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 enhancement of the Dales.

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Latest News

  • 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
  • Moor Peat – 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
  • YouTube Channel
    The Friends of the Dales YouTube Channel is now live. There are several videos now available offering viewers a chance to re-watch favourite Friends of the Dales digital talks or enjoy them for the first time. Discover more about Yorkshire Dales peatland restoration from Yorkshire Peat Partnership, get insight into the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s nature … Read more
  • New President
    The biologist, nature writer and campaigner, Dr Amy-Jane Beer is the new voluntary, honorary President of our charity. North Yorkshire based Amy-Jane, has written more than 30 books about science and natural history including Cool Nature and A Tree a Day. She is also a Country Diarist for The Guardian newspaper, columnist for British Wildlife … Read more

Defending the Dales


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


We keep a watching brief on what is happening in the Dales, lobbying government and intervening where 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. We also host events to raise awareness of issues, such as the pollution caused by using plastic tree guards.


walkers by river

We run a variety of walks, online 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.