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


Below is a list of current campaigns we are active on, with further detail on two important campaigns - Plastics and Verges - shown in the menu to the left

  • Reducing the use of single use plastic in the Dales

  • Better cutting times for roadside verges to protect wildflowers and wildlife

  • Protecting/enhancing the national park (through our work to monitor and comment on major or significant planning applications and our policy development work)

  • Proper funding for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

  • Saving digitally our cultural heritage  - our “Capturing the Past” HLF project (www.dalescommunityarchives.org.uk)

  • Sustainable Communities - for example our Vibrant Communities events and campaigns to keep local schools open

  • Suporting sustainable upland farming

  • Local Transport - DalesBus (www.dalesbus.org) is a social enterprise set up and supported by Friends of the Dales

  • Campaigning for affordable housing, whether new build of conversion, to meet the needs of rural communities

  • Minimising the impact of quarrying in the national park.


Former significant campaigns

  • Yorkshire Dales National Park / Lake District National Park extension - successful extension in 2016

  • Protecting Green Lanes

  • Public Rights of Way and Access

  • Support for the saving of the Settle to Carlisle line

  • Setting up of Dales Bus - and annual support which is ongoing


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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