DAY trips in to the Yorkshire Dales are set to become even easier this summer as several bus routes offer visitors the chance to combine their pass with a rail ticket.
The new through tickets on the Skipton and Ilkley Dales Bus will make it cheaper and easier for people in West Yorkshire to use public transport to visit Wharfedale beauty spots like Bolton Abbey, Burnsall, Grassington, Kettlewell and Buckden.
Opening the Dales to public transport
Visitors can simply board the train on the Wharfedale or Airedale line from Leeds or Bradford Forster Square, or any of the intermediate stations, to Skipton or Ilkley and ask for a Skipton dales Bus or Ilkley Dales Bus ticket.
The combined rail-bus ticket is a joint initiative between North Yorkshire County Council, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, Northern Rail and local bus operators, brought together through the Yorkshire Dales Sustainable Travel Partnership.
County Councillor Clare Wood, North Yorkshire County Council's executive member for transport said: "We are delighted with the introduction of this ticket. It will make it much easier for people to explore beautiful Wharfedale.
"Lack of through ticketing can often be a disincentive to use public transport, so we're pleased that by working in partnership we are able to offer this travel opportunity."
For full details of bus and train services to the Yorkshire Dales visit www.yorkshiretravel.net or telephone traveline on 0870 608 2 608.
For more information about days out in the Yorkshire Dales contact one of the Dales National Park Centres at Grassington on 01756 751690 or Hawes on 01969 666210, or visit www.yorkshiredales.org