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

Objects and Articles of Association

Our charity, the Yorkshire Dales Society, was established in 1981. In 2015, the AGM approved updated Articles of Association, based on the Charity Commission template. These also contain simplified and updated Charitable Objects, also approved by the Charity Commission.

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 well-being of its local communities; and to encourage others to engage with, understand, enjoy and protect these areas.

2. In pursuance of the above, to advance the education of the public.


Summary of other key changes:

  • The liability of the members is limited to a sum not exceeding £1 being the amount that each member of the Society undertakes to contribute to the assets of the Society in the event of its being wound up.
  • Provisions to emphasise that conflicts of interest should be identified and disclosed.
  • The number of Trustees shall be not less than five but (unless otherwise determined by ordinary resolution) shall not be subject to any maximum.


We have cancelled all forthcoming events due to coronavirus. 

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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