Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership

The Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme ran from March 2019 to February 2024. Its vision was to unlock and reveal the hidden heritage of the Westmorland Dales, enabling more people to connect with, enjoy and benefit from this inspirational landscape. 

Download the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme Summary Report for an overview of the Scheme's successes.


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

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.