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Rail and Train

The only National Rail services in the main Yorkshire Dales area are the Leeds - Morecambe line and the famous Leeds - Settle - Carlisle line, which has a service running several times daily operated by Northern Rail, plus a Summer Sunday Dalesrail service from Lancashire.

The railway line from Leeming Bar to Bedale, Finghall, Leyburn and Redmire (on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park) has recently been re-opened by Wensleydale Railway plc. The 17 mile trip takes approximately 50 minutes. Trains are normally formed of heritage diesel rail cars from the 1960s. Connections with the mainline rail network are available via the local Monday to Saturday bus service from Northallerton to Leeming Bar.

Steam trains operate on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway 

Many access points to the Yorkshire Dales are very well served by rail. The local rail operator in the Yorkshire area is Northern Rail, who provide frequent services to Skipton, Ilkley, Harrogate, Leeds and York.

Frequent long-distance inter-city trains serve York and Leeds, operated by Cross Country Trains and East Coast.

For details of train times and fares visit the 'Train and Rail Operators' section of 'Related Links' links to all train operators' services. Or alternatively take a look at our Operators page.

The following contact information may also be useful.

  • National Rail Enquiries
    Tel: 08457 48 49 50 
  • Telephone ticket purchase
    08457 222 333
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