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Hay meadows in the summertime, Wensleydale Photograph by Mark Sadler

Yorkshire Dales Access Forum

The Yorkshire Dales Access Forum (YDAF) was established by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority in October 2002 as a statutory advisory body, following the Countryside and Rights of Way Act (CRoW) 2000. 

The Forum’s role is to provide advice on the improvement of public access within the National Park for the purposes of open-air recreation and the enjoyment of the area.  As such, it advises the Authority on the right of Open Access to the countryside. It plays an important role in advising more generally on matters of recreation and access across the 2,000 kilometres of footpaths, bridleways and byways in the National Park.

In giving advice it has regard to:

  1. the needs of land management,
  2. the desirability of conserving the natural beauty of the area, including the flora, fauna and geological and physiographical features of the area, and
  3. guidance given from time to time by the Secretary of State.

The Local Access Forums (England) Regulations 2007 can be found here.

Appointment of Members – are you interested?

Are you interested in improving access to the unique countryside of the Yorkshire Dales? Could you advise the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority on how to make the countryside more accessible and enjoyable for open air recreation for all sectors of the community, taking into account social, economic and environmental interests?

If so, we would like to hear from you. Applications are invited from people who are interested in becoming members of the Yorkshire Dales Access Forum, particularly those with a land management background. Successful candidates will represent interests ranging from land management and agriculture, tourism, education, landscape conservation and outdoor recreation.

Membership of the Forum is a voluntary position but members will be entitled to take advantage of the Yorkshire Dales Access Forum Members’ allowance scheme described in the application pack.

Closing date for applications is 21 April 2023.

Interviews will be held on 5 May 2023 in Bainbridge.

For further details and an application form, please contact Rachel Briggs – details below.

Contact details

Rachel Briggs (Access Development Officer)
Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
North Yorkshire

Tel. 01969 652363