We (3 couples) are planning a short trip to the Dales. We (2 couples) arrive by plane in Manchester, then plan to go to Settle to recoup. The 3rd couple will be joining us from York. We have four nights planned in Settle. We prefer not to rent a car, so wonder if 4 nights in Settle will give us the flexibility to explore by bus/train throughout the area. Or is there another base location that is more convenient to explore by public transport? The other option would be to stay two nights in one town and the other two nights elsewhere in the Dales. We will then travel to York after this short excursion. We like to see historic sites, walk and visit the pubs! Thanks for your help!