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

News archives 2017

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October 2017. Nice event on 7 October in Stalling Busk, Raydale. Janet Street-Porter unveiled a plaque at the home of our Friends of the Dales trustee Jerry Pearlman commemorating, as part of a Ramblers campaign, the drafting in August 1996 of what became the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. This opened access to much of the Dales, giving us our right to roam this special place.

October 2017FOTD chairman Mark Corner visited Clapham Primary School recently to talk with the children about quarrying in the Yorkshire Dales National Park as part of an oral history project for the Ingleborough Dales Landscape Partnership, a project led by the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Under the guidance of Bobbie Millar, Director of Quarry Arts who is running project, the children, aged 7-10, had earlier visited Dry Rigg and Arcow Quarries and had prepared questions for Mark, who said “It was a privilege to chat with the children who were really engaged and saw the challenges of producing valuable quarried stone within the setting of a National Park. They had a particular interest in wildlife and were pleased that any impact in this regard was being managed sensitively.” Mark added “As a conservation and education charity it is always good to have the opportunity to discuss issues, and it was particularly refreshing to do so with such enthusiastic and aware young people.” A recording of the discussion will be availbale shortly on the Quarry Tales web page, here: Quarry Tales

October 2017. Fun TV programme on exploring the Yorkshire Dales by bike. Episode 1 of 'Britain by Bike with Larry & George Lamb'. On again on Wednesday 4th October at 7pm. SeeChannel 5

September 2017. Why living in the Dales makes you happy. As if we didn't know it, residents of Craven in the Dales are officially the happiest in the UK! See: The Guardian<< New text box >>

September 2017. 'Access to the Dales' is being given a higher priority by the National Park Authority, including the provision of 'financial support to organisations delivering public transport initiatives' - something we have been lobbying for. See Harrogate Advertiser

September 2017. News report from Richmondshire Today of our AGM held on Saturday 23rd September. See AGM. Also a report on the DaleBus review from the meeting: DalesBus

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. 

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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

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

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