Resources from Previous Events

Friends of the Dales 40th Anniversary Walk

Man and a woman
Photo of Colin and Fleur Speakman

Wednesday 10 November, 10.30am – 4.30pm

This full day’s winter walking, starting and ending in Grassington, will visit several memorable locations from the early days of the Yorkshire Dales Society, now known as Friends of the Dales. Hosted by Colin Speakman, founder member and a Vice President of our charity, and creator of the Dales Way, this promises to be an enjoyable and information rich ramble, incorporating – amongst many other things – insight into the former Grassington Hospital and Linton Camp School. Please note the timings of this walk have been planned to coincide with the DalesBus service from Grassington to Skipton and Ilkley. Places limited.

Tea Time Talk – Exploring Crummackdale

Photo credit: Ken Humphris, Friends of the Dales.

Wednesday 20 October, 4.30pm (c 1 hr)

In this illustrated talk, our Trustee, Ken Humphris, will explore Crummackdale. Through personal photos Ken will share some of the history of the area from geological time through to the recent past, and why walking in this lovely valley is so rewarding.

To register for a place please use the contact form. We will respond a day or two before the event with a personal Zoom invitation. Places are limited – book early!

Plastic Tree Guard Collection Event – near Long Preston

Man pulling tree tube
Photo credit: Ann Shadrake, Friends of the Dales.

Thursday 7 October, 10am – 3pm  

In line with our Plastic Free Dales campaign we are keen to work with local landowners and partners to help rid the Dales of redundant tree guards, which if left uncollected once a tree is thriving, breakdown into micro plastics polluting the land and ultimately the waterways. Organised collections like this one enable the guards to be either reused or recycled. Tree guard collection days are rewarding events to take part in, however please be aware they are also reasonably strenuous. All necessary equipment will be provided on the day and further details will be sent nearer the time.

Early Evening Talk – The Impact of the 2019 Floods on the Historic Environment of the Northern Dales

Stile over a dry stone wall
Photo credit: Ann Shadrake, Friends of the Dales

Weds 14 July 2021

In this illustrated talk, Miles Johnson, Head of Historic Environment at The North Yorks Moors National Park, spoke about the impact of the 2019 floods on the historic and archeological environment of Swaledale and Arkengarthdale, with particular reference to its impact on the area’s lead mining heritage.

Early Evening Talk – Managing the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Nature Reserves 

View over woods
Photo credit: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Weds 16 June 2021

In this illustrated talk, Graham Standring, the YWT’s Living Landscapes Officer, showcased the charity’s work in managing its nature reserves across the Dales.

Early Evening Talk – Strengthening the North’s Green Heart

Stile over a dry stone wall
Photo credit: Ann Shadrake, Friends of the Dales

Weds 19 May 2021

In this illustrated talk, our Vice Chair and Trustee, Wilf Fenten, presented a visionary but practical way to greater sustainability for protected areas across the north of England.

Tea Time Talk – Give Peat a Chance

Photo credit: Pennine Peatlife

Weds 21 April 2021

In ‘Give Peat a Chance’, Jenny Sharman of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and Yorkshire Peat Partnership gave a fascinating talk about peatlands in the Yorkshire Dales, why they need our help, and what the Partnership is doing to restore them.

Jenny’s talk can be viewed via our Friends of the Dales YouTube here

Tea Time Talk – Living and Roaming in the Orton Fells

Group of people walking
Photo credit: Ann Shadrake, Friends of the Dales

Weds 17 March 2021

Trustee, Kyle Blue gave an engaging talk about ‘Living and Roaming in the Orton Fells’.