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

Dry stone walls represent one of the key landscape characteristics of the Westmorland Dales. They are dominant throughout the Yorkshire Dales landscape and are its largest man-made feature. Dry stone walls are integral and represent how the land has been used and divided over many centuries. One of the WDLP projects is focussed on these heritage features. The project consists of three main parts – a survey, training in walling, and a grant scheme. We have recently completed the survey that took place in Asby parish, and the results can be found below.

No landscape feature should be examined in isolation as none exists or functions in isolation – it is important to view landscape elements in their wider context. The approach of this survey was to combine both field survey with documentary research. In all, 37 wall lengths were included in the survey. Five broad wall types, based on chronology, were recognised: early medieval walls, late medieval/monastic and immediate post-medieval walls, parliamentary enclosure walls, other walls deemed to have been erected after c. 1700, and what have been termed hybrid walls. 

For more information about the results, the survey report can be found here:

Summary Report: View in reader below or View/Download as a pdf file
Full Report: View/Download as a pdf file

Full Report