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New Yorkshire Dales Explorer rail service launched

Thursday 6 June, 2024, by News Release

New service for people looking to explore the Yorkshire Dales over the summer will launch this weekend

Original news release from Northern 

People in the North West who are looking to explore the Yorkshire Dales National Park this summer will be able to travel there on a new Northern service.

Known as the Yorkshire Dales Explorer, the return service will run from Rochdale to Ribblehead twice a day on Saturdays, with the first departing on June 8.

It will call at stations including Manchester Victoria, Salford Crescent, Bolton, Blackburn, Clitheroe, Hellifield and Settle.

Northern is offering adult return tickets from Manchester Victoria to Ribblehead for £25, so ramblers and nature lovers can enjoy an affordable day out in the Dales.

They will be able to make the journey between those two stations in around two hours, travelling along a route which features some impressive scenery.

Craig Harrop, regional director for Northern, said: “We’re excited to introduce this brand-new service that will allow customers to travel into the heart of the Dales at a reasonable price this summer.

“They can get off the train at Hellifield, Settle, Horton-in-Ribblesdale or Ribblehead if they want to get out and explore the spectacular national park.”

Trains will depart from Rochdale at 7.52am and 2.52pm on Saturdays, calling at 18 stops before they reach Ribblehead. The return trains will depart from Ribblehead at 11.08am and 6.05pm.

Customers alighting at Ribblehead can take a short walk to see the famous Ribblehead Viaduct or catch another train to continue north on the Settle-Carlisle line and visit other destinations in the Dales, such as Garsdale and Dent.

Lizzie Bushby, member champion for recreation management at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, said: “We’re really pleased that Northern is running this service. It will provide opportunities for visitors from the North West to visit the National Park this summer.

“The journey itself will be a great experience with amazing views of the National Park, and there will be lots to do when people arrive.”

Richard Watts, chair of Community Rail Lancashire, said: “This is an exciting development which Community Rail Lancashire will enthusiastically support.

“We are developing, with our partners the Lancashire Rail Ramblers and the Friends of the Settle Carlisle, a comprehensive guided walk programme helping people to enjoy the lovely Dales countryside with an experienced leader.

“The walks will also include history trails highlighting the fascinating stories in the communities along the line.”

Northern is the second largest train operator in the UK, with 2,500 services a day to more than 500 stations across the North of England.

Northern will be offering the following fares (off-peak day single/off-peak day return).

  • Manchester Victoria to Hellifield – £17.10/£19.70
  • Manchester Victoria to Settle – £20.30/£23.30
  • Manchester Victoria to Horton in Ribblesdale – £21.50/£24.70
  • Manchester Victoria to Ribblehead – £21.80/£25.00

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Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

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3 Replies to “New Yorkshire Dales Explorer rail service launched”

  1. Keith Parker says:

    Hurray !!!! Another great idea, following on from Garsdale Head to Hawes idea.

  2. Fiona Armer says:

    That’s wonderful, thank you. When will you extend it to weekdays and make it a possible commuter service for people who live out here? Please!?!
    I live in Airton and have to get into Bolton one day a week but currently have no option but an 80 mile round drive that takes at least 90 mins each way.

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