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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Our Westmorland Dales Landscape Forum, originally planned for April 2020, finally took place online as our Westmorland Dales Landscape Conference on Saturday 27th March 2021.

John Dunning, the chair of the partnership, set the scene before a wonderful cross-section of presentations from our partner organisations and project leads loosely focussed around our natural, cultural and connecting heritage themes. Given we couldn’t be in Great Asby, Keith Cooper gave us an excellent insight in the development of its medieval village-scape through the innovative use of satellite images. Other presentations covered upland farming, geology, natural flood management, wildflower meadows, archaeological and built heritage surveys, routes through the area and our apprentices project. We had time for two question and answer sessions and the conference was rounded off with our Picturing the Westmorland Dales film featuring the landscape artwork produced by the local primary schools. 

The conference and series of webinars have been a great success, broadening our reach and including people who might not have attended otherwise because they live too far away, don’t have their own transport or are of limited mobility. And we’ve found that even more people have enjoyed our recordings, so do watch this one and feel free to share the link with your friends.

We are of course keen to get outside for real again so watch this space for events, walks and other activities as lockdown restrictions ease. A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to the conference, not least to all within the Westmorland Dales team, and to the National Lottery Heritage Fund whose support has been crucial.

The agenda below may assist you in locating items of interest within the recording. Times will be approximate.








David Evans, John Dunning


Welcome and introduction


Veronica Waller

The Farmer Network


Upland Farming and Sustainability



Sylvia Woodhead

Cumbria GeoConservation

Geo-trails and local geological sites in the Westmorland Dales



Lev Dahl, Dave Greaves

Eden Rivers Trust


Slowing the Flow along the Scandal Beck


Graham Jackson Pitt

Cumbria Wildlife Trust


Upland Species-Rich Grassland



Break and Questions



Keith Cooper

Great Asby


Great Asby – a Medieval Village-scape


Hannah Kingsbury

Westmorland Dales team

Heritage Surveys:

Great Asby Scar Archaeology, Barns and Walls




Karen Griffiths

Yorkshire Dales National Park


A Way Through – from Roman Roads to the M6


Belinda Lloyd

Yorkshire Dales National Park

Skills for the Future

Apprentice Film Presentation (pre-recorded)



Westmorland Dales Team – a summary of the past year and plans for the future. Questions and feedback


Celebrating the Westmorland Dales


Films to play at the end or refer people to.

Picturing the Westmorland Dales, Gamelands, Westmorland Dales under a blanket of winter snow, Apprentices