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 - courtesy of Marian Wilby; Natural - courtesy of David Tolcher; Beauty - courtesy of Paul Harris


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Gouthwaite Farm Heritage Walk

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Latest news

  • Nidderdale in the City attracts the crowds

    Drystone walling, beekeeping, falconry and milking cows. More than 1,800 visitors to Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds got the chance to take part in these activities and more at an event hosted by the Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership on Saturday.

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  • Yorkshire’s outstanding natural heritage to be conserved thanks to National Lottery players

    Volunteers in Yorkshire are set to use the power of citizen science to conserve the natural heritage of Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), one of Yorkshire’s most beautiful and best-loved landscapes, thanks to a grant of £295,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).  


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