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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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The National Park Authority

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has two main purposes – to protect and conserve the National Park and to help others share in and enjoy it. Our 22 Members, 120 staff and 250 volunteers work with many individuals and organisations to achieve this.

We are guided by a number of policies and strategies, the most important being the National Park Management Plan which is reviewed every five years, and we receive an annual financial settlement from the Government..

Read more about us here - we welcome your comments and feedback.

Meet the board members

Peter Charlesworth, Chairman

Meet the board members for Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority – they come from a wide variety of backgrounds and bring a wealth of different experiences and interest areas, but what they all have in common is a passion for the National Park.

Tell us what you think

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Often the Authority asks people to participate in consultations. We think it is important to hear your thoughts and give you an opportunity to influence decision making.

Our service

Visitors to the Yorkshire Dales National Park in Malham National Park Centre

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority are proud recipients of the Customer Service Excellence Award. Find out more about the standard of services we promise to you.

Contact us

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If you would like to telephone us, please call us on 0300 456 0030. Our reception team will make sure you are then put through to the right person.