Getting to the Dales and back again

Being a circular route you can start and finish the route wherever you wish.

The official start is in Skipton with an alternative beginning in Ilkley, and it is easy to access either by train. The trains from Leeds to Skipton and Ilkley carry bikes at no charge and with no need to book, although it is worth avoiding rush hour services.

If you are concerned about parking your car for a long period, one other possibility is to start at one of the National Park car parks on the route - Grassington, Malham, Stainforth, Hawes - which have a weekly parking ticket available.

There is also the famous Leeds to Settle–Carlisle line which can take you to Settle, Clapham and Dent stations. Again your bikes are carried free but it is a good idea to book a place. These services are operated by Northern Rail.

There is also the Wensleydale Railway from Leeming Bar to Leyburn and Redmire, which carries bikes free of charge in a guard's van. For full details contact Wensleydale Railway on 08457 505474.

For more information on how to get to the Yorkshire Dales in general, see the Travel to the Dales page.

Come by train?

Or perhaps by car?