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Gordale Scar - Footpath maintenance


Gordale Scar, Malham, North Yorkshire


One of the jewels in the crown of the National Park, the awesome hidden gorge at Gordale has wowed visitors for hundreds of years and inspired famous artists and writers.

This impressive natural feature is a ‘must see’ for visitors to Malham, and the route to the bottom of the gorge requires continual maintenance to make it accessible to as many people as possible.

Your group will get the opportunity to work with members of our Ranger team in helping to protect and improve this important public right of way. The task involves shovelling, barrowing, laying and raking out limestone aggregate to resurface the path. No previous skills necessary!

Doesn’t sound exciting? It may not be the most exciting job – but your team will get a tremendous sense of satisfaction from a job well done and from knowing that they have made a difference in helping to look after a little bit of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. You will also get the chance to work in one of the most beautiful locations in the National Park and be thanked for your efforts from the many visitors that will pass you on the day!

Suggested date for activity

A date for this activity can be arranged between September and December 2016 to suit your group.

Number of volunteers required

A minimum of 10, with a maximum of 20.


One day

Other information

We will provide safety boots, gloves, tools and full supervision for the day.  Individuals will require outdoor clothing that they don’t mind getting dirty and possibly wet weather gear (it has been known to rain - but that doesn’t stop the fun!)

Parking is available for all participants at our car park in Malham village, from which the site is a short walk (0.5 mile). This task involves a high level of physical activity and requires a good level of fitness. We are however able to tailor the level of work to your group size and their abilities.


We ask companies to make a donation to the National Park for our corporate volunteering opportunities. Revenue we raise from our Corporate Days helps us continue to look after the Yorkshire Dales National Park. For a group size of 10 we suggest a donation of £500.

Who to contact

If you are interested or require further information please email

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