We are the only membership charity campaigning for the protection and enjoyment of the Dales
 We are the only membership charity campaigning for the protection and enjoyment of the Dales

Friends of the Dales is a registered membership charity. Please help us to keep the Dales special and vibrant for years to come!

We continue to review the latest government advice about coronavirus. Our staff continue to work as normal following strict Covid-19 protocols but the office is closed to visitors. You can contact us as normal on 01756 749400 or via the usual email addresses or contact form. Our continued best wishes to all our members and supporters.

The banner images were taken by Ann Shadrake, Executive Director, all people gave their permission. 

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Please become a Friend of the Dales today!

We really need your support to help keep the Dales special and vibrant for years to come. Thank you to all our Friends for their support! A special thank you to everyone who joined during  2020 despite the challenges of the Covid pandemic and "lockdown". We really appreciate your support. 


Please join us or donate to support our charitable work to protect the Dales - you can use our secure online payment - and you can Gift Aid your contibution too. Join us or Donate

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Read about our campaigns and our policies on important Dales issues, and some recent comments on major planning applications affecting the Dales.


Already a Friend - You can renew online!

You can now renew your subscriptions or make a donation online using our secure online payment - just go to Renew Online. Alternatively contact us to set up a new Direct Debit or make an online bank transfer (cheques still accepted of course).

Latest News...

Job Opportunity - Freelance Project Leader, Capturing the Past

Capturing the Past is a project managed by Friends of the Dales that identifies vulnerable collections of historic material, and makes them freely available on a dedicated website. This is an exciting opportunity to manage and develop this community digital archiving project over the next year, with the possibility of an extension. Download full information and how to apply, below.

Closing date: Friday 15 October

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38th Annual General Meeting of Friends of the Dales

Saturday 25 September 2021 at 2:15 pm

We are pleased to confirm that the 2021 AGM will take place on Saturday 25 September at 2:15 pm by Zoom.

Please visit our events page to book your place and for further information.

The final date for members registering their votes and members and non members booking a place at the 25 September Zoom event is 17 September.

Dalesbus Services - New timetable (April 2021)

Visit Dalesbus website for full information on timetables and advice. Dalesbus is a social enterprise set up and supported by Friends of the Dales, with a core team of dedicated volunteers who secure the funding and work with bus operators to promote sustainable travel visitors and residents.


Download the timetable for Dalesbus and commercially-operated services from week starting 17 April 2021.


Most bus services are now running full timetables again. ​Buses and trains are all still operating with a reduced capacity in order to facilitate social distancing. The wearing of a face covering is now compulsory on all public transport in England, other than for young children, disabled people and those with breathing difficulties. If you are using the bus or train you should also follow social distancing and wash or sanitise your hands before and after travel.

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Digital Talks - new for 2021!

This year we launched our programme of digital talks which have so far been very successful, attracting speakers from the Yorkshire Peat Partnership, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and North York Moors National Park - to name but a few!

You can view our forthcoming programme of digital talks via our Events page. To register for a Zoom invite, please use the Contact Form. Zoom invitations will be issued a few days before the event.


You can also view past talks on our new YouTube channel. Visit Friends of the Dales YouTube to see the talks we've converted to video so far.

 View from Cray, Wharfedale: Ann Shadrake

Conference Outcome Paper and Presentations all now available!

Both days of our Green New Dales Conference were a terrific success and you can all the conference video/powerpoint presentations and the video discussions  by clicking on the individual links below. 

We've also uploaded (November) the outcome paper "Green New Dales Challenges" with actions for all of us who care about the Dales.

Outcome from the conference with suggested actions for everyone who cares about the Dales
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The agenda and speakers for each of the two days of the Conference
Green New Dales Conference PDF.pdf
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Day 1: Chair of Friends of the Dales Bruce McLeod introduces the conference, and Julie Martin chairs the Conference, introducing the speakers and panel discussions.  


Video 1: Introductions and presentation by Gary Smith YDNPA

Video 2: Introduction and presentation by Rob Atkins CDC

Video 3: Introduction and presentation by Catherine Weetman

Video 4: Questions and Panel Discussion

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Rob Atkins CDC presentation GNDConferenc[...]
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Catherine Weethman presentation GNDConfe[...]
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Day 2: John Asher, Chair of North Craven Heritage Trust introduces the Conference, chaired by Mark Corner, Member of Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. 


Video 1: Introductions and presentation by Prof Alan Simson

Video 2: Introduction and presentation by David Evans

Video 3: Introduction and presentation by Neil Heseltine

Video 4: Introduction and presentation by Prof Rick Battarbee

Video 5: Questions and panel discussion

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We had a really successful online AGM on Saturday 19 September 2020. You can download and view the Review of the Year, as presented by our Chair Bruce McLeod. 

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Minutes of the Friends of the Dales AGM [...]
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23 June 2020 - Objection to Planning Application at Langcliffe Quarry

We have submitted a detailed objection to an application to develop areas of the former Langcliffe Quarry due to the serious impact on the ecological, archaeological and cultural integrity of the Hoffmann Kiln and its surrounding area. You can read our full objection by downloading below. If you wish to make a comment on the application, visit the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority's Planning Portal, and enter the application code C/48/615 to view the plans and submit your own comment. 

