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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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

  • 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
  • Digital Talks
    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 previous talks at your leisure.  To register for all Events, please use the Contact Form. Full … 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
  • Objection to Planning Application at Langcliffe Quarry
    We have submitted a detailed objection to an application to develop areas of the former Langcliffe Quarry due to the serious impact on the ecological, archaeological and cultural integrity of the Hoffmann Kiln and its surrounding area. You can read our full objection by downloading below. If you wish to make a comment on the … Read more
  • Tree Guards – A Growing Problem
    Created by Laurence Parkin, this “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 for sharing. The key messages are relevant to planting anywhere, not just in the Dales. With more tree planting … 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, lobby 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.