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Campaigning for accessible and affordable public transport for visitors and residents within the Yorkshire Dales

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in and around the Yorkshire Dales

Wharfedale Transport Action Group

The Wharfedale Transport Action Group brings together users, service providers and other stakeholders to improve public transport in the Upper Wharfedale area, including Bolton Abbey, Grassington, Hebden, Kettlewell and Buckden.

To get in touch please email us.

Ilkley Services

The winter timetable on Sunday Cravenlink service 873 between Ilkley, Bolton Abbey and Skipton and on Sunday DalesBus service 874 between Wakefield, Leeds, Ilkley, Bolton Abbey, Grassington and Buckden will be introduced from 1 October 2017.

Pride of the Dales service 74 between Ilkley, Grassington and Hebden now runs on Summer Saturdays only - the last day of operation for Summer 2017 will be on 28 October.

North Yorkshire County Council service 74A between Ilkley, Bolton Abbey, Grassington and Hebden will additionally operate on Fridays from 4 November 2017.

For timetable details please see

Services 74 & 74A

Buses on services 74A (Mondays and Wednesdays) and 74 (Saturdays) between Ilkley, Bolton Abbey, Grassington and Hebden will continue unchanged throughout summer 2017 with continued support from North Yorkshire County Council. Timetable details are available here.

The Wharfedale Packhorse

The Saturday evening Wharfedale Packhorse service resumed from January 2017, running on the first Saturday of each month between Cray, Grassington, Ilkley and Skipton with new lower fares (elderly and disabled bus passes are also now valid).

For full details visit the Wharfedale Packhorse website.

Service 74 Winter Timetable

A revised timetable will be introduced from 5th November 2016 on Saturday service 74 running between Ilkley, Bolton Abbey and Grassington, with some journeys extended to Hebden.

Service 874 Winter Timetable

DalesBus Sunday service 874 from Wakefield, Leeds, Otley and Ilkley to Bolton Abbey, Burnsall, Grassington, Kettlewell and Buckden is now operating a winter timetable.

Bus Service Changes from 5th September 2016

Changes will be made to Wharfedale bus services from 5th September:

  • Schoolday journeys on service 72A will be revised, with the last schoolday journey from Buckden to Grassington leaving at 1620. Click here for the revised timetable.

      • Pride of the Dales service 74 between Ilkley and Grassington will no longer operate on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays (The Saturday service continues unchanged).

          • NYCC service 75 between Grassington, Burnsall, Appletreewick and Hebden will no longer operate.

              • A new service 74A will operate on Mondays and Wednesdays only between Ilkley, Bolton Abbey, Appletreewick, Burnsall, Grassington and Hebden. Click here for timetable.
                • Upper Wharfedale Bus Services

                  Following a review by North Yorkshire County Council, revised bus services were introduced in Wharfedale from 11th April 2016.

                  Service 72/72R: Skipton - Grassington - operates on Monday to Saturday by Pride of the Dales

                  Service 72A: Skipton - Grassington - Buckden - operates on schooldays by North Yorkshire County Council

                  Service 72B: Grassington - Buckden - operates on Monday to Saturday by Upper Wharfedale Community Bus

                  Service 74: Ilkley - Grassington - operates on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays by Pride of the Dales

                  Service 75: Grassington - Appletreewick - Hebden - Grassington - operates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays by North Yorkshire County Council

                  Service X43: Manchester - Burnley - Skipton - Grassington - operates on Sundays and Bank Holidays by Transdev Burnley & Pendle

                  Service 874/875/857: Wakefield - Leeds - Ilkley - Grassington - Buckden - Hawes - operates on Sundays and Bank Holidays by Arriva Yorkshire

                  On Saturday evenings the Wharfedale Packhorse provides a pre-bookable service between Ilkley, Skipton, Grassington and Cray.

                  Most journeys on service 72B now also serve Long Ashes Leisure Centre/Gamekeepers Inn. Service 72 no longer serves Hebden, which is now served on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays by new service 75, as is Appletreewick which is no longer served by service 74.

                  See for details

                  Summer Sunday Buses

                  The Summer Sunday and Bank Holiday timetables continue until 25th September 2016 - details are available on the DalesBus website.

                  Upper Wharfedale Bus CIC

                  NYCC have notified Upper Wharfedale Bus CIC that their bid to run the 72 Buckden - Grassington bus service has been successful. There will now follow a two week review period, following which a formal offer to contract will be made, assuming that the decision is not challenged,

                  The service, which will start on 11th April, is planned to run three times per day in each direction on school days (when it will be supplemented by an NYCC provided service) and five times per day on Saturdays and school holidays. Most buses will connect with the Grassington / Skipton bus at Grassington, but UWB expect to run one bus per day through to Skipton.

                  There is a great deal to do to get the service operating by April including recruitment and training of the paid staff and volunteers, for both driving and administration.

                  Please visit the Upper Wharfedale Bus CIC for further information.

                  We need your help!

                  If you would like to offer help to the Upper Wharfedale TAG, to help fight service cuts or find ways to promote and improve local bus services, including the community transport networks, we would love to hear from you. Contact us at

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