Keld Resource Centre
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, donations 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.
Come and join us for our annual Open Day. There will be themed displays, short guided walks, a tombola stall and afternoon cream teas. See the new display panels and audio booth for the Yorkshire Dales National Park 'Every Barn Tells A Story' project and find out about the progress of the Community Orchard. Find out about our future exciting plans and events.
Join local volunteer John Lloyd to discover the seven fine waterfalls which can be found within a short distance of each other in the Keld area.
Join John Turner on a walk to explore the history behind the many barns in Upper Swaledale, which formed part of a self-sustaining farming system. The walk covers meadows, pastures, open fellsides and includes the story of a haunted cow-house!
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.
Come to our talk and public exhibition on the history and farming management of the hardy Swaledale sheep - the iconic emblem of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Afternoon cream teas will be served in the Keld Resource Centre Upper Room - all proceeds will support our future work.
Join us for a guided walk through the rich lead mining landscape of Gunnerside Gill, covering the Sir Francis, Lowanthwaite and Blakethwaite mining sites and opencast hillside hushing remains.
Please note: the walk starts from outside the King's Head pub in Gunnerside.
Noted local historian Duncan Bythell looks back on the history of Keld from 1870-1970. His lecture considers the causes and chronology of massive change in Keld as a community over the last 150 years.
Find out more about the remarkable story of Richard and Cherry Kearton with this special talk and exhibition. From their childhoods in Thwaite, where they developed their interest in the natural world, the Kearton brothers became celebrated pioneers of wildlife photography.