The Upper Wharfedale Venturer is a community bus service which runs the 72B service three times per day in each direction on school days (when it is supplemented by the NYCC provided 72A service) and five times per day on Saturdays and school holidays. Buses connect with the Grassington / Skipton bus at Grassington.
22 - 10 -17 School Holidays this week
It is the school half term holiday this week, so we will be running the Saturday and School Holiday timetable, all week. Click here for details
22 - 10 -17 Different bus this weekThe Venturer is going for its annual major service and MoT this week, so we will be running an NYCC school bus instead from Monday lunchtime to Friday lunchtime
30 - 09 -17 Dalesbus Sunday Bus Winter Timetable
The Winter Sunday DalesBus timetable will be introduced from Sunday 1st October, with buses running at similar times to last winter. On Sundays the last bus from Buckden will be at 1620 running to Grassington, for connections to Skipton, Burnley and Manchester, continuing to Ilkley, Leeds and Wakefield. Click here for timetable
20 - 08 - 17 Timetable - School Holidays / August Bank Holiday
Please note that the school holiday timetable will run until Monday 4th September. Schooldays timetable will resume on Tues 5th. On August Bank Holiday Monday (28/08) the Dalesbus timetable will operate - click here for details
01 - 06 - 17 Service disruption - 31st May
Apologies to any passengers affected by the service disruption on the 10.25 from Grassington and / or the 11.15 from Buckden on Wednesday 31st May. This was caused by a serious road
accident between Kettlewell and Starbotton which led to the closure of the road for several hours. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
28 - 05 - 17 Replacement bus this week (week commencing 29th May)
The Venturer is going for a service including new brake discs and pads this week, so we will be running one of the NYCC school buses instead. Timetable will be school holidays (as it is half term). Fares will be as normal
11 - 04 - 17 Upper Wharfedale Venturer - first birthday
The Upper Wharfedale Venturer is one year old today (11th April 2017). 12,039 passengers carried on almost 2,500 trips, and more than 25,000 miles driven. Many thanks to the passengers, drivers and other volunteers who have all made the service such a success
10 - 04 -17 New Timetable
The new timetable for the 72 & 74 services for Upper Wharfedale, Skipton and Ilkley are published today and take effect from 10th April 2017. Please note that are no changes to the Upper Wharfedale Venturer timetable. Click here to download the new timetable.
03 - 04 -17 Easter Holiday Timetable
Although school holidays start tomorrow in some parts of the country, schools in North Yorkshire do not break up until end of next week. The Venturer will be running a school-day timetable Mon – Fri next week – w/c 3rd April. The following 2 weeks will be school holiday timetable. Also please note that the Venturer will be running on Good Friday. Click here for a calendar of school holidays.
25 - 10 - 16 Replacement bus this week (week commencing 24th October)
The Venturer is going for its major service and MoT test this week, so we will be running one of the NYCC school buses instead. Timetable will be school holidays (as it is half term). Fares will be as normal
01 - 09 - 16 Monday to Saturday timetable changes from September
From 6th September, school day journeys on service 72A in Upper Wharfedale have been revised, with the last school day bus from Buckden to Grassington leaving at16:20. The Pride of the Dales services 74 and 74S between Ilkley and Grassington will no longer operate on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays. (The Saturday service continues unchanged). Click here for more details of the changes. Click here to access the current timetable.
10 - 07 -16 Venturer July Newsletter
Click here to read the Upper Wharfedale Venturer July newsletter and find out how things are going with the new bus service after three months of operation..
03 - 07 - 16 Buckden Singers perform "The Wharfedale Omnibus" at Grassington Festival
Upper Wharfedale's own community choir - the Buckden Singers - performed their version of "The Wharfedale Omnibus" at Grassington Festival on Saturday 2nd July. Click here to view a video of their performance,
05 - 05 - 16 Venturer News May news letter
Read all about our first month of operation in the Upper Wharfedale Venturer Newsletter. With over 1000 passengers in our first month, the service is working well and, so far, all is going to plan. To find out more, click here to download our May newsletter
25 - 04 -16 Two weeks into the new service and it's going well.....
So, we've been running the 72B for two weeks now and it's working well. A few teething problems which was only to be expected, but we have already carried more than 500 passengers in the first fortnight, and the feedback has been very positive. If you have questions, comments or suggestions please do get in touch at email@example.com or call 01756 636161
11 - 04 -16 Fantastic launch for the Venturer in Kettlewell
Many thanks to all those who worked so hard to make the launch in Kettlewell today such a success. Click here for pics
02 - 04 -16 April Newsletter
Click here to access the April Newsletter - including Frequently Asked Questions about the new service
23 - 04 - 16 New livery for the Upper Wharfedale Venturer
Click here for images of the Venturer in its new livery
23 - 04 - 16 Upper Wharfedale Bus Launch Party
The launch party for the new Upper Wharfedale Venturer bus service, will be held on Saturday the 9th April at 12.30 p.m. at Kettlewell Village Hall. There will be an opening ceremony, some entertainment and a Jacob's Join, with fizz generously provided by local hostelries. All welcome - Please put the date in your diaries and do join us to mark the start of this important community project. Click here for poster
06 - 03 - 16 Newsletter
Click here to download the March newsletter about the project
05 - 02 - 16 UWB on BBC Breakfast
Peter Vetch of UWB was interviewed on BBC Breakfast on 4th February and announced the name of the new service - the "Upper Wharfedale Venturer." Click here to watch the clip
05 - 02 -16 The Bus
The new Mercedes 16 seat bus which will become the Upper Wharfedale Venturer was delivered on Friday 5th February. Between now and April it will be used for training, and will be liveried and fitted out with a Ticketer. Click here for pics
15 - 01 -16 Newsletter
Click here to download the January newsletter about the project
10 - 01 - 16 Vacancies
If you would like to volunteer to help with the service, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in a paid driver position, please email email@example.com
12 - 12 - 15 Contract award
NYCC have notified Upper Wharfedale Bus CIC that our bid to run the 72 Buckden - Grassington bus service has been successful. The contract has now been signed and work is well underway to get ready to take on the service.
The service, which will start on 11th April, is planned to run three times per day in each direction on school days (when it will be supplemented by an NYCC provided service) and five times per day on Saturdays and school holidays. Buses will connect with the Grassington / Skipton bus at Grassington.