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. 

The special qualities of Nidderdale AONB are embedded in the working nature of the landscape, which 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.


Home page images: Outstanding - Michael Bell, Ripon Photographic Society; Natural - Paul Harris; Beauty - David Tolcher


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Riverside Practical Uses for Plants

By Chris Bax – Taste the Wild

Learn  what amazing resources we have along the River Nidd...


All about Bats

Join renowned bat expert Dr Anna Berthinussen for an informative and illustrated bat talk. Learn...


The Life of Moorland Working Dogs - demonstration

Learn about the role of working dogs in Moorland life

Natasha Bujnoch is a full time...


Moorland Memories

Enjoy an afternoon with Dr Robert Light, hearing and sharing memories of the moorlands and...


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  • Farming in Nidderdale AONB after Brexit: Planning for the Future

    How will Brexit affect beef and lamb prices? What will be the impact of Brexit on the value of land? When will we know more about the level of support payments farmers can expect in the long term?  

    These are just some of the questions been asked by farmers across...

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  • What have we been up to? Our Annual Review for 2016/17

    26 hectares of hay meadow, 3719 volunteer hours, 15 moorland information boards and 70 planning consultations.

    These are just a few of the things that the staff at Nidderdale AONB supported and worked on in 2016/17. To find out more about our work in the last financial...

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