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

Last week we were blessed with glorious weather as we celebrated the schemes achievements at Shap Wells. As the scheme draws to a close it was such a great opportunity to bring people together and to share the story of our changing landscape.

Presentations from our wonderful key note speakers and our panel of experts highlighted our changing landscape from the carboniferous era, ice ages, the neolithic and medieval period through to the industrial revolution and our current day achievements.

Many thanks to everyone who was able to attend the event and for your contributions to make the day such a success. We would also like to thank those of you who could not attend but have taken part in this scheme one way or another. We haven’t completed all the projects yet and we will have more figures to pull together but we would like to share a few headline figures. 

These headline figures are provisional as of August 2023. They need some refinement as we are still delivering! However, they do give a good indication of the scale and nature of activity across our 22 projects.

The event was well attended by 120 people and many people stayed for the afternoon walks and classic coach tour! With a nod to the classic coach- a snails pace is how we should all travel through this gorgeous landscape! 

With thanks to everyone who has contributed to the success of the Scheme. Our partners, staff, apprentices and trainees, volunteers, farmers and landowners, participants and our funders, not least the National Lottery Heritage Fund and all those who play the National Lottery.

Nicola Estill, Community Engagement Officer
Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme