Opening up the countryside and villages to visitors and encouraging them to leave the car at home is the aim as a popular summer bus service once again begins winding its way through the Yorkshire Dales.
The 2006 seasonal leisure bus network to the heart of the Yorkshire Dales will recommence on Easter Sunday (April 16th) and continue to run on Sundays and bank holidays until the 24th of September.
Passengers board the leisure bus at Hebden
The leisure bus opens up travel opportunities throughout North Yorkshire and from West Yorkshire for visitors and residents to access the Yorkshire Dales.
The area has much to offer from energetic walks to gentle strolls that are accessible by public transport. By using the Dales Bus network visitors don't have to plan a circular walk to return to their starting point, allowing them to enjoy a wider variety of views.
"We are delighted once again to offer this marvellous service to visitors and residents alike," said Clare Wood, North Yorkshire County Council's executive member for transport.
"The Yorkshire Dales truly are a national treasure. Offering this service not only enables more people to enjoy the countryside but also helps to support the local economy."
The service fits in to a policy of sustainable tourism across the National Park and by taking the bus rather than the car, visitors are also being kinder to the environment.
For more information about days out in the Yorkshire Dales contact the National Park Centres at Grassington on 01756 751690) or Hawes on 01969 666210).
For details of bus and train services in the Dales visit www.yorkshiretravel.net, or telephone traveline on 0870 608 2 608.