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  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

Appleby Archaeology was formed in 1998 with the aim of encouraging local interest in practical field archaeology. We meet regularly each month during the winter in Appleby to hear lectures on subjects of general archaeological interest. During the summer we visit local sites.

We produce a quarterly newsletter and provide opportunities for members to meet others involved in local archaeology. Website pages such as our Digital Research and Appleby Registers  links provide information specific to the Appleby area. Our upcoming events are also published here.

Our membership includes professional archaeologists and over the years we have surveyed and dug at numerous locations in the Appleby area - in particular on Brackenber Moor which preserves a wide range of prehistoric features. No experience is required in order to become involved in this work as we are able to provide all necessary training

Recently we were fortunate to be awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to involve the Appleby Community in a wide-ranging project to research the early history of the town 

Our future research project is currently being planned and volunteers are welcome to join the group via our website or follow our group using the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ApplebyArchaeology/ 

More information about the group, events and contact information is available via its website> 

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