Discover the Dales

Plan Your Visit

How to get here


The Yorkshire Dales National Park covers around 680 square miles in the North West corner of Yorkshire in the North of England. You can access the park all year round although be aware, some roads high on the moors become inaccessible by car or any vehicle in the winter.

Getting here by car

The Yorkshire Dales are easily accessed by car as it lies between a number of major roads: M66 to the North, A1(M) to the East, the A59 and A65 to the South and the M6 to the West. From these roads there are a couple of A roads and numerous B roads to get you safely to your destination within the National Park itself.

If using satellite navigation it is worth mentioning that although many postcodes do take you to the intended destination some may not. Due to this it is worth planning your route on a map before you depart on your journey as mobile signal can be patchy if phoning for directions.

Getting here by bus

There are a number of towns and cities that surround the National Park and which provide brilliant links in to the Dales.

Cities close to the Yorkshire Dales: York, Leeds, Bardford, Lancaster, Preston, Darlington and Middlesbororugh.

Towns close to the Yorkshire Dales: Skipton, Harrogate, Ripon, Kendal, Northallerton and Darlington.

The majority of bus services that link the major towns and cities together run throughout the year but it is worth checking on for up to date timetables and seasonal bus routes.

Getting here by train

There are local train stations at Darlington, Northallerton, Ilkley, Skipton, Northallerton and Oxenholme. Trains can also be caught to any of the towns and cities mentioned above. From these stations, you shall easily be able to catch a bus to your destination within the Dales.

Alternatively there are two train lines that service the Dales;
•    Leeds – Morecambe
•    Leeds – Settle – Carlise – famous steam railway

To plan your journey by train please visit

Getting here by plane

There are four local airports:
•    Leeds Bradford International Airport
•    Manchester Airport
•    Durham Tees Valley Airport
•    Newcastle International Airport

From the above airport there are good links either by bus or train to the surrounding towns or cities from which you’ll find links to the Dales.

Getting here by Ferry

There are four local ferry ports:
•    Hull
•    Hevsham
•    Liverpool
•    Newcastle

From the above ferry ports there are good links either by bus or train to the surrounding towns or cities from which you’ll find links to the Dales.