Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Welcome to Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

With its dramatic landscape of contrasts, Nidderdale AONB is a wonderful place to explore! Located 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.

Its central feature is the long, majestic dale of the River Nidd that runs from the wild fells around Great Whernside, south and east towards the Vale of York. The western side is occupied by a remote and wild gritstone landscape, with vast swathes of heather moorland that is internationally important for wildlife and home to some of the most famous grouse shoots in the country. To the east is a much softer, pastoral landscape with rolling farmland, traditional meadows rich in wildlife, sheltered river valleys, beautiful reservoirs, and picturesque stone built villages, scattered with historic parks and gardens such as Hackfall and Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal World Heritage Site.

Nidderdale AONB is a working landscape that has been shaped by centuries of human activity. The valley has been moulded by a rich land use history that embraces agriculture, mining, quarrying, textiles and water provision, and as a result it has an extremely rich and complex historic environment with a wealth of medieval landscape features. The varied landscape has created diverse habitats, which support a wide range of flora and fauna of national and international importance.

Covering an area of 233 square miles (603 km2), Nidderdale AONB shares its western boundary with the Yorkshire Dales National Park whilst its southern boundary follows the course of the River Wharfe through the towns of Ilkley and Otley. To the north and east of the AONB are the towns of Masham and Harrogate, and the city of Ripon.

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Nidderdale AONB Launches 2015 Events Programme

The Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) spring and summer 2015 events programme is now available. Events take place between March and August and are designed to help people explo

[Expires: 28/03/2015 ]

Check out our volunteer blog and find out what they have been up to ...   Plan your visit with our 2015 visitor guide ...

  Our 2015 spring and summer events programme is now available ...
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