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  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

An award of £5,000 from our ‘Love Your Landscape’ grant fund has been made to the Crosby Ravensworth Parish Tree Group in support of selfless work by the community to ensure that trees throughout the parish are sustained for future generations.

The Crosby Ravensworth Parish Tree Group was created in 2019. It followed concerns that a number of trees had been lost through clearance and others to disease — notably ash die-back - and that older trees with a limited life would need replacement.

Following a major survey of every tree within one-third of the parish area, a team of 30 local volunteers of all ages began planting trees and installing tree protection. In its first year 1768 trees were planted. Now in its second phase, the grant award will help to fund a similarly heroic effort as a further third of the Parish area is surveyed and planted.

Drew Woodward, Chair, Crosby Ravensworth Parish Tree Group, 

“This is a Community approach to sustain trees throughout the Parish and represents a long term commitment on behalf of all of the volunteers involved. 

“The group was formed by local people who wanted to do something to enhance the landscape and to preserve for future generations rather than for themselves.” 

Since June, volunteers have been giving up their time to plot every tree in this area by species and age, identifying practical areas for replanting alongside aging trees, looking to replace lost trees or hedgerows and develop new areas for more substantial development. Planting will commence once again from November to March 2021 to cover a further third of the Parish area.   

David Evans, Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme Manager,

“We’re delighted to be able to offer financial support to this project. Our ‘Love Your Landscape’ grant fund was created to support communities just like this who share our passion for the rich heritage and unique landscape of the Westmorland Dales. 

“It fits perfectly with our objectives to engage people in revealing, conserving, enjoying and sustaining the rich heritage of the area. It is an exemplary project which we hope will inspire other communities.“