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Friends of the Dales is a registered membership charity. Please help us to keep the Dales special and vibrant for years to come!
We are the only membership charity campaigning for the protection and enjoyment of the Dales

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We continue to review the latest government advice about coronavirus. Our staff continue to work as normal following strict Covid-19 protocols but the office is closed to visitors. You can contact us as normal on 01756 749400 or via the usual email addresses or contact formOur continued best wishes to all our members and supporters.

Latest News

  • DalesBus Services
    This year the full network of Summer Sunday DalesBus services into and around the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty will run every Sunday until 17th October, with the usual routes continuing throughout the winter period as well. Following disruption due to the pandemic earlier in the year most bus and train services are now … Read more
  • Digital Talks – new for 2021!
    Our successful programme of FREE digital talks is set to continue into 2022 and beyond. Visit our Events page to see our full programme of talks, walks and other events. We plan to launch a digital video channel so you can watch the presentations and enjoy the Dales at your leisure.  To register for all Events, please … Read more
  • Green New Dales Conference Outcome Paper and Presentations all now available!
    Both days of our Green New Dales Conference were a terrific success and you can all the conference video/powerpoint presentations and the video discussions  by clicking on the individual links below.  We’ve also uploaded (November) the outcome paper “Green New Dales Challenges” with actions for all of us who care about the Dales. Day 1 … Read more
  • Tree Guards – A Growing Problem
    Created by Laurence Parkin, this terrific “infographic” encapsulates our campaign for more trees in the Dales, but not more plastic! First published in the 150th anniversary edition of the Yorkshire Dales Review, the illustration can be downloaded (below) for sharing. The key messages are relevant to planting anywhere, not just in the Dales. With more … Read more

Our charitable work


Stream with limestone bed

We have a good track record – for over 35 years – in campaigning on issues of crucial importance to the Dales. These include affordable housing, rural bus services, biodiversity, green lanes, Dales farming and landscape conservation – plus many others!


We keep a watching brief on what is happening in the Dales, lobby government and intervene where we believe appropriate. For example, we monitor significant planning applications in the Dales and comment on many each year – supporting those we believe are right for the Dales.


Overhead photo of members on a walk

We run varied walks and talks and volunteer events throughout the year.

Key Projects


DalesBus services run on Sundays and Bank Holidays through the summer (and some in the winter) across the Yorkshire Dales, linking into bus and train services from across the region.

So you can enjoy the Dales in the most environmentally friendly way!

DalesBus is run by our social enterprise company the Dales & Bowland CIC. Volunteers organise, fundraise and publicise the services, but the buses themselves are run by bus companies or community providers. Full timetables – see DalesBus

Capturing the Past

Capturing the Past is our fantastic three year project to work with people and groups in the Ingleborough Dales area to train them to catalogue and digitise their own local history archives and make these available to the public through a new website.

Our archive project is being funded through Stories in Stone, a four year programme of conservation and community projects concentrated on the Ingleborough area. The scheme has been developed by the Ingleborough Dales Landscape Partnership and is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Yorkshire Dales Community Archives