Our remaining events in 2017 are part of our fabulous Moorland Festival – a month long programme celebrating Upper Nidderdale’s internationally important heather moorlands.

View the Festival Programme to find out more.

Book events using the details below – just scroll down to the event you want to book then follow the link, which will take you straight through to the relevant Nidderdale AONB event booking page.

Nidderdale Heritage Forum – Saturday 7th October

Archaeology, Farming and Mining

Detailed presentations from heritage experts and local groups including farm heritage, iron age settlements, lead mines and smelt mills. A day of exciting archaeological discoveries, photographic presentations and a field trip to a lead mine.

Date: 7th October
Time: 10.00am – 4.30pm
Cost: £8.00 per person – under 16’s FREE (includes buffet lunch) 
Where: Pateley Bridge

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Nidderdale Lichens – Sunday 8th October

A beginners guide to walls, woods and moors

Dr Judith Allinson (Botanist and former FSC tutor at Malham Tarn)

Come and enjoy Judith’s enthusiastic style of botanical identification. This is an introduction lichen identification workshop taking a beautiful walk in Upper Nidderdale, examining walls and woodland lichens in the stunning moorland scenery.

Date: 8th October
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: £5.00 per person (suitable for 14 yrs plus)
Where: Lofthouse

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Upland Farm Tour – Thursday 12th October

Visit a working farm to see how the challenges of traditional farming affect the upland farmer.

Meet the characters of the Moorland who live and work the extremes, rearing cattle and sheep at the top of Upper Nidderdale. Understand the challenges they face and what these farmers are doing to ensure this traditional method of farming continues today.

Date: 12th October
Time: 10.15am – 12.45pm
Cost: £5.00 per person 
Where: Middlesmoor

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Moorland Management Safari – Thursday 12th October

Understanding how Moorlands are managed for conservation, grouse and farming, providing vital habitat for upland birds.

A 4 x 4 wheel drive across inaccessible moorland observing the management techniques used by land owners for ecology and wildlife to ensure successful chick rearing for grouse, wading and upland birds. Including a moorland walk 2-3 miles, gamekeeper talk and warming cuppa/cake at a moorland lunch lodge.

Date: 12th October
Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Cost: £10.00 per person
Where: Lofthouse

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Wading birds of the Moorland – Postponed, new date to be confirmed

Guest Speaker Mary Colwell-Hector (Author and BBC producer)

Author, producer and conservationist, Mary Colwell-Hector specialises in natural history and the environment. She’s gained many awards for her work in radio, TV and internet production. She has produced natural history series such as Saving Species, Natural Histories and Shared Planet. In October 2017 she was awarded the Dilys Breese Medal by the BTO for services to conservation.

Mary will speak about her passion for Curlews and the Moorlands they call home. Highlighting her adventures on a 500mile Curlew walk. Her latest book, Curlew Moon: 500 Miles for Curlews will be out in spring 2018.

Tara Challoner (Farming and Wildlife Officer at the Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership) reports on the national and local importance of moorlands as habitats for wading bird and will share Upper Nidderdale’s bird survey results and what improvements have been observed over recent years.

Date: Postponed, new date to be confirmed
Time: TBC
Cost: £5.00 per person
Where: Lofthouse

Booking essential – check back soon

Get the cycling bug; Mountain Bike Tour – Sunday 15th October

Dales Bike Centre qualified instructors

Have you seen the Tour de Yorkshire on TV? Ever wanted to try off-road cycling but never done it?

Why not join a qualified instructor for a beginner’s guide to mountain biking around Upper Nidderdale. Enjoy the breath-taking views from Gouthwaite to Greenhow. Learn about bike set up, how to improve your riding technique and the skills needed to enjoy the bridleways of Upper Nidderdale. Get on the bikes and head off for an action packed day enjoying the best of Nidderdale on two wheels.

All riders need to be competent, confident cyclists ; all equipment (bikes and helmets) and lunch provided.

Date: 15th October
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: £10.00 per person (Suitable for 14yrs and over)
Where: Pateley Bridge

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Practical uses for riverside plants – Thursday 19th October

Chris Bax (Taste the Wild foraging)

Learn from the expert what amazing resources we have along the River Nidd.

Chris will guide you along the river pointing out food and foliage which can be made into items of use or eaten. You can have a go at trying these techniques for yourself such as making cordage from nettles.

Outdoor waterproof clothing and robust footwear are essential; lunch will be provided.

