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Landscape Character Assessment

Although not a policy or strategy, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Landscape Character Assessment was published in 2002 with the aim of recording the character of the landscape in the Yorkshire Dales National Park in an objective, value free way. The intention was that it could be developed into landscape strategies and guidelines, or used to guide planning policy or inform development control decisions. Producing a simplified and updated version of the Landscape Character Assessment was completed early in 2020, with it also being one of the objectives agreed by the Authority and a wide range of local partner organisations in the National Park Management Plan 2019-24.

You can use our Landscape Character Assessment interactive map to view all the areas along with photographs in detail here.

Directions for use of the map

  • Ensure you have zoomed into the map and click on the black arrows to reveal more information and photographs. Either use your mouse or pinch and zoom (on a mobile device). You can also use the plus and minus buttons on the top left-hand side of the map.
  • Note that the photographs may take a few seconds to load depending on your internet speed.
  • You can click or tap on the legend on the right-hand side for different layers.
  • If you are unable to access this map or the information on it, please contact us for an alternative format. You can view our accessibility statement and contacts here.
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Landscape characterisation map instructions