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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Do you want to find out more about dry stone walls? Do you enjoy documentary research? Have you ever wanted to survey dry stone walls? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, then this project has an opportunity for you.

We have appointed Dr David Johnson to lead a survey of dry stone walls in Asby parish. This parish contains a variety of wall types and ages. The area was subject to four discrete Enclosure awards, one of Byland Abbey’s granges was located there, there are walls showing evidence of field clearance, walls for defence, and probable sections of Romano-British and medieval walling. The walls will be placed in their local context.

Anyone can attend the taster and training days to find out more information. During the training day, we will be looking for volunteers to take part in documentary research (these volunteers would not need to take part in the survey, but can do so if they wish).

No prior experience is necessary as all training will be provided (as well as all the equipment).


Contact Hannah Kingsbury (WDLP Cultural Heritage Officer) if you have any questions or if you would like to attend the taster/training days and/or the survey – [email protected]; 01539 756624


Taster Day – Wednesday 23rd March, Asby Village Hall

Gain an insight into what dry stone walls are, how they have evolved, what regional styles can be recognised, characteristics of walls using ‘real’ examples, wall furniture and what it indicates about any given wall. The walls will also be placed in context, giving an understanding of local landscape history and the geological and topographical basis to the landscape, as well as the farming patterns in the study area, past and present.

Training Day – Thursday 7th April, Asby Village Hall

You will be shown in a hands-on way how to record dry stone walls in the field. In addition you would be introduced to the potential sources of documentary evidence that are available for the study area.

Survey – exact dates TBD but will be held in W/C 9th, 23rd, and 30th May, Asby Parish

Volunteers will take part in a Level 2 survey of the selected walls in the study area in a practical way: measuring, recording, note taking, while discussing on site what can be said about each surveyed wall from the results obtained by surveying.

The survey will require a level of fitness, as there will be a varying amount of walking while carrying equipment.

DSW Study Day – Saturday 8th October

We will circulate more information about this day nearer the time, but it will consist of a series of talks in the morning and guided walks in the afternoon.


Contact Hannah Kingsbury (WDLP Cultural Heritage Officer) if you have any questions or if you would like to attend the taster/training days and/or the survey – [email protected]; 01539 756624