Date: 19th October
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Cost: £10.00 per person (Suitable for 14yrs and over)
Where: Pateley Bridge

Booking essential – book here

All about Bats – Friday 20th October

Dr Anna Berthinussen (Ecologist and Bat Specialist)

Anna has a PhD in Bat Ecology and Conservation. She received The Vincent Weir Scientific Award in 2014 from the Bat Conservation Trust. She has worked in ecological consultancy and was a member of the University of Leeds bat research team for seven years.

Join renowned the bat expert for an informative and illustrated bat talk. Learn how to identify bats from their calls, see bats in the flight through night vision filming. Gets hands on looking at bat detecting equipment to help identify local bats.

Anna will explain the best places in Upper Nidderdale to find bats, what species you might find and how you could get involved in national bat surveys.

Date: 20th October
Time: 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Cost: £5.00 per person (Suitable for 10yrs and over)
Where: Pateley Bridge

Booking essential – book here

The life of moorland working dogs – Sunday 22nd October

Natasha Bujnoch (Professional dog trainer at Contender Dogs)

Natasha is a full time professional gundog trainer, teaching specialised training clinics both in the UK and abroad. Previously a gamekeeper, she now runs training and works her own dogs throughout the shooting season with local grouse, partridge & pheasant shoots. Watch and learn how different breeds of dog are used for different roles in Moorland life. Ask the expert how to train your dog. Meet dogs and puppies from different breeds and watch them work the moorland. Includes a walk across rough terrain approx. 2 miles.

Sorry your own dogs are NOT able to participate in this event.

Date: 22nd October
Time: 10.15am – 12.30pm
Cost: £5.00 per person
Where: Middlesmoor

Booking essential – book here

Moorland Memories – Sunday 22nd October

Dr Robert Light (Moorlands Oral History Project)

Enjoy an afternoon hearing and sharing memories of the moorlands and upland communities of Nidderdale. The Moorlands: People, Places, Stories oral history project has been recording interviews about life, work and play in the Upper Dale. We’ll be playing extracts from the interviews and would love your family to come along and share your thoughts, recollections and photographs of the Nidderdale Moorlands with us too.

Date: 22nd October
Time: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Cost: FREE (Suitable for all the family)
Where: Lofthouse

Drop-in event – no booking required

Dark Skies Star Gazing – Tuesday 24th & Thursday 26th October

Martin Whipp (Lime Tree Farm Observatory)

The observatory was built following the recovery of a large telescope and dome from an observatory in Kent that allows observers to keep the desired object in view for long periods of time. Join members of York Astronomical Society at Lime Tree Observatory for a family-friendly evening under the stars. Find out what you can expect to see in the sky as the nights start getting longer again. You will learn what can be seen by the naked eye, and with simple equipment such as binoculars or a small telescope.

Date: 24th October & 26th October
Time: 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Cost: £10.00 per person (Suitable for all the family)
Where: Grewelthorpe

Booking essential – book for 24th Oct or for 26 Oct

Wild Landscape Photography workshop – Wednesday 25th October

Paul Harris (Landscape Photographer)

Paul worked for organisations such as The Sunday Times, Geographical Magazine, The National Trust, Yorkshire Dales National Park, BBC Countryfile magazine and Survival International. A fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) for 25 years, a ‘photographer-in-residence’ and has exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery.

Now working from his moorland residence in Upper Nidderale, he leads adventure tours for Wild Photography Holidays, Light & Land and Wanderlust Journeys.

This photographic workshops provides you with the theory and practical  techniques required to take the perfect landscape photograph. Concentrating on honing your skills as a visual communicator of the landscape it will be based in the stunning location of the moorland top and epic landscapes, small farmsteads and dramatic scenery.

Date: 25th October
Time: 2.00pm – 5.30pm
Cost: £10.00 per person
Where: Lofthouse

Booking essential – SORRY SOLD OUT

Getting to grips with Bogs – Tuesday 31th October

Dr Tim Thom (Yorkshire Peat Partnership)

Peatlands are hugely important habitats and home to an array of unique plants and animals. Globally, peat contains the largest amount of carbon of all terrestrial ecosystems. The Yorkshire Peat Partnership is working in Upper Nidderdale to restore this delicate ecosystem.

Dr Thom will present an illustrative and informative talk all about the types of peat bogs found locally, what work they’ve been doing to restore degraded peatland habitats. Discussing the increasing biodiversity and reduction of CO2 being released into the atmosphere. Through careful restoration of our peatland habitats may ensure that they can be enjoyed by future generations to come.

Date: 31th October
Time: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Cost: £5.00 per person
Where: Pateley Bridge

Booking essential – book here




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