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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 or on a self driver basis.


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 fully refundable deposit of £50 is payable by debit or credit card on all rentals where you also require one of our drivers.


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​​​​​​​

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​




Self Drive Charges

Self drive prices start at just £50

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.


  • £50.00 minimum charge up to 4 hours
  • £80.00 up to 8 hours then £12.00 per hour
  • Overnight hire prices upon request
  • Prices based on take fully fueled, return full
  • Unlimited mileage and breakdown cover included


If you are hiring the minibus on a self drive basis fully comprehensive insurance is included for one named driver.  Additional drivers - £5.00 each

Self drive booking deposits

​​​​​​​A fully refundable deposit of £100 is payable by debit or credit card on all self drive rentals.


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.

Our fees are based on taking and returning the mininbus fully fueled.​​​​​​​  ​​​​​​​


Should we be required to refill the bus at Kettlewell Garage, the cost of doing so will be deducted from your deposit, plus 10p per litre.



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 or on a self drive basis, providing certain conditions are met.


  • 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..