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 2019

30 March 2019 The Yorkshire Post is running a series of articles on the challenegs facing the Dales, with their Saturday edition focusing on the threat to community sustainability. Comments from Friends of the Dales are included. See Front Page

18 March 2019

We've joined forces with Campaign for National Parks to welcome the recommendation to planners to refuse the damaging proposals for a leisure village at Hellifield. Read our full response below

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25 February 2019 Our current Chair, Mark Corner, is stepping down at the 2019 AGM in September after four very successful years. We are seeking a new person to fill this very important and rewarding role! Mark and other Trustees are very happy to work with a new person over the next few months leading up to our AGM. We are keen to bring in an active person who is passionate about the countryside, ideally the Dales, to work with our committed Trustees, volunteers and staff. You don't need to be a current member of FOTD and you are welcome to contact us for an informal chat about what's involved. If you or someone you know might be interested, check out the info downloads below. 

9th February 2019. Many thanks to all who made today's 'Community Action in Addingham' event such a success. Despite the threat of poor weather a good turnout enjoyed a fascinating walk around the village of Addingham, guided very ably by Don Barrett, author of Walks around Addingham. We saw members of the  Addingham Environment Group in action working on litter picking and woodland maintenance. In the afternoon, Prof Rick Batterbee gave us a fascinating talk on 'The big environmental issues: thinking globally, acting locally' and decribed the impressive iniatiatives being taken in the village to encourage wildflower propagation, manage the becks, and to reduce the village's carbon footprint. Thanks to Don, Rick, and Jonathan White for organising our grand day out in Addingham, a village well worth a visit.

4th February 2019. CPRE has issued an insightful analysis on the need to improve access to our National Parks. See the CPRE report, and particularly the link to the detailed maps. This has been covered in an interesting article in The Guardian including comments by our VP Colin Speakman. The article has generated some interesting letters in The Guardian.

16 January 2019. Our article in the Winter edition of the Yorkshire Dales Review on Barn Conversions in the National Park, which has generated some press coverage.
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Farming reminiscences by Alan Lord
14 January 2019 Alan Lord, member of Friends of the Dales, sent us these fascinating memories of early life helping on the farm (first published in the Westmorland Gazette).
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Everyone is welcome at our events, members and non members - see Upcoming Events for more information. Our next event on Sat 19 October is a fabulous FREE day finding out about the conservation of our native crayfish in the Dales - with a great talk and two short field visits to crayfish homes! Booking essential - see our event entry. All welcome including non members.

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

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

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