Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership

The Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme ran from March 2019 to February 2024. Its vision was to unlock and reveal the hidden heritage of the Westmorland Dales, enabling more people to connect with, enjoy and benefit from this inspirational landscape. 

Download the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme Summary Report for an overview of the Scheme's successes.


Welcome …

… to the Westmorland Dales website.

The Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme aimed to unlock and reveal the hidden heritage of the Westmorland Dales, enabling more people to connect with, enjoy and benefit from this inspirational landscape. Specifically, its objectives were to:

  • Reveal the area’s hidden heritage.
  • Conserve what makes the area special.
  • Engage people in enjoying and benefitting from their heritage.
  • Sustain the benefits of the scheme in the long-term.

This was achieved through a programme of projects developed and delivered through the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership, led by Friends of the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, and mainly funded through the National Lottery Heritage Fund. It ran over a five-year period from March 2019 to February 2024.

Here you can discover what makes the area so special, find out about the scheme’s projects, and view and download resources produced.

The Westmorland Dales

The Westmorland Dales is a beautiful area of Cumbria lying  north of the Howgill Fells and within the north-west corner of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It stretches from Tebay in the south-west to Kirkby Stephen in the east and to Maulds Meaburn in the north-west. At its heart are the limestone fells above Orton and Asby, rich in natural and cultural heritage, and with magnificent views to the Pennines, the Howgills and the Lakeland fells. It drains into the Lune river catchment to the south and the Eden river catchment to the north. Relatively overlooked compared with its better-known neighbours, our projects have aimed to reveal its heritage for more to enjoy without detracting from its unique qualities. (Click on map for larger image)

Contact information

Friends of the Lake District
Murley Moss, Oxenholme Road, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 7SS
Main Telephone:  01539 720788
Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
Yoredale, Bainbridge, Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 3EL
Main Telephone:  01969 652300

Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s project focussed on the survey of existing sites; the restoration of suitable sites working with farmers, contractors and volunteers; and the engagement of people through training, events, new leaflets and films.

Project lead: Claire Cornish, Cumbria Wildlife Trust

Cumbria has some of the finest species-rich grasslands in the country and the Westmorland Dales area is particularly rich with its upland hay meadows, road verges and limestone grasslands. Many of these are under threat so this project aimed to help reverse the trend.
Cumbria Wildlife Trust:

  • Recruited and trained 24 new volunteers who assisted with the survey of 52 species-rich sites over four seasons.
  • Working with farmers and landowners, restored or enhanced 26.3 hectares of hay meadows in an area stretching from Orton to Ravenstonedale.
  • Created a road verge nature reserve at Knott Lane in association with Orton Manor Court.
  • Held 7 training courses and 16 public events, developing people’s skills and increasing their knowledge and appreciation of the area’s meadows and wildflowers.
  • A limestone wildflower identification leaflet, available from the Trust, was produced in association with the Westmorland Dales team’s interpretation officer, and the wildflower verges feature on one of the interpretation panels at Knott Lane.

A film guide to the wildflowers of the Westmorland Dales has also been produced and is available on this website:
Wildflowers of the Westmorland Dales 

A recording of the webinar on the project can be found here:
Conserving our Meadows webinars

Further information is available from the Cumbria Wildlife Trust website.