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

We couldn't have asked for a better day and a more spectacular location to host our free day of walks exploring Great Asby. David Evans, Scheme manager said:

"For once the sun shone a little too strongly on Saturday 17th July but although Asby Gill upstream was bone dry St. Helens Well in Great Asby village centre still flowed, as did refreshments at the Three Greyhounds. And despite the heat, plenty still enjoyed a variety of walks in and around Great Asby as part of the Westmorland Dales series of summer heritage walks.

"Local historian and Westmorland Dales volunteer Keith Cooper led a couple of the walks ably assisted by Penny. In the morning Keith led a gentle walk around the village looking at buildings and other features revealing its medieval village-scape and more recent history. In the afternoon he explored beyond the village through its medieval field system up to the Romano-British settlement on Holborn Hill, and back by Asby Gill.

Meanwhile I led a longer walk in the afternoon past the kettle holes of Asby Gill and past Pate Hole Mouth, the entrance to the only known cave in the Westmorland Dales, out to the former monastic granges at Grange Hall and Asby Grange, once part of Byland Abbey’s estate. And Amanda took the opportunity to talk to local people about how the village’s rich heritage could be interpreted for all to enjoy.

Pictures from a glorious day at Great Asby on Saturday 17th July. (Click on the image to view pictures from the day in our Facebook gallery)
"Finally it’s worth noting that on a day when much of the Lake District was over-run with visitors this quiet area of the Yorkshire Dales was a haven of peace. Great Asby is popular with discerning cyclists but we didn’t see a soul on our walks".