The Yorkshire Dales National Park...
...Protecting this Northern Upland Landscape
The Yorkshire Dales National Park is renowned for its unspoilt natural beauty, wonderful wildlife and its rich cultural heritage. Offering a treasure trove of delights from its high purple-heathered fells and ancient broadleaf woodland, to its fascinating historical sites and industrial past, the Dales is teeming with interest for the visitor.
Long before it became a National Park, visitors sought out the Dales for its breathtaking scenery. Eighteenth century writers and artists were drawn to its dramatic landscapes and by 1781 a tour guide was charging intrepid tourists one shilling to visit Weathercote Cave with a guide.
Today this peaceful farming landscape remains a favourite destination with hillwalkers, who come to enjoy the criss cross of bridleways up and down dale, and where the mark of civilisation enhances rather then detracts from the scene. Old mine workings are scattered on the landscape as testament to the Dales' once booming industry, and the husks of great abbeys suggest their power in former times.
In recognition of its outstanding natural environment, diversity of wildlife habitats and historic features, the Dales was designated a National Park in 1954, and today is administered by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. The National Park Authority has a duty to conserve and enhance the features that make the area so unique, and to promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment for all, whilst seeking to foster the social and economic well being of its local communities.
The Authority provides a range of services through seven departments, providing practical conservation and environmental advice, grants, a planning service, as well as exhibitions and an education service.
The National Park Authority rangers provide an essential point of contact with residents and visitors. Area Rangers' duties include tree and woodland management and regeneration projects as well as working with the community and local groups. The team also organises the practical repair of public footpaths and bridleways and are assisted by voluntary wardens who provide invaluable support for the service. Specific areas such as the Three Peaks and Brant Fell recreation management project are supervised by Project Rangers.
Above all, the work of the Authority is about making sure that the special qualities of the Yorkshire Dales are well cared for and will be here for everyone to continue to enjoy in the future.
For further information please contact one of our National Park and Tourist Information Centres at: