Getting to Boroughbridge

Train in Kirkby Stephen station

Boroughbridge is not on the rail network, so unless you can arrange for someone to drop you off at the start you will probably need to use the train as far as York or Harrogate and then rely on bus services to reach the start of the walk. At least one direct service (Number 22) runs from York, every couple of hours and another (Number 1A) leaves Harrogate on a similar schedule.

The best place for the latest schedules and downloadable timetables is the Traveline website

Returning from Kirkby Stephen

At the end of the walk you have the luxury of a train station and additional bus service options, should they be needed. It’s worth noting that Kirkby Stephen station is about 2 miles from the town, so make arrangements as required. The guide book describes a link path from the route, direct to the station should you need it.

Kirkby Stephen is on the iconic Settle-Carlisle Line, one of the most picturesque railway lines in the country, and takes you as far as Leeds for connections to the east. For destinations to the west, a bus to Penrith or Oxenholme will connect you to the West Coast Mainline.

The best place for the latest schedules and downloadable timetables is the Traveline website

Mid-walk Transport Options

The Little White Bus in a rainy Reeth

If you’re looking to break the walk down into individual sections, then using public transport between the stops will be a huge help. The following notes were correct at the time of writing, but please check before setting out. As ever, the traveline website is the best place to confirm these details. Services at weekends and Bank Holidays may also differ from those described here.

Section 1: Boroughbridge to Thirsk

There is no direct link between these two towns, so two buses will be required, using Ripon as a hub.

  • The Number 22 service runs between Boroughbridge and Ripon
  • The Number 70 service runs between Ripon and Thirsk

Allow about 2 hours 30 minutes for the journey, depending on the connection in Ripon

Section 2: Thirsk to Morton-on-Swale

Two legs will also be needed between Thirsk and Morton-on-Swale, via Northallerton

  • The Number 70 services takes you from Thirsk to Northallerton
  • The Number 73 service runs from Northallerton to Morton-on-Swale

The journey should take about an hour

Section 3: Morton on Swale to Richmond

The section between Morton-on-Swale and Richmond will need to be broken at Northallerton also

  • The Number 73 service runs from Morton-on-Swale to Northallerton
  • The Number 55 services takes you on to Richmond

All being well, this journey should take just over an hour

Section 4: Richmond to Reeth

We are now in the catchment area of the wonderful Little White Bus service (Number 30), which runs between Richmond and Keld. There will be no changes between Richmond and Reeth, but the service does have a limited number of runs each day, so check the times carefully.

Section 5: Reeth to Keld

This section is also supported by the Little White Bus, so the same timetable as the previous section can be used.

Section 6: Keld to Kirkby Stephen

Unfortunately, there is no public transport between Keld and Kirkby Stephen.

However, if you can get to Keld, you may be able to catch a train from Kirkby Stephen to link you back home.

Other Transport Links

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