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

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Well winter is upon us. We’ve had a few clear frosty days, some snow, and an almighty storm;  so the leaves have fallen and the ground vegetation has died back. Which makes it a fantastic time to reveal the skeleton of our landscape, whether it’s the underlying geology or our prehistoric and medieval archaeology. To whet your appetite all of our webinars are still available to view on our website; we will shortly have a new series of three geo-trail leaflets to follow from Kirkby Stephen, Orton and Smardale; there’s Debbie North’s film to inspire you; or why not take on the Northern Viaduct Trust’s 14 Peaks for 14 Arches challenge. We’re also planning an ice age webinar and walk for February; more details to follow.

There’s plenty happening on the ground too with the Eden Rivers Trust’s completion of the natural flood management work at Crake Trees, the Crosby Ravensworth and newly established Asby parish tree groups gearing up for planting, and the apprentice team out and about doing a whole range of projects. We’re also pleased to welcome Rebekah Booth to the team as our cultural heritage trainee who’ll be involved with a number of our projects. There are lots of opportunities for you to contribute too including through our oral history project Our Common Heritage or commenting on interpretive themes for the villages. Or why not put your thinking caps on and come up with an idea for a Love Your Landscape grant application?

Finally a big thank to everyone who’s contributed to what has been another challenging year including the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (one of our other key funders) , our partners, volunteers, participants and supporters. We can look forward with a bit more confidence to 2022 with new projects kicking off and the return of annual events like the Westmorland Dales Day in July. Fingers crossed and season's greetings from us all. 

David Evans, Scheme Manager
December 2021

In this edition

  • Welcome to our Winter Newsletter 
  • Geo-Trails in the Westmorland Dales
  • Crake Trees Farm Project
  • Our Common Heritage Project
  • Our Apprentices
  • Village Stories
  • Winter Webinars
  • 14 Peaks for 14 Arches Fundraising Challenge
  • Willow Christmas Crafting
  • Our Built Heritage Project
  • 'Love Your Landscape' Grants Round-Up
  • Volunteer Gathering
  • Nature's Calendar
  • Get Outside in the Westmorland Dales FILM
  • Our 21 Scheme Projects

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