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

Welcome to the summer newsletter of the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme, in what promises to be a defining year for us. Despite some ongoing challenges with Covid and the weather, there really is an enormous amount happening at the moment as we try to catch up on things that have been delayed.

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The last few months have flown by. It really was brilliant to be able to hold our Landscape Forum in Ravenstonedale back in April, the first since 2018, and to meet with such a range of partners, volunteers and local people. Thank you to everyone who contributed to such a successful day. There have been lots of other events and activities too, not least with a number of cultural heritage projects commencing including test pitting at Ravenstonedale, the dry stone wall survey at Asby, and our small-scale heritage features project at villages in the area, all engaging our enthusiastic volunteers. One notable achievement has been the completion of the undergrounding project at Gamelands Stone Circle thanks to Electricity North West. The overhead wires, which ran in close proximity, have now been undergrounded along the road to Raisbeck, greatly enhancing the setting of this ancient monument (pictured above).
And the volunteer opportunities keep coming, including a new project with the Lune Rivers Trust and, in September,  the second season of excavations at Little Asby Common. Events kick off with a series of activities to tie in with National Meadows Day with Cumbria Wildlife Trust in early July and continuing throughout the summer. So drop in at Bowber Head, or if you’re around at the end of July call in to see us at Westmorland Dales Day at Kirkby Stephen, when we’ll be joined by many of our partners, or at one of the other local shows in August. We’re given our webinars a bit of a break until the autumn but they’re still there on our website to enjoy and whet your appetite, together with our wildflower ID and other films.
So enjoy the summer, whatever the mix of waterproofs and sunscreen it entails.

David Evans, Scheme Manager
June 2022