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

How you can be a Friend of the Dales

There are many ways to become a Friend of the Dales and support the Yorkshire Dales Society, a registered charity. You’ll be helping keep the Dales special forever, for everyone!

Join us as a Member

The most impactful way to be a Friend of the Dales is to join as a Member Then you’ll be directly helping us to campaign against threats to the landscape, wildlife and communities of this incredibly special place. For more than 40 years we have pushed for positive change and greater support for the Yorkshire Dales. This stunning and internationally renowned area needs more Friends more like you!


You can join online today! Click to see the membership details and the ways we thank you for becoming a Friend – with a fantastic membership magazine, discounts, free events and more! Memberships can be Gift Aided, meaning valuable extra funds to our charity.


Why not give a GIFT membership to celebrate a birthday, wedding anniversary or Christmas ? Just fill in the membership form as usual but add the recipients details at the bottom of the form.

Our membership leaflet is available to view here.

Friends of the Dales Recruitment Leaflet
Friends of the Dales leaflet 2020.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [5.8 MB]

We are a nominated charity under the Walking Partnership scheme run by Ramblers Walking Holidays. If you chose to book a holiday with them, and select our charity as a beneficiary, we receive a donation, at no cost to you.

UK holidays: £10 per person booked

Short haul or Cruise & Walk holidays: £20 per person booked

Long haul holidays: £30 per person booked

Make a Donation

Every donation, large or small, directly helps our campaigns for positive action to benefit the Dales, its landscapes, wildlife and communities. With your help our volunteer team can work even harder to keep this incredibly special place vibrant and thriving, for everyone to value and enjoy. Donations can be Gift Aided bringing valuable extra funds to our charity.

You can make an online donation today! If you prefer you can donate by cheque or use internet banking. Click here to see secure ways to donate to our charity. 

Leave a Gift in your Will

If, like us, you love the Yorkshire Dales then please help us to keep this amazing place special with a gift in your will. Firstly, we recommend speaking to your solicitor. They will want to know our charity’s registration details and the type of gift you prefer. This could be a specific sum or perhaps a fixed percentage of your estate. You might it helpful to take this note along:


“I wish to make the following gift in my will. I give and bequeath ............. % share of my estate OR the sum of £........... to Friends of the Dales (a registered working name of the Yorkshire Dales Society), of Canal Wharf, Eshton Road, Gargrave, North Yorkshire, BD23 3PN (Registered charity number 515384) for its general charitable purposes absolutely.”


Unlike big national charities, which may rely on legacies for up to 50% of their income, our charity doesn’t expect to receive legacies every year. In fact we received no legacies in the last financial year (2017-2018). But in the fullness of time, your legacy gift could make a real difference to keeping the Dales vibrant and special for years to come.  New threats and opportunities are always before us in the Dales and legacy income helps us respond to these quickly and plan for the future with confidence.


Click Legacies to find out how straightforward it is to leave a legacy gift to our charity.

Register as a Supporter by signing up to our e-newsletter

Anyone can sign up to become a registered supporter and receive regular email newsletters with information about our campaigns, events and news stories about the Yorkshire Dales.

Newsletter Sign Up


Like to get more involved?

Become a volunteer at our events [walks, talks and Dales visits] or find out more about becoming a Trustee of our charity - Friends of the Dales. 

Click here for information about becoming a volunteer or a Trustee.

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

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

Registered Address:

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

Charity number 515384.Company limited by guarantee number 1822908

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