Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership

The Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme aims to unlock and reveal the hidden heritage of the Westmorland Dales, enabling more people to connect with, enjoy and benefit from this inspirational landscape. Thanks to National Lottery players it has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Fund

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The Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme is nearing completion after four years, delivering diverse projects across an area covering Tebay to Great Asby and Kirkby Stephen. It has developed a range of free resource and guides that it is now offering to local tourism businesses, residents and visitors to the Westmorland Dales.  

Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, it has launched a new information pack containing beautifully illustrated A5 booklets. They provide information on the geology of the area, such as the iconic Great Asby Scar National Nature Reserve and stories of local legends, retold by master storyteller Emily Hennessey, featuring illustrations from local primary school children. There is also a guide to the farming landscape and local features such as shielings and dry stone walls, and an introduction to the area’s fascinating and diverse churches; a great starting point for exploring some wonderful Westmorland Dales villages. 

You can pick up your free information packs at Tourist Information Centres (TICs) in Appleby, Kirkby Stephen, Penrith and Sedbergh. They can also be collected from the Scheme’s base in Tebay until the end of November 2023. Email [email protected]  to arrange collection. 

From 1st December they will be available only to purchase, including via the Yorkshire Dales online shop: https://retail.yorkshiredales.org.uk/

Amanda Walters, Interpretation Officer for the Westmorland Dales Scheme, said:  

“We have a fantastic range of resources in print and online that celebrate the local history, nature, traditions and character of this area, and we hope will encourage people to spend time discovering ‘the Dales you don’t know’! Please do pick up a free pack or alternatively, visit our website for more information about the area. 

“You can also access guided walk and village-based walk information exploring the geology, the landscape and the history of routeways and travel through the Westmorland Dales, created as part of our Scheme’s ‘A Way Through’ project and available at www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/a-way-through .  

“The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) also has lots of short walks on its website and Cumbria GeoConservation provides GeoTrail routes and locations around the Westmorland Dales, see www.cbdc.org.uk

The ‘A Way Through’ project was delivered by the Westmorland Dales Scheme in partnership with the YDNPA tourism team. The team has created a ‘Sense of Place’ toolkit encouraging tourism businesses to capitalise on the distinctive features of the area, and shared research with visitors and locals to provide a better understanding of why visitors love the Westmorland Dales. See https://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/our-toolkits-and-handbooks for more information.