Photo shows our visit to the Hoffmann Kiln at Langcliffe Quarry during our AGM in 2018 (photo credit Ann Shadrake). 

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8 June 2020 Tree Guards - A Growing Problem

Created by Laurence Parkin, this terrific "infographic" encapsulates our campaign for more trees in the Dales, but not more plastic! First published in the 150th anniversary edition of the Yorkshire Dales Review, the illustration can be downloaded (below) for sharing. The key messages are relevant to planting anywhere, not just in the Dales. With more treeplanting nationally mooted as part of the coronavirus pandemic "green recovery" we hope alternatives ways of planting trees can be explored, avoiding the use of single use plastic where possible. 

27 May 2020 - Objection to development at Hellifield Flashes

We've strongly objected to an application for development at the important wildlife and amenity site at Helllifield Flashes, and consider it entirely inappropriate for Craven District Council to be asked to make a decision on a new proposal before the barrister’s report (they commissioned) has been received and considered, and any restoration works (to previous works) satisfactorily carried out. See the plans, objections and comment yourself at the CDC planning portal here by entering the application number 2020/21553/OUT

Photo courtesy Save our Craven Countryside

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22 April 2020

Plastic Tree Guard Collection Day

Before the coronavirus "lockdown" guidance was issued, we held a very successful day collecting plastic tree guards in a Dales woodland for onwards recycling. Read a short report by Trustee Mark Corner and woodland owner below.

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August 2019. Our updated membership leaflet is now available and we are working to distribute copies throughout the Dales and further afield. Please do get in touch if you would like some copies to put out in your local area.

Friends of the Dales leaflet 2020.pdf
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July 2019. Julian Glover, leading the Designated Landscapes Review, has issued his interim findings in the letter below, with the final report expected in the autumn. Lots of positives, though not so much focus on the social and economic challenges facing areas like the Dales.

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For earlier news see

News Archive 2018 and News Archive 2017

Our charitable work


We have a good track record - for over 35 years - in campaigning on issues of crucial importance to the Dales. These include affordable housing, rural bus services, biodiversity, green lanes, Dales farming and landscape conservation - plus many others!


We keep a watching brief on what is happening in the Dales, lobby government and intervene where we believe appropriate. For example, we monitor significant planning applications in the Dales and comment on many each year - supporting those we believe are right for the Dales


We run varied walks and talks throughout the year


Vibrant Communities - free guided visits to Dales towns and villages organised and led by local members


Dales Insights - afternoon talks and free shorter guided walks


Classic Countryside - free longer guided walks with an extra "something special"


Focus on the Dales - full day event on a topical Dales subject


Come  and  join us, most are free to all! See Upcoming Events 

Two of our Key Projects




DalesBus services run on Sundays and Bank Holidays through the summer (and some in the winter) across the Yorkshire Dales, llinking into bus and train services from across the region.


So you can enjoy the Dales in the most environmentally friendly way!


DalesBus is run by our social enterprise company the Dales & Bowland CIC. Volunteers organise, fundraise and publicise the services, but the buses themselves are run by bus companies or community providers. Full timetables - see DalesBus

Capturing the Past



Capturing the Past is our fantastic three year project to work with people and groups in the Ingleborough Dales area to train them to catalogue and digitise their own local history archives and make these available to the public through a new website.


Our archive project is being funded through Stories in Stone, a four year programme of conservation and community projects concentrated on the Ingleborough area. The scheme has been developed by the Ingleborough Dales Landscape Partnership and is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Yorkshire Dales Community Archives



This website is operated by Friends of the Dales, a working name of the Yorkshire Dales Society, which is a registered charity (Charity Number 515384) and a company limited by guarantee (Company Number 1822908).


Our Charitable Objects are 1) To promote for the benefit of the public, the conservation of the landscape, biodiversity and cultural heritage of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and adjacent areas, and the social and economic wellbeing of its local communities;and to encourage others to engage with,understand,enjoy and protect these areas, and 2) In pursuance of the above, to advance the education of the public.

There are many ways to Support our Charity and be a Friend of the Dales, to help keep the Dales special and vibrant for years to come. 

Join us as a member

Make a donation

Leave a gift  in your will

Register as a supporter 

Help as a volunteer at our events

Our Business members are very valuable to us and we thank them all. For a list of all these businesses, or for more information on the benefits of business membership, click HERE

Bill Bryson, a supporter, says :

"There isn't a more glorious and beguiling landscape anywhere, or one more deserving of our support. It really is as simple as that"

Alastair Humphreys 

Our Patron

says :


"it's more beautiful than you realise; the people are open and friendly and have time for you; your phone might not work which is a positive as you'll have more time - slow down and enjoy the silence".

Alastair’s quest for adventure began young. Aged 8, he completed the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge over 26 miles 

Chair: Bruce McLeod

Registered Address:

Canal Wharf, Eshton Road, Gargrave, BD23 3PN.

Charity number 515384.Company limited by guarantee number 1822908

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