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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On Sunday 3 October, The Engine Shed Bar at Pennine View Park was filled with a mix of accommodation providers, tourism partners, local businesses, residents, and visitors to celebrate the launch of 'Get Outside in the Westmorland Dales'.

This 20-minute film made by Debbie North and Holly Brega is a celebration of what the Westmorland Dales has to offer for everyone including people with disabilities, whether they are local to the area or coming as a visitor. The aim of the film is to encourage not only people with disabilities, long-term illness who live in the Westmorland Dales to get outside and be active, but to give anyone who visits the area a chance to explore our wonderful landscape. 

Alex Birtles, Chair of Upper Eden CIC commented ‘We are so grateful to Debbie & Holly for making this wonderful film and look forward to sharing it with residents a visitors alike’. 

  • The Westmorland Dales is a rural sparsely populated community, made up of an ageing population, lying within the Yorkshire Dales National Park in Cumbria.
  • Half of all people aged over 65 have a long-term health problem or disability.
  • For a county so closely associated with being active in the outdoors, Cumbria has some of the worst obesity rates in the country.
  • Just over 68% of adults are overweight and low levels of physical activity and poor diets give real cause for concern.
  • Taking part in social and physical activities is vital for physical health and mental well-being, but such activities suitable for people with disabilities are not signposted in the Eden Valley. 

There is a lot of concern regarding the impact of Covid 19 on social isolation amongst the community for people with disabilities and for people suffering with long term illness. 

The Get Outside in the Westmorland Dales film has been awarded a grant through a Love Your Landscape scheme from the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme, a four-year programme funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund with a vision to reveal and protect the hidden heritage of the Westmorland Dales. The film has also been funded and supported by the Upper Eden CIC, Kirkby Stephen Community Support and Pennine View Park. 

It has been produced for Upper Eden Community Interest Company, who run the Upper Eden Visitor Centre in Kirkby Stephen.