people ride into the National Park from surrounding towns or by following recognised cycle routes such as the Way of the Roses. There is a wealth of information available on our dedicated cycling website.

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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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