Getting to the Dales

The Yorkshire Dales area, made up of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Nidderdale Area of Ourstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is situated in the north of England, straddling the Pennines in the middle of the country. It is nestled between four other National Parks – Northumberland National Park (north), North York Moors National Park (east), Peak District National Park (south) and Lake District National Park (west) - and four other AONBs - North Pennines AONB (north), Howardian Hills AONB (east), Arnside and Silverdale AONB and Forest of Bowland AONB (south/west) - making it an excellent central point from which to explore Britain's northern breathing spaces.

Cities and larger towns surrounding the area include York, Harrogate, Bradford and Leeds in the south, Lancaster and Preston to the west and Darlington and Middlesbrough to the north east. All these cities are well-linked for national and international travel including bus, rail and air.


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Road travel

The area is very accessible by road, being bordered by the M6 on the west, the A66 to the north, the A1 to the east and the A65, A59, A629, M62 and M65 to the south. When here, you can buy a weekly pass for National Park car parks if you are going out for several days riding. Bus and coach links are excellent with nearby towns such as Lancaster, Skipton, Leeds, Harrogate, York, Ripon, Northallerton and Darlington all being well served by National Express or Megabus coaches, and a range of local bus services. There is also a limited bus service within the National Park.

Train links

The Dales are bordered on the west by the west coast mainline train service and on the east is the east coast mainline train service. There are two National Rail services covering the Yorkshire Dales area: the Leeds-Morecambe line and the famous Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line. Other local stations not on these lines include Darlington, Northallerton, Ilkley and Oxenholme. Look at the National Rail Enquiries website to plan your journey.

Travelling from abroad

If you are coming from the continent the ferry port at Hull has daily sailing from Rotterdam and Zeebrugge. The nearest airport to the Yorkshire Dales area is Leeds Bradford International Airport.