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Places you can visit in Yorkshire without a car

Two people walking in the woods in winter
Plan a car-free visit to places in Yorkshire | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Whether you’re looking to travel by train, bus, bike or foot, there are many places in Yorkshire that you can visit without a car.

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Public transport services can change at short notice so please check the most up-to-date timetables with the bus/train companies before you travel.

Beningbrough
Reliance’s (infrequent) 29 bus service between York and Linton-on-Ouse stops about 1 mile from Beningbrough in Newton-on-Ouse, a 30 min stroll through the village and parkland. York train station is 8.5 miles away, and you can complete your journey by bus and on foot or by bike. National Cycle Route 65 (NCN65) between York and Beningbrough takes you along the River Ouse and down quiet country lanes, a 10 mile/50 min cycle.Plan your visit
Brimham Rocks
Follow the Nidderdale Way to Brimham Rocks or take the 'Way of the Roses' cycle route (NCN688) which passes by the entrance. Harrogate Bus Company’s 24 service between Harrogate and Pateley Bridge stops at Summerbridge, a 1.5 mile/40 min walk away along Hartwith Bank and Brimham Rocks Road.Plan your visit
East Riddlesden Hall
East Riddlesden Hall is 1.5 miles from Keighley train station, a 30 min walk or 10 min cycle, while Keighley Bus Company’s ‘The Shuttle’ 662 service, between Bradford and Keighley, and K4 service, between Cullingworth and Keighley, stop a few mins walk away. The Leeds and Liverpool Canal path, which includes National Cycle Route 669 (NCN669), is also less than a minute away.Plan your visit
Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal
DalesBus’ 139 bus service from Ripon to Fountains Abbey runs on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays all year. The ‘Way of the Roses’ cycle route (NCN688) takes you through the deer park or it’s a 4 mile walk through the countryside from Ripon.Plan your visit
Goddards
York train station is 1.5 miles away from Goddards, a 35 min walk, 10 min cycle or short bus ride away - take service 4, 12 or 843 from opposite the station and get off just after the racecourse at the Marriot Hotel, two doors down from Goddards.Plan your visit
Family biking at the deer park at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, Yorkshire
Take in the countryside on your journey | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey
Hardcastle Crags
Keighley Bus Company’s B3 Brontë Bus from Hebden Bridge to Keighley stops about a 20 min walk away from Midgehole Car Park, while Gibson Mill is another mile from there through the wooded valley. The walk from Hebden Bridge train station to Midgehole Car Park is about 2 miles but takes you up a long, steep hill so will take around an hour. The Pennine Way and Pennine Cycleway (NCN68) both pass close by too.Plan your visit
Marsden Moor
Marsden train station, in Marsden village, is on the Huddersfield line between Manchester and Leeds while First’s 184 bus service between Oldham and Huddersfield and 185 service from Huddersfield also stop in Marsden village. From there you can head off onto the Moor on foot. The Pennine Way also crosses the Moor.Plan your visit
Nostell
Globe Coaches’ 485 bus service between Wakefield and South Emsall and Arriva’s 496 service between Wakefield and Upton (via Fitzwilliam train station) both stop a short walk from Nostell's car park. Fitzwilliam train station is 2 miles away, a 44 min walk or 12 min cycle, or you can catch the bus to complete your journey. The Trans-Pennine cycle trail (NCN67) passes about 3 miles away.Plan your visit
Ormesby Hall
There are frequent bus services from Middlesbrough bus station stopping a short walk from Ormesby Hall, including Arriva’s 9, 63, X93 Max and X94 services, and National Cycle Route 65 (NCN65) passes 2.5 miles (13 min cycle) away. Marton train station is 1.5 miles (15 min walk) away while Middlesbrough station (4 miles away) is a bus or bike ride away.Plan your visit
Visitors on the coastal path at Ravenscar and Peak Alum Works, Yorkshire
Visitors on the coastal path at Ravenscar and Peak Alum Works, Yorkshire | © National Trust Images/Trevor Ray Hart
Treasurer's House
Treasurer’s House is a gentle 15 min walk (0.7 mile) from York railway station over the River Ouse and by the Minster, or arrive using one of the frequent Park & Ride bus services that serve the city. National Cycle Route 65 (NCN65) passes 1/3 mile away and Treasurer’s House is close to the city cycle routes.Plan your visit
Yorkshire Coast
Take the train to Saltburn, Whitby, Scarborough or Filey for access to the coast or hop on the bus. Arriva’s X93 and X94 services go from Middlesbrough to Scarborough via Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay, while East Yorkshire Buses' 115 service runs between Scarborough and Ravenscar. The Cleveland Way goes along the coast from Saltburn to Filey, while the North Sea Cycle Route (NCN1) will take you from Scarborough to Saltburn.Plan your visit
Yorkshire Dales
Take the train to Skipton for Upper Wharfedale and Malham, and Darlington or Northallerton for Hudswell Woods and complete your journey by bus. Bus services to Kettlewell for Upper Wharfedale and Malham run from Skipton all year round, while you can get to Hudswell Woods by bus from Darlington and Northallerton. If you’re heading in on foot, the Dales Way passes through Upper Wharfedale and the Pennine Way passes through Malham Tarn. If you're on two-wheels, the Yorkshire Dales Cycleway goes through Kettlewell, Upper Wharfedale and past Malham Tarn, while Hudswell Woods is about 10 miles from National Cycle Route 71 (NCN71).Plan your visit
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