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 - David Tolcher; Natural - David Tolcher; Beauty - Janina Holubecki


The Wild Watch Project


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Free entry for National Lottery Players to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

Alongside the National Trust we are hosting a special thank you to National Lottery...


The Winter Solstice and Star of Bethlehem

A double feature night  at the Lime Tree Observatory! Why it is that we have longer or shorter...


Astronomy Evening: Reverse Through The Universe II

An opportunity to hear the second part of the Lime Tree "Scale of Everything" talk, following on...


Skills for Trades – Repairing Old Buildings 6-day course

Please see Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership webpage for course details:



Latest news

  • Great work Ros!

    We were delighted when one of our incredibly dedicated volunteers Ros Evans was recently awarded ‘Environment Volunteer of the year’ at the Harrogate and Ripon Centres for Voluntary Serice (HARCVS) volunteering Oscars.  

    Ros has grafted tirelessly as an AONB volunteer for...

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  • Persecution of Birds of Prey in North Yorkshire

    The RSPB’s 2016 Birdcrime report published this week focuses on illegal persecution of birds of prey in the uplands, with North Yorkshire at the top of the list. Many cases have been reported in Nidderdale AONB in recent years - Councillor Nigel Simms, Chair of the AONB’s Joint Advisory...

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