Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership

The Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme finished in early 2024 with projects successfully delivered by a wide range of project partners, community groups and individuals. 
Over the coming months, we’ll be updating this site to highlight what’s been achieved, so please keep checking back.

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

A volunteer survey of traditional farm buildings, mainly but not exclusively barns, an important part of the area’s rich built heritage; and the conservation of two typical barns, one at Pendragon, the other at Raisbeck.

The aims of the project were twofold: firstly to carry out a survey with trained volunteers to further understand the traditional farm buildings in the area; secondly to grant fund the repair of a number of farm buildings.

The survey has taken place from 2019 until 20231, and was carried out on a parish-by-parish basis. The survey was carried out at one of two levels – a basic survey from public rights of way or a more detailed survey where permission had been granted.

In total, 223 farm buildings were surveyed, located both in fields and on farmsteads. The buildings were mainly for the overwintering of cattle and the storage of grass crops. However, evidence for the processing and storing of corn and green crops was also found in the buildings, and this has been compared with documentary evidence from the 19th and 20th centuries.

The results of this survey will be used to enhance the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Historic Environment Record. The results will contribute to a greater understanding of this built heritage and its surrounding landscape.

The grant scheme has funded repair works to two farm buildings. This included repair works to the walls and roof of a field barn on the site of Pendragon Castle, and more structural works to a bank barn located on the Coast-to-Coast National Trail.

Project Reports

Traditional Farm Buildings Summary Report (pdf)

Traditional Farm Buildings Detailed Report (pdf)

Pictured: Illustration of a linear farmstead by Allan T. Adams.