Two summer bus services have opened up Swaledale and Wensleydale for visitors on the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line.

The Northern DalesBus 830 and Wensleydale Explorer Bus 857 aim to give passengers links into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

From May 5, the Northern DalesBus 830 will pick up passengers at Ribblehead Station and call at Hawes, then pass through Buttertubs Pass to Swaledale.

It will visit the villages of Muker, Gunnerside and Reeth on the way to the historic town of Richmond.

It will connect at Ribblehead with the 9.09am train departure from Leeds and return with time to connect with the early evening train home.

The Wensleydale Explorer Bus 857, launched on April 21, links Garsdale Station to Hawes, Askrigg, and Castle Bolton.

News and Star: The DalesBus meeting the train at Garsdale StationThe DalesBus meeting the train at Garsdale Station (Image: Supplied)

Both bus services will run every Sunday until October 20.

Both routes are supported by the Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line and the Settle Carlisle Railway Development Company.

John Carey from the Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line said: "Whilst our railway line passes through undoubtedly one of the most scenic areas of the country, the relative isolation of the stations makes onward exploration difficult but for connecting public transport.

“Integrated transport is amongst one of the key aims of the Friends."

Pete Myers, chair of Settle Carlisle Railway Development Company said: “These services enable people to use public transport and reduce car congestion in the National Park, providing a more sustainable and green way to visit our beautiful countryside.”

Timetables and additional information are available online and at stations along the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line.