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  • Malham Cove, © Príamo Melo.
  • Hardraw Force waterfall, © Britainonview / Martin Brent.
  • Limestone pavement, © Britainonview / Martin Brent.
  • Twisleton Scars, © Martin Priestley.
  • Swaledale sheep, © Britainonview.
  • Hay meadow in Malham, © Rick at Fortybelowzero.

Hardraw Force waterfall, © Britainonview / Martin Brent.

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Looking After

Yorkshire Dales National Park was designated for its very special qualities and it's our job to make sure that these qualities – its landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage - are well cared for and will be here for everyone to continue to enjoy for years to come.

The Authority works with many others to give the National Park a sustainable future, including maintaining rights of way, managing the impact of climate change, and finding ways to provide access for all to the countryside. Read what we do to look after the National Park, how we do it and how you can help in this section.

Climate change and the National Park

YDNP in 2080 by Dan Powell

Overall, it is estimated that around 546,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2) are emitted every year in the National Park – now that can’t be good!

Yorkshire Peat Partnership

Eroded gullies on Stags Fell (Photo: Ceri Katz)

Afforestation, farmland ‘reclamation’ (drainage, ploughing, fertilising, seeding), peat cutting, industrial pollution and fire have all played a part to massively degrade our boglands. Indeed, by the late 1980s, conservationists realised that lowland raised bog exploitation was so rapid, this rare habitat would be gone by 2020.

Let’s be friends

Cranesbill flower

Join one of our Friends schemes to support our work. Both the Dales Countryside Museum and the Three Peaks Project have Friends groups and they are a great way to show support and get more involved.

Opening up the countryside

Trampers at Bolton Abbey

We are constantly trying to improve the rights of way network to make areas more accessible for the less mobile or for people with young children and pushchairs.