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

Help us as a Volunteer

Volunteers are the life blood of our charity - which was set up by volunteers in 1981 and is a fantastic example of a volunteer-led organisation. 

Some volunteers are based in our a modern open plan office in Gargrave, on ground floor beside the Leeds Liverpool Canal, with onsite parking. There is a bus stop about 200m away and Gargrave Railway Station is about 3/4 of a mile away.

Read more about our current volunteer team and the valuable work they do.

We always welcome new volunteers as some of our volunteer team move on to jobs/study etc and so free up space for new volunteers!

We are particularly interested from people keen to help on our guided walks (taking the register, back marking, leading if you are interested) and potentially finding out about being a Trustee. 

If you are interested in volunteering please ring Ann Shadrake on 01756 749400 or email Ann Shadrake, Executive Director

Current Volunteer Vacancies

Volunteers needed as Walks and Talks Helpers

Can you help us run a year round programme of exciting walks and talks throughout the Dales? Most of our events are on Saturdays, and happen about once a month. 

You could help by leading or back marking a walk, or helping set up a talk in a village hall. There will always be other volunteers at the events, so you’ll be part of a small team. You dont need any special qualifications, just a friendly helpful attitude and a commonsense approach. Please ring Ann Shadrake on 01756 749400 or email Ann Shadrake, Executive Director

New Trustees

We have an excellent and active Board of Trustees but are always willing to talk to anyone with a passion for the Dales. You could meet our Chairman, Mark Corner (pictured, retiring AGM 2019) for an informal chat, and perhaps come along to a meeting to find out what Trustees actually do!


We particularly welcome interest from people with any of the following skills - leadership, financial, governance, knowledge of the Dales, marketing and fundraising. 

Please ring Ann Shadrake on 01756 749400 or email Ann Shadrake, Executive Director for a chat and to set up a meeting/discussion with Mark. 

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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