Skell Valley Project events

Together with our partners we’ll be running a series of events throughout the four years of the project that will reveal the hidden layers of this special landscape and make it easier to discover the green space, wildlife and heritage where you live.

From its source at the wild and remote Dallowgill Moor the River Skell descends through rolling farmland and the designed landscapes of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, on to the wooded riverbanks of Hell Wath in Ripon before it joins the River Ure. Events throughout the project will be taking place along the length of the Skell, not just here at Fountains. From family fun days, archive discovery to nature exploration there’s something for everyone to engage with the Skell Valley Project.

We’ll be updating this page regularly with the latest events so please do check back to see how you can get involved.

If you’re thinking of attending these events don’t forgot Yorbus, which you can catch for a small cost from the Ripon area. YorBus - Connecting North Yorkshire | North Yorkshire County Council 

Upcoming events

River Dipping 

When? Wednesday 27 July, 11am – 3pm 

Where? Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal 

Price: Free, normal admission applies 

Come along to see what you can find in and around the River Skell with help from the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust team. 

To find out more visit Skell Valley Project - River dipping | National Trust 


Digging Deep in the Archives pop-up exhibition 

When? Friday 29 July & Saturday 30 July 

Where? Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal 

Price: Free, normal admission applies 

Visit Fountains Hall to see a selection of amazing original archives from the Fountains Abbey estate and explore what they can tell us with help from the West Yorkshire Archive service team.  

To find out more visit Skell Valley Project - digging deep in the archives pop up exhibition | National Trust 


Ancient Tree Recording workshop at Fountains Abbey

When? 5 August, 10am – 4pm

Where? Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal 

The Ancient Tree Inventory (ATI) is a citizen science project led by the Woodland Trust. As part of the Skell Valley Project we are recruiting a team of volunteers who will record and map special ancient, veteran and notable trees around the valley. Anyone can take part in helping to map trees to the ATI. 

Historic sites like Fountains Abbey are important hotspots for such trees and provide an ideal place to learn more about them and how to record them to the Ancient Tree Inventory. 

On 5 August, join us for an ancient tree recording workshop, where you will get chance to meet some of the local Ancient Tree Inventory verifiers and learn more about how you can map trees to the Ancient Tree Inventory. 

By attending this event, you will have the knowledge and familiarity with the ATI to then start recording trees in the wider area.  

The format of the day will consist of a short presentation followed by a practical session to record trees in the estate. 

To find out more about the Ancient Tree Inventory, please visit the ATI website: 

 Attendees will need suitable clothing and footwear for wet weather and a notepad.

Booking essential. Please e-mail Andrew Moss on or call 01765 643172.

Website link to the Veteran tree recorder volunteer opportunity

myvolunteering - National Trust

Forest Schools at Hell Wath 

When? Saturday 6 August, 1pm – 3.30pm 

Where? Hell Wath nature reserve in Ripon 

Price: Free 

Join a family forest schools workshop with the Friends of Hell Wath. Activities will include stick and wood crafting, drumming and river dipping .To find out more visit Skell Valley Project - Forest Schools at Hell Wath | National Trust