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.


Home page images: Outstanding - courtesy of David Tolcher, Natural - above the Washburn Valley courtesy of Michael Bell-Ripon Photographic Society, Beauty - courtesy of David Tolcher


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Discover Wath Mill

Find out about the fascinating history of Wath Mill, see the fabulous surviving machinery, and...


‘Witch of the Woods’ cottage - Heritage Open Day

This enchanting 17th century cottage is nestled amongst woodland just over a mile from the...


Fungi Foray

Join local expert Chris Bax from ‘Taste the Wild’ on this fascinating foraging session where you...


Heritage Forum: The lost village of Lodge

Find out about the settlement of Lodge, abandoned in the 1920s, and hear about this summer’s...


Explore Greenhow’s Mine

Follow in the footsteps of the Greenhow miners on this trip down Gillfield Mine. Mainly walking...


Latest news

  • New Autumn Wildlife Watch!

    Autumn is a fantastic time of year to get outside and active with the kids. Come along to Nidderdale AONB’s ‘Wildlife Watch Club’ on Saturday 17th September from 10am to 12pm at Glasshouses Broadbelt Hall, for an Autumn Special: Berries Galore!  We will be exploring fruits of the season, making...

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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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