Welcome to Dales Connect

We are glad you have found us! We are here to help make transport more integrated, more accessible and more popular. Whether it’s buses, community transport, car share schemes, cycling facilities, access to walking routes or community car clubs, Dales Connect is here to help.

As part of DITA (Dales Integrated Transport Alliance) we act as a central information and advice point to people visiting or living in the Dales and Nidderdale AONB to enable them to be aware of what their transport options are. We aim to operate around eight “hubs”—central transport information and advice points that are run by local volunteers in towns and villages in the Dales Connect area. These are open in Grassington, Hawes, Sedbergh, Leyburn, Masham, Pateley BridgeSettle and Reeth.

Find out more about what we do by going to About Us or clicking on the Your Dales Hubs page.




Dales Connect Latest…

Bike Training Doubles Targets

The DITA-funded youth cycling initiative at Yorebridge Community Fitness in Askrigg has reached doubled the initial target number of participants, with children turning out in all weathers for cycle training and cycle rides. >>

Dales Way Access Improved

With the help of funding from DITA, the popular section of the Dales Way footpath from Burnsall to Loup Scar on the River Wharfe in the Yorkshire Dales National Park has been upgraded to make it accessible for wheelchair users. >>

Leisure Bus Consultation

North Yorkshire County Council are proposing to exclude a number of bus services including many Sunday DalesBus and Western Dales Bus services from the concessionary fares scheme from 1 April 2015. Have your say. >>

Northallerton West Opens

Monday 24th of November was another red letter day for heritage railway enthusiasts as the newly constructed Northallerton West Station opened, allowing passengers to enjoy the full 22 miles of line to Redmire. >>

For more stories visit our News page


DITA was formed by a group of people living in or near the Yorkshire Dales who were concerned that rural transport was in decline. How could we begin to reverse that decline? We decided to apply for Government funding to enable us to carry out research and come up with community-based solutions.

In rural areas, people have much higher transport costs because of longer than average car journeys (which also means we have a much higher carbon footprint) and the higher cost of fuel in rural areas.

Our funding runs out in 2015, and by then we hope to have done research, trialed services; and achieved greater integration of services that currently exist to enable us to reverse the decline.

We want to do more, but need your help! You can volunteer to help at hubs or in other ways, or donate money to help our work. Go to Can You Help on the menu bar to find out more.