Welcome to Save the Dales ....


"The planning application for the two massive turbines close to Almscliffe Crag as been withdrawn"

"This was the last wind farm proposal to fall"

"A big thank you to all those that supported the Save the Dales campaign"







Unbelievable as it may seem, there was a recent plan to desecrate the internationally treasured North Yorkshire Dales with a giant wind farm consisting of 44 massive commercial turbines up to 126.5m tall; by far this would have been the largest onshore wind farm in England.

To combine with the existing 8 turbine Knabs Ridge wind farm, five additional and separate wind farms were proposed; these would have be bounded on three sides by the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and in part within the beautiful Washburn Valley, west of Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

Piece by piece the Save the Dales campaign, which was initially formed in 2012 and later consisted of many hundreds of objectors, was highly instrumental in beating all of these proposals with the last one finally falling on the 9th March 2017. A long and hard fought battle that eventually saved our precious dales from the horrendous blight of these useless monstrosities. Also playing a hand was the vast swing in Government sentiment towards onshore wind energy.

The ‘Threat’ page and its page links provide an overview of the proposals and detailed maps of these wind farms.