Group Members Directory

Crosby Ravensworth Parish Council

Crosby Ravensworth is a rural parish in Cumbria incorporating the settlements of Crosby Ravensworth, Maulds Meaburn, Oddendale and Reagill. It lies to the east of Shap and to the north of Orton. There are just over 400 households in the parish. Image shows Maulds Meaburn foot bridge which was damaged during Storm Desmond and has been redesigned to lessen the likelihood of flooding to adjacent properties.

Dales Way Association

The Dales Way is a long distance footpath of about 80 miles (129 km) running from Ilkley to Bowness-on-Windermere. By following as far as possible riverside paths, it offers a scenically attractive route from urban West Yorkshire to the Lake District. The Dales Way Association was established in 1991 to help support, maintain and promote the Dales Way Long Distance path. Yorkshire Dales Society Council Member Chris Grogan is also Secretary of the Dales Way Association. We work closely with the Association on shared issues which may affect the Dales Way.

Friends of DalesBus

The Friends of DalesBus (formerly known as the Yorkshire Dales Public Transport Users Group (YDPTUG)) campaigns for accessible and affordable public transport for visitors and residents within the Yorkshire Dales.

The group was sixteen years old in 2012, and continues to work with local authorities and bus companies to further improve public transport in the Yorkshire Dales. The Group helps to manage and fund part of the DalesBus network through its involvement with the Dales & Bowland Community Interest Company.

Long Preston Heritage Group

The Long Preston Heritage Group has been very active since its inception in 2007, exploring the history and heritage of the village. We have built on what was known and, with research and excavations, we now have a reasonable and documented knowledge of the village back to Domesday.

Natural History Museum, Library and Archives

The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, looks after one of the world’s finest and most comprehensive collections of natural history literature, artwork and manuscripts. Anyone may search online for books, maps, artworks, manuscripts, periodicals and photographs. The Library is reference-only and available to anyone who wishes to use the collections to assist in their research by appointment. The Library has public reading rooms in South Kensington and Tring, located within the Museum buildings.

North Craven Heritage Trust

The North Craven Heritage Trust was set up in 1968 to encourage interest in, and to help safeguard, the distinctive beauty, history and character of the North Craven area. It encourages high standards of architecture and town planning, promotes the preservation and sympathetic development of the area’s special historical features and helps to protect its natural environment. It arranges lectures, walks and local events and publishes booklets about the North Craven area. The annual Journal aims to keep members informed of the Trust’s activities.

Orton Parish Council

Orton Parish Council have joined as an Affiliate Member, following a very successful visit by the Society to Orton in March 2017, which was kindly hosted by Kyle Blue, Chairman of the Parish Council. Kyle has now also become a Trustee of Friends of the Dales. We hope to run further events in the Orton area next year.

The Moonbeams

The Moonbeams are a Dales-based band playing original contemporary folk music reflecting their love of the landscapes and life of our beautiful Dales. Centred around songwriter and guitarist Jon Avison (erstwhile Deputy Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and former Chairman of Yorkshire Dales Society), with Jen Haines on Viola, Ben Avison on Vocals, Mandolin, Banjo and Accordion, and Double Bass man Ken Hill, their ‘Songs from the Dales’ carry you on a lyrical journey through the fells and dales.

Skipton Library

The Library, operated by North Yorkshire County Council, provides many services for local people. In addition to the lending and reference libraries there are a range of other aspects. Housebound residents and their carers may be eligible for a free home delivery service operated fortnightly by local volunteers. Other Library activities are The Library Circle (over 55s), Rhyme Time & Story Time (under 5s) and a weekly Family History Surgery. Skipton Library holds the pretigious Rowley Collection of over 500 historic photographs of old Skipton. The photographs may be viewed in the Petyt Library or on-line for free. The Rowley Collection is also the basis of an online community history project to which volunteers are welcome.

Stainforth Parish Council

The Council has existed for more than 100 years. It manages street lighting, allotments (there are four), the village greens (two in Stainforth, one in Little Stainforth), maintains some seats, liaises with Highways about road repairs and signs, and monitors the drains. Planning applications are always referred to the Council for their views. There are also good relations with local police and National Park officers. Photo courtesy of Mark Corner.

Vibrant Settle

Settle is a wonderful, bustling, historic Yorkshire Dales market town at the gateway to Upper Ribblesdale and in sight of the wild and lovely Forest of Bowland. The town is full of quality independent shops, cafés, inns and restaurants and is home to the world famous Settle-Carlisle Railway. The surrounding limestone landscape abounds with dry stone walls, meadows, scars, peaks (three of them!), field barns, waterfalls, becks, caves, potholes ….. and sheep!

Settle is the best place in the world (probably!) for the quality of the fell walking, cycling, mountain biking, sight-seeing and the friendly welcome of which you are assured. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Yorkshire Agricultural Society

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society, a registered charity, was founded in 1837 to help improve and promote agriculture in the region. Educating future generations is an important part of the Society’s work, as is encouraging and supporting the agricultural community. Our educational programme of activities include free courses for teachers, learning activity sheets, Farmhouse Breakfast, Countryside Days, Careers in Focus, Great Yorkshire Show Discovery Zone and veg/fruit box competitions. We also organise and host the annual Great Yorkshire Show, Countryside Live and Springtime Live.