The best way to explore the Adventure All Ways route is on public transport, which is a more sustainable way of travelling than by car or plane. It can seem a bit daunting trying to work out the best way to plan a holiday using only public transport but it can also add to the fun - many of the railway lines and bus routes pass through some beautiful scenery! A day spent travelling can still be a memorable part of journey and lots of changes also gives lots of opportunities to explore new towns and cities. A big top tip would be to pack as lightly as possible as it makes travelling on public transport much less stressful. If you are travelling with a bike, bear in mind that on TransPennine Express trains you now need to book space for non-folding bikes in advance.
Public Transport at the Coast
The Coast section of our route is the easiest to access and get around with public transport. Direct trains run to Scarborough from York, Leeds and Hull and there is also a direct bus link to Middlesborough. Once at the coast there are frequent bus services between Whitby, Robin Hoods Bay, Scarborough, Filey and Bridlington, whilst Bempton and Flamborough are accessible from less frequent train and bus links. This is a great place to start adventure-ing as the transport links makes it possible to do a days walk and use public transport to return to where you started.
Public Transport in the moors
Once into the North York Moors travelling by public transport becomes a bit more difficult so it is important to take the time to plan ahead to make sure you can get back from your holiday. The eastern side of the Moors are by the Esk Valley Railway Middlesborough to Whitby lines, which passes through Ruswarp, Sleights, Grosmont, Egton and Glasidale. Further west, Helmsley and Kirkby Moorside are the easiest place to get to, with direct bus links to York and Scarborough. If you are planning on walking all of the Moors section then the best place to finish is in Osmotherly. From there, there is a bus link to Northallerton which has direct trains to York and Leeds.
Public Transport in the Dales
The easiest place to get to in the Yorkshire Dales is Settle, in the south west. This can be accessed by train direct from Leeds and Carlisle. The next train station on the Adventure All Ways route is at Redmire. From here the steam train running along the Wensleydale Railway line to Leeming Bar, where there are frequent buses to Northallerton. There are also buses which run throughout the Dales although check the timetables carefully as many of them only run on Sundays and Bank Holidays. The hardest part about Public Transport for the Yorkshire Dales section of the walk is getting into and out of the area. From Richmond there are bus links to Ripon or Darlington and from these places buses and trains can get to Leeds and York. Just be prepared for more planning and organising if walking through the Dales section of the route.