The Yorkshire Dales National Park
Founded in 1954, the Yorkshire Dales National Park is an area of the Yorkshire Dales which has been designated for special protection under the UK's National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act.
Not all of the "classical" Yorkshire Dales area is covered by the national park, though the upper parts of Nidderdale and Teesdale have been designated as separate areas of outstanding natural beauty. In 2016 the park is to be extended westwards and northwards in to the Lune Valley and Mallerstang areas respectively, and these have recently been confirmed. [N.B. For more information please see the news item about the national park expansion.]
Despite planning restrictions and the levels of protection afforded by national park status, large scale quarrying operations are still permitted within the park borders.