Our vision is to reveal and protect the hidden heritage of the Westmorland Dales, enabling more people to connect with, enjoy and benefit from this inspirational landscape.

Our scheme will reveal the hidden heritage of the Westmorland Dales; a remote and beautiful limestone landscape, historically much travelled, but rarely explored. We will unlock and reveal the rich heritage of the area, encouraging people to linger and connect with this inspirational landscape.

We will ensure that the exceptional natural and cultural heritage of the area is recorded, interpreted, conserved and managed appropriately, providing an essential foundation for the “new” National Park.

We will bring together communities, farmers and businesses, facilitating a holistic approach to land management and a stronger socio-economic base benefitting the future care and conservation of the area. We will share the distinctiveness of this special place with visitors, ensuring that our legacy is a place where people linger, learn and return.

The legacy of the scheme will be maintaining this unique landscape, its quiet and unspoilt nature.  It will provide skills and training for the local community so they can help bring their heritage into better condition. It will provide resources and encourage tourism businesses to make the most of their unique ‘sense of place’. Working through partnership this scheme will provide the building block for the next stage of the future of the area – as it is revealed through National Park status.

Our scheme has four overarching objectives which build upon our vision:

  • Revealing the area’s hidden heritage;
  • Conserving what makes the area special;
  • Engaging people in enjoying and benefitting from their heritage
  • Sustaining the benefits of the scheme in the long-term