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

Miscreations Theatre brought their Wilding Theatre Project of workshops, performance and an ‘Earth Giant' to Orton this September thanks to support from the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme (funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund) and funding from Arts Council England. 

Pictured: Children from Orton CE Primary with their Earth Giant

The Wilding Theatre Project delighted local school children with their intelligent and playful investigation into our relationship with the natural world, gently educating them about how the preservation of the planet and all its inhabitants: animal, insect, plant and human contribute to a rich and rewarding community for us all.

Nicola Estill, Community Engagement Officer with the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme said,

“It has been wonderful to be able to provide support for such an innovative and engaging season of summer events in the Westmorland Dales.

“The theatre group made us all think about how we can develop a healthy and sustainable relationship with the natural world and made it loads of fun for the children, parents and teachers!”

Children from Orton CE Primary, Asby Endowed Primary and Crosby Ravensworth Primary Schools took part in theatre workshops, making cob to build a living earth ‘Dreaming Giant’ sculpture and enjoyed a ‘Wilding’ theatre performance at the end of a busy summer of activities.

Pictured: Children from Orton CE Primary using cob to build a living earth Dreaming Giant sculpture

Emma Pomfret, Head Teacher, Orton CE Primary School said,

“We loved the Wilding theatre project!  There has been so much positive talk of what everyone experienced and that performance was just out of this world. 

“The children have been talking about going to see the giant again on the way to and from school.  We feel really privileged to have been given such an amazing experience and also to have an ‘Earth Giant’ on our school field. We are very lucky.”

Rebecca Jameson, Director and Performer of Miscreations said,

“Wilding (also known as ‘re-wilding’) offers us all the opportunity to develop a more healthy and sustainable relationship with the natural world; theatre offers us the opportunity to explore this opportunity with creativity, imagination and no small amount of magic hence, Wilding Theatre”.

This collaborative project delivered residencies over the summer in schools and communities across the region including Allendale, Orton, Otterburn, Hexham, and Barnard Castle.

The ‘Earth Giants’ will become a place to revisit at different times of the year to see how they are becoming ‘wilded’. As these giants evolve and grow, footage from each season will be shared on the Miscreations website.

For more information about how you can get involved in this project and where you can visit the giant sculptures, visit www.miscreations.co.uk, follow them on Facebook (@Miscreationstheatre) or email [email protected]