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

Over the winter volunteers, apprentices and staff have been planting new hedges at Gaythorne Hall, under the guidance of Asby Tree Group. Overall, around 600m of hedge was planted, starting with the Fell Care Day in October and then over a number of work parties.

It was predominantly planted with hawthorn and blackthorn, however other species like hazel and dogwood were used. In addition to this work, Asby Tree Group and Woodland Trust have held separate planting days – everyone working to meet a target of 2.5km of new hedge.

The planting has been taking place at Gaythorne Hall, which is owned by the Levens Estate and managed by Jim Beary. The hedgerows will increase biodiversity and carbon storage, create a larger network of wildlife corridors, as well as increasing the number of field parcels. Jim Beary wants to change how the land has been managed, with more field parcels allowing rotational grazing known as ‘mob’ or regenerative grazing. The hedge planting is part of a larger project that has received a FIPL (Farming in Protected Landscape) grant.

We also carried out some hedge laying training events, read more about this here>