People and the DALES

People and the DALES is an award-winning project that provides life-changing opportunities for disadvantaged people from urban areas to access and experience the Yorkshire Dales countryside, often for the first time.

Access to Nature

Between 2009-2013 People and the DALES was funded thanks to a grant of £198,000 from the Big Lottery Fund ‘Access to Nature’ programme, administered by Natural England.

YDMT contributed to learning papers produced by Natural England through the Access to Nature grant programme. These papers highlight People and the DALES as one of the main national projects helping to increase participation in the natural environment by minority ethnic communities. You can read the papers here: 

The future of People and the DALES

Since 2013 we’re very grateful to the support of several organisations and private trusts that have enabled us to continue a smaller programme of People and the DALES events.  

  • Morissons Foundation
  • Sir George Martin Trust
  • Sovereign Health
  • The David Brooke Charity
  • Yorkshire Dales Society

With demand for this fantastic service increasing we’re looking for funding to ensure the project continues and grows.

Get involved!

If you'd like to support People and the DALES or find out about other ways to get involved in the project we’d be delighted to hear from you, please contact Judy Rogers, People and the DALES Community Officer email: or call 015242 51002.