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

‘Skills for the Future’ is an apprenticeship scheme designed to address shortages in countryside management skills. The first cohort of apprentices has just completed an extensive 18 month programme of training which has seen each of them successfully gaining employment in roles where these skills are needed.

‘Skills for the Future’ is one of a number of projects forming the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme (WDLPS) based at Tebay; grant funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Rural communities trying to adapt to the rapidly changing economics of their areas, have experienced a dramatic loss of skilled individuals. The apprenticeship scheme, managed and administered by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, is helping to provide young people with the skills and training needed to address these skills shortages.   

Apprentices Abbi, Billy, Rebekah and Sarah have earned themselves level two countryside worker qualifications and have achieved qualifications in skills such as chainsaw, quad bike, strimmer and first aid. This has been alongside work based experience on a wide range of projects; everything from fencing to archaeological surveys and just about everything in between.

Pictured left to right: (Apprentices Abbi, Billy, Rebekah and Sarah)

Sarah has secured a one year Traineeship with West Cumbria Rivers Trust as an assistant project officer, working on natural flood management on the rivers Cocker and Glenderamackin. Rebekah has accepted a place at Newcastle University to study Environmental Science. Billy has begun a seasonal contract with ‘Continental Landscapes’ based in Kendal and Abbi has started work as an Assistant Project Officer for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust on the ‘Wild Ingleborough’ project. 

Belinda Lloyd, apprentice supervisor said: 

"The ‘Skills for the Future’ project has given these apprentices such a varied experience. Everything from drystone walling to wildflower identification. The Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme has offered them unique opportunities in heritage skills too. I’m immensely proud that all four have stayed on in the land based sector and that the countryside skills learnt here, will be used and passed on."

Watch our short film documenting their work, their time with the scheme and their ambitions for the future... 

Recruitment for the next round of apprentices begins in June but if you’d like to register your interest, contact Belinda Lloyd at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

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