Winter 2020 DalesBus services UPDATE
Due to the ongoing pandemic, service 875 will be temporarily withdrawn from 2nd November. Cravenlink services 873 and 884 and Wensleydale Flyer service 856 will remain unchanged for the moment; but any changes will be announced in due course.
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________The special DalesBus Vamooz service
The special DalesBus Vamooz bus services arrives in Sedbergh. During August and September, when ordinary DalesBus services were limited, FoDB ran a series of pre-bookable, Covid-safe Vamooz special charter services to allow DalesBus users to access parts of the Yorkshire Dales at a time when scheduled Sunday services were no longer available – in August to Upper Wharfedale and Wensleydale and in September to Ingleton, Kirkby Lonsdale Ingleton and Sedbergh, in October to Masham and Richmond.
Winter DalesBus is back
We are pleased to announce that thanks to a lot of hard work from our partners Dales & Bowland CIC, the winter DalesBus service is back from Sunday October 25th.
The big news is that it will be an 875 not an 874 and it will for the first time ever operate from Wetherby and northeast Leeds not Wakefield. This is because sadly our traditional operator Arriva Yorkshire, because of coronavirus-related difficulties linked to driver shortages and extra school transport demands, is now longer able to provide the DalesBus Sunday service. At short notice our old Friends Yorkshire Pullman, based in York, have stepped into the breach and will be providing the service.
It will also be a double-decker in order to provide more safe seating space with a well-ventilated upper deck. But this also means it cannot serve Bolton Abbey, Barden and Burnsall as it will operate between Ilkley and Grassington via Cracoe (but also once again serving Addingham). You will still be able to get to Bolton Abbey, The Strid and Barden Scale (bus stop before Barden) plus Halton Height for excellent access to Barden Moor on the 873. This will operate as on the 2020 truncated Summer timetables with useful departures from Skipton at 1030 and 1210 and from lkley at 1120 (connection off X84). For full details and downloadable timetables see www.dalesbus.org.
Restricted access at Bolton Abbey and Strid Woods
Severe traffic and parking problems linked to the coronavirus pandemic and need for social distancing at the Chatsworth Estate at Bolton Abbey have created some difficulties for walkers, as the Bolton Abbey Estate are now charging £10 not only car drivers but pedestrians (up to six) to access permissive paths on the estate, who must all pre-book in line. Whilst matters are still being clarified with the National Park Authority, for DalesBus users the advice is this:
All public rights of way on the estate are legally open without charge, which includes the public paths on both side of the river to Cavendish Bridge and Posforth Gill, and also the bridleway over Barden Moor from Bolton Abbey to Rylstone via Halton Heights. However, the Estate have agreed to keep the Dales Way open. If using the 873 you are best accessing it from Bolton Bridge (bus stop at roundabout) and heading from the old bridge along the riverside. Walkers who have not booked in advance are currently being stopped at Bolton Abbey Village Green “Hole in the Wall” by the bus stop. However walkers can access the Dales Way by the entrance road to the Priory lower down. We understand there are no problems at the Strid car park if you make it clear you are walking the Dales Way. Also you are asked to respect the one way system between the Cavendish Pavilion and Barden Bridge – keep to the west side of the river going northwards the east side if heading south.