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

As a thank you, our volunteers are entitled to a 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow&Rock, Cycle Surgery and RunnersNeed.



If you are interested in volunteering please ring 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.

Volunteers needed as IT and Social Media support


We plan to launch an e-newsletter soon, and to keep on improving our Facebook and website – do you have some IT skills you could offer us?


We also need help to make the best use of the features in our Access databases – could you help with that?

Everyone is welcome at our events, members and non members - see Upcoming Events for more information. We take a break over August, then are back with a full day at Langcliffe on Saturday 22 September - 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

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 

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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