We are currently working in conjunction with The National Trust at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal and other local groups on an exciting new project to apply for funding to improve the landscape around the River Skell.
The River Skell runs from its source just north of Pateley Bridge through Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal to Ripon. Its route is rich in heritage with stunning scenery and a diverse range of wildlife. Over time these special features have become neglected, disjointed and hidden from view and if nothing is done to protect them they could be lost forever.
Features include the spa building at Aldfield, which has now fallen into disrepair; the dramatic heights of the sandstone cliffs at Eavestone that become overgrown with woodland; pathways and carriage drives which once linked the area together are now virtually impassable; and a number of historic features along the way are now almost lost from view.
Poor water quality is also a problem as a result of soil entering the water course from land upstream and this is having a negative effect on important species like brown trout, salmon, river lamprey and white-clawed crayfish. In addition the river catchment is an area of high flood risk.
The aims of the project are to:
For more information on the Project please contact AONB Managers Paul Burgess or Sarah Kettlewell.
Header Image: Source of the River Skell at Dallowgill_Chris Lacey
Gallery Images: 1. The River Skell winding its way through Studley Royal Water Garden_The National Trust at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal; 2. Fountains Abbey_Chris Lacey; 3. Seven Bridges Valley_Chris Lacey; 4. Eavestone Lake_Chris Lacey.