Upper Nidderdale is home to some of the finest heather moorlands in the country. They are internationally important for conservation because of their rich concentration of rare plants and wildlife, such as the sphagnum moss that makes up blanket bog and ground-nesting birds like curlew and lapwing. These wild-looking moors have had a profound impact on the culture of the people who have lived here over the centuries, from prehistoric settlers through to the present-day landowners, gamekeepers and farmers. More recently, we have also started to understand the wider environmental importance of moors in tackling climate change through the huge amount of carbon locked up in the deep peatland.
Our Moorland Festival celebrated this iconic landscape and helped visitors to learn why Upper Nidderdale’s moorlands are so important.
View the Festival Programme to find out what went on.