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Travelling to the Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales are located in northern England, and are easily accessible by train, plane, coach, bus, ferry, or car. The information below highlight a few key ways of arranging your travel to the Dales with estimated journey times.

By Rail
The UK has an excellent rail network including both an east coast and west coast main line service running the length of Britain. Most major towns, cities, airports and ferry ports are connected to the rail network. Generally the rail service runs very efficiently with the majority of trains running on time. But visitors need to be aware that engineering work can disrupt timetables, especially on Sundays and national (bank) holidays. Also not all trains have dining facilities, so don’t forget to check before you travel.

To plan and book your train journey to the Yorkshire Dales try: www.thetrainline.com

Typical journey times by rail from:
• Manchester – less than 1.5 hours
• Birmingham – less than 2.5 hours
• London – less than 3.5 hours
• Newcastle – less than 2.5 hours
• Edinburgh – less than 3.5 hours

By Road
The UK’s comprehensive network of motorways, dual carriageways and ‘A’ roads means that Yorkshire Dales can easily be reached by car.

Typical journey times by car to the dales from:
• Manchester – approx 1.5 hours
• Birmingham – approx 2.5 hours
• London – approx 4.5 hours
• Newcastle – approx 2 hours
• Edinburgh – approx 4.5 hours

The above figures are assuming reasonably free flowing traffic. At busy times (e.g. 08.00 – 09.30, 15.30 – 17.30 and each Friday afternoon) allow additional time for unexpected congestion.

If arriving by train, coach or plane you may wish to hire a car in order to explore freely and take advantage of everything the Dales has to offer. In order to get the best price it is a good idea to book online in advance using a comparison site.

By Air
The Yorkshire Dales is served by a number of airports with direct rail services to the area; Manchester is the most convenient airport to fly into to quickly access the Dales. However, if you are hiring a car Newcastle, Leeds Bradford, Durham Tees Valley, Doncaster and East Midlands are all within easy driving distance.

Airport links

By Coach
To plan and book your coach journey to the Yorkshire Dales try: www.nationalexpress.co.uk

Typical coach times from :
• Manchester – approx 3.5 hours
• Birmingham – approx 4.5 hours
• London – approx 7 hours
• Newcastle – approx 3.5 hours
• Edinburgh – approx 5.5 hours

By Sea
Ferries link Belfast and the Isle of Man to Lancaster (Heysham); Belfast and Dublin to Liverpool or Holyhead, and Northern Europe to Newcastle (North Shields) and Humberside. Road and public transport networks conveniently link these ports with North Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Dales.

and once you’ve got here…
Once you’ve found your way to the Yorkshire Dales National Park you will find there are endless ways for you to get around. Try a scenic bus trip for a pleasurable day out or perhaps a relaxing meander on horseback. Take a step back in time and enjoy a fascinating trip on a steam train, or if you’re feeling a bit more energetic or want to sample the fine country air during your break why not explore some of the many cycle and walking routes available. Snug hideaways and family homes to suit all.


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