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

Policies and Campaigns

Here you'll find a selection of our previous achievements as well as current concerns and campaigns

We have a number of Policy Statements outlining our position on issues which we feel are important to the National Park :- Countrysdie Access, Housing, Railways, Minerals, Farming and Forestry - see the links on this page for details.


We are currently campaigning on several issues, and are watching out for future issues in our Emerging issues list. We have had notable successes on various historic issues as below.


As from October 2017 we have started publishing below our comments made to YDNPA on planning applications.

Our Campaigns to Protect the Dales



  • Protecting/enhancing the YDNP (via Planning Monitoring and Policy development)

  • Proper funding for the YDNPA

  • North Craven Quarries/rail

  • Saving digitally our cultural heritage (“Capturing the Past” HLF project)

  • Sustainable Communities (“Vibrant Communities” events)

  • Upland Farming

  • Local Transport (buses, rail…)

  • Affordable Housing


  • Promoting the YDNP as an asset to “The Northern Powerhouse”

  • Energy (fracking, solar, wind…)

Past Campaigns

  • YDNP/LDNP extension

  • Protecting Green Lanes

  • Public Rights of Way and Access. (New extended area brings this up the list again)

  • Traditional (Farm) Building protection

  • Support for the saving of the Settle to Carlisle line

  • Setting up of Dales Bus and annual support.

Comments submitted on planning policies


Exchange of letters with YDNPA regarding the relaxation of policy for the conversion of barns.


FOTD -YDNPA - Barn conversions -3-11-17.[...]
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YDNPA-Barns Response-11-17.pdf
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Comments submitted on planning applications

12/02/18 - Concerns regarding proposed disturbance of graveyard
FOTD-C_09_637 Priory Church Bolton Abbey[...]
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4/02/18 - Objection to house modification, Barbon.
FOTD-S_04_12 Sunnyside Barbon.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [447.5 KB]
20/12/17 - Appeal comment on Tug Lathe barn conversion
FOTD-Appeal Tug Lathe Dec 2017.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [919.0 KB]
20/12/17 - Objection to development of Dob Park Lodge
FOTD-17_04907_FUL Dob Park.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [613.3 KB]
21/11/17 - Concerns regarding barn change of use
FOTD-C-35-41-Barn at Foxup.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [608.6 KB]
30/10/17 - Objection to security barrier
FOTD- C_39_10W Littondale.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [757.4 KB]
23/10/17 - Concerns regarding barn design
FOTD- C_5_115 Barn at Linton.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [758.6 KB]
27/9/17 - Objection to major development at Hellifield Flashes
FOTD-42_2016_17496-HELLIFIELD FLASHES.pd[...]
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13/6/17 - Objection to barn conversion at Appersett
FOTD-R-56-491 Barn at Appersett.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [685.2 KB]
13/6/17 - Objection to barn conversion at Ashes, Hawes
FOTD-R-56-490 Barn at Ashes -Hawes..pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [689.4 KB]
25/5/17 - Objection to barn conversion & agricult. building at Foxup, Litton
FOTD - C_35_41 Barn conversion and Ag Bl[...]
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Letter supporting the re-opening of Gayle Mill
Letter to North of England Civic Trust F[...]
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Campaign to protect Stainforth Pack Horse Bridge. We are working with North Yorkshire Highways, the National Trust (owners of the bridge), Stainforth Parish Council, the National Park Authority, the landowners, and local heritage organisations to protect this historically significant bridge from further damage by vehicles. The photo shows damage inflicted in May 2016. The intention, discussed with relevant parties on 5th Feb 2018, is to have a physical barrier in place at either side of the bridge set at the width of the bridge so that drivers are aware of the narrowness of the structure before they attempt to cross. Most, we expect, would turn around. North Yorkshire Highways are seeking authority to install the barriers.

Campaign to protect verges

Letter to North Yorkshire County Council seeking assurance that verges will not be cut until flower seeds have set.
Letter - NYCC-verge cutting- Jan18.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [627.4 KB]

Campaign to reduce quarry traffic

See the video, making the case for the use of rail rather than road for movement of quarry products in Ribblesdale.Road to Rail


Personal accounts of the history and challenges of quarrying in Ribblesdale can be heard here -

Quarry Tales - including comments by FOTD chair Mark Corner.  Part of an HLF funded 'Stories in Stone' project led by YDMT.

Everyone is welcome at our events, members and non members - see Upcoming Events for more information. The next event is a a full day free guided walk of about 7 miles starting at Ribblehead Station (train friendly timings) on Thursday 22 February - all welcome - see event entry for more info.

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

Alastair Humpreys 

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 

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"

President Sir Gary Verity

Chairman Mark Corner

Registered Address:

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

Charity number 515384.Company limited by guarantee number 1822908

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