We conserve, promote and explain the unique heritage and environment of Upper Swaledale, supporting our community of residents and visitors.
Who we are
We are a community-based charitable organisation working with local partners and the wider community in the remote, rural area of Upper Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales.
We are funded through our own activities and via partnerships with other charities, local authorities and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.
What we do
> Promote Upper Swaledale to visitors
> Explain our unique heritage, landscape and environment through exhibitions, events and guided walks
> Conserve and improve the local built environment
> Provide facilities for the community and visitors
> Support the fragile rural economy and encourage economic development
We are two thirds of the way through our programme to restore three heritage buildings in Keld and return them to productive use.
We have opened a holiday cottage, Countryside & Heritage Centre, an events and activity space, a well-being garden and a community orchard, as well as organising a thriving events and activity programme.
Join us on a social history walk through the meadows from Keld to Muker covering the history of religion, reading and recreation in Upper Swaledale. Brief stops will be made outside used (and disused) chapels, churches, literary institutes and public houses.
Join our popular guided walk in association with Yoredale Natural History Society. A flower identification walk from Keld to Muker, following the footpath through the famous flower-rich hay meadows that Swaledale is famous for.
Join us for this pleasant guided walk through the meadows to the confluence of Birkdale and Sleddale becks - the official source of the River Swale.
This guided walk will take you in the footsteps of Ella Pontefract and Mary Hartley with extracts from their book Swaledale. Sites to be visited include Crackpot Hall, Swinnergill and Hartlakes. Weather permitting there will be the option to visit Swinnergill Kirk cave and waterfall.
Our Heritage Open Days event for 2017
Distinguished historian and engaging speaker Dr Duncan Bythell adds another chapter to his history of Keld with this study of Keld Congregational Chapel.
In the 1930s Ella and Marie travelled throughout Swaledale and grew to love the landscape, people and traditions of the dale. Local professional photographer Ian Short presents his photographic interpretation of Ella and Marie’s writings on Swaledale
Share pictures of your visit to Keld on social media for everyone to enjoy. Watch our video and find out more about what you can do when you visit - and how to tell others about your experience.
We look forward to welcoming you to Keld soon.
We're home to one of the finest groups of waterfalls in England. Watch our video to find out what you can see if you visit Keld and follow our special waterfalls walk.