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.
23-12-19 Bus services over the Christmas and New Year Period
The 72B Venturer will be running the “Saturday and School holidays” timetable throughout the holiday period, starting today through until Monday 6th January (school is closed for staff training that day). The normal “school days” timetable will resume on Tuesday 7th when the children go back to school. There will however be no Venturer service on the three bank holidays: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day. There is no Dalesbus service on any of the Bank Holiday dates either
27-10-19 New Dalesbus Sunday Winter Timetable
The Winter Sunday bus timetable was introduced in Upper Wharfedale from 27th October, with buses running at similar times to previous years. There are no changes to buses on Monday to Saturday, nor to Sunday buses between Skipton and Grassington. Click here for the Winter Sunday timetable for DalesBus 874 between Wakefield, Leeds, Ilkley, Grassington, Kettlewell and Buckden
28-06-19 Notice of Timetable Alteration - Thursday 26th September
Due to the road closures for the UCI World Championship race, the following Venturer services will not run on Thursday 26th September:
11.20 a.m. Buckden to Grassington
12.55 p.m. Grassington to Hebden
13.00 p.m. Hebden to Grassington
13.10 p.m. Grassington to Buckden
All other Venturer services that day will run as normal (subject only to traffic congestion).
We apologise to passengers for any inconvenience, but this is due to circumstances beyond our control
28-06-19 Job Vacancy - Paid Driver
Part time paid driver wanted to drive the Venturer from late July. £9.73 per hour, Ave 22.5 hours per week. Click here for details and how to apply. To download an application form, click here (Word) or click here (PDF)
21 - 04 - 19 Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday Buses
The Dalesbus summer Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday bus timetable starts this weekend. Services in Upper Wharfedale are generally similar to previous years, but there is now an additional double-decker journey from Grassington up Wharfedale, over Kidstones Pass to Bishopdale and Wensleydale. The bus will leave Buckden National Park Car Park at 1225, returning from Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes at 1435. Click here for details
21 - 04 - 19 Easter School Holidays - Timetable
The schools in Upper Wharfedale will not return from the Easter holidays until Monday 29th April. The Saturdays and School Holiday timetable will be in operation on the Venturer until then. Click here to view the timetable
20 - 10 - 18 Half-term - Timetable
October Half Term in Upper Wharfedale starts on Monday 29th October. The weekday bus service next week (w/c Monday 22nd October) will be the school days service all week. Click here for timetable.
18 - 10 - 18 Upper Wharfedale Venturer - Newsletter
03 - 10 - 18 New timetable / Venturer route to extend to Hebden
There will be minor changes to the 72B Buckden - Grassington timetable with effect from Monday 29th October 2018. This is to align to the adjusted timetable for the Keighley Bus Company's 72 Grassington Skipton service.
More significantly, from the same date, the Venturer service will extend as far as Hebden, twice a day. The service will operate at the following times, Monday to Saturday (excluding Bank holidays):
Leave Grassington for Hebden – 12:55
Arrive / Leave Hebden – 13:00
Arrive Grassington – 13:05 (To connect with KDT 72 service to Skipton)
Leave Grassington – 15:15 (Connecting with KDT 72 service from Skipton)
Arrive / Leave Hebden – 15:20
Arrive Grassington – 15:25
Click here to see the new timetable. Printed timetables will be available shortly
15 - 04 - 18 Upper Wharfedale Venturer - service changes from Monday 16th April
There are a number of changes affecting the Venturer service with effect from Monday 16th April. These are a result of the change from Pride of the Dales to Keighley Bus Company on the the Grassington - Skipton 72 route. Key changes are as follows:
There is a new timetable covering the Buckden - Grassington - Skipton 72B, 72A and 72 services, with revised running times for some buses
The new timetable is available on the bus, or click here to view and download
All 72B Venturer services will now stop in Grassington Square, both northbound and southbound. However the Keighley Bus Company 72 service will not stop in the square, and can be caught at the YDNPA car park or at the doctors.
