Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

The National Park covers an area of 1,762 square kilometres (680 square miles) in the north of England, straddling the central Pennines in the counties of North Yorkshire and Cumbria.

National parks are protected areas because of their beautiful countryside, wildlife and cultural heritage.

Most of the things we do are unique to national park authorities but we do provide some of the services similar to those provided by district and county councils – for example we are the local planning authority and have a responsibility for the maintenance of rights of way in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

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