Travelling sustainably within the Yorkshire Dales can be difficult, and it is all too easy to end up using a very un-sustainable single-occupancy car. However, here are a few other options that you might not know about.
The main bus service in Swaledale is provided by the Little White Bus (aka Swaledale Shuttle) – see www.littlewhitebus.co.uk for timetables etc. This is great for travelling up/down the Dale and to Richmond, but only has a very limited number of services per day and has to be pre-booked for certain journeys.
Also check out www.dalesbus.org for loads of other information about buses and trains in the Two Dales and wider Dales area, including timetables.
There are various ride-sharing websites that cover the whole of the UK, including the Dales.
These all work slightly differently, but the basic premise is simple – you submit details of where you want to travel from & to, and then other users of the website can offer you a ride and a price (it may be free!).
Alternatively, if you are already planning to drive somewhere and have a spare seat, then you add this to the website and other users can choose to share with you.
Some options are:
Alternatively, if there is no choice but to jump in your car, then try and limit your mileage by combining as many journeys as possible.
Or consider offering a friend or neighbour a lift, to go and do your shopping together!