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

Poet, Harriet Fraser has produced two short films for the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme aimed at primary aged children to inspire poetry linked to trees and the landscape. 

“A poem doesn’t start on paper - it starts with your own story, and if you’re writing about trees or wildlife, the best place to begin is outside” says Harriet.

In the first film aimed at younger children (keystage1) Harriet meets a large old oak tree and in the second film aimed at older children (key stage2), a hardy Hawthorn growing through the limestone pavement on Little Asby Common.

The films end with Harriet reading her own poems which illustrate how words can be played with in many ways to accentuate and invoke emotions and connection to the landscape. For teachers and parents, there’s an activity guide with each film containing tips and suggestions for exercises to try. 

The films and activity guides are available to view or download for free at this link> 

If these films help you engage with the outdoors and inspire you to create some of your own poetry please don’t hesitate to get in contact with Nicola Estill, Community Engagement Officer for the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme: [email protected]. Any poetry submitted poetry may be featured in their newsletters or on this website.