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Hire the Wharfedale Packhorse from just £50


The Wharfedale Packhorse, based at Kettlewell Garage, provides a low cost alternative to minibus hire for local people to have a day out and for visiting groups to enjoy the Yorkshire Dales.  The 17 seater minibus is available to hire with our of our drivers, subject availability.

Vehicle Hire Charges

Hire the Packhorse from just £50

The Wharfedale Packhorse can carry up to 16 passengers.  When not in use for one of our scheduled services, the minibus can be hired with one of our drivers, subject to availability.

  • £50.00 minimum charge up to 4 hours 
  • £80.00 up to 8 hours then £12.00 per hour
  • The above prices include bus "standing" time
  • Hire charges include up 100 free miles
  • Excess mileage charged at 50p per mile

The Packhorse resides at Kettlewell Garage and the prices above include travelling to your pick up point and returning to Kettlewell.  

General booking deposit 

A non refundable deposit of 25% of the total cost is payable by bank transfer or cheque on all rentals to secure your booking.


This should be paid within 7 days of your booking.


The balance should be paid prior to your trip or to the driver on the day or travel.


Excess mileage over and above your 100 mile allowance will be charged at 50p per mile and should be paid to your driver before the last leg of your journey.

Driver Hire Charges

Hire our drivers from £10 per hour

Take the hassle out of your trip and hire one of our friendly, qualified drivers who can pick you up and drop you off until your return journey, or stay with you throughout your trip.

  • £50.00 minimum charge up to 4 hours
  • £80.00 up to 8 hours then £12.00 per hour
  • Friday night, Saturday, Sunday £12.00 per hour
  • The prices above include driver "standing" time 
  • Split trips - different day pick ups, upon request

The Packhorse resides at Kettlewell Garage and the prices above include travelling to your pick up point and returning to Kettlewell.  

Cancellation charges

The following cancellation charges apply to all:


  • If under 24 hours – full amount owed
  • Over 24 hours - £50.00 + deposit retained.

Cleaning and damage charges

The following cleaning charges will apply to all bookings should the vehicle:

  • require  the interior sweeping - £25.00
  • require an interior valet - £50.00​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Join Our Team

Drivers & distributors required

The Wharfedale Packhorse can also be hired on a self drive basis, provided your driver is over 25 with a current D1 category licence and has held it for at least two years, subject to endorsements.

  • 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 you
  • 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.

Minibus hire enquiries

To check the availability of the Wharfedale Packhorse, please scroll down to the calendar.

If you would like to receive a quote for the hire of the minibus, please contact us via the link below with your brief and we will do our best to accommodate your requirements.

Wharfedale Packhorse Hire: Availability Calander

Book now: 01756 636 166 or email us

What is the
Wharfedale Packhorse?

  1. The Wharfedale Packhorse is a brand new, contract hired, highly equipped Transit Trend 460 L4H3 125ps 17 Seat Minibus.
  2. Auto Start/Stop System, ESC/ABS/ Hill Start Assist, Reverse Warning Bleepers, Electrically Heated Door Mirrors, Bluetooth, Air Con, etc
  3. The minibus is subject to regular servicing and safety checks, an annual MOT and is insured for anyone with a D1 category licence.
  4. The Packhorse lives at Kettlewell Garage in the heart of Upper Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Who can hire the
Wharfedale Packhorse?

The Wharfedale Packhorse is available to anyone wishing to hire our minibus for your own group trips, with one of our drivers, subject to availability.


  • Enjoy a great day out and leave the car at home
  • Visit the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and beyond
  • 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.


The minibus benefits from an overhead stowage console, along with reading lights above each seat.


Clean, well behaved dogs are welcome.

Self drive info for the
Wharfedale Packhorse

Should you wish to hire the Wharfedale Packhorse on a self drive basis, certain terms and conditions must be adhered to before we can release the vehice to you.

  • You must be aged between 25 and 70
  • Have held a full licence for at least 2 years
  • Have category D1 on your licence
  • Have no more than 3 penalty points

A copy of your photo card and paper licence must be provided at the time of booking and you should provide details of any penalty points, convictions and any relevant medical conditions.

Fully comprehensive insurance for one named driver is included in your hire fee.  Additional drivers can be added at £5 each.

The Wharfedale Packhorse is operated and administered by the Upper Wharfedale Community Interest Company with support from DalesBus, Dales & Bowland Community Interest Company and funded with the help of the Yorkshire Dales National Park's Sustainable Development Fund, Dark Horse Brewery, Wharfedale Brewery, pubs throughout Wharfedale and Littondale and the Wharfedale Beer Festival.  Unlike most community minibuses, we receive absolutely no funding from Central Government nor North Yorkshire County Council.  We are entirely dependent on private finance and the goodwill of our users.  Collection tins are available on the bus - please give generously..