We are not a charity primarily concerned with seeking access to the countryside. Generally we support the policies of the Ramblers (the “Ramblers’ Association”), and greatly appreciate the efforts of that and related organisations which have resulted in a secure network of rights of way and a right of access to open country.
We believe that people have a right to access and enjoy the countryside. The rights of way network and the right to walk in open country are essential to an experience of the Dales, and bring physical and spiritual benefits to both residents and visitors. The rights of way network is also an important aspect of the history and cultural heritage of the Dales.
We also believe that in order to access the countryside, it is essential that people both within and from outside the Dales should be able to travel to and around the area. Our policies on transport and especially public transport therefore link closely to those on access.
What we will do
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
"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