What's special about Nidderdale AONB?

Set in the heart of the Yorkshire countryside with some of the finest landscapes in the country, Nidderdale AONB is a truly special place. Nidderdale AONB has been designated as one of the UK’s protected landscapes to ensure the qualities that make the area so special are well looked after.

Wherever you are in Nidderdale AONB you are surrounded by fascinating heritage, which draws on thousands of years of human activity.

Landscape character is what makes an area unique. The landscape of Nidderdale AONB is rich and varied, from the tranquil expanses of water, open heather moorlands and rolling pastures, to stone walls, farm buildings and villages.

The underlying geology of this area of the Yorkshire Dales, with gritstone overlaying limestone, is fundamental to how the landscape has developed and fascinating to explore.

Nidderdale’s large areas of open moorland and small, remote villages mean that light pollution is minimal, and it’s night skies are classified as some of the darkest skies in England.

Nidderdale is home to a wonderful array of natural heritage with an amazing variety of habitats and species. From the high heather moorland with its pockets of blanket bog to rare hay meadows in the valley bottoms, Nidderdale supports a great diversity of wildlife.

Breathtaking, awe inspiring, spectacular, jaw dropping – these are just some of the words people have used to describe the views in Nidderdale AONB. These great views are one of the things that help to make Nidderdale AONB such a special place.