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Arriving by air?

Many scientists now believe that burning fossil fuels like coal and oil contributes to global warming by releasing more greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than can be absorbed by living plants. Climate change could be disastrous for us all and it's certainly one of the greatest threats to the wonderful landscape of the Yorkshire Dales.

One single shorthaul flight produces roughly the same amount of greenhouse gas as three months worth of driving a 1.4 litre car (which in its turn produces an average of 3.12 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year). So we all need to think about flying and driving less if we want to reduce the impact of climate change.

Travelling by bus or train obviously results in less greenhouse gas emissions and is more sustainable and using a bike is even better, so why not check out the Rail and Train and Bus Services sections of this website for more information about how easy this is to do?

If, however, you do need to travel to the Yorkshire Dales by plane, there are a number of airports close by as listed below.  All links open in new windows.

  • Leeds/Bradford Airport
    Tel: 0113 2509696 (frequent bus links to Leeds, Bradford and Harrogate)
  • Manchester Airport
    Tel: 0161 4893000 (frequent trains to Lancaster, Leeds & York)
  • Newcastle Airport
    Tel: 0191 2860966 (frequent bus & metro/train links to Darlington and Richmond)
  • Teeside Airport
    Tel: 01325 332811 (frequent bus & metro/train links to Darlington and Richmond)

Many of them have good public transport links to this region. Check out the Regional Airports section of 'Related Links' for full contact details.

You might also want to consider reducing your personal contribution to global warming by making your flight CarbonNeutral.  Trees can help fight global warming by naturally absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen and organisations such as The Carbon Neutral Company (link opens in new window) will organise for the carbon dioxide associated with your flight to be 'balanced out' by forestry and climate friendly energy projects which save equivalent amounts of carbon dioxide. Visit their website to find out more.

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