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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Season One of 'Little Asby Through the Keyhole' will begin on Saturday 4th running until Sunday 19th September 

We're looking for volunteers to help us with this fascinating excavation project taking place on Little Asby Common in September

The days are FREE to attend but places are limited so please get in touch with which of the 16 excavation days you'd like to attend but be quick, we expect lots of interest

  • This excavation is a great opportunity to uncover archaeology that could potentially be rare for the North-West of England. It will be led by archaeologists from Oxford Archaeology North as part of the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme.
  • No experience is necessary as all training will be provided, as will all the equipment. However, a certain level of fitness will be required due to the nature of the site.


More information about the upcoming excavation and the archaeology on the common is explored in our recent webinar ‘Round House to Long House’

Around 20 keyhole trenches will be excavated across Little Asby Common. Archaeological survey over the last 20 years has revealed a rich and complex pattern of settlement on Little Asby Common that dates back to the Bronze Age, but also includes some significant early medieval remains.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch (see contact details below). This is a free event but places are limited so please get in touch with which days you would like to attend.

Contact Hannah Kingsbury (Cultural Heritage Officer) by emailing [email protected] or by phoning 01539 756624.