Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership

The Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme aims to unlock and reveal the hidden heritage of the Westmorland Dales, enabling more people to connect with, enjoy and benefit from this inspirational landscape. Thanks to National Lottery players it has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Fund

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Restoration of reaches of both Scandal Beck and the River Lyvennet, for the benefit of people and wildlife.  Working with and through natural processes to improve habitats and slow the flow of water in the upper catchment alleviating flood risk downstream in more populous areas.

Project lead: Eden Rivers Trust

The vast network of rivers that run through the Westmorland Dales are both iconic and vital to the character of the landscape. Historic land management has inhibited how these rivers function, reducing habitat quality as well as in some cases increasing downstream flood risk. 

Both the Scandal Beck and River Lyvennet found within the northern area of the national park are both tributaries of the River Eden which is an internationally designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and a site of Special Scientific Interest SSSI for the habitats and species associated with it. 

A detailed survey was undertaken in 2017 to record the condition of these rivers and identify locations and options for restoring natural processes which will benefit both people and wildlife. Working with the natural river processes is a more economically sustainable option for those managing the riparian land. allowing the river to move naturally and form meanders, encouraging woodland habitat and planting trees. These actions will both 


  • To restore reaches of both Scandal Beck and the River Lyvennet, for the benefit of people and wildlife.