Learning in Upper Wharfedale

Children building a den from twigs and branches

Remember those days of whiling away the hours building dens, turning stones to see what lurked beneath and fishing for tadpoles? When a sign of a good day was, the muddier the better? We use this as inspiration to deliver education activities in the Dales, creating fun-filled and memorable learning experiences for all.

What we offer

There are lots of opportunities for learning and having fun whatever the age of your group members. We are open throughout the year and work with schools, colleges, universities and a wide variety of community groups.
From guided walks exploring the limestone landscapes, building dens in the woods or navigating using a GPS device (geocaching) to river studies on the Wharfe, Upper Wharfedale is the perfect place to enjoy and learn in the great outdoors.


Linking to the National Curriculum and work schemes from KS1 to KS4, we can offer activities to suit a range of ages and abilities whether you stay for a couple of hours or a full day.

Higher education

The Dales is an incredibly rich ecological landscape bursting with opportunities for study. We work with college and university students as well as PhD candidates on various projects.

Community groups

We are keen for everyone to discover and enjoy this special area. If you are a local community group looking for somewhere to visit then please get in touch or alternatively we could visit you and do a talk.

Farm visits

Discover what life is really like on an upland hill farm. Talk to the farmer, see the machinery and maybe even feed some of the animals. We can put you in touch with two of our tenant farmers and they will host a visit for you.

Facilities, transport and access

If anyone in your group has mobility problems, please let us know and we will do our best to cater for them.
Sadly we don’t have an indoor space in Upper Wharfedale but there are public toilets in some of the villages and we have a minibus which we are happy to use to help with transport if your group is local.


A full day of activities led by staff is £50, half day £25.

For more Information about our learning programme, please contact:

Heather Burrow (Visitor Experience Officer)
Tel: 01729 830416
Email: heather.burrow@nationaltrust.org.uk