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 have launched a new grant scheme offering financial support to local landowners and farmers within the Westmorland Dales to carry out conservation work on a number of traditional farm buildings under threat. 

These buildings are a distinctive feature of the Westmorland Dales landscape but they are also one of the most vulnerable types of historic building in the area.  With dramatic changes in farming practices over the last 50 years, many farm buildings are now redundant and have therefore been demolished, left to decay or converted to other uses.  

A small number of grants are now being made available to assist with restoration work to save these important cultural assets, raise their profile and help to reveal their importance to the heritage of the Westmorland Dales. 

Hannah Kingsbury, Cultural Heritage Officer, 

“The Westmorland Dales area has many beautiful traditional farm buildings, reflecting the area’s rich farming heritage. We’re keen to conserve a few key buildings which will help to demonstrate the link between our traditional farm buildings and how the land was once managed. 

“We are delighted to be inviting  applications from owners and tenants with buildings that are highly visible in the landscape, and that have a proposed future use (excluding residential conversions).” 

The Traditional Farm Building Conservation Grant scheme is now open for expressions of interest. If you have a building which you think may be eligible, visit our Westmorland Dales website www.thewestmorlanddales.org.uk grant section for guidance on eligibility, submission guidelines and contact information. 

Our grant fund is limited and the potential costs of conservation are high, so a small number of buildings will be identified for conservation from the applications for conservation. The grant will provide 80% of funding, with an additional 20% required from the landowner or occupier. 

The deadline for expression of interest applications is Friday 4th December 2020. 

If you would like to discuss this further, please get in contact with Hannah Kingsbury, Cultural Heritage Officer, on 01539 756624 or [email protected]