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

To celebrate Hay Meadows Day this year Cumbria Wildlife Trust and The Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership scheme ran a fantastic week long Hay Meadows Exhibition at Bowber Head Farm in Ravenstonedale. On display were historic hay time photographs, wildflower photographic images, films and memorabilia from the last 100 years. Guided walks, arts events and bee identification walks took place and people could walk through the glorious hay meadows at their leisure.

Bowber Head Farm has some outstanding examples of upland Hay Meadow and is particularly important for their high plant diversity. Bowber Head was owned by the Frankland family and “holistically” managed for several generations with no artificial inputs and has been left undamaged by agricultural intensification. In 2020 it was transferred to Cumbria Wildlife Trust in lieu of Inheritance Tax, as part of the settlement of the estate of Juliet Frankland who died in 2013.

Haytime images on display from the early 1900s include this one of Maud Frankland strewing or breaking out at High New House, Ravenstonedale. ‘Strewing’ was spreading out evenly the new mown hay with a forward and backward stroke of the rake. Maud was Raven, Helga and Noble’s Mother. It hard to imagine doing this sort of work in such a long dress!

Above: Bumble Bee identification walk and talk with expert Carol Edmondson, Bowland Hay time Officer.