Coniston Lake on the hotel estate. Photo credit Stephen Garnett.

Coniston Lake on the hotel estate. Photo credit Stephen Garnett.

We are delighted to announce that the Yorkshire Dales Society will host this year’s National Park Societies Annual Conference, which will take place at the superb venue of the Coniston Hotel & Country Estate near Skipton from Weds 8 – Friday 10 October 2014. The theme is opportunities for young people in Britain’s protected landscapes, such as national parks and AONBs. We are offering this conference in partnership with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority as part of their celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the designation of the Yorkshire Dales as a national park. Stop Press – we are now FULL! Every place is sold including 8 young people attending on Bursaries thanks to Craven College, Skipton Rotary Club, Yorkshire Agricultural Society, the Mosaic Project and our own support.

Eighty people will enjoy the conference, including trustees, staff and volunteers from 10 national park societies such as the Broads Society, Friends of the Lake District, Friends of the Peak District, South Downs Society, Snowdonia Society and the New Forest Association. We have room for around 100 delegates, and all are welcome – and many others with an interested in the theme and a desire to network with like minded people from across the UK. More info on the Conference here.

We are very grateful to National Grid and our community supporters for making this event possible. We are delighted that Chris Baines, Chairman Stakeholders Group, National Grid Visual Impact Provision project will be attending the entire conference and speaking during the Friday presentations. Kristin Whalley, from CPRE Wensleydale and Cat Altounyan from HF Holidays, who have also supported the conference financially are also attending. Other welcome support is from Skipton Craven Rotary Club and Northern Powergrid. Other star speakers include Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire who was responsible for bringing the incredibly successful Tour de France Grand Depart to Yorkshire, Bretten Lord, young star of “Lad:A Yorkshire Story” and David Butterworth, Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

Study tours to Malhamdale and Ribblesdale in the company of colleagues from YDNPA and Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust and co-lead by young people will showcase young people’s involvement as trainees, apprentices and employees. The study tours will visit some of the most stunning areas of the Dales, including Malham Cove and Pen y Ghent, with a range of length/terrain.

Local businesses are contributing some great Dales products to the delegate bags, including Blonde Ale from Wharfedale Brewery, Yorkshire Scallywag premium scones from Just Desserts of Shipley, and snack packs of Yorkshire Granola.


Bikes on newmarket street skipton AS compThe Tour de France Grand Départ proved to be a fantastic showcase for our amazing Yorkshire Dales! With hundreds of thousands of people watching in the national park, images of the stunning landscapes were broadcast across the world. See our Facebook page for more images and the chance to post your own.



Killington Lake Turbines image courtesy of STAK

Killington Lake Turbines image courtesy of STAK

STOP PRESS The Yorkshire Dales Society and many others have been campaigning for several years against proposals for very large wind turbines close to, or very visible from, the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Two of those campaigns have just had successful outcomes. Firstly, the Planning Inspectorate has upheld refusal of planning permission for 3 large turbines at Brightenber near Skipton. Secondly, the energy company behind proposals for 3 massive turbines at Killington Lake have withdrawn their application – the issue had been “called in” by the Secretary of State following pressure from the Society and others and was due to considered at a Public Inquiry in September. The Society is not against wind energy, but feels that these two applications would have been visually extremely damaging in such highly value landscapes so close to our protected national park, and would set a precedent for future applications for large numbers of turbines.


Dalesbus service to Malham. Photo credit Ann Shadrake

Dalesbus service to Malham. Photo credit Ann Shadrake

We are delighted to welcome our latest Affiliate Member, Friends of Dalesbus. More and more clubs and societies are choosing to join the Society as Affiliate Members and we really appreciate their support. Reaching out to groups who use, campaign for and enjoy the Dales is a great way to spread the word about how important the landscapes and communities of the Dales are to everyone.  Affiliate Membership costs £30/year – full details here.



Wind turbine applications close to Nidderdale AONB. Map courtesy of Save the Dales

Wind turbine applications close to Nidderdale AONB. Map courtesy of Save the Dales

The Society actively campaigns for the protection of the landscapes and communities of the Yorkshire Dales. See our Latest News & Campaigns pages for news on current campaigns – monitoring use by forestry wagons on the historic green lane of Cam High Road; stopping profileration of wind turbines at Knabs Ridge (Harrogate); supporting endeavours to move Ribblesdale quarry traffic off the roads, out of Settle Town Centre and onto the railways. We are active on many other issues threatening the Dales – see the Campaign pages, our Facebook page and join us as a Member to receive updates in fantastic Yorkshire Dales Review magazine.


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Yorkshire Dales Society Logo compressedThe Yorkshire Dales Society was founded in 1981. We are a membership charity, actively campaigning for a sustainable future for the Yorkshire Dales. You can download a pdf of our charitable objects.




Campaign: We are an independent charity which campaigns against threats to the communities and special landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales.

Protect: We actively support the sustainable protection of this internationally important area. One of our key projects is the provision of the Sunday Dalesbus service, benefitting residents, businesses and visitors alike.

Enjoy: We offer a year round programme of events, walks and talks so everyone can enjoy and learn more about this beautiful area and why it needs protection.



As a registered charity we rely on the subscriptions and donations from our Members to fund our vital work in campaigning for the protection of the Yorkshire Dales and the well-being of its communities. See the Membership or How to Join buttons for details of our affordable subscription rates.

Members receive the prestigious Yorkshire Dales Review Magazine four times/year and gain free entry to all walks and talks.

Page last updated: 17 July 2014