A POPULAR Yorkshire Dales bus service will again be kept on the road during the winter months - thanks to a partnership between two local organisations.
Wheels keep rolling throughout winter months
The Dales Bus service (805) which links West Yorkshire with Upper Wharfedale, Bishopdale and Wensleydale runs every Sunday throughout the year and is funded through the summer months by North Yorkshire County Council.
The funding stops, however, through the winter and that's when the National Park Authority (YDNPA) and the Yorkshire Dales Public Transport Users Group step in to keep the wheels rolling and provides access to the Dales from the urban centres of West Yorkshire.
Andy Ryland, the YDNPA's Transport and Visitor Management Officer, said: "I am delighted that, working together with the Yorkshire Dales Public Transport Users Group, we have continued to be able to provide a winter Sunday bus services from West Yorkshire to the Dales.
"I know through speaking to users of the Dales Bus services how much they appreciate being able to get out of the city and enjoy healthy exercise in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park."
User Group Chairman Howard Handley said, "This is the third year that we've joined with the National Park Authority to ensure that this popular service can keep running throughout the year. Many people wouldn't be able to enjoy the changing seasons in the Dales without this service, so we're really pleased to be able to provide a bus every week.
"We hope that, this year, even more people will take the opportunity to leave their cars at home or at the National Park car park in Grassington and enjoy a stress-free day out in the Dales."
This year the bus starts in Wakefield at 8.45am and runs via Leeds (9.15am), Otley (9.48am) and Ilkley (10.05am) and up Wharfedale into the heart of the Dales.
Many people wouldn't be able to enjoy the changing seasons in the Dales without this service...
Howard Handley - Yorkshire Dales Public Transport Users Group
Popular attractions passed en route include Bolton Abbey and Aysgarth Falls, as well as the villages of Burnsall, Grassington, Kilnsey and Kettlewell.
The bus terminates in Hawes and returns home from the village at 3.30pm and from Grassington at 4.55pm.
The winter service runs every Sunday from 1 October until 1 April 2007 (excluding 24 and 31 December), and also on Wednesday 27 December and Tuesday 2 January.
People living in the Keighley or Skipton areas can also join the service by catching a connecting bus on service 67A to/from Grassington. This service from Keighley to Grassington runs hourly throughout the day on Sundays, leaving Keighley at 9.45am and every hour until 3.45pm, returning from Grassington at 10.55am and hourly until 4.55pm.
Full details of the bus services are available at local travel and YDNPA information centres, by calling Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 or by visiting www.dalesbus.org or www.traveldales.org.uk