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The experience

The Yorkshire Dales National Park area has excellent access to natural resources and green infrastructure such as its footpath network, extensive open access areas, and opportunities for outdoor recreation, wildlife habitats, rivers, dark night skies, and tranquillity.

Our vision for 2040

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Management Plan contains nine objectives that we intend to achieve over the next five to ten years to make progress towards our vision that by 2040 the Yorkshire Dales National Park will be: 

A friendly, open and welcoming place with outstanding opportunities to enjoy its special qualities

Management Plan objectives

B1 Promote the Yorkshire Dales National Park as a leading sustainable tourism destination in the UK, renowned for its local distinctiveness.

B2 Maintain and promote the network of public rights of way – including the Pennine Way, Pennine Bridleway and other recognised regional routes and trails − so that, on average, 90% are 'easy to use' each year.

B3 Maintain and keep under review appropriate measures to manage the use of recreational motor vehicles on sensitive green lanes and continue to work with enforcing agencies as required.

B4 Work with the organisers of large-scale events to ensure they are well run, and provide benefits for local communities and businesses, and establish a fund to cover the full cost of maintaining the Three Peaks route.

B5 Carry out works to improve access on appropriate routes so that 170km (8%) of public rights of way are suitable for users of all ages and abilities by2018, and introduce five short, waymarked walks from Aysgarth, Grassington, Hawes, Malham and Reeth.

B6 Make the Yorkshire Dales National Park accessible and relevant to a diverse range of groups, including providing 1,000 session places for local disadvantaged people by 2018.

B7 Through the 'Green Futures' project, use educational and skill-based activities to inspire up to 4,000 young people from in and around the National Park to discover, explore.

B8 Give people from all backgrounds an opportunity to enjoy and make a difference to the National Park by providing at least 5,000 volunteer days per year, with 10% coming from under-represented groups by 2018.

B9 Work with local people to deliver world class cycling events that showcases the National Park, and develop a range of new opportunities for people to explore the National Park by bicycle by creating three new routes for family-friendly cycling by 2018.

See what's been achieved

Mountain biking

Check out our off-road trails!

Large scale events

Our advice for organisers of large scale events.

Meet the Rangers

Find out about our team of Rangers, what they do and how to get in touch with them.


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