Getting there & around
The main gateway towns of Skipton and Richmond are well served by public transport, and local bus services radiate out from there. Get hold of the very useful Dales Explorer timetable from tourist offices; as well as covering every bus in the region it contains maps, B&B listings, local information and an excellent selection of walks that tie in with bus services.
Going by train, the best and most interesting access to the Dales is via the famous Settle–Carlisle Line. From the south, trains start in Leeds and pass through Skipton, Settle, and numerous small villages, offering unrivalled access to the hills straight from the station platform. Of course, if you’re coming from the north, Carlisle is the place to get on board.