Appeal launches to keep Dales summer bus running in 2020

An appeal has been launched to keep a summer bus services running in 2020.

Northern DalesBus 830 runs on summer Sundays and Bank Holidays between Teesside, Darlington, Richmond, Upper Swaledale and Hawes.

The bus was the star of a slow travel BBC4 programme.

Managed by the Dales & Bowland Community Interest Company, a subsidiary of Friends of the Dales (the Yorkshire Dales Society), the bus brings visitors from Teesside and Richmond into the Dales.

It travels up Swaledale to Muker and Keld before crossing the Buttertubs Pass into Swaledale to Hawes, and then providing access through Upper Wensleydale, calling at Bainbridge, Askrigg, Castle Bolton and Leyburn.

It then returns to Richmond.

The service is also used by local communities as a local shopping bus into Richmond and Leyburn, and it provides important weekend low carbon access to the Dales for communities in Richmond, Darlington and Teesside.

Walkers can use this bus to do sections of Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Path and The Pennine Way.

Visitors using the service for weekend and day visits also help the Dales economy by extra spending in local shops, pubs and cafes.

In 2017, crow-funding raised over £3,300 to help provide this iconic bus service.

This year Friends of the Dales aim to raise £6,700 to enable the bus to run again every Sunday and Bank Holiday throughout Summer 2020.

Individuals and local business wishing to support this appeal can do so directly at www.dalesbus.org/northerndalesbus