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

2.5 Dry Stone Walls Project Homepage>

Do you want to find out more about dry stone walls? Do you enjoy documentary research? Have you ever wanted to survey dry stone walls? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, then this project has an opportunity for you.

We have appointed Dr David Johnson to lead a survey of dry stone walls in Asby parish. This parish contains a variety of wall types and ages. The area was subject to four discrete Enclosure awards, one of Byland Abbey’s granges was located there, there are walls showing evidence of field clearance, walls for defence, and probable sections of Romano-British and medieval walling. The walls will be placed in their local context.

Anyone can attend the taster and training days to find out more information. During the training day, we will be looking for volunteers to take part in documentary research (these volunteers would not need to take part in the survey, but can do so if they wish).

No prior experience is necessary as all training will be provided (as well as all the equipment).

Contact Hannah Kingsbury (WDLP Cultural Heritage Officer) if you have any questions or if you would like to attend the taster/training days and/or the survey – [email protected]; 01539 756624

Taster Day – Wednesday 23rd March, Asby Village Hall

Gain an insight into what dry stone walls are, how they have evolved, what regional styles can be recognised, characteristics of walls using ‘real’ examples, wall furniture and what it indicates about any given wall. The walls will also be placed in context, giving an understanding of local landscape history and the geological and topographical basis to the landscape, as well as the farming patterns in the study area, past and present.

Training Day – Thursday 7th April, Asby Village Hall

You will be shown in a hands-on way how to record dry stone walls in the field. In addition you would be introduced to the potential sources of documentary evidence that are available for the study area.

Survey – exact dates TBD but will be held in W/C 9th, 23rd, and 30th May, Asby Parish

Volunteers will take part in a Level 2 survey of the selected walls in the study area in a practical way: measuring, recording, note taking, while discussing on site what can be said about each surveyed wall from the results obtained by surveying.

The survey will require a level of fitness, as there will be a varying amount of walking while carrying equipment.

DSW Study Day – Saturday 8th October

We will circulate more information about this day nearer the time, but it will consist of a series of talks in the morning and guided walks in the afternoon.

Contact Hannah Kingsbury (WDLP Cultural Heritage Officer) if you have any questions or if you would like to attend the taster/training days and/or the survey – [email protected]; 01539 756624