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


Discover Upper Nidderdale


What's on

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

  • 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).  


    Read More
  • Pollinator pathways project creates a buzz

    Friends of Nidderdale AONB have made a productive start in the first year of their Pollinator Pathways Project restoring 26.55 ha of their 43.5 ha target.  That’s an area equivalent to 212 Olympic sized swimming pools, which will soon be filled with wildflowers, bees and butterflies. Species...

    Read More