We are delighted that the following groups are supporting our charity by being Group Members.
If you are part of a local, regional or national club or charity that enjoys or values the Dales, please do consider joining us to support our critical work protecting the Dales.
Asby parish is a large and ancient rural civil parish in Cumbria, in northwest England, which historically, is part of Westmorland. The Parish Council aims to improve facilities and services for the parish and considers matters referred to it by local residents, Eden District Council, Cumbria County Council, central Government, and from 1 August 2016 the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. These matters include planning applications, highways maintenance, housing provision, street lighting, broadband, the burial ground, play areas and village greens, litter, public seating, and the local bus service. Photo courtesy of Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.
Barnsley Mountaineering Club, formed in 1946, meets on weekends about every 4 weeks throughout the year. We also have a monthly mid-week walkin the Peak District. Some groups doing hard mountain walking, others more leisurely low-level rambles or climbering. Meets are held in all the popular walking /climbing areas including the Peak District, Snowdonia, Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire Moors, Northern Pennines, Northumberland, Scottish Borders and the Scottish Mountains. Most of the meets are on campsites, many member now use campervans, caravans or B&Bs. In the winter we use mountaineering club huts or hostel accommodation. If you don’t want to stay overnight and prefer to only come out for the day you will still be welcome on the Meet.
Crosby Ravensworth is a rural parish in Cumbria incorporating the settlements of Crosby Ravensworth, Maulds Meaburn, Oddendale and Reagill. It lies to the east of Shap and to the north of Orton. There are just over 400 households in the parish. Image shows Maulds Meaburn foot bridge which was damaged during Storm Desmond and has been redesigned to lessen the likelihood of flooding to adjacent properties.
The Dales Way is a long distance footpath of about 80 miles (129 km) running from Ilkley to Bowness-on-Windermere. By following as far as possible riverside paths, it offers a scenically attractive route from urban West Yorkshire to the Lake District. The Dales Way Association was established in 1991 to help support, maintain and promote the Dales Way Long Distance path. Yorkshire Dales Society Council Member Chris Grogan is also Secretary of the Dales Way Association. We work closely with the Association on shared issues which may affect the Dales Way.
The Friends of DalesBus (formerly known as the Yorkshire Dales Public Transport Users Group (YDPTUG)) campaigns for accessible and affordable public transport for visitors and residents within the Yorkshire Dales.
The group was sixteen years old in 2012, and continues to work with local authorities and bus companies to further improve public transport in the Yorkshire Dales. The Group helps to manage and fund part of the DalesBus network through its involvement with the Dales & Bowland Community Interest Company.
Grassington Hub & Community Library is a volunteer led community hub situated in the heart of Grassington Village. The Hub provides a wide range of services to residents and businesses; including the promotion of local events and the production/sales of tickets for community groups in the locality, across several venues. Services include library facilities including use of computers; printing and photocopying; ticket sales for local events; production of tickets for local groups; outreach room available for hire for small meetings/consultations.
The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, looks after one of the world’s finest and most comprehensive collections of natural history literature, artwork and manuscripts. Anyone may search online for books, maps, artworks, manuscripts, periodicals and photographs. The Library is reference-only and available to anyone who wishes to use the collections to assist in their research by appointment. The Library has public reading rooms in South Kensington and Tring, located within the Museum buildings.
North Craven Building Preservation Trust (NCBPT), formed in 1976, is a registered charity which seeks to rescue, repair and restore buildings of architectural and historical importance which are at risk in North Craven and to acquire collections and promote activities in pursuit of this objective. It has restored seven properties in the Settle Conservation Area and it has been a long-standing ambition to acquire the whole of The Folly, Settle's only Grade I Listed Building, and to restore it and give it a proper function in the life of the community. The Folly now houses the Museum of North Craven Life, an Accredited Museum owned by the Trust, and is being developed as a major cultural and community centre for the region.
The North Craven Heritage Trust was set up in 1968 to encourage interest in, and to help safeguard, the distinctive beauty, history and character of the North Craven area. It encourages high standards of architecture and town planning, promotes the preservation and sympathetic development of the area’s special historical features and helps to protect its natural environment. It arranges lectures, walks and local events and publishes booklets about the North Craven area. The annual Journal aims to keep members informed of the Trust’s activities.
Orton Parish Council have joined as an Affiliate Member, following a very successful visit by the Society to Orton in March 2017, which was kindly hosted by Kyle Blue, Chairman of the Parish Council. Kyle has now also become a Trustee of Friends of the Dales. We hope to run further events in the Orton area next year.
The Moonbeams are a Dales-based band playing original contemporary folk music reflecting their love of the landscapes and life of our beautiful Dales. Centred around songwriter and guitarist Jon Avison (erstwhile Deputy Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and former Chairman of Yorkshire Dales Society), with Jen Haines on Viola, Ben Avison on Vocals, Mandolin, Banjo and Accordion, and Double Bass man Ken Hill, their ‘Songs from the Dales’ carry you on a lyrical journey through the fells and dales.
The Plunkett Foundation has been helping rural communities through co-operatives and community-ownership to take control of the issues affecting them since 1919. Our charitable purpose is the alleviation of poverty and social exclusion in rural communities both nationally and internationally through the promotion and support of co-operatives and social enterprises.
The Library, operated by North Yorkshire County Council, provides many services for local people. In addition to the lending and reference libraries there are a range of other aspects. Housebound residents and their carers may be eligible for a free home delivery service operated fortnightly by local volunteers. Other Library activities are The Library Circle (over 55s), Rhyme Time & Story Time (under 5s) and a weekly Family History Surgery. Skipton Library holds the pretigious Rowley Collection of over 500 historic photographs of old Skipton. The photographs may be viewed in the Petyt Library or on-line for free. The Rowley Collection is also the basis of an online community history project to which volunteers are welcome.
The Council has existed for more than 100 years. It manages street lighting, allotments (there are four), the village greens (two in Stainforth, one in Little Stainforth), maintains some seats, liaises with Highways about road repairs and signs, and monitors the drains. Planning applications are always referred to the Council for their views. There are also good relations with local police and National Park officers. Photo courtesy of Mark Corner.
Settle is a wonderful, bustling, historic Yorkshire Dales market town at the gateway to Upper Ribblesdale and in sight of the wild and lovely Forest of Bowland. The town is full of quality independent shops, cafés, inns and restaurants and is home to the world famous Settle-Carlisle Railway. The surrounding limestone landscape abounds with dry stone walls, meadows, scars, peaks (three of them!), field barns, waterfalls, becks, caves, potholes ….. and sheep!
Settle is the best place in the world (probably!) for the quality of the fell walking, cycling, mountain biking, sight-seeing and the friendly welcome of which you are assured. We look forward to seeing you soon!
The Yorkshire Agricultural Society, a registered charity, was founded in 1837 to help improve and promote agriculture in the region. Educating future generations is an important part of the Society’s work, as is encouraging and supporting the agricultural community. Our educational programme of activities include free courses for teachers, learning activity sheets, Farmhouse Breakfast, Countryside Days, Careers in Focus, Great Yorkshire Show Discovery Zone and veg/fruit box competitions. We also organise and host the annual Great Yorkshire Show, Countryside Live and Springtime Live.
Everyone is welcome at our events, members and non members - see Upcoming Events for more information. Our next event is on Saturday 19 January in the lovely village of Hellifield where our walk will include the proposed site of a large commercial leisure "village" which is currently a haven for wildlife, and also watch a beautiful short film about the Dales. All welcome, small charge for non members - see event entries.
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
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President Sir Gary Verity
Chairman Mark Corner
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