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

Group Members Directory

We are delighted that the following groups are supporting the Yorkshire Dales Society by being Affiliate Members.

If you are part of a local, regional or national club or charity that enjoys or values the Dales, please do consider joining the Society to support our critical work protecting the Dales.

Barnsley Mountaineering Club

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 Parish Council

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.

Cycling Touring Club, North Yorkshire

CTC, the national cycling charity, inspires and helps people to cycle and keep cycling. We encourage all types of cycling, on the road or off it.  We support you if you already ride, or would like to ride, to work or school, for health, touring, sport and leisure – or just because it’s fun. Local Groups exist througout the country, and the North Yorkshire Group covers cyclists across the county. A wide variety of rides are offered, from many locations, e.g. York, Harrogate, Ripon and Swaledale, both shorter rides and full day excursions. Full details on the Group’s website, together with descriptions of great places to cycle in the County including of course the Yorkshire Dales!

Dales Way Association 

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.

Friends of DalesBus

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.

North Craven Heritage Trust

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.


Natural History Museum, Library and Archives

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.

The Moonbeams

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), 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. Their recently released and critically acclaimed debut album ‘Sparrowhawk’s Eye’ is full of songs with peaks to be climbed, wooing to be done, lessons to be learned, and journeys home via limestone, lakes, stepping stones, and becks. A donation of £2 from the sale of each CD will be shared equally between the Yorkshire Dales Society and the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust.

The Plunkett Foundation

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 Settle and Carlisle Railway Trust

The Settle and Carlisle Railway Trust is a registered charitable trust formed in 1990 to help preserve, restore and maintain historic buildings and structures along the line and to promote public knowledge and appreciation of the line. Geographically the Trust’s activities cover the line from Carlisle to Settle Junction; Settle Junction via Hellifield to Leeds and Hellifield South Junction to Blackburn. However, for the foreseeable future, the Trust will focus on the route from Hellifield to Carlisle due to the wealth of historic and architecturally important elements that are contained on this section of route.

Skipton Library

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.

Vibrant Settle

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!

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

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

Registered Address:

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

Charity number 515384.Company limited by guarantee number 1822908

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