Improvements announced to summer Sunday bus services

The summer Sunday DalesBus services is to be improved for summer 2024, with a longer season and the addition of a new journey from Richmond and Catterick Camp to Wensleydale, Hawes and Ribblehead.

The buses will run every Sunday from May 5 until October 20.

Northern DalesBus 831 will run up Swaledale from Richmond (departing at 10.40am) visiting the villages of Grinton, Reeth, Low Row, Gunnerside and Muker, and crossing the spectacular Buttertubs Pass to Hawes, home to the Dales Countryside Museum and Wensleydale Creamery.

After a short break, there’s an opportunity to catch DalesBus 832 to Ribblehead, Ingleton or Kirkby Lonsdale.

These buses also run on Bank Holiday Mondays.

The return bus departs Kirkby Lonsdale at 3.30pm arriving back in Hawes at 4.25pm.

The bus continues from Hawes at 4.40pm for the return journey on Northern DalesBus 831 arriving in Richmond around 6pm.

Officials say that following many requests Northern DalesBus 830 returns this year, providing access from Ribblehead, Hawes and Upper Swaledale to Richmond on Summer Sundays.

It runs from Ribblehead Station at 10.45am (connecting with the train from Leeds), Hawes Market Place at 11.05am, Muker at 11.32am and Reeth at 12noon), returning from Richmond at 4.45pm.

New for 2024, Northern DalesBus 858 will provide access to Wensleydale and the Three Peaks area every Sunday, leaving Richmond at 9.05am and Catterick Camp at 9.13am, running to Redmire, Carperby, Askrigg, Bainbridge, Hawes and Ribblehead Station.

The return bus leaves Ribblehead at 6.55pm and Hawes at 7.15pm.

Additionally, Eastern DalesBus 859 will offer an afternoon trip from Richmond to Leyburn, leaving Richmond at 12.45pm and returning from Leyburn at 4pm.

The current national fare cap on bus fares applies to all these services, so each single journey costs £2 (£1 for under 19s).

These services are run by Arriva North East as part of the DalesBus network managed by Dales and Bowland Community Interest Company, with support from Friends of the Dales, Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line, the Jack Brunton Charitable Trust, North Yorkshire Council and the Settle Carlisle Railway Development Company.

Full details are in timetable leaflets available locally and online at www.dalesbus.org