Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership

The Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme finished in early 2024 with projects successfully delivered by a wide range of project partners, community groups and individuals. 
Over the coming months, we’ll be updating this site to highlight what’s been achieved, so please keep checking back.

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 to the north of the Howgill Fells and located 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 our latest newsletter...as we emerge from a proper winter into spring, with longer and warmer days, and the promise of light at the end of our pandemic tunnel! Although spring is to be cherished I always feel slightly sad as winter fades with its bare trees silhouetted against clear skies and the bare bones of the landscape revealed.

This year it’s also tinged with sadness as Abbi, Billy, Rebekah and Sarah have finished their 18-month apprenticeships and are moving on to the next stage in their careers. They’ve been fine ambassadors for the scheme and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, their employers, so we congratulate them and wish them well for the future.

The pandemic and winter months also encouraged us to look at using the potential of Zoom much more and we have now run three very popular and well received Westmorland Dales Wednesday Webinars, reaching a far bigger and wider audience than we would have done otherwise. Further webinars are to follow and although we will be returning to more outdoor activities as restrictions ease, virtual meetings and events clearly have a place in the future. So do sign up to our forthcoming webinars, and our virtual landscape conference on 27th March. But also look out for a new series of heritage walks, volunteering and other activities as we aim to meet outside again, once we are able, as so many of us are desperate to do. 

David Evans, Scheme Manager
March 2021
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