Driving in the Dales
The Dales area is of course very accessible by car - the area is bordered by major trunk roads with the M6 skirting the west, the A66 to the north, the A1 to east and the A65, A65, A59, A629, M62 and M65 to the south.
Unfortunately around 90% of people currently arrive in the Dales by car and this all has an impact of this special landscape. Remember, therefore, that you can beat the traffic, and be kinder to the environment at the same time, by using alternative means to get around and explore the Yorkshire Dales. Using public transport allows everyone to relax and enjoy the scenery, and means you get to see over the top of roadside walls too!
By leaving your car behind on just two days during your holiday, you will be making a valuable contribution to the future well being of the Dales.
Alternatively, you can leave your car on the edge of the Dales and use the bus or train to take you to your destination. From Easter until the end of October, extra summer bus services are run especially for visitors to the Dales. To check times of these bus services check out the Transport Direct website (opens in new window).
In this section you will find plenty of information on road conditions (including our Dales Road Hierarchy), driving advice for caravan and large vehicle (HGV) drivers, details of car parking, along with some top tips on how to give you car a holiday once you've got here.
A word about driving sense ...
If you do have to drive in the Dales please remember that driving in the Dales is very different to driving in other areas. Roads are lined with hard dry stone walls and often have poor visibility due to the twists and turns and gradients. Around any corner there may be a slow moving farm vehicle, livestock, a walker, cyclist or perhaps even a deer, low flying owl or bird of prey.
It is important to slow down and enjoy the journey, use designated viewing points to appreciate the scenery, stop at a recognised car park and enjoy a walk.
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