Friends of the Dales is the new (2017) name of the Yorkshire Dales Society - a registered charity set up in 1981 to campaign for the protection and enhancement of the Dales and to encourage everyone to value and enjoy this special area.
Friends of the Dales is a significant group of people who love and care about the Dales:
What does the Friends of the Dales stand for?
We are the only membership and campaigning charity for the Dales – we want to see this special area remain protected, valued, enjoyed and loved - always. We are, in essence, the friends of the dales.
How can I support the Friends of the Dales?
Please consider joining us as a member – more members gives us more clout when we stand up and campaign for the Dales. Organisations and government take more notice if we have a large membership behind us!
What benefits do I get as a Member?
How much does it cost to become a Friend?
One person can join Friends of the Dales for £25 (from October 2018). Or two people at the same address can join for just £35 (ditton). We have special offers from time to time, including honouring earlier rates on printed leaflets if you wish, so just ask when you contact us!
If you feel able to pay a larger amount up front, you can join as a life member – see the panel for these rates. We also have Business or Group Friends – just £40 per year (from October 2018) and great publicity for your commitment.
How do I become a Friend?
I’m not sure membership is right for me
You will always be welcome at our events whether you sign up to membership or not. Could you consider a donation, large or small, to our charitable work? Even £5 or £10 can help our work to protect the Dales. Ask us about the easy ways to make a donation or do it directly here We rely entirely on voluntary subscriptions, donations and legacies for our charity’s running costs.
Yorkshire Dales Interactive Map - drag to move around, double click to zoom in. Our charity covers all of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and adjacent areas and also supports the protection of Nidderdale AONB.
Everyone is welcome at our events, members and non members - see Upcoming Events for more information. Our next event is on Saturday 19 January in the lovely village of Hellifield where our walk will include the proposed site of a large commercial leisure "village" which is currently a haven for wildlife, and also watch a beautiful short film about the Dales. All welcome, small charge for non members - see event entries.
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
"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".
President Sir Gary Verity
Chairman Mark Corner
Canal Wharf, Eshton Road, Gargrave, BD23 3PN.
Charity number 515384.Company limited by guarantee number 1822908