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.

Our project 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.

We will bring together communities, farmers and businesses, facilitating a holistic approach to land management and a stronger socio-economic base benefitting the future care and conservation of the area. We will share the distinctiveness of this special place with visitors, ensuring that our legacy is a place where people linger, learn and return.

The legacy of the project will be maintaining this unique landscape, its quiet and unspoilt nature.  It will provide skills and training for the local community so they can help bring their heritage into better condition. It will provide resources and encourage tourism businesses to make the most of their unique ‘sense of place’. Working through partnership this project will provide the building block for the next stage of the future of the area – as it is revealed through National Park status.

Our project has three overarching aims built upon the three broad themes of our vision:

  1.  1: HIDDEN > REVEAL

    To unlock and reveal the rich, spectacular, but hidden heritage of the Westmorland Dales.

  1. 2: FORGOTTEN > PROTECT AND CHERISH

    To conserve and enhance the forgotten landscape and heritage of the Westmorland Dales ensuring that the landscape is protected and cherished; in so doing to provide a strong foundation for the “new” National Park.

  1.  3: JOURNEYING THROUGH > LINGER AND LEARN

    To provide opportunities for those journeying through the Westmorland Dales to linger in the landscape and learn about its rich cultural and natural heritage.