Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership

The Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme ran from March 2019 to February 2024. Its vision was to unlock and reveal the hidden heritage of the Westmorland Dales, enabling more people to connect with, enjoy and benefit from this inspirational landscape. 

Download the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme Summary Report for an overview of the Scheme's successes.


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

We thought that it was about time that we introduced our four Westmorland Dales Scheme apprentices who joined us earlier this year. We don't think that their feet have touched the ground yet as they are being kept busy under the stewardship of Belinda Lloyd the scheme's apprentice supervisor. 

Pictured above left to right: Billy, Sarah, Abbi and Rebekah

Billy, Sarah, Abbi and Rebekah have taken up the first of nine work-based apprenticeships in environmental management and cultural heritage conservation being funded by the Westmorland Dales scheme which also includes certificated vocational training. The apprenticeships will provide them with the skills to conserve special features of their local area and deliver substantial heritage and conservation gains during the lifetime of this project.



The local availability of key countryside management skills is increasingly difficult to find or develop. In addition rural communities are trying to adapt to the rapidly changing economics of their areas; one consequence being the dramatic loss of skilled individuals from the Dales. 

We're delighted to see our apprentices out in the Westmorland Dales working on a wide variety of activities and beginning to develop management skills which will benefit the Westmorland Dales and provide a great resource for the future.

  • Plug planting at Coatflatts Farm
  • Dry stone walling at Mazonwath
  • Repairing leaky dams at Tebay Gill
  • Tree surveying at Crosby Ravensworth
  • Abrasive Wheels and Brushcutter training course
  • Great Asby Archaeology Survey
  • Sphagnum transplantation on Tebay fell
  • Restoring limestone grassland at Smardale