About Us

Upper Wharfedale CIC (UWCIC)

The Upper Wharfedale Community Interest Company (UWCIC) was established by Dave Eggleton and Jonathan Shepherd in 2015 and followed by Gerard Simpson as a director in 2016, as part of a desire to put something back into the community and help to make Wharfedale and Littondale even better places to live, work and visit.

 

Our primary goal is to raise money for non-profit organisations and needy causes throughout the Upper Wharfedale area


We aim to do this through various social enterprises activities including our main event; the Wharfedale Beer Festival.


The three key areas we look to support are:


  • Community Transport Links​​​​​​​
  • Junior Sports Development
  • Tourism Safety Organisations​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Wharfedale Packhorse

Your Commmunity Leisure Minibus

The Wharfedale Packhorse provides low cost Saturday night bus services, connecting villages throughout Upper Wharfedale and Littondale, as well as scheduled monthly trips to various destinations.  


The 17 seater Ford Transit Trend minibus is available to hire for local people to have a trip out and for visiting groups to enjoy the Yorkshire Dales, on a self drive basis or with one of our drivers, subject to availability.

How We Fund Our Services

The Wharfedale Packhorse is operated and administered by Upper Wharfedale CIC with support from DalesBus, Dales & Bowland CIC and funded with the help of the Yorkshire Dales National Park's Sustainable Development Fund, Dark Horse and Wharfedale Breweries, pubs throughout Wharfedale and Littondale and the Wharfedale Beer Festival. 

We Receive No Public Sector Funding

Unlike most community minibuses, we receive no funding from Central Government nor North Yorkshire County Council.  We are entirely dependent on private finance and the goodwill of individuals.  Collection tins are available on the bus or you can donate online here. Thank you.


Join Our Team

Drivers & Distribtors Required

As our services and bookings continue to grow, we will be looking for additional drivers on a voluntary or paid basis, along with volunteer distributors.


  • But something back into your community
  • Become a volunteer driver - expenses paid
  • Casual paid driver positions also available
  • Good rates of pay - £9 per hour
  • Flexible arrangements to suit your circumstances
  • Drivers must have category D1 on their licence
  • Drivers must be aged at least 25
  • MIDAS training can be provided


We are also looking for volunteers to distribute timetables and promotional literature.  


If you think you can help or would like to get involved in whatever capacity, please get in touch by clicking this "Contact us" link.

Make Online Donations



Wharfedale Packhorse Services

Wharfedale First Saturday Night Buses:

Run the first Saturday each month: Jan - Dec

Littondale Fifth Saturday Day/Night Buses:

Run the fifth Saturday each month: Mar - Oct

Saturday Night Monthly

Bus Trips:

Run one Saturday night each month: Feb - Dec

Hire The Wharfedale Packhorse:

For your own trips: 16 seats plus driver



What is the
Wharfedale Packhorse?

  1. The Wharfedale Packhorse is a brand new, contract hired, highly equipped 17 seater Ford Transit Trend minibus.
  2. The minibus is subject to regular servicing and safety checks, an annual MOT and is insured for anyone with a D1 category licence.
  3. The Packhorse lives at Kettlewell Garage in the heart of Upper Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Who can use the
Wharfedale Packhorse?

The Wharfedale Packhorse is available to anyone wishing to use our scheduled bus services, go on trips or for group hire with one of our drivers or on a self drive basis.


  • Enjoy a great night out and leave the car at home
  • Travel between pubs in Wharfedale & Littondale
  • Take in the attractions of nearby towns and cities
  • Go on a group outing with your friends


The Wharfedale Packhorse does have a power side step but unfortunately the minibus is not suitably equipped to accomodate wheelchair passengers.

Clean, well behaved dogs are welcome.

Tour Planning on the
Wharfedale Packhorse

Whether you are going on a walking trip, out for a few drinks and doing the Ales Way - Wharfedale's Ale Trail, or a combination of the two, we can help with your itinerary.


  • Pick up from and return to your desired location
  • Route planning to coincide with your schedule
  • Advise on the best pubs to drink and eat
  • Help you make the best of trip into the Dales

Read Our Testimonials

To see what our customers say about us - click here