North Yorkshire is England's largest and most rural county; recently nominated as the most beautiful. To the east is the Moors National Park and to the west, separated by the arable Vale's of Mowbray and York is the 685 square miles of the Dales National Park. Immediately adjoining the eastern edge of Dales National Park is the nationally designated Nidderdale of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), which covers 233 square miles of the most stunning countryside in England.
To many the Nidderdale AONB is far preferred over the Dales National Park for its stunning landscapes, heritage sites, historic picturesque villages built of stone, flooded valleys forming reservoirs (now owned by Kelda), quaint small market towns and endless unspoilt and uninterrupted vistas. These vistas provide the ambiance of true solitude and peace, plus the perception that the surrounding countryside goes on forever and is devoid of modern day pollution and interference.
The area within, and surrounding, the AONB contains a wealth of treasures to explore including, to name just a very few, the world heritage sites of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, Ripley Castle, Jervaulx Abbey, Brimham Rocks, Fewston Church on its lakeside setting, the grade 1 Hackfall Gardens; the list goes on and on. What has to be acknowledged is that these and many other like 'jewels' are 'set' perfectly within stunning landscapes.
One additional unique feature is that the wider surrounding areas around both the AONB and National Park combine to be an integral and vital component, not just in the vistas from the designated areas but also to avoid a stark realisation of crossing a boundary from beauty and tranquillity into spoiled and developed countryside – the transition is almost seamless. This would include equally glorious countryside and other famed locations such as Ilkley Moor and the spa town of Harrogate.
Adjacent to the proposed wind farm is the stunningly beautiful Washburn Valley with its small historic stone villages, reservoirs set in woodland and hosts of wildlife; its rich history spans from Neolithic and Bronze Age settlements, to Roman roads, from Viking and Anglo Saxon mills and manors to Norman churches, from royal hunting grounds to the Civil War.
The North Yorkshire Dales is world renowned and attracts millions of tourists and visitors every year; it is an international treasure that must be preserved for future generations.
In the opinion of many a fair proportion of the above mentioned will be desecrated by Kelda if they are allowed to get their way with wind farms.