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

Filmmaker Jon Chappel captures the sites and sounds of an Aeolian sound installation sited atop an ancient ‘drumlin’ at Bowber Head Nature Reserve in Ravenstonedale in a short film released this week; set amidst far reaching views of the Westmorland Dales, the Howgill Fells and Pennines with sculptures and visitors to the installation taking centre stage atop a *drumlin on the site.  

The sound installation was commissioned by the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme and created by Cumbrian artist Dan Fox, director of Sound Intervention based in Ulverston.

Visitors to the site in early October were treated to a dramatic soundscape as the event coincided with the tail end of storm Agnes passing through the area. The sculptures constantly evolved and changed as the wind's movement and intensity varied over time, providing a unique sensory experience.  

Pictured: 'Direction Flutes' sound installation at Bowber Head Nature Reserve

Artist Dan Fox said: 

“We are here to celebrate the landscape using sound and art as a medium to get people into the landscape. To engage with it and to see, hear and experience some art at the same time.” 

Pictured: Artist Dan Fox with 'Aoelian Harp' at Bowber Head Nature Reserve

*Like most of the glacial features in the Westmorland Dales, the drumlin dates from the last glaciation. This was at its height about 22,000 years ago when northern England was covered in thick ice. Glaciers scoured the landscape and dumped glacial debris in oval shaped hills aligned to the direction of ice flow.

The Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme, which has been funded by a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, aims to engage people in revealing, conserving, enjoying and sustaining the hidden heritage of the Westmorland Dales. You’ll find more information about its work at www.thewestmorlanddales.org.uk