Situated in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, in North Yorkshire, Nidderdale AONB is one of 46 AONBs in the UK. Between them they cover 18% of the UK’s finest countryside and are special places, worthy of protection.

This 600km2 of protected working landscape is a fantastic place to visit and explore. From walking and cycling to great views and a host of attractions, there are plenty of things to do for visitors.

The special qualities of Nidderdale AONB are embedded in the working nature of the landscape - agriculture, mining, quarrying, textiles and water provision. This landscape supports a wide range of nationally and internationally important habitats and wildlife.

About 16,000 people live and work in Nidderdale AONB and the small AONB team is committed to working with local people and organisations to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the area. Find out here about how to get involved in looking after Nidderdale AONB.


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  • Inspiring children to love the great outdoors!

    ​Do you love the outdoors and enjoy working with and inspiring children? If so you might be interested in getting involved with the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Wildlife Watch Group.

    We are looking for leaders to support the group, which meets once a month on a...

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  • Funding secured for new pollinator pathways project

    Friends of Nidderdale AONB have secured £42,000 of funding from Biffa Award to provide new and improved pollinator habitat in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and at Otley Wetland Nature Reserve.

    Working in partnership with local farmers, Nidderdale AONB staff and...

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