Moorlands: People, Places, Stories

A montage of moorland images including sheep, people and buildings

(from top left: S Wilson, I Whittaker, A Sijpesteijn, Nidderdale AONB, H Jones, I Whittaker; centre: D Powell, Adrian Bury Associates)

Sharing stories – listening to the past

Everyone, young and old, has a story to tell; unique memories and experiences that would otherwise be lost over time. These personal accounts reveal much about the history of the moorlands, a personal history that is not written down.

This project was an opportunity to capture aspects of our moorland heritage and experiences  that would otherwise be lost, and to look at the landscape through different eyes.

Why the moorlands?

The moorlands have been influenced by humans over thousands of years, with successive generations finding different ways to exploit the area’s rich resources, leaving their mark as clues for future generations.

Moorland: People, Places, Stories – booklet

Front cover of the "Moorlands: People, Places, Stories" bookletContained within this booklet are extracts from interviews, carried out by volunteers, that celebrate the Dale’s rich history across seven themes, each reflecting key aspects of life over the past 80 years.

You can hear extracts from the interviews here.

Free download: Moorlands: People, Places, Stories

Available to buy from Nidderdale Plus, Pateley Bridge: £8.00 (proceeds to Friends of Nidderdale AONB)


Many thanks to our volunteer oral historians and to all those that shared their fascinating stories.