Friends of the Dales aims to be the leading voice campaigning for a sustainable future for the Yorkshire Dales.

Please join out charity to help keep this inspirational but fragile landscape special and vibrant for years to come!

Visit our Policies page to read our Statement on Climate Breakdown


Latest News

  • Welcome changes to YDNPA planning website
    Friends of the Dales welcomes the decision by Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority to publish all comments received in response to planning applications on its official Citizen Portal planning website. Wilf Fenten, Deputy Chair of Friends of the Dales said “We have been lobbying for our comments, and those of other interested parties who are … Read more
  • #MoorPeat now live
    In the week that ‘peatbog’ won gold at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, our Peatlands campaign #MoorPeat went live. Kicking off the launch was a digital talk by Jenny Sharman from Yorkshire Peat Partnership (YPP) who returned to tell us the story of the restoration of three Yorkshire Dales moors that are close to her … Read more
  • Final response by CNP to the Landscapes Review
    It’s great to see the Government take on board much of our collective input, as put forward on behalf of all the national park societies by the Campaign for National Parks (CNP) to help shape the recent and long awaited Landscapes Review. But, without legislation to underpin the ambition, the proposals fall short of what … Read more
  • #MoorPeat – more wildlife and stored carbon…
    With our Peatlands Policy now written and available to view, we are looking forward to launching our Peatlands Campaign, #MoorPeat next month. The Yorkshire Dales peatlands cover 42% of the National Park and are nationally and internationally important for their fauna, flora and for their carbon – stored in the form of peat. It has … Read more
  • National Park campaigners call for ban on plastic tree guards as Government considers banning other types of single-use plastic
    Campaign for National Parks, Friends of the Dales, Friends of the South Downs and nine other National Park Societies have joined forces to call for a ban on plastic tree guards. The campaign coincides with a Defra call for evidence over problematic single-use plastics – which the National Parks campaigners have responded to, highlighting the ongoing issue … Read more

Our Work


We have more than 40 years experience in taking direct action on issues of critical importance to the Dales. These include affordable housing, rural bus services, biodiversity, green lanes, pollution, farming, landscape conservation – plus many others!


We are advocates for the Dales, lobbying government and intervening where appropriate. We monitor significant planning applications and comment on many each year – supporting those we believe are right for the Dales. We also host events to raise awareness of issues, such as the pollution caused by using plastic tree guards and the degradation of our peatlands.


walkers by river

We run a variety of walks, digital talks and volunteer events throughout the year which are free for all to attend and a great way to meet others passionate about conservation issues. Getting out in to nature is also incredibly beneficial to mental health and wellbeing.


Sustainable transport is one of our aims for the Dales, which is why we set up DalesBus. Run by our social enterprise company Dales & Bowland CIC, volunteers organise, fundraise and publicise the services, with the buses being run by bus companies or community providers. For full timetables – see DalesBus

DalesBus services run on Sundays and bank holidays throughout the summer (with some in the winter) across the Yorkshire Dales, linking into bus and train services from across the region. Perfect for enjoying the Dales in an environmentally friendly way!

Capturing the Past

The ‘land army’ at Horton in Ribblesdale during World War II

Capturing the Past is the project we set up to train people and groups from across the Yorkshire Dales to catalogue and digitise their own local history archives. The current collection of more than 25 archives is freely available to the public through our dedicated Yorkshire Dales Community Archives website.

This project was initially funded through Stories in Stone, a programme of conservation and community projects concentrated on the Ingleborough area. The scheme was developed by the Ingleborough Dales Landscape Partnership and is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. To discuss adding your archive to the site, visit Yorkshire Dales Community Archive.