The Venturer will continue to run additional services on Saturdays and School Holidays. These are clearly shown in the timetable. Please note that Mon 16th April is a school holiday. The School days timetable will start again on Tuesday 17th April. Click here for details of school holiday dates
Please note that fares are unchanged since April 2016
25 - 03 - 18 Upper Wharfedale Venturer - update on changes
Click here to read our newsletter with details of changes to the Venturer service with effect from Monday 16th April, when the Keighley Bus Company takes over from Pride of the Dales on the Grassington Skipton route
17 - 03 - 18 New Buckden - Grassington - Skipton Timetable - April 16th
We are pleased to announce that Derek Green of Buckden has been recruited to drive the Venturer, taking over the shifts previously covered by Nick, Ian and Paul from Pride of the Dales. Derek also drives for NYCC and knows both the route, the bus and many of our passengers. Derek will start driving for us when Keighley Bus take over the Grassington Skipton service on Monday 16th April.
10 - 03 - 18 New Buckden - Grassington - Skipton Timetable - April 16th
The new timetable for the 72, 72A, 72B (the Venturer) and 72R is now available. The timetable takes effect from Monday April 16th. Keighley Bus Company are running a new timetable on the Grassington Skipton service, and we have had to adjust the Venturer's times to take account of this. The Venturer's timetable is similar to the current timetable but is being changed to align connection times to the revised 72 /72R service between Grassington and Skipton. There is no change to the basic pattern of our timetable, in terms of number of buses per day, the differentiated service on Saturdays and school holidays (as opposed to school days), the route or the stopping places. Where the service times are changing, it is between 15 & 30 minutes earlier or later.The most significant change is on school day afternoons when the bus will leave Buckden half an hour earlier to make the connection at Grassington, but there is then a half hour layover in Grassington to ensure the last bus back is no earlier than at present. Note that the Venturer will now go round Grassington Square on every trip.
Some Keighley Bus Company buses from Grassington to Skipton, will take a more direct route, thus reducing the overall time from updale to Skipton. There are also improved connections to the Airedale service from Skipton.
Please note that we are once again able to maintain the current level of fares, so there has been no increase since April 2016. To view and download the new timetable, please click here. We hope the new timetable will work for local people - if you have any comments please email email@example.com
05 - 03 - 18 Keighley Bus Company to take over Grassington - Skipton service from Pride of the Dales
We are looking forward to working with the Keighley Bus Company when they take over the 72 Grassington - Skipton route from Pride of the Dales on 16th April. Watch this space for details of the new timetable, with faster journey times from updale down to Skipton
01 - 03 - 18 No service - Friday 2nd March
In the light of drifting snow and the continued Met Office Amber Warning for tomorrow, we will not be running the Venturer on Friday. Watch this space for status of Saturday's service.
01 - 03 - 18 Further Cancellations due to snow
The Venturer will not be running this afternoon (Thursday) due to the continuing bad weather conditions. Right now Friday morning is looking doubtful based on the latest Met Office forecast. Watch this space for updates
01 - 03 - 18 Cancellations due to snow
Due to continuing snow conditions updale, the Venturer will not run the morning 72B service today (Thursday). There will be no service until the 15.05 from Buckden (subject to weather). We will decide whether to run the afternoon service around 13.00. Watch this space for updates
28 - 02 -18 Snow Update
The Venturer will be running this afternoon - 15.05 from Buckden, 15.45 from Grassington. May not get into Long Ashes depending on the road conditions.
28 - 02 -18 Cancellations due to snow
Due to heavy snow overnight updale, the UW Venturer will not be running this morning. All services cancelled until the 15.05 from Buckden. A decision about whether to run this afternoon will be taken at lunchtime. We apologise for any inconvenience. Watch this space for updates
05 - 02 -18 Job Vacancy - Paid Driver
As a result of the change of operator on the Skipton Grassington route from Pride of the Dales to Transdev, Upper Wharfedale Bus are seeking a part time paid driver. £9.50 per hour, Ave 22.5 hours per week. Click here for details and how to apply
29 - 12 -17 Further cancellations due to snow
Due to continuing bad road conditions updale the 11.15 Venturer from Buckden and the 13.07 from Grassington will not run today. We hope to resume normal service this afternoon.
29 - 12 -17 Service cancellations due to snow
Friday morning - Due to adverse road conditions updale, the Venturer will not be running the following services this morning . 08:35 & 09:45 from Buckden; 09:10 & 10.25 from Grassington. Watch this space for updates. Apologies to our passengers for any inconvenience
27 - 12 -17 School Holiday timetable - replacement bus
School holidays timetable now until Tuesday 9th January. Click here for timetable. Also, the Venturer has gone in for a service and other repairs, so we will be running an NYCC school bus for the next couple of weeks.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
If you are interested in a paid driver position, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.