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 applications

Objection to security barrier
FOTD- C_39_10W Littondale.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [757.4 KB]
Concerns regarding barn design
FOTD- C_5_115 Barn at Linton.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [758.6 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 morning guided walk looking at the heritage of Ilkley town, with an afternoon talk about the rejuvenation of the Manor House. Saturday 2 December - all welcome to either/both walk and talk, and afterwards a chance to enjoy the town with its seasonal ambiance.

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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