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.

Join us to celebrate the official launch of the Skell Valley Project
Fields in the Skell Valley
Join us to celebrate the official launch of the Skell Valley Project

Skell Valley Project Celebration

When? Saturday 11 September, 1pm-4pm 

Where? meet at the Panther’s Clubhouse, Hell Wath Lane

Booking details: No need to book, just come along and find out more.

Price: Free of charge

Want to find out about more about the Skell Valley Project? Or what events you might be interested to get involved with? Come along to Hell Wath nature reserve to meet the Skell Valley team and partners to find out how to get involved with this innovative four-year scheme.

A host of activities will be on offer, from stream dipping and guided nature walks, to natural wool dyeing sessions and an historical archives display. Refreshments and Yorkshire Dales ice cream will be available.

Nabil Abbas, manager of the Skell Valley Project, said: “The Skell Valley Project is all about working with the local community to improve this rich and beautiful landscape’s resilience to climate change, boost the local economy and increase people’s access to green space following the coronavirus pandemic. I hope everyone will join us on 11 September as we celebrate the start of this innovative project.”

Project partners and local community groups will be on hand to lead activities, talk about their organisations and answer questions about the impact of this four-year project. The free event is open to all, and no prior booking is required.

There will also be opportunities for people of all backgrounds, abilities, and interests to get involved and join in with the Skell community. Volunteer roles are currently being recruited in nature conservation and archive research.

Opportunities include joining the Skell Valley volunteer rangers, suited to those who love the great outdoors and are eager to get stuck in with practical nature conservation tasks.