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Places to visit in West Yorkshire
Lots of places to visit in the countryside from Visit England.

CPRE West Yorkshire
Our aim is to protect the beauty, tranquillity and diversity of West Yorkshire’s countryside.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Local charity working for a county rich in wildlife for everyone.

LNRs in West Yorkshire
Local Nature Reserves in West Yorkshire at Wikipedia.

West Yorkshire Geology Trust
Volunteers who work to protect and conserve important geological sites...

West Riding Ramblers
Ramblers groups in West Yorkshire with advice, local groups and more...

West Yorkshire Ecology Service
Advising on biodiversity conservation and hosting the West Yorkshire Ecological Record...

Best Nature Reserves in West Yorks
See wildlife at 32 places around West Yorkshire. Read reviews, get a recommended plan...

SSSIs in West Yorkshire
Sites of Special Scientific Interest in West Yorkshire at Wikipedia.

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Latest News

  • Research into droving history

    We have been getting thoroughly immersed in the history of droving in Scotland and the North of England as we start to process of research for the ‘A Way Through’ project. We began with a scrappy photocopy of a leaflet produced in Kirkby Stephen called ‘The Droving Tradition of the Upper Eden Valley’ which we’ve The post Research into droving […]

  • Bill that has brought grounds for real hope

    I would hedge a sportsman’s bet that if farmers in the Yorkshire Dales were asked to name their favourite meal, fish and chips would come top of the list or very near it.  I say that with confidence because my older brother runs a chip shop in the National Park and occasionally he calls me The post Bill that has brought grounds for real hope appeared first on […]

  • Dairy Days digital booklet

    Lots of people have asked us if we are going to publish a book with all our research in. That’s not something we ever planned – this blog contains as much of the research that we’ve done as possible. However, we felt it would be worth compiling a summary into a digital booklet which schools The post Dairy Days digital booklet appeared first on Yorkshire […]

  • A Way Through project begins

    We are delighted that this exciting new community heritage interpretation project is now underway as part of the wider Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme. Over the coming two and a bit years we will share the progress of the project on this blog as we get to grips with the research and start to build The post A Way Through project begins appeared first on […]

  • Dairy Days posters and panels

    We have been busy framing up our Dairy Days posters ready to go out to the local visitor and dairying businesses and village halls who have ordered them. We have two sizes, A2 & A3, most of the framed versions have been reserved but we are happy to send you the posters so you can The post Dairy Days posters and panels appeared first on Yorkshire Dales National Park.

  • Climate emergency ‘no doubt’ the number one issue

    I have lived in Sedbergh for twenty years.  When I first came to live in the town (the largest settlement by the way in the National Park) I could hear through my open window the calling of curlew on the fells and also see them when I walked out with my binoculars.  Rabbits were thick The post Climate emergency ‘no doubt’ the number one issue appeared […]

  • Farmers are on the front line for nature recovery

    The uplands of Swaledale and its northern neighbour, Teesdale, are cherished places where the farmed landscape and nature are intertwined.  Although both dales are in protected landscapes there is still scope to make even more space for nature to thrive. I’m working on a project, led by the North Pennines AONB Partnership and the Yorkshire The post Farmers are on […]

  • £65,000 available for local projects

    Pilgrim guidebooks, timber glamping pods and natural flood management measures are the three latest projects to receive funding from the National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) – but there is still £65,000 left in the pot for this financial year and fresh applications are being invited.  The SDF can support projects that help […]

  • Dairy Days walk packs on sale now!

    Our lovely Dairy Days walk packs are now available to buy online. Follow the link to our online shop. They are £4.99 each plus p&p. You can also pop into our Hawes National Park Centre at the Dales Countryside Museum and buy them – just call ahead first to check winter opening times. The post Dairy Days walk packs on sale now! appeared first on Yorkshire Dales […]

  • Dairy Days posters

    We’ve just signed off a set of eleven colourful and informative Dairy Days posters which will be available for free to local community groups; schools and visitor businesses in Wensleydale and joining dales. They cover several of the topics featured in the popular Dairy Days exhibition (still on at the Dales Countryside Museum!) plus the The post Dairy Days posters […]

  • Update: New Years Day duck race

    Please note that the New Years Day charity duck race may not go ahead as the course is flooded.

  • Wild Work Day with University of Leeds

    University of Leeds students take part in a practical volunteering day.

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