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We need your help! The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is a public sector body which means we are primarily funded by a Government grant but by 2020 this will only provide 60% of the budget to maintain what we do now. We are doing all we can to find alternative funding sources to keep services going and we are looking for the support of business and the public in these initiatives.

Rather than ask for general donations we will identify specific projects that need your support so you will always know where your money is going. Currently you can choose to support the repair and maintenance of well-loved footpaths in the Three Peaks or help our work in providing red squirrels with the best habitat.

We are very grateful to have recently received a donation of £50,000 in memory of Mr Stephen Skomp. This money will be used across a number of projects to improve accessibility for all to the National Park.

We would be equally grateful to receive your donation, large or small, and you can be sure it will be put to work to the benefit of the Park.

Pitch in for Whernside

Pitch in for Whernside has been launched by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority as part of the British Mountaineering Council’s (BMC) national Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million fundraising campaign. Our aim is to raise £46,000 to ‘rebuild part of the Bruntscar path, the main descent off the summit of Whernside - and we are asking for your support.

The problem

The main descent off the summit of Whernside is known locally as Bruntscar. The steepest section is particularly susceptible to damage and becoming increasingly eroded, undermining the local ecology. In its current condition the path is extremely difficult to use, causing people to walk off route, and creating an everwidening scar on Yorkshire’s highest hillside.

How can you help?

You can simply donate securely through our online shop (or using the donate box on this page) or via the project page on the BMC website. Either way your money will be added to the total for this campaign and go directly to restoring this well used path.

We have some other ideas for how you can get involved, a video to explain more about the project and the area, and background information on our page for this project

Get in touch - If you would like to join us in our campaign to look after Yorkshire’s highest mountain, you can get in touch with us by emailing or calling Kate Hilditch (Area Manager) on 01756 751631

Donate to the Three Peaks

Maintaining the paths in the Three Peaks area costs on average £28 per metre. We rely on donations to make sure this vital work can continue.

If you have enjoyed walking in the Three Peaks and want to ensure future generations can too, then perhaps you could give us a little help. All donations will go directly to looking after the path network in the Three Peaks area.

Other ways to help

  • Plan your trip here using the Three Peaks app

  • Park in a National Park car park at Horton or Clapham where your fee will help our work

  • Celebrate conquering one or more of the peaks by buying special branded gifts from our online shop

  • Join the Friends of the Three Peaks to donate and gain access to practical volunteering opportunities

  • Recycle old printer cartridges and mobile phones with Recycle4Charity, choosing the Friends of the Three Peaks as your beneficiary. We receive 50% of the recycling value for any mobile phones, £1 for each original empty inkjet cartridge or up to £5 per empty laser/toner cartridge donated

  • Walking the Three Peaks as part of a charity fundraiser? Please give a donation to our project. We know you want to raise as much as possible for your chosen charity but giving a small part back means a great path network for the future.

Save the Red Squirrels

Red squirrel numbers declined dramatically following the introduction of the grey squirrel from the United States in the nineteenth century. The red squirrel continues to be on the UK list of priority species for biodiversity action.

There are only about 15,000 red squirrels in England. Snaizeholme in Widdale is now one of 17 refuges that are on the ‘front line’ between the reds and greys. Our red squirrel conservation programme, here, includes monitoring squirrel numbers, providing habitat and working to prevent the ingress of the non-native grey squirrels.

If you would like to show your support for the plight of the red squirrels please consider a small donation. We guarantee that 100% of the money you donate will go towards red squirrel conservation within the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

For more information on other ways to support our red squirrels please visit our section on Supporting Wildlife Conservation