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

Grants were distributed to a wide range of local groups in the area to implement their own projects which met our objectives including tree planting, the restoration of heritage features, interpretation and engagement projects.

A small grants scheme for voluntary and community groups, landowners, farmers, schools and local councils to reveal, conserve, enhance, celebrate and raise awareness of the unique landscape of the Westmorland Dales.

Project lead: Friends of the Lake District

Local communities often have little money to develop small projects or restore and celebrate features. They may have small community groups which are beginning to fail and need reinvigorating with a new project. Some community members may feel isolated both within the community or within the wider area. 

This grant scheme will help communities do something they wish to do and something which is important to them. The scheme will therefore potentially address a whole series of threats and opportunities, and ones that they have directly identified. The grant scheme prioritises local distinctiveness and sense of place. It is anticipated that the wide range of volunteering and training opportunities offered by the Landscape Partnership Scheme, plus the ongoing community engagement will catalyse project proposals and community action. It will create a sense of pride and ownership for communities and leave a lasting legacy. 

The scheme has 3 main themes of Natural Heritage, Cultural Heritage and Connecting Heritage. Love your Landscape grants will fund projects that fall into one of these themes. 


  • Survey, protection, restoration and enhancement of historical built features and archaeological remains.
  • Habitat surveys, restoration and creation- hedges, woodlands, meadows.
  • New events, activities and celebrations - landscape, flora and fauna, land management, culture and training.
  • Cultural Heritage projects- Local histories, place names, folklore, oral history, photographic records
  • Enhanced public access and paths - new links/walks.
  • Interpretation of hidden and special landscape features and heritage.
  • Educational activities and materials on historical or ecological themes.
  • Local food initiative
  • Town and village green projects - management plans, restoration, new things (seats, meadows, bulbs,), access to information (Re management, legal).