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.

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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

The Woodland Trust worked with farmers, landowners and local tree groups to plant new woodlands: create new and restore old hedgerows; and to plant individual trees.


Project lead: Pete Leeson, Woodland Trust

At one time after the last Ice Age, much of England would have been wooded, and this area was no exception, with thicker woodland in the valley bottoms and sparser woodland on the limestone fells. However, as the area was increasingly settled and farmed from Neolithic times onwards, the woodland cover was progressively cleared. Today, less than 4% of the Yorkshire Dales National Park is woodland; the Westmorland Dales is no exception. This project, together with other similar initiatives, sought to reverse this trend by working with farmers and landowners to:

  • Plant 11.3 hectares of new woodland.
  • Restore 1,255m of existing hedgerow and plant 6,002m of new hedgerow.
  • Install and plant 1,098 tree cages.

The Woodland Trust also worked with two tree groups in the area, in Crosby Ravensworth and Asby, to encourage and support them in their bottom-up approach. In addition to the planting undertaken as part of the Scheme, a significant amount of other planting has been undertaken in the area, including a major planting scheme of wood pasture and scattered scrub on Crosby Ravensworth Common.

The webinar recording of the work of Crosby Ravensworth Parish Tree Group can be found here:

Tree Planting for the Future webinar 

Further information is available from the Woodland Trust website.