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


If, like us, you love the Dales then please help us to keep this place special by leaving our registerd charity a gift in your will.

Such a gift will help the Dales stay beautiful, vibrant and protected – so that others can gain the same pleasure from this amazing area in the future.

  • We are a trusted charity with a proven track record of over 35 years of charitable work – have confidence in us.
  • We have stories & testimonials to tell about how legacies have helped us in the past.
  • After providing for your loved ones, is there room for us?
  • Any gift of any size is valuable to us (and other things as well as money can be left).

If you would like to support our charity through a gift in your will, we recommend speaking to your solicitor. We are not intending to give legal advice and you should always get your own professional advice from a solicitor. If you would like to support Friends of the Dales in your will, your solicitor 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 print this pages so you 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.”


This autumn two national will writing campaigns, funded by larger charities, to encourage all of us to write or update our wills. Solicitors participating in these campaigns offer reduced or even free will-writing services. Free Wills Month started on 1 October 2019 and is for people over 55 years. Will Aid Month runs in November and is open to anyone!


If you need any more information or would like to talk to us about leaving our charity a gift in your will, please speak to me, Ann Shadrake on 01756 749400 or email Ann Shadrake, Executive Director. If you prefer you can ask for contact details for our Chair Bruce McLeod, or Treasurer Ian Harrison.


Thank you. 

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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