The Westmorland Dales

Work sumbitted must have some relevance to the beauty and interest in the Westmorland Dales which will help to promote this mainly undiscovered area.  Friends of the Lake District is working in partnership with other organisations on a major project to reveal and enhance this area. Details of this project can be seen here. 

The Westmorland Dales area extends over 200 sq km from Maulds Meaburn in the north to Tebay in the south-west and Ravenstonedale in the south-east. This remote and beautiful pastoral landscape has a unique mix of habitats and remarkably intact pattern of historical settlements and features. It boasts many Scheduled Monuments including the ruins of Pendragon Castle, reputed to have been founded by Uther Pendragon, the father of King Arthur.  However, it has been largely ’hidden’ for the last 70 years, tucked away between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme

Our Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme will reveal the hidden heritage of the Westmorland Dales; a remote and beautiful limestone landscape, historically much travelled, but rarely explored. We will unlock and reveal the rich heritage of the area, encouraging people to linger and connect with this inspirational landscape.

We will ensure that the exceptional natural and cultural heritage of the area is recorded, interpreted, conserved and managed appropriately, providing an essential foundation for the “new” National Park.

Our vision is to reveal and protect the hidden heritage of the Westmorland Dales, enabling more people to connect with, enjoy and benefit from this inspirational landscape.