I have just spent a few days revisiting parts of the Dales Way. I based myself in Skipton and used public transport to get to my starting point each day and from the end back to Skipton

On Wednesday I intended to catch the last service 74 back from Aptrick to Bolton Bridge and then the Harrogate to Skipton service. As however, I arrived with 30 minutes left I decided to walk on to Burnsall. Here a local told me that the bus went from a slightly different stop as it was not going via Aptrick. When I checked why this was so with the driver he told me that the Aptrick to Barden Bridge road was closed for a while.

There were no notices about this on the timetables and had I not walked on I would have been well and truly marooned! A salutary warning to anyone undertaking a similar jaunt.