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

Summer in the Westmorland Dales

As spring turns into summer there is plenty on offer for you to get involved with safely. We have a series of Wednesday Health and Heritage walks, supplemented on the occasional Saturday with some longer walks including ones in Great Asby on 17th July.

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Smardale Gill Viaduct stands 90 feet above Scandal Beck in the beautiful countryside of the Westmorland Dales just south of Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria. Surrounding the viaduct is the Smardale Nature Reserve run by Cumbria Wildlife Trust.  It is one of the last remaining homes to the red squirrel and a must-do for all visitors.

We were delighted to receive the news that 'no entry' signs and barriers have now been removed from the viaduct, restoring access across it. An award of £5,000 from our ‘Love Your Landscape’ grant scheme kicked off the Northern Viaduct Trust's (NVT) fundraising campaign to pay for new safety railings across the span of the viaduct. Their efforts have now resulted in access being reinstated and a much loved walking route restored.

On 11 December 2020 Dr Neil Hudson MP will be re-opening Smardale Gill Viaduct and unveiling a new interpretation panel that will explain the history of this marvellous monument of Victorian engineering.

The permissive path over the top of the iconic Smardale Gill Viaduct has been closed for a year due to necessary work to up-grade its hand-rails.  The work, identified during an inspection in 2019, is now complete and the viaduct is open for walkers.

You can read more about the history of the viaduct and its restoration on the NVT website at: www.edenviaducts.org.uk/smardale-gill-viaduct/