Flying drones has become increasingly popular over recent years. As with any aircraft flying this needs to be done responsibly with regard for other aircraft and people and property on the ground.
Different regulations apply in the UK depending on whether you are flying the drone for commercial or recreational purposes. If you are flying a drone for any non-recreational reason this is likely to be classed as aerial work and you will need to follow the application process on the Civil Aviation Authority website. If you want to fly a drone for commercial filming purposes, then there is some additional information on our media pages.
If you are flying for recreational purposes, then please make sure you comply with the Drone Code. We advise you to obtain permission from the landowner before flying your drone - over 95% of the National Park is in private ownership. You should also think about how your activity might disturb other people who have come to the National Park to enjoy its peace and tranquillity, and the potential to disturb wildlife.
The National Trust owns considerable amounts of land around Malham Tarn and in upper Wharfedale. They do not allow recreational drone flying on their land.
We ask that all drone operators respect the environment, the privacy of others, and take care not to harm or disturb any livestock or wildlife. If you are concerned that someone is using a drone inappropriately or illegally please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.